Janet Perreault

A Word from Janet

Just like you, I have a story. In addition to being a wife, mom, grandmother, and workplace employee turned boss, I am also a survivor of domestic violence, divorce, and single parenting.  My life-changing moment occurred in 1976 when my 14-year-old died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound; followed by the suicide of my ex-husband a year later.  My beloved brother lost his battle with cancer when he was 37 years old, and I have cared for three sets of aging parents.

But my message is not focused on loss.  I know from experience how incredible good can come out of unspeakable grief.  In other words, “the climb is steep, but the change is deep.”  I am excited for the opportunity to share my journey and the lessons I’ve learned along the way.  Trust me; experience is a great educator and a strong motivator!

How about you?  What is the climb you are facing, either personally or professionally?  Whether you feel stuck in your job or stuck in your life, the principles to move forward are the same.  You can learn how to tackle life’s challenges in a way that’s authentic and practical; where the heaviness of being human is balanced with the lightness of a laugh.

Our lives are not changed in spite of our circumstances; they are changed because of our circumstances.  Like I said, “the climb is steep, but the change is deep.”


Janet’s professional background has allowed her to work in both the corporate and non-profit worlds.  Early in her career she worked for attorneys and before long had her own legal transcription business so she could be home with her children in their early years.  As they got older, she moved into the field of healthcare public relations, marketing, and administration.  For nine years, she co-authored a weekly newspaper column in California for working women.

She has been an educator to young and old alike relative to depression and mental health.  In 1992, Janet co-founded the Suicide Prevention Partnership (SPP).  Her work as a SPP Hotline crisis interventionist and as a public speaker has made a difference in the lives of countless individuals and families over the years.

In addition to her outreach through Speaking from Experience, Janet just completed her term of office as Immediate Past President with the Board of Directors of the Colorado Springs-based Senior Resource Council.  She served for three years as the Director of Women’s Ministry at Springs Community Church.  In April 2011, she was nominated for the prestigious Athena Award (Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce) and was the recipient of the 2011 Joe Henjum Legacy Award (Senior Resource Council, Colorado Springs).


Married in 1973 Janet and her husband Rene make their home in the beautiful foothills of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Their two married daughters have blessed them with five incredible grandchildren.  Janet is modest when she says, “I know that all grandparents think their grandchildren are the best but, trust me, mine really are!”  Retired as a home health care administrator in 2010, Janet now devotes her considerable energy to helping people reach their full potential, whether in the workplace or in their personal lives.

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Janet Perreault


Contact Info:

Janet Perreault
Speaking from Experience
Colorado Springs, CO
Cell: (719) 339-8991
Office (719) 531-0190

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