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Peter Katz

Lifelines: The Teachings of Teenagers In the first 10 years of my career as a touring singer-songwriter, besides the odd songwriting workshop here and there, I didn’t really have many opportunities to interact with youth. Most of my shows were in bars/clubs/theatres and the audience demographic tended to be mostly adults.   Through a series of serendipitous events however, my songs found their way to the creators of this 12-day program for teens in the mountains of Alberta called F.A.C.E.S. (Facilitating Awareness Through Character Building Experiences for Students) where they take the students hiking, rock-climbing, whitewater canoeing, and rapelling.  The goal of the program is not really for the students to become skilled at those activities, but more so they learn what it’s like to do something they’re afraid of, something they didn’t think they could do, and then through processing, draw parallels between those experiences and their ‘real life’ […]

Alvin Law

Leadership Is Everywhere I Love March Madness! No, not the feeling of anxiety that winter will never end! The competition in NCAA Basketball south of the border. If you didn’t know, it’s a single knock out tournament for Men’s College Hoops that culminates in “The Final Four;” which constitutes the last remaining teams from all the qualifying tournaments across the U.S.A. and results in a National Champion whose team are literally the last ones standing by winning the final game. You don’t even need to like basketball, or sports for that matter, to appreciate what I believe is the essence of this event. Anyone can win! In fact, every single year, a “nobody” school upsets a ranked favourite which literally knocks them out of the competition and they call the underdog’s victory a “Cinderella Story”! I like that! There is a misconception that only the best schools give you the […]

Ian Tyson

Not As Different As You Think As a speaker, working predominantly in the school market for the last 28 years, the question/comment that I get most from teachers, parents, and friends my age is: What is the difference in the issues and struggles facing students today compared to when we were that age? I can certainly see where a question like that comes from… people want to make a connection, and perhaps try to find a way to relate to another generation. At minimum, they want to try and understand, because they seem so different. The thing is, the answer is pretty simple. Students today face a lot of the same issues that “we” faced growing up, the difference is the way in which those issues are presented, and the way they have to deal with them. Technology is the biggest contributing factor to that and plays the largest role […]

Dear Bullies: A video letter by Molly Burke for Bullying Awareness Week

In support of Bullying Awareness Week (Nov. 13 – 19) Molly revisited the feeling and places of the past to write this video letter to the girls that bullied her… Read Article: http://www.cbc.ca/beta/life/life-video/dear-bullies-a-video-letter-by-molly-burke-for-bullying-awareness-week-1.3848459

Looks from Olympian Sarah Wells’ new athletic wear line

Aired: June 3, 2016 Olympic hurdler Sarah Wells talks about overcoming obstacles on her road to the Olympics and shows us looks from her new athletic wear line. Watch the Video: http://www.cityline.ca/video/looks-from-olympian-sarah-wells-new-athletic-wear-line/

Hundreds of students from across Canada come to Calgary for leadership conference

Scott Hammell Centennial High School was teaming with kids for the Alberta Student Leadership Conference, which brought in students from across the country to learn new skills and help others. read article: http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/hundreds-of-students-from-across-canada-come-to-calgary-for-leadership-conference-1.2923660

‘New Hope’: Alberta students optimistic despite tough times

Scott Hammell They know people who’ve been laid off and they’re facing an uncertain job market themselves. But as Gil Tucker shows us, high school students meeting at a leadership conference in Calgary are ready to tackle the challenges head-on. read article: http://globalnews.ca/video/2730859/new-hope-alberta-students-optimistic-despite-tough-times

Inspiration and leadership the focus for LeRoy’s Pink Day

Ian Tyson and Scott Hammell “Bringing us all together and having big speakers from places all over Canada are really important,” she said. “When we have such a small school – our high school being 50 students approximately – when we can bring in people like Ian Tyson and Scott Hammell, its a huge experience for them and something we hope will be everlasting.” read article: http://discoverhumboldt.com/com-commedia-elements/local/9886-inspiration-and-leadership-the-focus-for-leroy-s-pink-day

Career Expo Targets Youth

Stu Saunders Well-known motivational speaker and comedian Stu Saunders talks with students at Collingwood Collegiate Institute before they check out the job expo hosted at the school. Saunders encouraged the kids to open up to the possibilities. read article: http://www.theenterprisebulletin.com/2016/04/07/career-expo-targets-youth

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