Leslie Ford has been a guest speaker in my Child and Youth Care classroom on a number of occasions. She is passionate about her work as a CYC and her commitment shines through when she speaks with our learners. She leaves learners with a desire to work in a similar way! Students feel comfortable and safe to ask questions, and to learn from all that Leslie has to offer. It is always a privilege to have Leslie as a guest in my class and to learn from her fierce passion for her work as a child and youth care practitioner.

- Nicole Powell

Hello Leslie. I finished your book this morning. Got a chance to sit down for a clump of time - very nice book! I think all the changes are very good. I certainly remember many of the stories throughout your life. It was nice to go through them again. It certainly makes me appreciate the concept of finding my calm, something that I think we have to do in all stages of our lives. Cheers!

- Joanne Hipwell, Reader

"After my husband died, our lives went from chaos to even more chaos and I wasn’t sure how we could ever find a sense of normalcy again. Soon afterwards we met Leslie, and over the next 3 years she was my calm as we struggled and eventually found a new normal."

- Terra, Workshop Attendee


"Leslie’s down to earth demeanour allows her to easily engage families in no-nonsense conversations about the trials and tribulations associated with parenting. Parents eagerly listen and readily participate in her activities in order to glean new perspectives and strategies. They leave the sessions feeling empowered and ready to take on the task that Leslie has given them. Each year, I see many new and familiar faces at her “Calm in the Chaos” sessions which have benefited the school with stronger home/school relationships."

- Carla, Principal


"Thank you Leslie for this course. I really appreciate how you related a lot of situations, circumstances and behaviour management that we could directly apply at home. It was helpful and enjoyable. You are very interesting and knowledgeable."

- Parent / Workshop attendee


"Leslie helped me during a crisis time with my adolescent son. She was my calm, and helped me find ways to stay calm. She helped me become a better parent."

- Sylvie

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