International Speaker and Author on Mental Illness and Recovery
Elizabeth’s life work is delivering the message of hope that people can recover from mental illness. Since 1995, she has impacted more than 1000 audiences with the story of her journey from illness to recovery to victory.
Early successes in her recovery include being part of the World Psychiatric Association’s 1998 Anti-Stigma campaign and being one of the collaborators and original cast members in the play, Starry Starry Night, through the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta’s, Calgary Branch, Partnership Program.
After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Culture from the University of Calgary in 2010 (post-diagnosis) she followed her dream of being an author. Elizabeth published her memoir, Being Mentally Healthy (in spite of a mental illness) which has been adopted in several universities as required reading.
Elizabeth wrote her second book The ABCs of Being Mentally Healthy A Colouring Book which is a recovery activity book with 26 tips on improving positive mental health.
Elizabeth has shared her journey and Recipe for Success to audiences such as :
Family Medical Forum, University of Calgary 50th anniversary celebration, University of Wisconsin The Forum for Behavioural Science in Family Medicine (Luncheon Keynote).
Elizabeth has facilitated her 90 minute workshop at the (IACAPAP) International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professionals World Congress in Calgary Alberta.
Elizabeth has been recognized for her efforts as the recipient of the True Grit Award Lt. Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addictions and as a CTV Inspiring Albertan. She is an example of someone who lives with a diagnosis, yet is resilient. She knows that being mentally healthy in spite of a mental illness is a journey – a journey she is eager to share with those searching for a new, positive paradigm for reframing adversity.
Also, she is a speaker at the Speaker’s Bureau of Canada and a member of Canadian Professional Speakers Association (CAPS).