❤ CAMH Difference Makers Award
❤ Shaw's 50 Outstanding Canadians Award
❤ Premier's Healthy Living Award
❤ MCIC Global Citizenship Award
❤ Volunteer Manitoba RBC Local Hero Award
❤ YMCA-YWCA Young Woman of Distinction Award
❤ AVCC Outstanding Innovator Award Nomination
❤ Manitoba Hero Award Nomination
❤ MCMA Festival or Event of the Year Award Nomination
❤ CBC Manitoba Future 40 Award Nomination
❤ Canada's Top 40 Under 40 Award Nomination
“Thank you again for the work you are doing and sharing it with us. Here are a few of my thoughts. Your message, marketed as an anti - bullying presentation was that and much more. Your medium of video, story, and song engaged our students, and increased their awareness of the need and their choice to treat each other with respect and kindness. More importantly, your "presence", in my opinion is the key to your message of personal empowerment. You take the often overused phrase of anti - bullying and transform it into a powerful mantra of resilience and hope. Who you have become in the face of personal attack, is the medium and the message, that holds the possibility to empower every one who comes to the "No Time for That” Tour presentation. Thank you again”
MLA KINGS NORTH
“Elsie Morden is a remarkable young lady who combines talent with a compelling personal account of surviving bullying and living with mental illness into her “No Time for That” Tour. She has taken that campaign across Canada primarily into our schools. Elsie connects with students through her musical talent and songwriting. I am very impressed with Elsie and have been privileged to get to know her and her family. I highly recommend Elsie and her “No Time for That” campaign.”
MLA Kings North, NS
"I had the distinct pleasure of working with Elsie Morden in my capacity as a committee member of The Pas & Area Suicide and Prevention Committee. Elsie has participated in many events which create awareness about mental health and suicide prevention. Elsie came into our community for a period of three days in mid January 2015, and visited with five schools which included both elementary and high schools. As well, Elsie visited a First Nations school in an outlying community. During this time, Elsie also performed in an evening community presentation. Elsie’s tireless efforts to present her anti-bullying campaign speak volumes of her dedication in supporting her campaign to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention.
As I accompanied Elsie during her presentations, I was amazed at her ability to engage the students through her presentation which included video, songs and story telling. The message that is delivered provides the students with a sense of empowerment and increases their awareness of the need to treat one another with kindness and respect. Elsie received many hand-written notes after her performances, numerous comments on her Facebook page, and private messages. The impact that she has on the students is evident in the feedback that she receives. As well, I received many personal messages myself telling me how much Elsie had impacted their child with her presentation. During Elsie’s presentation, she asks for volunteers to help run her Power Point presentation. One such volunteer went home and told her mother that: “This was the best day ever!” Unbeknownst to Elsie, this young girl was a victim of bullying which was revealed to me by her mother.
Elsie’s “No Time for That” Tour is offered to schools free of charge, which is quite an undertaking. Elsie has visited over 500 schools across Canada sharing her personal story demonstrating determination and perseverance. This not only demonstrates her ability as a leader but also demonstrates her capacity as a positive role model that inspires others to make a positive difference in their own lives. Her strength, compassion and positivity are greatly admired by her audiences and the education professionals at the schools where she performs. Elsie’s “No Time for That” Tour educates youth across Canada about the harmful effects of bullying, provides students with options and resources on how to deal with bullying and mental health issues such as the Kids Help Phone or local community organizations. Elsie not only provides presentations at schools, but also offers community events for all ages including parents and community members.
This young lady has inspired me personally to step up the efforts within my own community to increase awareness of mental health, to help allay the stigma that is attached to mental illness, and send out a message that is “ok” to talk about these issues without shame and embarrassment."
The Pas & Area Suicide Prevention Committee, Manitoba Schizophrenia Society, Canadian Mental Health Association
KIDS HELP PHONE
"I have had the pleasure of recently meeting Elsie Morden and witnessing firsthand the educational presentation she makes to youth within our schools ("No Time for That" Tour). She is dynamic and gets the message across about bullying. With firsthand heartbreaking stories of her experiences as a young girl being bullied in school she has the power and presence to connect with youth, not to mention her amazing song writing and musical performance intertwined within her presentation. How this came about was when I was informed that Elsie had been honoured with the Volunteer Manitoba RBC Local Hero’s Award and her choice of charity to donate her $5000.00 award was to Kids Help Phone! She truly is a hero to us and since we met, Elsie has become a wonderful volunteer representative for Kids Help Phone to spread our message along with hers and we could not be more excited to partner with Elsie and "No Time for That" Tour. She is an inspiration and bright light to our youth of today and her passion is so very visible in everything she takes on. I am so honoured to have met such an amazing young person. Kindest regards."
