Most Popular Presentations

Ann Douglas is a passionate and inspiring speaker who sparks conversations that matter. She is a bestselling parenting author, CBC Radio parenting columnist, and mental health advocate and speaker. In 2014, she teamed up with Today's Parent magazine to make this series of 60-second parenting tips videos.

Interested in inviting Ann to speak at your school or to your community group? She'd love to brainstorm the possibilities.

Looking for some ideas and inspiration in the meantime? What follows is a list of her most popular parenting presentations and a roundup of her most recent speaking engagements.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:
PARENTING THROUGH THE STORM

Ann has that rare gift of being able to put a smile on your face while opening your mind. She was able to connect with the audience in such a meaningful way.
— Sandy MacDonald, Bell Let's Talk
  • Keynote address for parents (elementary, middle school, or high school)
  • 60 minutes
  • Focus: Mental health
Ann Douglas was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was prompt, attentive, and genuinely took the needs of our organization into consideration when designing her presentation. Ann had an incredible ability to connect with our audience, and she offered some very valuable parenting advice and thoughtful insights. We couldn’t have asked for a better guest speaker!
— Beth Evans, Special Events Coordinator, Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa

Parents can make a difference when it comes to children’s mental health. That’s a powerful and reassuring message if you’re a parent and you’ve been alarmed by recent newspaper headlines about anxiety, depression, and other mental health difficulties in children and adolescents. In this practical and idea-packed workshop, parenting author Ann Douglas will share some highlights from her latest book Parenting Through the Storm: How to Handle The Highs, The Lows, and Everything In-Between — a book for parents who have a child who is struggling with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge. The workshop focuses on parenting strategies, advocacy skills, and stress management and coping skills. Topics to be discussed include self-care, self-compassion, creating your own support network, and lifestyle matters (nutrition, fitness, sleep, and making time for fun). This presentation is based on interviews with more than 50 parents who have walked this walk and who are eager to share their best advice with other parents. Note: Read Ann’s recent interview with Bell Let’s Talk to learn more about her approach to parenting and mental health. Or watch her being interviewed on Canada AM about her book.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:
BIG-PICTURE PARENTING

  • Keynote address for parents (elementary, middle school, or high school)
  • 60 minutes
  • Focus: Parenting strategies and mindful parenting
Ann draws in the audience with her compelling personal stories and keeps them listening with solid, doable advice. The feedback from our attendees was very enthusiastic.
— Laura Bickle, parenting conference organizer, R.H. McGregor Elementary School, Toronto

In this thought-provoking presentation, parenting author Ann Douglas discusses the advantages of taking a big-picture approach to parenting (parenting with your hopes and dreams for your children and your family in mind). She will discuss the importance of tuning into your child’s needs, being mindful of your parenting decisions, building relationships with other parents, and practicing self-care. Expect a compelling mix of practical advice and lively anecdotes from this popular and engaging speaker. This eye-catching graphic recording captures some of the key ideas in this one-of-a-kind presentation.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:
SUPPORTING FAMILIES THROUGH THE STORM

  • Keynote address for professionals 
  • 60 minutes
  • Focus: What professionals need to know about supporting a family with a child who is struggling.

Wondering what you can do to make a difference for a child or a family who is struggling? Eager to learn how you can communicate your caring and support in a way that recognizes and builds upon the strengths of that family? In this practical and inspiring presentation, Ann Douglas will connect the dots between the growing body of research about family support and engagement and the real-world needs of children and families. After all, if it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to support that child’s parent. Here’s how to be that village…. 

