Andrew has spoken across North America about ‘Beating the Odds - taking
the responsibility for personal change and growth, overcoming
obstacles, facing fears and attaining goals.’
A mixture of
stories, poignant memories, humour, lessons to be learned and
inspiration. Lesley’s talks have been extremely well received by groups
of all ages. A well known Canadian singer and actress, Lesley’s
seminars include a performance of songs.
||~ Multiple intelligence
~ Gifted learning disabled
~ Handicap of giftedness
~ The gifts of being learning disabled
~ Finding Joy
~ Importance of art
~ Creative problem solving
~ Critical thinking skills
~ Use of humour
~ Developing Organizational skills
~ Time management
~ Finding and being a hero
Testimonials for Lesley Andrew – ‘Beating the Odds’
*A poignant presentation of the effect we have in students lives, both
negative and positive ways. It is difficult to truly know all aspects
of our students’ lives, but we must remember that we can always be a
positive influence, or caring person in their lives!
*Wonderful presentation, beautiful voice, a pleasure to listen to.
*Inspiring for the audience, captivating. Great teaching suggestions.
*Excellent talk - excellent use of props - feel good. This was a
special session for me. I think students should hear her. She should at
least make a tape of presentation!
*Well presented. Great speaker, attuned to emotional delivery.
*“Beating the Odds”. Useful information, positive/refreshing perspective on Special Ed kids and success.
*Wow! (Level 4 went above and beyond expectations!) It is both
reaffirming and scary to know the impact we have on our students lives.
*Very informative. Absolutely phenomenal voice--very uplifting message.
*A truly inspirational story demonstrating how anyone can triumph in
the face of adversary. A great reminder that everything we say and do
can have a lasting impact on our students.
*Lesley’s talk was inspiring, refreshing, enlightening and she was an
eye opener. She made me aware of how much I am not doing for my
students that I used to. A speaker well worth having in all schools for
all students and teachers. For sure this has been one of the best
inspiring talks I have heard.
*Just what I needed. Lesley Andrew is such a fabulous motivating
speaker, I kept getting goose bumps running through my body. I wish my
own children could hear her speak.
*I’m amazed at how comfortably she speaks of herself and her own
experiences, a delightful sense of humor, thoroughly enjoyable and
uplifting. I learn better in a personal environment, so that is what I
do as a teacher. Her talk is very validating of the career I have loved
for 30 years.
*Gives excellent proof of what a learning disabled person can accomplish.
*I love her voice, her philosophy of life (live it to the fullest) and the way she presents herself.
*Thank-you making my day one of the most moving experiences of my life.
“Did you ever find yourself having to thank a speaker and all you and
all you can think of is how to hold back your tears? Well, here I am.
How will I ever do this? Lesley, I am standing here forcing back the
tears of joy, appreciation and tears of thanks for having shared your
story with me. She is a highly gifted individual who has kindly invited
us into her life to share her feelings, her emotions and her successful
struggle in beating the odds. Your passion, bravery and your compassion
all contributed to our growth this afternoon. Lesley, this has been a
powerful moment for me and I am now a better person for having been
here. Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you.”
- Peter Greenberg, Executive member, O.C.A.S.E