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 experience. The student, entrepreneur and young author through her active service in the community and fight against bullying has earned her multiple scholarships as well as awards.
At the age of 12, after experiencing years of bullying, Leanne had reached her breaking point. Her concerned mother watched both her children feel isolation, rejection and hurt, and therefore suggested that they write their experiences as a way to help other girls who have felt the same way. As a result, Leanne and her sister published their first book Getting to Know Me at the age of 14 and 16 opening doors for the voices of young girls to be heard. As a result, Leanne founded the ‘Love Our Lives Organization’ which deals with issues of depression, bullying, isolation, low self-esteem, depression and even suicide. Leanne’s work has been recognized both nationally and internationally as she uses her experience to connect with youth as well as elders alike. Her idea is to heal women and young girls who have experienced bullying and help find ways to empower them so they will no longer stay victims of bullying.
Leanne is now finishing her last year of University studying Human Rights and Equity Studies as a way to connect her experiential data and practical work with theoretical findings and research. Leanne plans to continue her by completing her Masters in Gender and development while continuing to write programs and curriculum to help young girls all over the world. Leanne is also currently working on her second book which focuses on young people and their ideas of self-image in a world that is highly influenced by social media.
Girls Restoring the Woman
Love Our Lives was founded by Leanne Prendergast along side her sister, at the age of 12 after choosing to use her experience with bullying as a way to help and empower other young girls. Over the years Leanne has established this organization as a grassroots, inter-personal initiative where she tells her story and shares her experience as a way to help people talk about uncomfortable topics. Leanne’s experience being bullied has enabled her to connect with young girls and their mothers and suggest solutions on how to deal with issues such as depression, isolation, self-image and even suicide.
Love Our Lives encourages peer mentorship as well as relationship building in order to find ways to have young girls overcome these issues that so many of them face. Love Our Lives aims to create programs, curriculum and spaces where girls and guys can feel accepted as well as learn to accept themselves and use their adversities as an opportunity to help and empower others.