Talli was born missing her arms and bones in her legs, but was raised with the belief that she could do anything she set her mind to, and this determined attitude is exactly how she lives her life.
She has always participated fully in any activity that piqued her interests, from Girl Guides, school bands, little league, camp, and even Outward Bound, a wilderness school, where she portaged, carried a canoe and started fires using her feet.
At 13, Talli started volunteering with the War Amps of Canada's CHAMP program (something she does to this day). And so began Talli's passion for inspiring others. She speaks at seminars and shares her experiences with fellow amputees and their families, showing them that they, too, can live whatever life they want.
As a teenager she became a mentor for people with physical challenges. This lead to Talli being the sole Canadian featured in Teens with the Courage to Give, a book comprised of 30 stories of teenagers overcoming the odds and being an inspiration to their community. From there, Talli spoke at schools, conferences and radio shows, and appeared in videos produced by the Government of Ontario's Ministry of Community and Social Services. More recently, Talli spoke at an Out of the Cold event on the fallout of judging people on first impressions.
While Talli's interests are in helping others and inspiring change, her career took a few turns before landing her at Virgin Mobile Canada, first as a Care and Resolutions Specialist and now as a Social Media Specialist, a niche she has always enjoyed and excelled at. Since joining Virgin, Talli has been recognized for her outstanding customer service work. She gave a presentation at a conference in Las Vegas about her values in good customer service and was awarded Best Customer Service Agent in the Americas, as well as Third Best in the World. Talli was also presented with the Virgin Stars of the Year Award by Sir Richard Branson himself.
Another of Talli's loves is music. Talli is recognizable in many punk scenes around the world, and for the last four years she's fronted her own melodic-punk band, performing in many landmark venues in Toronto, including The Bovine, Sneaky Dee's and the Kool Haus.
But it’s in motivating people where Talli is most at home. In March, Talli was approached by CBC to talk about her experiences with bullying. Always the optimist, she brushed aside any notion that she was a victim, instead taking the opportunity to stress that, with the right confidence and attitude, anyone can get passed being bullied.
Talli feels that being a inspirational speaker was something she was born to do. She loves changing perceptions and attitudes, and sharing her stories with others. As Talli says, she wants to spread inspiration, love and punk rock, across the globe, one talk at a time.