JOHANNA LANKIN - English Teacher, Louise Arbour Secondary School

I knew Talli through mutual friends and had heard that she was an impressive motivational speaker. While teaching The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie to my grade 9 English students, the themes of bullying, able-ism and diversity were examined, and I decided to book Talli to come to our school and share her story. Some of the other grade 9 classes were studying The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon which shares similar themes so we were able to offer the experience to a large group. The enormous presence that Talli has and the powerful command she has of her audience is completely awe inspiring. Talli's voice is bold, raw and captivating. She shares her real views and feelings and doesn't shy away from difficult topics or questions. She is someone her audience can immediately relate and connect to. The students were so engaged by her confidence, wisdom and humour. It was truly remarkable to observe the very honest and intimate question and answer period after Talli's uplifting presentation and to see how effortlessly and instantly she forms relationships with her audience. Her talk left an undeniable lasting impact on my students and I look forward to having her back year after year.

vision Opening the eyes, minds and hearts of everyone that I meet. Inspiring, one person at a time.