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I love connecting with audiences, and it shows. Clients say:

Ontario Occupational Health Nurses Association

“‘Awesome, spell-binding, inspiring, energizing, life-changing’ is how many conference attendees described Rona Maynard’s keynote presentation that opened the 2012 Ontario Occupational Health Nurses’ annual conference.  Everyone wants you back.  Thank you, Rona!”

—Frances MacCusworth, Associate Executive Director

Ability Employers

“Rona engaged, motivated and educated employer groups in Halifax, Bridgewater and Yarmouth. Her compelling ability to captivate the group and motivate so many in the room to engage in questions and openly share perspectives at the end of the session was life-changing for many. Audiences rated their satisfaction at 97.5 percent!”

–Sharon Rutland, Co-Chair

Sprott School of Business, Carleton University

“Rona’s presentation ‘Following Your Inner Leader’ …was humorous, relevant and inspiring. Rona’s message resonated strongly with our participants. She was an ideal speaker for the 20th anniversary celebration of our management development program for women.”

—Dr. Lorraine Dyke, head of the Centre for Research on Women and Work

Business Takes Action (Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters)

“Rona exceeded our hopes as keynote speaker for BTA’s fourth annual conference: The True Cost of Workplace Mental Health. She spoke candidly about overcoming 30 years of depression through the power of work and how work continued to offer her a sense of purpose. Rona is witty, compelling, empowering, honest, inspiring and insightful. She captivated our guests and in turn received outstanding reviews. Thank you, Rona!”

—Elaine Austin, Executive Director, Business Takes Action

Women’s Business Network of Peterborough

“We couldn’t be happier with the feedback we received about Rona’s opening keynote. Of the evaluations we received, 88 percent rated her presentation as excellent. Some comments people noted that inspired them about her speech: ‘Follow your beliefs and dreams do come true,’ ‘Keep up the hard work; it’s not the time to quit, ‘ Having such a high-profile speaker as Rona was excellent.’ Her keynote was the perfect way to start our day. Rona was a pleasure to work with—she went above and beyond to help us promote the event.”

—Marilyn Cassidy, 50th Anniversary Conference Committee

Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation

“Rona was superb. She captivated the audience for every second of her talk and inspired a very frank Q & A, which she handled with compassion, understanding and respect. Every single person I spoke with last night thanked us for hosting the event and said it was tremendous.”

—John Russell, Personal Gifts Officer

Breathe Now Conference for Women

“Rona’s talk was warm, witty and full of great insights. I loved her mantra: This is not my problem.”

—Yukari Peerless, Conference Co-chair

Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation

“People laughed and cried throughout Rona’s speech at our Silver Dinner and she received a standing ovation. We received a great deal of positive feedback about Rona’s presentation and have used it as a benchmark for future speakers.”

—Andrea Swinton, former Director, Marketing and Fund Development

Canadian Mental Health Association

“We loved having you here in Saint John to talk with us about women and depression. You had the entire ballroom spellbound.”

—Anita Connolly, CMHA Saint John

“Rona was an excellent speaker who delivered a very personal message in a profound way that engaged our audience. I would definitely recommend Rona as a speaker for other events.”

—Patti Lauzon, Director of Advancement, CMHA Windsor

B.C. Women’s Hospital Foundation

“You were an inspiration to everyone in the room and the feedback has been terrific. The audience was completely captivated and deeply touched by your speech. One of my favourite parts was when you said, ‘Every night before falling asleep, I would give thanks for the best moment of my day.'”

—Cynthia Loveman, Executive Director

University of Saskatchewan, Extension Division

“The comments about your presentation ‘Success on Your Own Terms’ were wonderful. These are just a few of the comments: ‘Wonderfully connective! Oh, to have that strength and fire!,’ ‘Restored my belief that I am living for myself and no one else and my belief in my own decisions,’ ‘Fantastic. I loved the humorous personal stories,’ ‘clearly spoke to me about a need for change in my life and how that is a good thing,’ ‘She was one of the reasons why I wanted to attend this conference,’ ‘Motivating and yet entertaining,’ ‘I loved her honesty.'”

—Sandra Cey and Carol Koch, Conference Coordinators

Saskatoon Health Region

“I have heard nothing but positive response to your talk…. Hearing someone as successful as you speak about your challenges with mental illness will have been life changing for many of those in attendance.  Thank-you for allowing us the opportunity to peek into your life …The impact will be felt for a long time.”

—Liz Letwiniuk, Organizer, Living with Mental Illness Workshop

Women Entrepreneurs of Newfoundland and Labrador

“Having you as our keynote speaker inspired and motivated our delegates, who had nothing but rave reviews for you. You gave the conference a kick start and set the mood for the entire event.”

—Cindy Sullivan, NLOWE

Statistics Canada

“For the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day it was fitting to have such an empowering speaker come to Statistics Canada. Rona’s life is full of lessons and she tells them in a way that benefits everyone in the room. She is truly enjoyable to listen to.”

—Jennifer Kerr, Writer-Editor, The Daily, Statistics Canada

Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario

“Intimate and compelling….Rona’s practical strategies offer inspiration and hope that will help you to face challenging situations with confidence.”

—Sherry Ramrattan Smith, conference organizer, And Still We Rise

Joy of Aging Conference

“Rona’s touching and motivational speech was a resounding success with the audience. The feedback from over 350 women who attended the event was tremendously positive I highly recommend Rona as a motivational speaker and tireless advocate for mental health.”

—Tina Tehranchian, Conference Co-Chair

Providence Continuing Care Foundation

“Everyone enjoyed the entire evening, especially your talk. We received many positive comments from guests, clients, staff and our sponsors. You delivered a message that can and should be repeated often and I’d like to think that we began that public airing process last week. Way to go!”

—Timothy Brown, Vice President, Development and Communications, Providence Continuing Care Centre

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