National Award Winning Speaker and Mental Health Advocate
Member of The Speakers Bureau of Canada
It's been said that Wade Sorochan is a "broadcasting legend,"
but Wade soon found out he was the only one saying that.
Wade Sorochan is a brilliant keynote speaker, both inspirational and motivational for audiences from all walks of life. Wade has been featured in several print media as well as various television networks. His engaging, informative and entertaining presentations make him a compelling sought after speaker.
Wade Sorochan is called upon by numerous organizations to bring his unique message in a way that will be remembered long after the event is over. Wade's warm and friendly style and sense of humour creates an instant and genuine connection with his audiences. By the end of Wade's presentations, his audiences are informed, entertained, inspired and empowered.
"Moving and informative" "Great use of Humour"
"A source of encouragement" "Best presentation I have ever attended"
- FASTEST TONE ARM IN THE WEST; Chasing A Radio Dream
Based on the Book
Wade Sorochan spent the majority of his troubled childhood in his bedroom pretending to be on the radio with his makeshift studio--- to escape from his abusive childhood. He would not only spend time playing radio, but also dreaming about one day actually being on the radio. Wade's captivating presentation includes entertaining stories from a career that has spanned four decades, along with an inspiring story of a difficult life journey that included child abuse, hopelessness, mental illness... and many miracles.
Wade Sorochan is the Author of the Book Fastest Tone Arm in the West; Chasing A Radio Dream, released in 2017.
- UNSOCIAL MEDIA; Virtual World Causing Real World Anxiety
Based on the Bestselling Book
An informative and humorous presentation on the rise of Social Media Addiction causing an anxiety inducing fixation for "LIKES" and "COMMENTS." Studies now show that social media can actually make you feel sad, anxious and depressed. Wade Sorochan shares the latest information on the effects of social media on mental health including; Symptoms of "Social media Anxiety Disorder," Screen Time and Bed Time, Texting Miscommunication Anxiety, Tips to Break Social Media Addiction, How Smartphones Can Impair Memory and More!
Wade Sorochan is the author of the book UNSOCIAL MEDIA; Virtual World Causing Real World Anxiety released in 2016. Second printing 2017
- YOU CAN'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER; Surviving Mental Illness
Wade Sorochan shares his engaging and inspiring story about his lifelong struggle with anxiety and depression to help raise awareness about the serious impact mental illness has on individuals, families and society in general. Wade shares important mental health information and talks openly about his mental health struggles; being emotionally abused and abandoned as a child experiencing five mental breakdowns, eventually hitting rock bottom, and how he is living with mental illness.
- Walking With God While Living With Mental Illness(Faith-based)
Wade Sorochan shares his powerful testimony about his lifelong struggle with anxiety and depression: being emotionally abandoned as a child, experiencing five mental breakdowns, eventually hitting rock bottom, and how God saved his life. In an engaging and inspiring presentation Wade talks about holding on to God’s promises while barely holding on to life.
Wade Sorochan is a recipient of the Alberta Canada 150 in 150 Award and National Recipient of CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) Difference Makers – 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health and has been recognized as nominee for the Alberta Lieutenant Governor's True Grit Award.
March 2, 2018 Keynote Speaker, Athabasca County PD Day, Athabasa, AB.
March 9, 2018 Guest Speaker, Mighty Peace Teachers Convention, Grande Prairie, AB.
