Marnie Grundman

Spokesperson and Advocate for At-Risk and Homeless Youth

Marnie Grundman

Marnie has been featured on over 100 major television and radio shows in Canada, the United States and Europe including CP24, Breakfast Television, Global News, The Marilyn Denis Show, Young Justice, Here and Now CBC, NewsTalk 1010, and the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse.

A child who belonged to no one, missing at the tender age of 13, she spent years living on the streets where she experienced the worst of humanity firsthand. In her darkest hours while living in an apartment complex sauna, she was sure that everyone who knew her had forgotten that she even existed. It was in those desperate hours that she decided she was paying up front for a better life that lay ahead.

What began as a story of healing led to one of triumph, of the power of the human spirit. Marnie has since become an advocate for the missing, working to change the perception of runaway children so they might finally get the help they desperately need.

Marnie’s personal experience as a homeless youth and runaway gives her the ability to share a first-hand insight that touches and inspires her audience. She is candid and possesses a vulnerability that allows her to connect on a deep level with her listeners.

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  1. Nothing Bad Happens Behind Pretty Doors

    I began running away at the tender age of 5 years old after being dropped out of a two-story window; by 13 I was living on the streets full-time, having finally left my abusive family for good. I share my personal story with full transparency and vulnerability that draws audiences in as if I were speaking to each person individually. Along with my personal story of overcoming adversity, I work to advocate for our youth experiencing homelessness, delving into the misunderstood topics at the heart of this grave issue.


    • The truth behind why kids run away from home and how to provide meaningful, sensitive, and effective intervention
    • The impact left behind after surviving the streets
    • Embracing healing as a lifelong process
    • Turning survival into surthrival
    • Simple acts of kindness we can all give to people experiencing homelessness
  2. (C)-PTSD | Trauma

    (Carole,) Peter, Tom, Sally, and Diane

    Making Friends with Your Un-invited Guests.

    Trauma survivors never completely heal. Triggers are something we need to make peace with and integrate into our lives to have control over our trauma/triggers. That control allows victims to become survivors.


    The real faces of human trafficking are all around us in our daily lives. We are sitting to next them in restaurants, in line at the grocery store. The duct tape, the chains, the imprisonment is in their minds linking them to their traffickers. This talk is about the complexities of grooming victims and how to spot the early warnings signs to recognize these invisible victims.


    The Silver Lining of Trauma.

    This talk focuses on how to use your past experiences as tools for growth to move forward from trauma in a positive way. Surviving trauma provides a unique skill set that is central to resilience. As you embrace turning trauma into a tool, you come to a point of strength and perspective where nothing is insurmountable.


    Grieving is Receiving.

    In a world focused on moving forward, we often gloss over the grieving process. There is a guilt attached to giving time to “old wounds.” The result is that we carry them around unprocessed. This talk focuses on how and why we need to grieve to move on to a lighter, happier life.

  6. YOU ARE NOT ALONE | Youth Workshop

    Focus: Runaway Prevention | Human Trafficking Awareness

    Trauma is a lonely road; when something bad happens, people have a tendency to think they are the only ones. Worse yet, they think they deserve it, and the trauma they suffer is compounded with guilt, shame, and isolation. This workshop shines a light on the truth in an interactive and meaningful way. Attendees leave with a new set of tools to help them be more mindful of what’s around them and supportive of peers who may be suffering. Awareness, compassion, and connection are vital to ending cycles of trauma and abuse and restoring self-worth and our place in the world.

We feel fortunate that Marnie Grundman has come to share her moving account of her life as homeless 13-year-old a couple of times with our donors. She gives a face to the experience of a vulnerable young person on the street, and she offers her testimony with an open, generous spirit. As a speaker for your event, Marnie will engage and inspire your audience, and offer them a story they will not soon forget.
Stacey Carcao
Covenant House Toronto
Marnie had the audience captivated could hear a pin drop. That's quite the feat when you're speaking to over 250 guests at The Hard Rock Cafe. She is incredibly poised, articulate and so relatable. She could be your sister, mother or best friend. By sharing a pivotal time during her homeless years, she poignantly conveyed to us how one single positive relationship or conversation, can be life-changing. She brought meaning and context to our fundraising event for MyToronto: Changing Perspectives- a Ve'ahavta initiative that recognizes and celebrates the perspective of people affected by homelessness through the art of photography
Diane Pinsky Rothman
Love MyToronto
Marnie Grundman is such an inspiring activist and advocate for youth experiencing homelessness. Marnie came to speak at Wilfrid Laurier 5 Days for the Homeless campaign, and left the crowd speechless with the reality homelessness plays in our society. I would highly recommend Marnie’s book Missing to all ages, as the message she sends is eyeopening. We often don’t stop to think about the stories behind faces and are quick to judge. Marnie helps break this stereotype by sharing her story and is living proof of how far a random act of kindness can go. She is a role model we are all lucky to have!"
Marnie McCormac
Director of Education for the Laurier 5 Days for the Homeless Campaign
Marnie is raw, real, transparent and not afraid to be vulnerable in order to have impact and move people towards their higher selves. She lets audiences in and then holds them by the hand as she takes them on a journey towards allowing their stories, their true essence, and their own form of honesty to step forward to bring them peace and joy on their own path towards fulfillment.
Rick Clemons
Host of The Coming Out Lounge Podcast

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