My presentations

“Part cardiology bootcamp – and part stand-up comedy!”

Are you a priority in your own life - especially during a heart attack?

“Dear Carolyn . . .  Thanks for your very informative and eye-opening talk. You gave a wonderful and deeply personal presentation that I think is a “must-hear” for so many people out there.  You may never know how many women you save from having a heart attack, but you will save many.”

As a heart attack survivor and a 2008 graduate of the WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium for Women with Heart Disease at Mayo Clinic, my hope now is to help kick some collective female butt around here raise awareness of women’s heart disease, the #1 killer of women.

My presentations on women’s heart health are from the unique grassroots perspective of a Mayo Clinic-trained heart attack survivor. (Read more about my Mayo experience on the Sharing Mayo Clinic website).

As my health allows, I speak to women’s groups, conferences, health care professionals, workplace wellness events, service club meetings, community organizations and at Heart & Stroke Foundation functions in or around Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Topics covered include women’s specific cardiac risk factors, how we can address those risks, and heart attack early warning symptoms that may surprise you. Each talk is based on the most recent cardiology information from the Mayo Women’s Heart Clinic and other world experts, and tailored to fit the specific needs and time requirements of each audience. I generally take the summers off from booking any presentations. You can also visit my Speakerlink profile for more specifics.  See also: Heart Sisters Media Coverage page.


Recent and upcoming presentations:

May 26, 2015 - Heartwarmings: Heart-Smart Women 10-11:30 a.m. PST, Monterey Centre, Victoria, BC, Canada. Free admission, open to all; this talk is always full with a waiting list so pre-registration is required by calling the Centre at (250) 370-7300.


February 10, 2015 (pictured above) - Sole Sisters running club, St. Joseph’s School gym, Victoria, BC, Canada. Members only, not open to the public.

February 19, 2015  –  Heartwarmings: Heart-Smart Women, Monterey Centre, Victoria, BC, Canada.

January 23, 2015 – CKNW radio interview on misdiagnosis with Simi Sara, Vancouver, BC Canada. Listen here (16 minutes).

  September 16, 2014:  Heart Health 4 Moms: The Patient’s Perspective”. Preeclampsia Foundation, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts (via teleconference, not open to the public).

  June 2, 2014:  The Patient’s Perspective: Pregnancy Complications & Heart Disease Conference.   Toronto, Ontario, Canada (via teleconference, not open to the public).

   May 31, 2014: keynote presentation, TOPS Regional Conference, Richmond, BC, Canada, not open to the public.

   May 9, 2014: It’s Your Career – But It’s My Life: Why Your Patients Are Leading the Way in Social Media”. University of British Columbia’s first annual eHITS Conference, Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Not open to the public.

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Please get in touch with me if you’d like more information about arranging me to speak to your group (minimum audience size: 50).


Here’s what my audiences tell me:


” Thank you for your ongoing investment in women’s heart health, not only locally but also much farther afield. Your passion in getting the message out through five annual Cardiac Café presentations here at UVic has been greatly appreciated as evidenced by the numbers in attendance and by those who have returned with a friend or two (or more!)”

Kristy Abrahams, University of Victoria Continuing Education, Victoria, BC

“You must consider attending this incredible information presentation about women and heart disease.  Carolyn Thomas is a marvelous speaker and a heart attack survivor.  We need to be aware of women’s heart disease risks, and Carolyn has all sorts of knowledge to share with us. I have been to her seminars before – it changes every time –  and will be going to this one as well. What can be better than getting information that may help save our lives?”

Irene Pitt, retired administrator, Victoria, BC

“I cannot begin to tell  you how grateful we all are for your generous offering of ‘self’ to the Cardiac Nursing group. You expressed yourself so eloquently, with humour and such openness. I have repeatedly been told that you were the highlight of all of our Cardiology Day presentations. You grounded the nurses in the reason they do what they do. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Barb Field, Cardiac Social Worker, Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, BC

“Thank you again for doing such a great job with your talk. You really captivated and engaged the group with your story, and you brought the importance of “The Heart Truth” to the forefront.  I’ll let my colleagues know how much we all enjoyed and appreciated your presentation.”

Aderita Guerreiro, Heart and Stroke Foundation, B.C. and Yukon

“Thank you so much for coming to speak to us today. People were so grateful for all the information you gave, and for the friendly, non-threatening way you passed on your message. Everyone I spoke to afterwards said they were so glad they had come to your talk!”

Valerie MacDevitt, Canadian Federation of University Women, Victoria Branch

“This morning you were the subject of conversation at our office. Your recent presentation here on ‘Heart Disease and Mental Health Issues’ was such a hit that those counselling staff who were unable to attend are now wondering if you would do another presentation here.”

Vi Glossop, USTAT Mental Health Team, Vancouver Island Health Authority

“You are a wonderful spokesperson for all women. You have also taken your own difficulties and produced a huge positive wave that will keep having its own ripple effects. I truly felt your presentation was so delightful, entertaining yet serious, and vitally important to us all. Thank you so much and congratulations!”

Faith Russell, University Women’s Club, Victoria, BC

“Thank you so much for coming to speak to our office today.  It was absolutely fantastic! I will highly recommend any women I know to go to any of your presentations, and I sincerely hope there will be more of these for women working in government. It is probably odd to say, but it is almost like you were meant to have heart issues so that you could get the message out there, which you do brilliantly. Very informative and inspiring!”

Diane Francis, Ministry of Labour, Government of British Columbia


© Carolyn Thomas


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