March 10, 2018 Keynote Speaker, Sinkunia Community Social Media Awareness Event, Edmonton, AB
June 12, 2018 Keynote Speaker, North Pointe Community Church Prime-timers Event
PREVIOUS SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Feb. 22, 2018 Guest Speaker, Palliser District Teacher's Convention, Calgary
Feb 8, 2018 Guest Speaker, North Central Teacher's Convention, Edmonton
Jan 24, 2018 Keynote Speaker, Vermilion Chamber of Commerce Mental Health Awareness Event
Nov. 18, 2017 Keynote Speaker, We and the World Organization Youth and Parents Event
Sept. 28, 2017 Keynote Speaker, Public Social Media Awareness Presentation, Woodhaven School, Spruce Grove
Sept. 28, 2017 Keynote Speaker, High Park School, Stony Plain Central, Stony Plain, AB
Sept 27,2017 Keynote Speaker, Woodhaven School and Greystone Centennial, Spruce Grove, AB
Sept 21, 2017 Keynote Speaker, Public Social Media Awareness Presentation, Lakeland College,Vermilion, 6-7:30pm
Sept 21, 2017 Keynote speaker at J.R. Robson School, Vermilion, Alberta
Mar. 16, 17, 2017 Keynote speaker at the Suicide Prevention Implimentation Network (SPIN) public awareness event, Brandon, Manitoba
Mar. 15, 2017 Keynote speaker at the National Mental Health Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Mar. 9 & 10, 2017 Guest speaker at Central East Alberta Teacher’s Convention, Edmonton
Mar. 8, 2017 Keynote Speaker at Whitecourt Cool Camp Youth Event at Camp He Ho Ha, Seba Beach
Feb 16, 2017 Guest speaker at Calgary City Teacher’s Convention, Calgary
Feb. 21, 2017 Keynote speaker at the Canadian Association of Safety Engineering Mental Health Event, Edmonton
Feb. 23, 2017 Guest speaker at Palliser District Teacher’s Convention, Calgary
Feb. 26, 2017 Keynote Speaker at The Family Social Media Awareness Event in St. Alberta
Feb. -10, 2017 Guest speaker at North Central Teachers Convention, Edmonton
Jan. 25, 2017 Keynote Speaker at Bell Let’s Talk/Edmonton Canadian Mental Health Association Distress Line Fundraising Breakfast.
Nov. 3, 2016 Keynote speaker at Old Scona Academic High School
Sept. 22, 2016 Guest speaker at Inscribe Writers Fall Conference
Sept. 19, 2016 Presentation and Book Launch at Audrey’s Books
May 26, 2016 Keynote speaker at Londonderry Jr. High School, Edmonton
April 5, 2016 Keynote speaker at Alberta Health Services Family Matters Support Group, Edmonton
April 1, 2016 Keynote speaker at King’s University, Edmonton
March 24, 2016 Keynote speaker at John D. Bracco Junior High School, Edmonton
Feb. 24, 2016 Guest Speaker at Kate Chegwin School, Edmonton
Feb 1, 2016 Guest Speaker at Harry Ainley PD day, Edmonton
Feb. 4 and 5, 2016 Guest Speaker at the North Central Teacher’s Convention, Edmonton
Nov. 22, 2015 Keynote speaker for Mental Health Awareness Conference, St. Albert
Nov. 8, 2015 Guest Speaker How’s Your Mental Health? Surviving Mental Illness, Camrose, AB
Sept 27, 2015 How’s Your Mental Health? (Live DVD Recording)
May 8, 2015 Guest speaker at Northpointe Community Church youth event for mental health awareness week.
May 6, 2015 Guest speaker at ATB Financial Lunch and Learn event for employees.
May 4, 2015 Guest Speaker at the Lacombe High school for Mental Health Awareness Week.
March 5, 2015 Guest Speaker at the Central East Teacher’s Convention in Edmonton.
Feb. 24 and 25, 2015 Guest delegate at the Canadian Depression Research and Intervention Network Conference in Ottawa.
Feb. 19 & 20, 2015 Guest Speaker at the Central Alberta Teachers Convention in Red Deer.
Feb. 6, 2015 Keynote Speaker at An Evening of Hope Mental Health Fundraiser at North Pointe Community Church.
Feb. 5 & 6, 2015 Guest Speaker at the North Central Teachers Convention in Edmonton.
Oct 23, 2014 Guest Presenter at the Lead Well Conference, a Leadership Development Event for Women. Spruce Grove, AB.
Sept.20, 2014 Guest speaker at the Bridge to Hope Suicide Awareness Fundraiser Event in Wetaskiwan, AB.
Sept 11-13, 2014 Guest advisor for the Canadian Depression Research and Intervention Network (CDRIN) research training program in Calgary.
March 26, 2014 Guest Speaker at Catholic Social Services
March 7, 2014 Guest Speaker at Central East Teachers Convention, Edmonton, Alberta
Feb. 28, 2014 Guest Speaker at Greater Edmonton Teachers Convention, Edmonton, Alberta
Feb, 20, 21, 2014 Guest Speaker at Central Alberta Teachers Convention, Red Deer, Alberta
Feb. 6, 7, 2014 Guest Speaker at North Central Teachers Convention, Edmonton, Alberta
Oct 3, 2013 Guest Speaker at Sturgeon County Professional Development Day
May 30th, 2013 Guest speaker at N.A.I.T. for faculty during mental health awareness month.
