2016 Paralympian United States Para Dressage Team

"... through drive, determination, and adaptability dreams become reality."

Speaking Engagements

eynote Speaker Hidden Hollows Riding Center Gala, June 6, 2015, Rhinebeck, NY.

Keynote Speaker, Para Pipeline, May 27, 2014, Carlisle Academy Integrative Equine Therapy & Sports LLC, Lyman, ME.

Feb 1, 2015 Annual Weekend Educational Program IWEP) Dressage4Kids at Nonnewaug High School Woodbury, Ct

Eastern New York Dressage and Combined Training Association (ENYDCTA) Keynote Speaker November 2014

Eventing Association of Michigan (TEAM) Keynote Speaker November 2014

Adrian Kiwanis Club November 2014

Lendon Gray’s Winter Intensive Training (WIT) Program March 2014

Emerging Athlete Program July 2014

Dutchess County 4h Club July 2014

Demo Ride and Volunteer High & Mighty Therapeutic Riding & Driving CenterJuly 2014

Whinnes and Neighs 4H Club and Teen Ambassador Program April 2014

Keynote speaker Hidden Hollows Riding Center Fundraiser May 2014

BOCES Salt Point Education Center October 2013

Dexter High School 2012

STAR (Student, Talking and Relating) Program for kids with Autism in Saline Elementary Schools April 2012

Lavelle School, Staten Island, NY  October 2011


Giving back to the community is as important to me as my personal riding goals!


Volunteering

In middle school I started volunteering in the special education classroom. When I was asked to help with summer school I happily accepted. I absolutely love working with the students. It was natural for me to continue volunteering in high school. I am currently volunteering at the Dutchess BOCES, Salt Point Educational Center.

Working in the BOCES classroom is an incredibly rewarding experience for me as I look towards my future career. Volunteering in multiple classrooms allows me to work as a teaching assistant, as well as a peer mentor.  I find it very rewarding to work with different age groups within the school, as well as students with various special needs and disabilities.  In college next year I plan to pursue a degree in special education. My goals as a teacher will be to inspire my students to be proud of who they are and strive to achieve excellence.

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Public Speaking

Motivating others proved to be important part of healing after my stroke. While I was in physical therapy, my therapist asked me to talk with new patients and share my how I learned that despite the changes my stroke caused I still believed I could achieve my goals. Sharing my story and seeing how it helped other patients gave me the idea that I could use my experiences of dealing with my "new body" to inspire and educate others. Public speaking became a natural outlet to use as a platform to encourage others to never give up on their goals.  

I enjoy spreading my message to diverse groups with a range of interests inside and outside of the equestrian community.  My motivational speeches focus on using ones ability to pursue goals regardless of circumstances that might appear to be roadblocks.  I focus on using the powers of drive, determination, and adaptability to shape and achieve your goals.  I believe strongly in the power of "CAN" while helping to redefining  the label of "disabled".  I would love to come and speak at your next meeting! Please feel free to contact me for more information.

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Anna Collier

4990 Hidden Brook Lane

Ann Arbor

Michigan 48105

 


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