Testimonials about Heather Menzies


“Great spiritual speaker and great insight to view as of care to end of life scenarios.”

“The entire audience at the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County’s seminar “STOP The Rising Tide of Dementia” listened intently to Heather Menzies as she spoke about the social impact of dementia. The power of her presentation was drawn from her own personal perspective as a daughter whose mother had Alzheimer’s disease. She was brave in sharing the feelings of denial, resentment, and guilt that she had as barriers to action before facing the reality of what was happening to her mother so she could really be there for her mother. Heather was inspirational in encouraging families and those who work in dementia care to take action now in order to slow down and stop the crippling effect of Alzheimer’s disease on families. Boomer-aged children, the bulk of the caregivers already providing care to aging parents with Alzheimer’s disease, looks to be the ones to provide even more of the care as the demand for publicly funded services far outstrips the supply.”

Kathy Wright, Executive Director, Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County


“The highlight for me was Heather Menzies. She is a tour de force. I attended her workshop on Friday afternoon and marvelled as she engaged a large audience. Heather is a facilitator who understands that the show is about the audience, not herself.”

“Heather Menzies is a passionate speaker with a deep commitment to social justice.”
Ed Broadbent

Heather Menzies had the packed house of mainly bureaucrats in the palm of her hand with her provocative and powerful presentation.
Michael Williamson, Government on the Net

“Combining stories with argument, Heather is an entertaining speaker and provocative writer.”
Brian Campbell, Canadian Library Association

“Heather Menzies brings a calm, yet powerful manner to her speaking. She was a highlight at the Health Work & Wellness™ Conference 2007: Conquering the CHAOS, providing a thought-provoking keynote which described the stress and technological chaos in our workplaces today as the social equivalent of global warming. Heather walks her talk, preferring to have an open and honest discussion with delegates versus a high tech presentation, and has the ability to engage a large audience. As a result of the discussion at her session, participants committed to increase face time in their workplaces, have electronic black-out periods and to block off time just to “think.” Heather’s keynote was the perfect way to open the conference and get a much-needed dialogue started about how to conquer the chaos in our workplaces.”
                         Deborah Connors, President, Health Work & Wellness™

“In Heather Menzies’ address to the Canadian Associate of Distance Education, Learning Communities and the Information Highway, she anticipated critical issues around the rapidly expanding use of communication technologies. The over 500 conference delegate attendees received her message enthusiastically, and continued discussing her ideas throughout the conference. Those issues are now more pervasive and invasive than ever; but, like the proverbial camel with its nose in the tent, they have been accepted with little critical analysis. That’s why we need Heather Menzies’ insight, to remind us of how much we’re adapting ourselves to our technologies, rather than the other way around, and to help us envision more human and interconnected alternatives to the wired world .”
Jennifer O’Rourke, CADE