Candace Carnahan

Speaker


Candace Carnahan

Workplace Safety Advocate | Culture Change Agent | Inspirational Speaker

Lauded as one of the “Faces of the Future” by Maclean’s magazine, Candace Carnahan uses her unique life lessons to inspire us to dismantle the roadblocks that hinder efficiency, while celebrating the attitudes and behaviors that promote success–whether personal or professional. With irrepressible energy, she taps into her own experiences to inspire audiences to realize their full potential, sharing her belief that having the “Courage to Care” through standing up for others is a transformational concept.

The impetus behind Carnahan’s contagious enthusiasm was a devastating workplace incident in which she lost her lower left leg at the vulnerable age of 21. It was an incident that might also have taken her life, but most important to Carnahan–it was preventable. As she grew aware that “tomorrow” is a guarantee for no one, she adapted quickly–mentally and physically–to mobilize herself from a potentially paralyzing situation.

Within 10 months of learning to walk with an artificial leg, Carnahan began her new journey of experience and chronicled her life’s lessons as she backpacked and traveled the world. During that time, she immersed herself in a variety of cultures and gained perspective by doing so. Carnahan began to appreciate firsthand that the potential for evoking positive change in our own lives and in the lives of others on a day to day basis was not only possible, but well within reach.

Returning from her travels, Candace was transformed and felt compelled to share her story of triumph-over-tragedy, in an effort to eliminate preventable workplace injuries through her knowledge that the first step in not getting hurt is knowing that you can be.  Over the years, Carnahan has compiled what she considers to be some of life’s most simple but meaningful lessons, which are instrumental to her effectiveness as a speaker.

Deemed the “Prophetess of Safety”, Carnahan has shared her message with over 300,000 people worldwide, and continues to expand her message to audiences across the globe.  Candace is featured in awareness campaigns across North America, Australia, and Europe.

Carnahan’s journey has given her a passionate voice that speaks to a wide variety of audiences and platforms.  Her contagious energy promises to awaken audiences to embrace their inner strengths and power.  Her personal story lends a wide range of philosophies, ideas, incentives–and humor–to audiences who are sure to be inspired to understand and achieve what they want out of life–all the while, gaining a better appreciation of the many gifts they already have.


It Could Happen to You

Candace uses her personal story of the loss of her left leg below the knee to address the details surrounding what went wrong in her situation…with the hope of making it right in yours.

With her ever-present sense of humour and passion for her message, she discusses how roles played by the education system, the company she worked for, it’s employees and management team, resulted in her injury. She discusses the importance in recognizing the opportunities that are constantly presented to us, in our day-to-day lives, to make a choice; safe… or sorry.

Candace recalls the details of her incident, as well as the many contributing factors, i.e. poor leadership, lack of training, and unsafe work environment – an unguarded conveyor belt system in her case. However, Candace places great emphasis on her own role and responsibility in what happened in an effort to encourage people to “own” their right to a safe workplace. The absence of Candace’s left foot is an ever-present reminder to her and her audiences that pointing fingers and placing blame will not make your limbs grow back. This truth causes Candace to place great emphasis on the importance in landing the leading role in ensuring your own health and safety.

Holding strong in the belief that “no man is an island”, Candace explores how we as individuals can begin fostering positive attitudes and changing cultures within the realm of health and safety that can collectively contribute to injury reduction within our workplaces.

The First Step

Candace has learned what she believes to be an important life lesson the hard way; ‘the first step in not getting hurt is knowing that you could be’.

Needless injuries can be avoided by simply being aware and realizing that the potential for injury exists. In her one hour presentation, Candace speaks about her typical life as a university student, working summers to pay for school in the fall, and how one step in the wrong direction changed the course of her life… forever.

Candace’s presentation explores the details surrounding the loss of her left leg below the knee, while at the same time offers education and awareness in preventing needless workplace injuries and fatalities to her audience.

Candace’s energy and enthusiasm is contagious, and through her many stories, she sends a message far beyond that of workplace health and safety. Candace encourages her audience to use their education, knowledge, experience, and awareness to expand and focus on the importance of workplace health and safety within their own workplaces, homes and public places.

The Yellow Chair

The Yellow Chair is a message that centers on the importance of hope. Candace recalls a pivotal moment in her recovery from a workplace incident that most certainly set the tone for the path she has been travelling since losing a limb.

Candace demonstrates the roles that hope and positivity have played in her life, and celebrates the little things in life that can lead to big changes. The Yellow Chair is a story that Candace shares with honesty and humour that will offer inspiration to all. She encourages her audience to never underestimate the power we have to speak or act in small ways which can be life changing, to themselves and others.

Candace has incorporated this inspirational aspect of her experience with loss into every presentation, and has recently begun speaking solely from an inspirational platform at various events across the country.

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