Mental Wellness Advocate
EMPOWERING PEOPLE TO
To say Allan has faced adversity is a massive understatement. His journey to recovery is an undeniable story that puts life in perspective. Allan is on a mission to be a positive influence on society, and he will continue to impact all who hear his touching story.
Our community experienced several traumatic events which created an atmosphere of uncertainty and worry. Allan provided more than just words of wisdom, but also practical advice to parents. Allan’s presentation allowed our students and parents to open the doors of communication and gain the strength to deal with the topics many of us try to avoid.
I have attended several seminars on mental health and addictions in the workplace and found Allan’s to be, by far, the most personal, insightful, educational and informative. He brought humor to an otherwise heavy topic without compromising the seriousness of the message.
Allan Kehler is an energetic, captivating and dynamic speaker. He shares his stories in a way that tugs at the heart-strings while motivating you to make positive change. Every individual at the Canada’s Safest Employers gala were hanging on to his every word. He truly has a wonderful gift.
Allan comes across to his audience with such integrity that it draws a person to be an active listener. If you are a supervisor, front line worker, parent or friend, you can take something away from Allan’s message. There are times for laughter, emotional self-reflection, and above all, hope for improvement as a team or an individual.
Allan was an exceptional keynote speaker – he was both motivational and inspirational. He offered a balance of technical information, personal experience and interaction with the audience. I highly recommend Allan for any group wishing to explore themes of mental health and wellness.
Allan spoke to our team and the impact cannot be overstated. Allan’s life experience and powerful presentation gave our people new insights and understanding into what “Mental Healthiness” looks like. Allan is truly a World Class speaker, and when he speaks, people listen. There are a handful of speakers everyone should hear. Allan is one of them!
I have heard more than 100 presentations on similar topics but Allan’s approach is refreshing because it is so holistic and positive. He has a gift in reaching far beyond the facts and statistics. He talks to MY experience and MY desire to live fuller with more freedom. Allan is the speaker that supervisors and employee groups need to hear when planning topics around Addictions, EFAP, and Wellness.
Allan’s comfortable stage presence, and his knowledge and passion surrounding his experience with addictions and mental health really confirm that this is what he is meant to be doing. He connected with each audience member on a very personal level, and directly contributed to the success of our conference.
Allan presented many great tools for dealing with stress that we can work into our daily lives and see positive results. To my surprise he was able to successfully convince a very reluctant group to participate in the game ‘Pie Face’. Judging by the amount of laughter in the room they clearly had fun doing it! Allan was compassionate, informative and entertaining. We’d invite him back in a heartbeat!
Allan uses his education and life experiences to engage a wide spectrum of audiences on the topics of mental health and stress management. He adds humour, facts and tools which make his sessions not only highly useful, but also highly entertaining. The audience is left reflecting on the impact of these topics in their own life and the lives of those around them.
Allan has facilitated numerous presentations at our annual conferences, and has delivered two-day training events for our wellness professionals. Working with Allan is always smooth and his professionalism makes it easy to re-hire him again and again. His direct experience as an educator makes him uniquely qualified to deliver information in an efficient and relatable manner.
Allan’s presentation at the Western Conference on Safety was not only informative but also engaging and entertaining. Allan took the subject of addiction in the workplace beyond the typical impairment recognition and humanized the issue while offering simple techniques that could be used by anyone in the workplace. Learning about this subject from Allan’s perspective was extremely valuable.
Allan’s session at the HRIA conference was engaging, thought-provoking, and action-oriented. His ability to share his own experience is a new viewpoint for most HR people. I have recommended Allan as a speaker at other HR events, and he continuously receives rave reviews.
I selected Allan to speak at the 2015 and 2017 CPHR Alberta conferences. His popular, standing-room only presentation “Goodbye Stress. Hello Life!” showcased his excellence as a speaker. Allan is knowledgeable, authentic, inspiring, and he carefully weaves humour into his presentations. Allan provides guidance to HR professionals regarding how to approach and support individuals in the workplace who are struggling with addiction and mental health issues.
Allan brings a powerful message of hope, empathy, and inspiration for teachers faced with the challenge and uncertainty about how to approach and assist students. Allan speaks with emotion, commitment, experience, and without reservation. It is his mission and hope that teachers discover ways to use his personal experience to ensure that no student feels the need to hide in silence.
Allan In The Media
- Your Workplace magazine explains how stress can impact your performance in the workplace
- The Saskatoon Express features Allan’s personal struggles with mental illness and addictions, and discusses his new book Born Resilient
- The Canadian Occupational Safety magazine discusses when to walk away from a stressful workplace
- The Western Producer demonstrates how teachers have the ability to change a student’s life
- Interview with Lisa Peters Access 7 News