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Alayna Fender

YouTuber, Mental Health & LGBTQ+ Advocate

Alayna Fender is a cat-loving LGBT+ content creator who makes educational comedy videos on a wide range of topics, with mental health and sexuality being her specialties. Whether it’s discussing sexuality or mental health issues, or simply vlogging and doing challenges, Alayna brings her frank and funny perspectives to any topic.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Presentations

Mental Health, Mindfulness, and You
Mindfulness and Self-Compassion are indispensable tools when it comes to mental health and wellbeing. Not only in reducing mental illness and stress, but increasing overall happiness and life satisfaction. In today’s fast-paced, always-connected world, rates of depression, anxiety, and stress are higher than ever. Not only do mindfulness and compassion teach us a new way to relate to our pain and suffering, but they allow us to recognize and savour the good in our lives as well. A trained Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, Alayna shares how she has transformed her life through these practices. She provides audiences with a deeper understanding of the benefits that mindfulness and compassion bring to the world. Audiences leave this presentation feeling motivated to make changes in their lives toward wellness.

Words Can Help, and Words Can Hurt (My Story)
While the greater LGBTQ+ community is experiencing more representation in today’s media and social climate, bisexuality is often neglected in prominent discussions. Alayna wants to change that. In this presentation, she shares her personal story of discovering her sexuality in a small, conservative community and her experience coming out. Alayna discusses the importance of inclusiveness, challenging audience perceptions on what “straight” and “gay” may look like. The underlying message through it all is to use your words to help, not hurt.

Platform Plus

Workshop/Training | Mindful Self-Compassion

This workshop combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to help audiences enhance their capacity for emotional wellbeing. Alayna shares simple self-compassion practices to integrate core mindfulness and self-compassion exercises into daily life.

Panelist/In Conversation

Much like her YouTube channel, no topic is off limits for Alayna. Whether it’s discussing sexuality, mental health issues, dating or general life experiences, her frank and funny perspectives can help spark important discussion at events.

Host/MC

Alayna's past hosting experience includes Buffer Festival Live and Golden Hanger Awards at the Much Music Video Music Awards (MMVA's).

Video/Online Program

Whether it's Skype, or a live YouTube broadcast of her talk, Alayna's infectious personality in front of the camera makes her a great option for on-camera events.

Social Influencer | YouTube

Summary Profile

Since launching her YouTube channel in 2011, Alayna has garnered over 190,000 subscribers and over 15 million combined views. Starting out as a ‘confused teenager’ in a conservative town, looking for answers to adolescent questions, Alayna used the YouTube platform to get those answers. Soon after she decided to begin posting videos of her own.

A defining moment in her life and career was publicly coming out in August of 2015. Alayna had come to a point of comfort and acceptance in herself and recognized how much other people’s stories had helped her. She felt her stories could comfort someone else in the same situation.

Since then, Alayna’s frank and funny perspectives on life and love have inspired millions. She believes in the power these online communities have to help others find acceptance in a way family & friends may not be able provide.

Alayna was featured in the documentary film ‘Internet Kids,’ which shed’s light on the next generation of YouTube creators through their experience attending the platforms post prestigious event: VidCon.

Alayna is a trained Mindful Self-Compassion teacher who helps people motivate themselves with encouragement rather than self-criticism. She helps others integrate core mindfulness and self-compassion exercises into daily life.

She works as influencer for large brands such as Apple Music, Cineplex, Wrigley’s, Skittles, Far and Wide.