Kids Help Phone (Manager, Community Fundraising and Corporate Development)
"In December 2014, I was privileged to hear Elsie Morden speak during the, "No Time for That", Tour stop at the Dr. Brass School (Yorkton, SK) Anti-Bullying Candlelight Vigil. Bullying is a reality for so many. Elsie has made a choice to rise above her past experiences and circumstances to be victorious, instead of a victim, setting her apart as a role model and mentor, to help others rather than be helpless. She is a dynamic young speaker with a tremendous gift and ability to communicate through song and narrative. Elsie uses her natural talents to communicate her powerful message describing the negative impacts and unacceptability of bullying, but also of hope. Her ability to connect with those in attendance, youth and adults, was inspiring."
MLA Yorkton, SK (Minister Responsible for Rural and Remote Health)
ELIZABETH SUTHERLAND SCHOOL
"I'm a teacher and had the absolute privilege of seeing you perform at our school in Halifax. You had such a huge impact on me. I have been speaking about you to so many people. Keep doing what you are doing!! You are changing lives!!"
MUSQUODOBOIT VALLEY EDUCATION CENTRE
"The “No Time for That” Tour was engaging for all students, with a range of stories, visuals, and music that offers something for everyone. Elsie was relatable, energetic and youthful, and helped create a ‘safe environment’ for students to participate in. The messages were important, empowering and, most importantly, uplifting! We’d recommend this experience for anyone wishing to explore bullying, self- care and coping with conflict, as these are universal messages for all!"
“Your presentation was excellent! In discussions with the students afterwards, they stated that they learned a lot, and that they were shocked at how excessive the bullying got for you. They said the pictures of your mouth really impacted them and they could not believe that someone would do that to you. The way that you incorporated music into your story kept the students engaged and sent powerful messages to them. I have been recommending your presentation to all of my colleagues. I wish you all the best!”
SOUTH KELOWNA ELEMENTARY
"Wow, Elsie Morden's personal story about bullying, her use of original music to convey this vital message and ability to make connections about the consequences and prevention of bullying is an extremely powerful experience for all who have the opportunity to hear her. Elsie Morden recently visited South Kelowna Elementary School and presented to our students her "No Time for That" Tour presentation message. I was blown away, as was the whole audience, with her message, talent and the genuine warmth before, during and after the performance. We were most grateful and fortunate to have her share her personal story with us. I had an opportunity to talk with my Grade 3's afterwards and they certainly took away from the presentation about the need to be yourself and they all thoroughly enjoyed the musical message.
"No Time for That" Tour aligns very well with our educational goals surrounding anti-bullying education and youth empowerment. Elsie's passion and connection with the children was felt throughout her time at the school and made a significant impact on the youth. The students were engaged fully in the presentation because of Elsie's passion and a message which is heartfelt and resonates with so many, thank you for sharing as I know you are making such a difference! Thanks Elsie!"
BALDUR, GLENBORO, & ALEXANDER SCHOOLS
“We recently had an amazing young lady come to our school, who is an upcoming star, Elsie Morden. She would be wonderful for WE DAY if they need another inspiring speaker. She is very inspiring with what she has gone through from her struggles with bullying. She writes her own songs and her approach and connection with the audience is instant. I knew the impact of the presentation was felt by the students by the discussion that followed with their peers and teachers. I strongly recommend her presentation to all schools. I thank Elsie for graciously coming to our schools and taking the time to spread POSITIVE WORDS to the students of Baldur, Glenboro, and Alexander Schools.”
B.G.S./M.Ed.(Guidance & Counselling)
GEORGE STREET MIDDLE SCHOOL
"Elsie Morden presented her “No Time for That” Tour as part of our initiative on “Being Great On-Line Citizens”. She tailored her presentation to focus it about on-line bullying and its impact. She effectively shared about her experiences with on-line bullying in song and great story telling. Her songs touched a core with our students and many students spoke about her for many days after her visit. We plan to have her visit us again in Fredericton in the near future!"
ST. CLAUDE SCHOOL COMPLEX
"It takes a lot of courage to go up in front of a group of students your own age and talk about such a serious issue with such grace and confidence.
The practicality of your message was striking. Telling the students to avoid the negative and surround themselves with the positive, as well as encouraging them to build up the confidence in themselves and seek only the good in their life, was brilliant. The fact that you spoke about how there will always be people that will bring you down and explained to the students that they need to be able to believe in themselves and rise above other people's opinions and actions, was exactly what students needed to hear. They need to understand that they aren't walking away and letting the bully win, but they are walking away from something that they do not need in their lives, which ends up making them the real winners. We are taking your message and incorporating it as part of our action plan when we have a student in need of support. So thank you for providing us with such a effective and simple message that all students can understand and relate to.
