NHL Stanley Cup Champion – Olympic Gold Medalist – World Cup Junior Champion – Expert in the field of relational trauma
Theo Fleury is perhaps best known for his time on the ice. But off the rink, his life once carried the markings of a troubled childhood, abuse and coping with emotional pain through addictive and self-destructive behaviours.
Today, Theo defines himself as a victor over trauma and addiction, and facilitator to those still trying to find their way. His best-selling books, Playing with Fire and Conversations with a Rattlesnake, encourage open sharing and provide practical tools that people seeking help can personally use. These tools are also useful to those who want to lead a productive conversation with anybody else experiencing trauma.
Theo has been awarded the Canadian Humanitarian Award and The Queen’s Jubilee Medallion. He is a Siksika Nation Honorary Chief and recipient of the Aboriginal Indspire Award. He also holds two honorary doctorates – one in Science from the University of Guelph-Humber for outstanding contributions to the mental health of Canadians, and another in Laws from Brandon University for his work in combating child sexual abuse and promoting healing and recovery.
Today, Theo is a healthy, inspirational, successful agent of change. His highly-acclaimed speaking engagements on the subjects of trauma and abuse invite audience self-reflection and create a safe environment where others can share their own “Me Too” experiences.
Theo loves people, their stories and their journeys. He is committed to daily transformation through personal growth, mindfulness and new action. His compassionate spirit allows others to feel safe and whole through experiencing his vulnerability. Without controversy or blame, Theo focuses on helping and leading others down a path of healing.
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“…he can relate his experiences, challenges, and triumphs, to the audience in such a personal way, it allows them to see that they all have the capability to overcome them, they only need to persist and make sure they “don’t quit before their own miracle”. Theo’s story provides the encouragement for them to do just that!! The result was far more than we could have hoped for and will continue to resonate within Merritt, and the different First Nation communities for a long time to come. His words of encouragement and inspiration made a lot of people feel as if he was speaking directly to them and they are not alone, and never have been, in dealing with those challenges.”
“I witnessed students approach Theo after his presentation, emotional and obviously moved because they could relate to his story. Speaking with other students and staff in the days and weeks since the conference, people still comment on Theo’s engaging presentation style, his willingness to be honest and “real”, and his ability to connect with those who shared similar unfortunate experiences – whether it was addiction or abuse.
Despite Theo’s “star” status, he was by far one of the most comfortable and down-to-earth presenters to attend our conference. He quickly put staff and students at ease in his presence and showed a genuine interest in our small community and the people attending the conference. I appreciated his off-stage presence as much as his keynote address on stage.”
“Theo exceeded any and every expectation we had. He was simply amazing and his connection with everyone in the room was phenomenal.”
“It was a powerful presentation by Theo and it is a brave and noble thing that he is willing to share his story and I found it fascinating that he did not dwell on his success at hockey. There are not many people that can hold 500 people entranced in his story and message of recovery – you could hear a pin drop…”
“When Theo Fleury addressed the crowd of more than 500 people at St. Clair College you could hear a pin drop. His message was both sad and powerful. Communities, schools, youth programs…all of us… have a responsibility to protect young people from the realities that Theo experienced.
There is no doubt in my mind that the courage Theo Fleury displays in his presentations will result in saving a young person from the terrible abuse Theo never should have had to deal with”
“His raw honestly moved the audience members and touched each of us still to this day. It gave such a feeling of hope as the youth were held totally engaged by what he shared… a wonderful being – a truly strong soul – he is a survivor!”
“It was a great honor to have Mr. Theo Fleury at our annual post secondary event. Each year we host a workshop for our students and invite many presenters who can send a positive message to our community, and this has been by far the most successful outpour of positive responses from our students. Not only did Theo enhance the significance of what hard work and determination can accomplish, he also acknowledged that struggles are a common part of society and anyone can overcome these obstacles. Thank you for the powerful, mesmerizing message.”
“Theo’s testimony empitomizes this fact: that people can heal, people can learn to trust again and people be a voice against child abuse. Mr. Fleury was inspirational and had acheived the desired result we wanted with his presentation.”
“Theo exceeded and provided more than we could have imagined. His story and presentation is real which instantly had soldiers (those tough macho guys) buy in. The crowd male and female related to him and the story he shares. His time talking individually to people before and after the presentation, made the evening that much more special.”
“Theo was a guest speaker at our conference in June of 2010. I found Theo to be very outgoing, approachable and genuine…Theo delivered a powerful message to our Youth at the centre and to the audience. His message was that of “hope”, that you can overcome your addictions through pride, inner strength and a belief in yourself. He truly is an inspirational speaker whose message can help others!”
“Our Community Rising day and evening Gala with Theo was absolutely epic. Igniting healthy discussions in our community about the serious epidemic of child abuse in our country. I have complete admiration for the work that Theo is doing, bringing attention to the issues surrounding child abuse.”
“Theo exceeded our high expectations. he presented in three schools…in each school you could hear a pin drop throughout his presentations as he talked about his childhood dysfunctional home…his road to recovery and dealing with the many traumas in his life.
Theo does not rely on name dropping NHL stars to carry his story. He is remembered by his audience not as much for being an NHLer, but for his resiliency in overcoming trauma and horrendous life experiences. As much as our high school athletes were interested in Theo, every student found a connection from his life to theirs.”
“Having Theo Fleury come share his story has been one of the most profound talks I have ever heard, his ability to reach the audience with his powerful message was incredible, you could hear a pin drop at times with the strength of his words.“
“Theo’s story is truly inspirational…it was an honor for me to meet Theo and share the hope of recovery. He is genuine when he shares and speaks from the heart. As an individual, he is warm, personable and approachable…thank you for coming to Saint John and sharing your message of healing and hope.”