Elizabeth Manley

Olympic Figure Skater and World Silver Medalist, Resilience and Mental Health Advocate

Elizabeth Manley

Elizabeth Manley competed 40 years in both amateur and professional figure skating. She has participated in two Olympic Games (where she won the 1988 silver medal and became the Olympic Freestyle Champion), six World Championships, and has won three National Titles. Reliving her incredible journey for audiences, Manley gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse into what it takes to make it to the top and speaks with honesty about the importance of mental health. Today she is a Certified Life/Executive Coach and helps many through the struggles of Life and Careers. Her passion to speak about Well Being and Success has her work with many corporations and organizations. She has been on the Speaking Platform for 28 yrs.

Since her retirement from amateur competition, Manley was awarded The Order of Canada. She is the author of two autobiographies, and she has also starred in three major television specials, which won a Gemini Award, and were sold to Disney Productions. She is a Sports Commentator and worked for NBC for the Salt Lake City and Torino Olympic Games and was a part of the CTV broadcast team for the Vancouver Olympic Games, as well as blogging for CBC for the Sochi Olympics.

Elizabeth has been a National Spokesperson for The Alzheimer’s Society of Ottawa, and Winners Walk of Hope for Ovarian Cancer Canada. She is also an advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association of Canada and has been an Ambassador for the Health Council of Canada. She constantly works with the Canadian Mental Health Association and is a member of the Cancer Foundation Courage Campaign Presidents’ Advisory Circle in Ottawa. Elizabeth has spoken to more then 700 schools on the importance of Mental Health, Bullying, and Teen Suicide.

Elizabeth has become a Producer, and held three Charity events “Elizabeth Manley and Friends for Mental Health”.

Elizabeth is a member of the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, and the Skate Canada Hall of Fame. In 2015 Elizabeth received one of the highest honours in Ottawa, “The Builders Award”, from the United Way which recognized her continuous contributions and work in the community for charitable work. As well, in 2020, Elizabeth received the “Inspiration Award” from the Royal Ottawa for her continued work and support of Mental Health.

    Topics 
  1. MENTAL HEALTH - a story of possibility

    Elizabeth’s story of coming back from depression, anxiety, and a nervous breakdown four years before her Olympic win, embraces resilience and is an inspiration to many and her positive outlook despite living with depression.

  2. Mental Health in The Workplace

    Times today are exceedingly difficult, but how we cope is a major part of our well-being. Elizabeth helps with understanding the stress that comes with the workplace and managing conflicts with others to achieve success.

  3. Be a Better YOU!

    Are you living by your values, are you Living Life or just Living? What is holding you back from being the best you can be in life? How do you want to be remembered? Elizabeth shows you how to get out of your rut and face your fear of change. One you, One life…make it the best it can be!

  4. Achieving Success and The Journey Towards It

    Elizabeth discusses understanding the patience required to be successful, and goal setting. Listening to your intuitions and going after it! Believing in one’s greatest possibilities.

Testimonials: 
It was the most unlikely of circumstances that introduced us to Liz; we are forever grateful that this happened. We had Liz speak to our membership, and it changed many of us. The inspiration that she generated, from hearing about her own incredible journey, was invaluable.
Ottawa Police Association
I was totally blown away by Elizabeth — she is one of the best speakers I have ever heard! Amazing does not come close to describing how wonderful she was. She had our audience laughing, crying and totally riveted to her the entire speech. The audience gave her a standing ovation.
Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada - Ontario Society
The consensus is “best AGM ever”. I owe a large portion of the thanks to you, Liz. Your ability to relate and engage with the audience is unique. The Board, consumers, staff and donors fell in love with you. We now know why you are referred to as “Canada’s Sweetheart”. On a specific note, your response to questions was perfect and honest. You didn’t oppose or support different methods of therapy but spoke about what worked for you! That is really what it is all about.
Canadian Mental Health Association
Elizabeth Manley clearly speaks from her heart. In each and every presentation she has given in support of the Alzheimer Society at the local or national levels, she has openly shared her family’s experience with Alzheimer’s disease to break down the stigma of the disease and to help make change happen. What a great tribute of love for her father. Elizabeth truly inspires families to take advantage of Alzheimer programs she knows will have great benefits for them in their dementia journey. Her presentations leave everyone in a positive frame of mind with the message that appropriate services can be made available throughout the disease process if families and politicians work together as a group in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County
Not only were you warm and personable but your story was also truly inspiring. Our delegates were truly touched by your journey, the struggles and personal challenges that you experienced, and your eventual triumph to become an Olympic champion. Your presentation was lively and incredibly heart-warming.
Ontario Real Estate Association
To describe Elizabeth “Liz” Manley would be as if a firecracker was let go into a crowded room of people that need some means of energy to be administered. I have known Liz for a long time, although only recently reconnected, I have regretted not having her near during those times of disparity. Liz is a “Motivational and Inspirational Person” who has always had the ability to help others when the time was needed. As a leader within a youth organization (cadets), recently during these times of “Covid 19” I thought it was important that we had Liz do one of ‘Pep Talks’ with the cadets, not only did it help the kids, it energized our adult staff, and has been shared by other youth organization like my group.
Captain Sean Casey, CD
I reached out to Liz to help my figure skating students during the pandemic lockdown. I had skaters between the ages of 8 to 19 participate. She had a way of setting them at ease which allowed them to truly open up to her about how they were feeling. Liz had wonderful ideas and solutions for them to help work through these difficult times. Through the use of her own stories Liz communicated to the skaters that they are not alone. I highly recommend Liz anyone needing an understanding person to talk to. I guarantee you will be glad you reached out to her. She really is the best.
Jen Jackson, Coach at Hamilton Skating Club

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