Your name will linger on in this school for a long time!
THANK YOU for being the most amazing example to support this message. I also had a grade 8 male student make the following comment to me the next day: "That was a really good presentation yesterday. She said a lot of cool stuff and I added her to my Facebook when I got home.
You are a fantastic young lady who is changing the world whether you are aware of it or not...afterall, it only takes one small act of kindness to make this world a better place and I think you have far surpassed this expectation.”
NORTHEAST KINGS EDUCATION CENTRE
"The “No Time for That” presentation paints a vivid picture of the bullying she endured as an adolescent that resonated in the minds and hearts of our students. Through personal vignettes along with her music and kind heart she explains that we all need to stand up against unkind acts. We need to embrace and reassure our self that we are good so that we can develop and maintain a healthy sense of identity. She also explores ways that she combated anxiety, depression and other barriers to personal acceptance. You need to make time for “No Time for That” anti-bullying presentation by Elsie!"
"I was very fortunate to first see and hear Elsie Morden speak and perform at an event in Portage la Prairie for Clara Hughes’ Big Ride that focused on mental health issues. I was extremely impressed with her message and her professionalism. After the presentation, I learned about her “No Time for That” Tour and was keen to try and help her along.
Many Take Pride Winnipeg programs focus on education – not just with cleanliness and beautification issues, but also with student pride. Elsie’s message about bullying prevention and mental health awareness is an important one for students to hear.
I subsequently asked Elsie to come and perform at our Brush Up Winnipeg banquet, to commemorate the teams that painted homes for seniors in the city who are physically or financially unable to do the work themselves. The people attending the banquet were extremely impressed with Elsie’s songs, but more so with her messages. Elsie has also been performing for Take Pride Winnipeg at our Team Up To Clean Up event for the last three years in front of 2,000 students each year.
Elsie has appeared at countless schools across the country at no cost. One of the schools that I arranged for her to perform at was Ecole J. B. Mitchell in Winnipeg. I contacted the principal after the concert – she said that the students and teachers were wowed by Elsie – again not just by her songs and message, but also by the way she interacted with the students. The principal said that she felt that every school should have Elsie perform.
For such a young woman to have a genuine passion for this subject, and to be able to relate so well to students, teachers and the general public is an awesome thing. Elsie Morden is a true leader that is making a huge difference and she deserves to be recognized."
Take Pride Winnipeg (Executive Director
"Elsie Morden came to our school with the “No Time For That” Tour presentation to our middle levels. This generation of students is not easy to entertain, let alone captivate with purpose. We however, did not bring Elsie in to entertain our students. She was invited to talk to our students about how they can be better people. What she brought with her was the ability to help students empathize with others and evaluate their actions. Our school works diligently to help students make good choices and care for those around them, we don’t focus on bullying, we focus on how to care and empathize for others.
It is difficult for any youth to imagine what “might be” in their life, or the lives of those in their school. Elsie was able to show them that their lives can be incredible when you think of others, go for your dreams, and decide not to let others negatively influence your life. Her music was inspirational and her story was encouraging. She is a role model for teens everywhere.
What I appreciate about her presentation is the realness of her interactions. They were not “put on” and definitely not a show. Youth can see through fake interactions and entertainment. It is my hope that she continues to influence our youth for great things today."
TOM BAINES JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
"Elsie Morden and the "No Time for That" Tour presentation is a fantastic presentation for all students. Her personal message has so much meaning to so many kids. Her examples of her own journey thorough school being bullied gives her a great deal of credibility with our students. Elsie also talks about resiliency and how she decided to not give the bullies her time and attention and choose to focus on herself and her music. Elsie’s presentation both through the spoken word and song is very inspirational to students of all ages. We look forward to having Elsie back to our school in Calgary again in the near future. The fact that donations are accepted rather than charging a standard fee makes this a much more affordable option for schools with limited funds."
"I really wanted to comment on the presentation that you did for MacGregor Elementary School recently. The time spent with you was so worth it and students left the gymnasium thinking and feeling differently about bullying and how to treat others. After further discussion with students they felt connected with you and very much enjoyed the presentation. The personal stories of pain and suffering you shared with us were powerful and really impacted our students. I would like to personally thank you for taking the time to visit our school. You are a strong woman and I look forward to hearing of all your successes in the very near future."