The key message for me was one of resilience in the face of the unexpected. Her story of what resilience looks like in one family is a story with universal appeal. Her courage in telling the story is evident and powerful.
Jean Skillman, President
Soroptomist International, Eastern Canada
Susan Bassett brought such a level of open, honest and raw emotion to the stage when she presented at our Power of the Purse-One Day Women’s Conference recently.
I watched the audience as Susan was speaking and they were “hanging on her every word”. Susan’s presentation is an emotional journey as she shared with us the struggles and joys of having a baby survive with multiple, complex health issues.
Brave is a word I use to describe Susan. She is an ‘every woman’ with whom the audience can identify. Through both laugher and tears, you’ll live it all when Susan Bassett shares her deeply personal story. An inspiration for all.
Cynthia O’Neill – President, High Altitude Thinking Inc.
Founder, Power of the Purse – One Day Women’s Conference
I was fortunate to share the speaking roster with Susan Skrypka-Bassett at a women’s conference in London, Ontario, in September 2014.
Her powerful presentation was a highlight of the day. Susan brings compassion and inspiration to the stage when she speaks.
The story of her family’s challenges in raising a special needs child is shared candidly as she describes the journey that has brought her to now be a co-founder of Opening Hearts. A NPO that focuses on the needs and well being of children with disabilities and their families, this organization could not be in better hands.
Patricia Sands – Author of The Bridge Club,
The Promise of Provence and Promises to keep
I invited Susan Bassett to speak at an Answers For Women Workshop. Susan shared her personal story, including raising her daughter with the most serious health challenges, being inspired to launch a non-profit organization and how she knew she wasn’t alone during the most difficult times of her life.
Susan’s presentation was professional, impactful and heartfelt. I know her story touched our guests and her message inspired us all.
I would highly recommend Susan as a Guest Speaker and wish her only the best as she continues to touch lives and make a difference; sharing her personal journey, advocating and motivating positive change in the system.
Beth Hudson – Host, The Single Mom Show
President and Founder, Answers for Women
Susan Bassett is a committed parent and educator with unique, personal expertise in raising children with special needs.
Whether shared in the classroom, boardroom or conference room, Susan’s personal story of her family’s dramatic journey with their incredible daughter Treva is told with candor, hope and humour.
Susan’s message is compelling and sure to influence society’s attitudes toward incusivity and the rights of every child to be the best they can be.
Connie Smith – Broadcaster, former CHCH News Anchor
Sue is a very detail oriented, driven and highly passionate person. Over the last year, Sue and I worked along side each other on Opening Hearts social media platforms. At all times, Sue was very personable and creative in regards spreading awareness and educating via the social media outlets. Ultimately, Sue is a great mentor!
On a side note, if you are ever fortunate to hear Sue speak – you will leave amazed. Sue is easily likeable and engaging.
Stephanie Reece – Young Professional
Susan is all-business and professional, yet she has a warmth, passion and generous spirit that makes it a pleasure to work with her.
I also imagine that these qualities also contribute to the fact that she’s an entertaining and engaging speaker.
I have been a volunteer with Opening Hearts for the past 2 years and know that it’s her drive and dedication that are instrumental in helping us achieve our goals.
Catherine Kosyk – Marketing Professional
Susan is a caring, compassionate individual committed to sharing the message of inclusion and family centred care in all she does. She is a supportive co- worker, always willing to share ideas and answer questions. Her latest endeavour, Opening Hearts Opening Minds is bound to be a success and impact the lives of many.
Tracy Sherriff – Resource Teacher, Educator
Over the years I had several opportunities to hear speakers from all walks of life. Susan (Sue) Bassett not only gets the audience attention but in a very low key way inspires them.
What comes across is her Compassion for people; her Humble nature; an exceptional degree of Integrity; a thirst for Curiosity to learn about other’s needs and for me, above all, an unwavering Optimism that all will work out for the best. She has a strong commitment for her causes yet gets her message across in a natural conversational style.
If you have the opportunity you must attend one of her speaking engagements. You will be engaged.
Tony Scutella – President and Founder
The Shifting Mindsets Consulting Alliance