Term: Board Member since inception of board
Silken Laumann’s life centers around the fulfillment of human potential. Whether in the
world of sport, where she achieved the honor of being the fastest female rower in the
world, her work as a child advocate, as a speaker, a writer, or a life coach, Silken has
made her work reaching her own potential and helping others reach theirs.
Silken’s Olympic story is legendary and inspirational. As reigning world champion, Silken
fought back from a devastating rowing accident, to win a bronze medal in the 1992
Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Her stunning 10 week recovery and her courage in the
face of almost insurmountable obstacles endeared her in the hearts of Canadians.
Silken’s life outside of sport is equally inspiring. Her ability to dream, to embrace change,
and work through obstacles have helped her create a magical life. Silken understands
the incredible power of the mind and helps her audiences shift their thinking and unlock
the positive power of the conscious and unconscious mind. Working through the loss of a
business, learning to parent her profoundly autistic step-daughter, and balancing a
fulfilling career with a vibrant family life, these challenges have tested what it means to
approach each day with energy and optimism while continuing to dream big.
Inspiring, funny, thought provoking and always down to earth, Silken Laumann opens her
heart and leaves her audience ready to unlock their own potential and aspire to their
Silken has used her notoriety to raise money and awareness for a variety of causes and
initiatives. She serves on the Board of Right To Play, an organization that brings sport and
play to the most disadvantaged children in the world. Silken is an advocate for healthy
active kids, and works with GoodLife Kids Foundation as their Kids Champion to advance
these opportunities. She is also active in raising issues related to mental health, and a
regular contributor to Huffington Post and Motivated Magazine.
Silken lives in Victoria with her two children, William and Kate, her partner David Patchell-
Evans, and her step daughters Kilee and Tygre.
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