Tammy Whelen is no stranger to adversity. She faced a difficult battle with cancer at just 25 years old, and has experienced firsthand the anguish of losing a loved one to drugs. Since that time Tammy has dedicated herself to helping others. Whether planning fundraisers, sharing her story, or motivating students, Tammy channels her energy and passion into creating a brighter future for those who may be fighting their own tough battles. After beating her cancer Tammy was determined to give back. She achieved a diploma in Fundraising & Volunteer Management and went on to raise over $350,000 for The Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre with her annual Road2Recovery Gala. Tammy has also worked with charitable organizations such as Dorothy Ley Hospice, Hope Place Centres, United Way Halton, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, and the Terry Fox Foundation. Today, in her role as Educator at Canadian Mental Health Association Peel, Tammy is focusing her efforts on helping to spread the word about the mental health issues that affect so many Canadians in all walks of life. As a Certified ASIST Trainer (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and certified safeTALK Trainer, Tammy is determined to demystify mental illness and overcome the stigma surrounding it. She understands that awareness is the key to finding solutions – not just for those struggling to live with mental illness, but for the families trying desperately to cope, as well as our society as a whole. With a certificate in Facilitation and Teaching Effectiveness Tammy shares her knowledge and experience as an instructor at Humber College, while continuing to further her own learning as she works towards a degree in Adult Education. Her personal experiences have taught Tammy that we each face our own challenges – big or small - every single day. She believes it is through understanding and acceptance that we can build a network of support for those in need.
Discovering Purpose through Adversity In 1999 Tammy Whelen was just 25 years old when a diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma changed the course of her life. In this inspirational one-hour talk, Tammy discusses the pivotal role her struggle with cancer played in her own personal journey. Join Tammy as she explains how the fight of her lifetime evolved into a battle to improve the lives of cancer patients everywhere. Her own treatment and subsequent recovery inspired Tammy to help raise over $350,000 for cancer research. It also led her to a new career dedicated to helping others. Tammy’s story illustrates how adversity can be a catalyst for positive change. How it’s possible to endure hardships and emerge stronger and more determined. How in our darkest moments, we may discover a light within us we never knew we possessed. Tammy never let cancer define her, but in this inspirational interactive discussion, she shares how cancer encouraged her to redefine her own purpose in life. A part of the proceeds from this talk will be donated to the Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre, in support of the Advanced Therapeutics Program. Loss, Healing and Hope In 2002, Tammy Whelen’s family suffered the unthinkable. At the age of just 34, Tammy’s brother Joseph Whelen succumbed to his battle with drug abuse. In this one-hour talk, Tammy opens up about the tragedy, sharing insights she gleaned through witnessing her brother’s downward spiral firsthand. Tammy understands intimately the devastating effects of addiction on an individual and those around them, but she also understands how crucial it is to share her experience in order to help others who may be struggling to cope. Tammy’s is a story of loss, but it is also a story of healing and recovery, and even a story of hope. Hope that through awareness and prevention, she can help those most at risk to follow a different path. A part of the proceeds from this talk will be donated to Hope Place Centres.
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Everyone is still talking about how fabulous you are!
- Peel District School Board I just wanted to thank you again for the presentations you gave; I have heard nothing
but positive feedback from employees today!
- Crosby Canada Tammy, thank you for the training. I now have an extra tool in my pocket when working
in the field.
- Canadian Mental Health Association Peel, Staff Member, ASIST training Tammy great presentation as usual- you flexed well under the changing agenda.
- Canadian Mental Health Association, Director, United Way Forum Thanks again Tammy for the excellent presentation you delivered to the participants. Everyone has been saying such wonderful things about your presentation.
- Dixie Bloor Services Thank you for your wonderful and youth-friendly presentation to our youth group last Friday. As usual, your presentations are always engaging and impactful. Your session was well received.
- Strong Bodies, Healthy Minds You have definitely had a positive impact on me, our staff, and our kids; and for that I am
truly grateful.
- Bristol Road Middle School The clients and I came away informed, uplifted and armed with practical ideas about how
to deal with stress, and where to go for additional help.
- COSTI Immigrant Services
If you would like to learn more about Tammy’s programs, request a quote, schedule her for an event or speaking engagement, please email: tammywhelen@gmail.com Let her know what dates and times you’re interested in and she’ll do her best to get back to you as quickly as possible.

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