• Transforming Pain into Power

  • About Coco

    Utilizing Performing Arts to Inspire the Transformation of Pain into Power! 

    Coco LaRain Veira

    A multi-award winning TedTalk Speaker on a mission to inspire the transformation of pain into passion, purpose and power. Coco has been inspiring audiences of all ages for over 20 years with her story "The Journey from Abused Teenage Mother to Motivational Speaker".


    In 2001 Coco founded Inspired by Coco and has worked with over 500 schools and community organizations. As a professional Vocal Artist, Dramatist and Spoken Word Poet, Coco utilizes the arts to engage and educate audiences of all ages through the many organizations she works with including the Future Aces Foundation, Spoken' Heard, and numerous Public and Catholic school boards across the Greater Toronto Area.


    Coco has mentored over 300 young women through the B.E.L.L.A.S. project within over 20 community organizations including group homes, elementary and secondary schools, alternative schools, programs for teenage mothers, churches and community centers. Teachers, Administrators and Social Workers have invited Coco back year after year to facilitate her assemblies, workshops and afterschool programs.


    Coco is currently focused on her passion project "B.E.L.L.A.S. Broken Heals" through which she trains young women to follow in her footsteps and transform pain into power.



    Coco LaRain Veira facilitates keynote and assemblies, life skills workshops, storytelling presentations and vocal performances designed to engage, educate, equip and entertain audiences of all ages.

    Inspirational Keynote Presentations

    Inspirational Key Note Presentations 

    Invite Coco to speak at your special event and inspire your guests. Coco has facilitated numerous inspirational keynote presentations for various organizations as they celebrate their success, raise awareness and funds for worthy causes.  

    Coco always includes a song or two along with some spoken word poetry to add a little spice to her presentations.  

    Assemblies and Workshops

    Educating and Equipping Children

    Invite Coco to facilitate an assembly and or a workshop that will inspire the hearts and minds of your children of all ages

    Presentations are customized based on the needs of the organization

    Coco has facilitated over 500 assemblies across the GTA.

    Topics include: Anti bullying, Culture and Diversity, Literacy, Self Esteem, The Arts, Business Development.


    Singing and Spoken Word Performance

    Music on a Mission

    Invite Coco to sing at your next event, Coco's music always comes with an inspirational message that inspires the heart and mind of audiences of all ages.

    Coco has enjoyed performing at many of Toronto's hot spots including Nawlins,

    The Jazz Bistro and Western Harbour Castles Hotel. She has also performed numerous bands and will be releasing her first single in 2019.



  • B.E.L.L.A.S.



    Founded by Coco LaRain, The B.E.L.L.A.S. Project works with community organizations to inspire the young women they serve. We facilitate presentations, small group workshops and on-going training programs that address the many challenges young women face today including trauma and abuse.

    We teach the practical strategies young women can utilize to transform pain into power. The B.E.L.L.A.S. Project expressive-arts based curriculum focus on self esteem, education, relationships and lifestyle

    Click Here to Visit the B.E.L.L.A.S. website.


    Coco works with numerous organizations across the GTA to inspire children, youth, adults and families.

    She specializes in customizing presentations and workshops to meet the needs of each organizations she works with.

    Broken Heals 

    Mission: To help women not just survive but thrive 

    Co-Founded by Natasha Helwig and Coco LaRain, Broken Heals is dedicated to inspiring, educating and celebrating women through inspirational events, therapeutic arts workshops and life skills coaching. We help women use their brokenness to heal themselves and others. 

    Click Here to Visit the Broken Heals Website. 

  • Who's Talking About Coco

    Take a look and enjoy!


    “Coco LaRain is an extraordinary spoken word artist and singer and she has done amazing work with our girls” Mr. Knight, Principal, Sir Robert L Bordon High School


    “It was a privilege having Coco work with our students over the past 5 years.”

    Mrs. Nanivati, Principal, Fletchers Meadow Secondary


    “The teachers said the workshop was excellent, they found the information both useful and informative.”

    Mrs. Jan, President, Peel Elementary Teachers Union


    “Coco, thank you for your raw searing truth and love, you are healing many with your art, voice and heart.”

    Mr. Jeff Perera, White Ribbon


    “Coco your voice is needed in this world, keep sharing keep inspiring young minds.”

    Abuse Survivor Stories Audience Member


    ‘Coco you are amazing, I am lost for words and so thankful to have seen you speak today you are a light in this world.” B.E.L.L.A.S. Program Participant

  • Four Reasons To Book Coco

    “I wanted to commit suicide, but after I heard Coco speak, I knew I could overcome anything”. Student

    1. Expert Youth Speaker With A Proven Track Record

    Coco is a multi-award winning Ted Talk speaker with 23 years of experience inspiring youth with her story “The Journey from Abused Teenage Mother to Motivational Speaker, Mentor and workshop Leader”. Coco has spoken to thousands of young people at over 500 schools, conferences, churches and universities since she started her career in 1992. Teachers, Administrators and Students alike describe Coco as one of the best speakers they have ever heard.



    2. Relevant Lived Experience 

    Coco’s lived experiences provide her with a real advantage, having experienced childhood abuse and teenage pregnancy, Coco can fully relate to young women facing similar challenges. As a Speaker, Coco can open up about her past with ease which allows participants to feel safe and understood. Her transparent approach opens the lines of communication between the Teachers, Guidance Counselors and Social Workers and the youth, young women Coco primarily servers who are all too often suffering in silence. Coco’s Story truly touches the hearts and minds of audiences of all ages and backgrounds 

    3. Effective Program Delivery Method 

    Knowing that students have different learning and communication styles there is a need to utilize alternative approaches and methodologies to ensure students are engaged. Coco is a professionally trained and experienced Vocal Artist, Actor and Spoken Word Poet who specializes in utilizing the arts to engage, educate and equip participants throughout the learning process. It’s the combination of personal and leadership development and performing arts training at its best.

    4. Easy to Work With

    It was a Teacher, a Social Worker and a Public Health Nurse at Coco’s high school that gave her the opportunity to share her story which start her Motivational Speaking Career over 23 years ago and Coco has truly enjoyed working with Educators ever since. Coco knows the value of building strong partnerships with open lines of communication with the dedicated Educators she works with to ensure the B.E.L.L.A.S. project programs meet the needs of the students in their care.



  • Awards

    Multi-Award Winning Speaker

    Toronto's Mayor John Tory Presents Coco with 

    The Black Canadian Role Model Award 

    from the Diversity Advancement Network 



    Future Aces Unsung Hero Award

    Herbert H Carnegie Foundation Award


    George Washington University's Hot Mamma's Award

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