Leanne Prendergast, recipient of the Commonwealth Youth Award, The Attorney General Victims Services Award of Distinction, the Top 20 Under 20 National Award and the Louise Russo W.A.V.E. Award, is the founder and President of the Love Our Lives Organization. Born in London England, and moved to Canada at the age of 7, Leanne has spent the last 9 years of her life understanding bullying and its long term effects using her own experiences and the experiences of others. As a student, entrepreneur, motivation speaker and young author, she has earned multiple scholarships and awards for her work. Leanne continues to work actively within the community by conducting workshops, writing programs and creating projects to empower and support victims of bullying.
At the age of 12, Leanne and her older sister had both been victims of bullying and had reached their breaking points. Their concerned mother watched both her children feel isolated, rejected and hurt. She suggested that they write their experiences as a way to help other girls who were going through similar experiences. As a result, Leanne and her sister published their first book, Getting to Know Me, when Leanne was 14. As a result, Leanne founded the ‘Love Our Lives Organization’ which addresses issues of bullying, isolation, low self-esteem, depression and even suicide. Leanne’s work has been recognized both nationally and internationally as her work connects with youth as well as elders alike. Her vision through Love Our Lives is to give young girls and women the tools to support the processes of restoration.
Leanne has spoken at conferences and other events, such as WE Day, the Women’s Research Education Association, and has been a guest speaker at the University of Toronto, Trent University, Mount Sinai Hospital and she has even done a TED Talk. Leanne has also had the amazing opportunity to be apart of the Queen’s Young Leaders Program from the University of Cambridge, in England.
Today, Leanne continues to work on programs that help build self-esteem and confidence in girls, while providing the necessary tools to shape a future generation of resilient and self sufficient young women. As she works toward implementing these programs within the education system, her aim is that policies will be put in place to address the travesty of bullying and its ongoing cycle within our society.
“You are more than good enough to be loved because you exceed all requirements.” – Leanne Prendergast