Kelly Falardeau is a burn survivor since the age of two-years-old on 75% of her body and constantly struggled with her self-worth and confidence. She found a way to go from near-death to success; from the ugly scar-faced girl to the Top 10 Most Powerful and Influential Speaker, Fierce Woman of the Year, three times a Best-Selling Author, recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and most recently a YWCA Woman of Distinction. You have to ask yourself how? How did a burn survivor who constantly struggled with rejection, staring and teasing burst through all the negativity in her life to succeed? You have to hear her speak or read her books to learn the stories of how she did it.
Friends, family and those who have worked with Kelly all say that Kelly doesn’t let fear stop her – when she wants to achieve something, she just does. They also say that the fact that Kelly is a burn survivor since she was two-years-old is so motivating because she does not let circumstances dictate her success.
At 21, she was nominated and won the position of President of the Alberta Burn Rehabilitation Society. As a kid, she also won the 4-H Most Improved Member award plus various public speaking awards and even the fastest senior typist award in high school.
Kelly has been featured on various media in Canada, United States, Taiwan, Mexico and Africa such as Global TV Edmonton and Calgary, CTS TV, CTV TV, Breakfast TV, Access TV, CBC, A-Channel, CFRN and KenyaTV. She has also appeared as a guest on a various radio shows too. Articles have been written about her in the Edmonton Woman Magazine, Edmonton Examiner, Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun, Pioneer Balloons Balloon Magazine and she also won the MOM Executive Officer award from the Mom Magazine.
Kelly was chosen amongst thousands to present her business to the Dragons for the Dragons’ Den television series plus won the “Fierce Woman of the Year” award.
Kelly was selected out of 1500 women to compete in the Every Woman model search competition, sponsored by Fashion Has No Borders and Ben Barry Agency. She faced her fear of being judged by her appearance and walked the runway and won the Peoples’ Choice award.
Kelly has been involved in various burn camps and has spoken to a variety of groups including teenagers, adults, people with disabilities, Aboriginal groups and business people.
She is a sought-after international speaker because of her ability to engage others. She is able to move audience’s emotions and make them see how a bad situation can become a great one. She will have you crying, laughing and dancing in your chairs as she shares her many stories about risk, rejection, resilience’ and overcoming adversity.
Not only is Kelly a creator and speaker, she is also a best-selling author and wrote three books called No Risks No Rewards, Self Esteem Doesn’t Come in a Bottle and 1000 Tips for Teenagers. Two of which are best-sellers.