“Recently Dianne spoke to the entire Friesens’s staff of over 500. All of us who heard her, came away with the resolve to look at our own lives, understanding that we too have the ability to become extraordinary. We will look at each new day through her eyes, and see the opportunities we didn’t see in the past. Thank you Dianne.” -David Friesens
“Dianne is a dynamic and inspiring speaker who infuses each presentation with intelligence, enthusiasm, humor, and deep compassion. With a lifelong commitment to health and healing, Dianne adeptly ignites those same qualities in her audience, creating a sense of personal as well as group interaction, reflection and growth.” -Claire Panke
Giving the Next Generation a Voice and a Path for Positive Change
After publishing her first book, The Imagine Project: Stories of Courage, Hope and Love (2013), Dianne realized the power of telling our important life stories beginning each sentence with the word, “Imagine…” She began asking children in schools, and her private practice, to write their stories using the word Imagine… and their stories gave Dianne a profound understanding of the stress and tauma many of them face. This inspired her to create The Imagine Project, Inc. a nonprofit organization that helps kids and teens process their challenging experiences by telling their stories and then Imagine news dream for their lives.
Dianne now travels across the country with The Imagine Project, helping children of all walks of life rise above stress and trauma, and listening to both the challenges and the remarkable resiilence and perseverence of our youth.
In keynote addressed, Dianne shares her experiences and the amazing and hopeful stories she has heard. They will tells will inspire you to bring the same 7-step process back to your home, school, practice or community.
Trauma Informed Classrooms
Trauma is prevelant in our classrooms. The ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences Study) research project showed that at least 50% of all children will go through at least one traumatic experience before the age of 17—this can be much higher in communities where there is violence, poverty, even war. Classrooms need to be equiped with tools to support their students who have difficulties learning and coping with the challenges in their lives.
As a thought leader in the field of stress and trauma, Dianne presents detailed information about how stress and trauma affects learning in the classroom, as well as easy and applicable material that teachers and administrators can take back to their schools and implement immediately. Infused with stories and facts, teachers will feel like they have many useful tools to help their struggling students.
Honor your Story: Imagine your Dreams
Everyone has a story; a story that influences the way we perceive and live life. What if your story is holding you back, keeping you from imagining your goals and living your dreams?
Why let your old story get in the way of achieving what you desire most in life. Resilience comes from understanding who we are, where we come from, letting go of the old stories that get in our way so we can do and be anything we desire—finding our true and extraordinary self.
Imagining and making life happen is about honoring your story and writing a new story—whatever story you’d like in life.
- Find compassion for yourself and others.
- Recognize the old story that doesn’t support you.
- Quickly acknowledge, embrace and move away from the negative blocks that your old story ties you to.
- Reconnect to the extraordinary person underneath your old story.
- Write a new story.
- Take your new story and put it into action.
- Live life as your authentic self.