Leanne Prendergast, recipient of the Top 20 Under 20 National 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 is currently in her last year of University where she is completing her undergraduate degree and plans to further her studies.