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP:
THE COURAGE TO CHANGE

  • Workshop for high school students
  • 60 minutes
  • Focus: Finding purpose; embracing change and growth
Ann is an engaging speaker, who shares her heartfelt messages with humor and compassion and in doing so, connects with her audience in a genuine way.
— Diane Mullane, Mental Health Lead, Durham Catholic District School Board

Are you living your dream life or have you convinced yourself to settle for second-best? In this thought-provoking presentation, author Ann Douglas will encourage you to embrace rather than fear the possibility of change. You will learn about the power of self-compassion (how treating yourself with kindness and gentleness as opposed to bullying yourself opens the door to possibility), the magic of connection (the importance of finding allies who will truly support you on your journey of change and growth), and the secrets to setting yourself up for success (how to set goals that are realistic, measurable, and achievable—and to maintain your commitment to achieving those goals). Expect to be inspired and moved by the wisdom and stories shared by this thought-provoking speaker—a bestselling author and mother of four who has experienced a transformative health journey.

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP:
THE POWER OF STORIES

  • Workshop for high school students
  • 60 minutes
  • Focus: Making sense of the evolving story that is your life

“Each of us has the power to change the world. That change is sparked when we dare to share the contents of our hearts with other people. Sharing your story can be life changing — for you and for everyone else whose lives you touch.”
– Ann Douglas

You can allow a difficult experience to destroy you or you can allow it to strengthen you. And one of the ways to find strength in the wake of a difficult experience is by helping other people. This is the approach that has defined Ann Douglas’ career as a writer—one that has allowed her to find purpose and passion in daily living. In this practical and yet highly personal presentation, she will talk about how learning to embrace her own imperfection gave her the courage to share her story with others. “A painful or difficult experience doesn’t have to limit or define you, she notes. “It simply becomes a thread in the fabric of your life story.”

 

ANN’S RECENT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
(2015-2016)

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Ann Douglas was the opening keynote speaker for our Mindful Parenting Conference 2015. Her presentation was informative and inspirational and set the tone for the whole day. Ann conveys her wealth of knowledge in a personal way that engages the audience. The feedback we received from participants said that her presentation was one of the things they enjoyed most about the conference. Speaking as an organizer, Ann is very professional and a pleasure to work with.
— Valanne Ridgeway, Organizer, Mindful Parenting Conference, Whitby, Ontario

Schools and School Boards and other education organizations
A couple of appearances each month at schools and/or board-wide parenting conferences

Parenting organizations (non-profits and for profits)
Hincks Dellcrest Centre
Parent Education Network, Toronto
Mindful Parenting Conference, Durham Region
Life with a Baby (postpartum support non-profit)
The Baby Show, Ottawa
The Baby Show, Toronto
VOICE For Hearing Impaired Children, Family Camp Presentation, Haliburton, Ontario
Autism Ontario Peel

Mental health organizations
Bell Let’s Talk (Mississauga headquarters)
Centre for Mental Health and Addiction (CAMH)
Partners for Mental Health (national mental health advocacy organization) (webinars and videos)
Children’s Mental Health Ontario
Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa
Morneau Shepell Children’s Support Solutions (webinars)
International Bipolar Foundation (webinars)
Families Advocating for Better Mental Health Everywhere
Bartimaeus Family Services, Toronto

Social service organizations
Early Childhood Development Support Services, Edmonton, Alberta
Child Development Resource Connection Peel, Mississauga, Ontario
North Hastings Children’s Services, Bancroft, Ontario
Supportive Housing In Peel, Mississauga, Ontario

Health care institutions
Peterborough Health Services Foundation fundraiser, Peterborough, Ontario
Alberta Children’s Hospital: Community Education Service, Child And Adolescent Mental Health
Rare Disease Foundation Parent Support Group At SickKids
Toronto Parents Of Multiple Births Association

Literacy Festivals
Spur Festival, Toronto
Ottawa Writers’ Festival
Edmonton Literacy and Learning Day

Note: Ann welcomes the opportunity to partner with schools and community groups who have applied for funding under the Ontario Ministry of Education’s PRO Grant program.  If you’re working on your application for the 2016-17 Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants program and you’re looking for ideas, inspiration, or tips on what has worked well for other schools that have partnered with Ann, please get in touch. She would be happy to share what she’s learned.