"We were very fortunate to have Lee speak at our recent Equality in Education symposium. Lee's presentation on mental health was both informative and engaging. Her candor and honesty when talking about her experiences was very appreciated by our audience. One audience member summed it up best when they said "all students and educators should hear Lee's message.”
- Sarah Rouse, UNB Faculty of Law
“Lee’s presentation was thoughtful and thought provoking, and well tailored to the interest of the group. Lee is an eloquent speaker, both engaging and sincere. I left with lots to ponder, and with the always welcome reminder that we are never alone in our experiences of mental health issues."
- Hannah Brunsdon, University of Calgary
“Through my work with Partners For Youth I facilitate different mental health action groups with high school students around New Brunswick. Part of the program is the students get to plan a project to give back to their school and create awareness about mental health and mental illness – this year 3 of my schools were super interested in having a speaker with lived experience come and talk to them about stigma and what it’s like living with a mental illness – and I knew the best person for the job was Lee! Lee gave full assembly presentations at all 3 schools and it was AMAZING. The feedback was incredible and I had many school staff telling me that they were the best presenter they’d had into the school – very relatable for the students and shared their experiences in a very accessible and profound way. You won’t be disappointed with having Lee come to your school for a presentation!”
- Kendra Wasson Simpson, Partners for Youth NB
"Lee Thomas knows how to draw her audience in. She had all 1100 people--students and staff--in the palm of her hand for the duration of her presentation. Lee is real, she is witty, she is inspiring and she has a message our students, our society needs to hear. Lee and her story are helping to break down the stigma of mental illness. We are so glad she came to SGCHS."
- Cheryl Otto, Principal at Spruce Grove Composite High School
“The presentation engaged students and it was wonderful to observe them as their eyes remained glued to the presenter the whole time. Lee's easy-going nature allowed for students and staff to feel comfortable discussing this topic. Incorporating personal experience kept students interested and made the discussion applicable to our students. Lee showed students what a strong role model looks like and that it is possible to overcome adversity.”
- Melissa Creighton, Guidance Counsellor at Cambridge Narrows Community School
“Lee was an incredible presenter at our school. Her story reaches so many different people and situations that students go through in their lifetime, with a simple message, you are not alone, and help is available. I would highly suggest any institution to have her speak.“
- Jamie Rogers, General Manager, Algoma University Students’ Union
"Lee was funny and approachable as she discussed a very serious subject. Our students were drawn to her message and I feel that 'mental health' is no longer a word that needs to be whispered after hearing her speak."
- Mike Lauzon, Principal at Sexsmith Secondary School
“I do want to thank you for being a part of our Mental Health Week at ACC. Your key note was relatable, engaging and inspiring. The feedback we got from our participants was really positive and what is most valuable about your presentation, was your full circle approach. From recruiting for the #My Definition campaign to joining us in our Mental Health Walk and delivering the Mental Health First Aid Training. Your presence here in Brandon was impactful and resonated with our Council and our college community.”
- Paige Cuvelier, Assiniboine College Students Association
"Feedback from both students and faculty members was extremely positive as the key message of awareness and acceptance were clearly conveyed to the school audience... This is one of the better school presentations that I have been privy to."
- Todd Robertson, Guidance Counsellor at Sussex Regional High School
"Hearing Lee speak is inspiring. Real-life, first-person accounts of struggles with mental health hit home and really make you think. Lee's presentations are honest, real and informative; everyone can take something away.”
- Desiree Duplessis, UNB Faculty of Law
"As an administrator in an alternative school, I was looking for a 'real life' speaker to share their story. How lucky we were to have Lee! She is engaging, honest, and by making herself vulnerable she truly captured the respect of her audience. If you're looking for a genuine, knows-what-she's-talking-about presenter, she is the real thing!"
- Marsie Fisk, Administrator at Meridian Heights High School
"Life has become complex for students today and we realize that we need to respond to support their mental wellness. We brought Lee in to start the conversation. Her presentation hit home with a number of our students and staff by sharing her story in the context of today's youth. Lee role models that it is 'ok' to talk about mental health issues in youth and motivates to take the conversation out of the gym and into the life of the school."
- Carolyn Jensen, Principal at Memorial Composite High School
“Life has become complex for students today and we realize that we need to respond to support their mental wellness. We brought Lee in to start the conversation. Her presentation hit home with a number of our students and staff by sharing her story in the context of today's youth. Lee role models that it is 'ok' to talk about mental health issues in youth and motivates to take the conversation out of the gym and into the life of the school."
- Carolyn Jensen, Principal, Memorial Composite High School, Stony Plain, AB
"Lee was able to take our needs and create a program that was specifically tailored to us... The messages they delivered were unique, impactful, and delivered in a way that was incredibly engaging."
- Jessica Weagle, Leadership Training Assistant at the University of New Brunswick
"Lee was able to take our needs and create a program that was specifically tailored to us. "Life Lessons with Lee" was uniquely about UNB, but Lee was also able to incorporate important messages of the importance of leadership and awareness of mental health challenges faced by incoming students. The messages they delivered were unique, impactful, and delivered in a way that was incredibly engaging. Having Lee speak at our leadership training really set a positive and empowering tone for the start of the year. We loved having Lee speak, and would DEFINITELY love to have them as a keynote speaker for our future leaders!”
- Jessica Weagle, Residence Life, University of New Brunswick
“Lee set the tone of our conference strongly, with wit, humour and confidence: we are working together, remember to respect each other, and keep each other in mind when we speak. Many of the attendees remarked upon their positive tone and warm, direct language. They instantly grabbed their attention without labouring the point.”
- Mark Kilfoil, Program Director at CHSR Community Radio
“Lee's talk… was really personal and it hit close to home. Those are the kind of stories that get people to engage in conversation and open up dialogue about mental health.”
- Whitney Hodgins, Accessibilities Director, Brandon University
“Lee was passionate, engaging, and real. They presented at our conference early on a Saturday morning, and not only had all of the delegates' attention, but had them excited about being able to better understand and approach issues of mental health in a positive way. Lee left the audience more knowledgeable, and ensured they were able to translate their story into bettering themselves and their organizations.“
- Chris McGinn, Canadian Business School Conference
“Lee Thomas's S.T.I.G.M.A. presentation is a personal, sincere, accessible and candid means of engaging audiences of all types in a discussion about mental health and reducing the stigma often associated with it. During the presentation, Lee addresses two statistics: the 1:5 and 5:5. While one in every five people experience mental illnesses, five in every five people (aka EVERYONE) experiences mental health. Clearly, we should all be having discussions about mental health and S.T.I.G.M.A. is a perfect means of getting the conversation going.”
- Joseph Cassidy-Skof, Trent Durham Student Association
“Lee came to StFX campus to present a keynote on Stigma and Mental Health and to help celebrate the launch of StFX’s #mydefinition campaign. Through her approachability, honesty, and empathy with which she delivers her keynote she opens up your perspective to the stigma that continues to exist surrounding mental health, especially on university campuses. If you are looking to start a conversation about mental health on your campus, or within your community I cannot recommend Lee enough!”
- Joelle French, St. FX Student’s Union