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Musician - Speaker - Author

As a musician:

Deanna Ford holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet and has competed nationally on two occasions, representing Manitoba both times in the brass category.

She served for 25 years in the Canadian Forces Reserves playing in many military bands across the country, often performing for heads of state including HRH Princess Anne. She participated in celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the Canadian Navy in 1985 and commemorations of 50th Anniversary of D-Day in 1994 in England and France. For nine years, she was the full-time musical director of one of Canada’s busy volunteer military base bands where she led 45 musicians in over 400 engagements.

Deanna Ford also holds a Master of Environmental Studies degree. Her short environmental documentary film about bird/window collisions was selected to screen in Toronto’s Planet in Focus film festival in 2008. Following that, she served as the Festival Chair for the 8 film festivals produced by the Thunder Bay Environmental Film Network (EFN).

Today Deanna plays trumpet with the Cambrian Brass Quintet and the Roy Coran Big Band.

As a speaker and coach:

Deanna Ford is passionate about personal expression of all kinds. She is an author and an award-winning speaker and musician. Deanna loves helping others find their unique voice so they, too, can communicate about topics they feel are important. She shares knowledge, skills and strategies she’s gained from over 30 years of experience in preparing for and stepping out in front of hundreds of audiences as both a speaker and a musician in very diverse situations.

As a past member of Toastmasters International for over a decade, Deanna Ford earned the highest educational level, Distinguished Toastmaster. Communicating with audiences whether with her trumpet or through speaking, is one of her passions!

Deanna is driven to help people develop their skills of expression and believes everyone can transform into someone who can comfortably speak in front of others. She wishes to help create a world where respect exists between all people and for the natural environment. She believes that skills in respectful communication are critical to this success and she wants to help all who work to make a difference in the lives of others.

Deanna is the author of the book Command the Stage: A Speaker's Guide to Using Notes Strategically to Develop and Deliver Better Speeches. She has over 10 years’ experience as an active member of Toastmasters International. And she’s a past facilitator of New Directions Speakers’ School (NDSS), a local registered charity whose focus is to empower individuals living in marginalized situations by helping them gain skills in speaking and advocacy.

Phone: 807-357-5755
Email: deanna (at) deannaford.ca

What people are saying about Deanna:

"It was a great presentation filled with wonderful knowledge for all types of speeches."

Shawnassie-Lynn Galesloot-Bourgoin, Life & Business Strategist, CEO and Founder of Loving Her Life

“Wonderful & passionate presenter!  Very eye opening, informative & interactive.  Deanna was a joy to listen to and was able to bring hope and humour into a very sad topic.” 

Jennifer Hyytiainen, Community Program Developer City of Thunder Bay

Deanna shares experience, strategies and ideas from her very diverse background!