My name is Patricia and I hope to get to know you and yours!
I am a Calgary-based professional speaker and best-selling author who helps YOU strengthen everyday resilience at work and home. My mission is to move people from “woe to WOW” in their daily lives!
Every year I present to thousands of people, offering practical solutions to LIGHTEN their load, BRIGHTEN their outlook and STRENGTHEN their resilience.
What audiences gain from their time with me are practical how-to’s that decrease self-doubt, stress and miscommunication; while increasing vitality, meaningful connection and satisfaction. The upside is improved RESILIENCY and POSITIVITY.
Audiences have described my presentations as “meaningfully fun, surprisingly insightful and delightfully uplifting.” I would love to share my message with you that You’re stronger than you think!
My research and insights on resiliency have benefited many individuals and organizations such as Shell Canada Ltd, Husky Oil, City of Calgary, and Mastercard; provincial and federal governments; education and health associations; non-profit agencies; and communities such as Slave Lake, after the 2011 fires, and Okotoks after the 2013 flooding.
Along with professional speaking, my other passion is writing. I have authored hundreds of blog posts and articles; and published eight books. My latest book is From Woe to WOW: How Resilient Women Succeed at Work.
With my daughter, Kelly, I wrote the award-winning book Love Her as She Is: Lessons from a Daughter Stolen by Addictions. It is the true story about the power of unconditional love in our relationship and includes fourteen ‘lessons learned’ to achieve a strong mother/daughter bond. Love Her as She Is has been featured on national radio and television, and was made into a documentary.
My other books are:
- Frantic Free: 167 Ways to Calm Down and Lighten up–A Canadian Bestseller
- She Said: A Tapestry of Women’s Quotations
- Alberta Women Said: Wise Words by Wondrous Western Women
- Patricia Said: 201 Witty, Wise and Weird Reflections
- The Light Hearted Approach: 87 Ways to be an Upbeat Parent
- Gag Your Nagging: 101+ Ways to Communicate more Effectively
All of my books are available for purchase online or at in-person events. Please contact me about discount pricing for quantity orders of these publications for your next event or see details in the Store.
Before becoming a professional speaker, my career path was in education and counseling roles including Early Childhood Educator, Parent Educator, Family Counselor, Therapeutic Counselor, Career Counselor, and Group Facilitator. I worked for organizations such as the Calgary Counseling Centre, Cambyr Agencies, Parent Support Association, Contemporary Woman Project, and an EAP provider. My MA is in Clinical Psychology and I am a Certified Integrative Body Psychotherapist, Certified EMDR practitioner, and a Certified Canadian Counselor.
My inspirations, stories and solutions for resilience are developed from solid research and extensive training in the fields of Humanistic Psychology, Positive Psychology and resiliency. I also draw from my personal experiences as a career counselor, group facilitator, agency director, and my roles as a family and community woman.
“As a Canadian speaker, I truly feel honored to help people cope with challenges, strengthen their resilience and celebrate their accomplishments and possibilities.”
When I’m not in front of an audience, I am busy honing my craft and engaging with fellow speakers. I am a past president of The Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, Calgary Chapter and was delighted to be a recipient of the Spirit of CAPS award in recognition of my volunteer contributions to the Canadian speaking profession. That contribution was the creation and mentoring of the Fast Track for emerging professional speakers.
I was also honored by Global TV and the Calgary YWCA as a Woman of Vision for the positive message and impact of my book Love Her as She Is.
On a personal note, I am a ‘spunky senior’ who is a mother of three (one with disabilities), grandmother to seven (two with disabilities), and is happily married – most days!
If you are interested in an upbeat, energetic presenter to help show you how to strengthen personal and everyday resilience at work and home, please contact me at:
403-242-7796 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please, if you would merely like to have a chat about a matter with which I might help, call or email me. OK?
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