May 27, 28, 2013 Youth Suicide Awareness Presentation at Memorial Composite High School in Stony Plain.
Mar. 1, 2013 Guest speaker at the Greater Edmonton Teachers Convention in Edmonton.
Feb. 22, 2013 Guest speaker at the Central Alberta Teacher’s Convention in Red Deer.
Feb. 8, 2013 Guest speaker at the North Central Teacher’s Convention in Edmonton.
Nov. 26 and 27, 2012 Mental health and suicide awareness presentations during CALM (Career and Life Management) classes at Memorial Composite High School in Stony Plain, Alberta.
Oct. 24, 2012 Keynote speaker at the HSBC Diversity and Inclusion Gala at the Edmonton Art Gallery.
Sept.10th-14th, 2012 Wade spoke at numerous events during Suicide Awareness Week including W.P. Wagner High School, Ross Sheppard High School and the Lift the Silence Rally at City Hall.
June 18, 2012 Mental health awareness presentation in St. Walburg, Saskatchewan. Wade was invited to speak to the community on the importance of understanding and treating depression.
May 12, 2012 Guest speaker at the Bridges Society Grand Opening Dinner in Hinton, Alberta. For more information on the Society’s mental health outreach go to www.bridgeshinton.ca
May 11, 2012 Mental Health Awareness Week presentation at the Stanley Milner Public Library in Edmonton. Wade was invited by the Canadian Mental Health Association to share the P.A.T.H. mental health awareness presentation which includes Wade’s personal testimony and important mental health information.
April 30,2012 Wade was invited by the Eastglen High School parent council to speak at the school general assembly. Wade shared his testimony and important mental health information to encourage the youth to talk openly about mental health. The assembly was to bring attention to the national mental health awareness campaign Not Myself Today. For information on the mental health youth campaign visit www.notmyselftoday.ca
April 21, 2012 Guest speaker at Living Stones Church in Red Deer. The evening featured Wade’s entertaining career stories and his presentation on mental health awareness entitled Positive Action for Total Health or P.A.T.H. and included a question and answer session.
Feb 9, 2012 Wade featured on CTV Morning Live and CTV News at Noon, 5pm and 6pm on Bell’s Let’s Talk Day discussing Possitive Action for Total Health (P.A.T.H.), his practical guide and presentaion on mental health awareness.
Dec 14, 2011 Guest speaker at a community outreach on mental health at Evangel Pentecostal Assembly. Wade shared entertaining career stories as well as P.A.T.H. (Positive Action for Total Health) a practical presentation on mental health awareness.
Dec. 4, 2011 Mental health awareness presentation: Positive Action for Total Health (P.A.T.H.) at North Pointe Community Church. Wade shared important information as well as his own personal testimony about his lifelong struggle with anxiety and depression.
Nov. 23, 2011 Greater Edmonton Sectional Meeting of PAOC Pastors. Wade spoke on the importance of mental health for leadership.
Oct. 11-13, 2011 Guest Speaker at Action on Wellness, an international symposium on wellness presented by the Government of Alberta held in Banff.
“Wade Sorochan speaks openly and passionately about his life and his journey to recovery from depression and generalized anxiety disorder. Regardless of your circumstances or mental health experiences, Wade’s presentation will raise your knowledge of mental illness as well as your own self awareness.
Tom Shand, Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta Division
“Wade’s presentation offers a unique perspective from a lived experience of what it is like to struggle with anxiety and depression. It was moving and informative.” Orrin Lyseng, Executive Director, Alberta Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health
“Wade’s courageous book takes on an issue that needs much more attention; how social media can impact our lives and those around us. As the use and overuse of social media greatly influences relationships and health, it is a must read for all.” Dave Gallison, Associate National Executive Director, Mood Disorders Society of Canada
“Thank you for all that you do in the community, we’re all better because of people like you.” The Honorable Rona Ambrose, Federal Minister of Health
“I commend your efforts to raise awareness about mental health. Stigma still poses a barrier for those dealing with their own mental illness and for those dealing with others who have mental health issues.” The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Federal Minister of Health