Nick Foley

Nick Foley

Nick Foley is the founder of Celebrate the Hero and Move for Inclusion. Both are initiatives that motivate and empower people of all ages to make a difference by propagating good through action.

Nick has had the privilege of speaking all over North America and is also the author of two books: “Act Like You’ve Been There: Rules For My Brother” which is a guide to living with integrity and perpetuating good citizenship, and most recently the children’s book “Kapernakus” (Ka- pern-a-kus) which focuses on self-esteem and inclusion.

Celebrate the Hero initiative, focuses on the positive that students facilitate on a daily basis, Celebrate the Hero most provides sustainable programs and presentations to schools, communities, business and sports teams all over Canada.

Most recently Move for Inclusion took Nick on a coast to coast bike trip from Victoria BC to St John’s NFLND, stopping at various locations to speak about Inclusion of all people without bias. Nick was able to complete his 8312 km journey on July 25th 2015 after 95 days on the bike. On his ride Nick spoke to thousands of people on the importance of creating a culture of understanding and acceptance as well as raising money for charities.

Nick is driven by the desire to perpetuate an environment of self-worth, acceptance, and empowerment in communities, schools, businesses, and families.
Nick is the very proud father of beautiful Brynn, from whom he has learned more than he ever thought imaginable. She has been, and continues to be the greatest teacher in his life.

Nick Foley’s Speech Titles & Descriptions

Senior: How Do You Want To Be Remembered ?
Young people are faced with decisions every day. This anti-hate keynote address speaks about the importance of asking ourselves the question, “How do I want to be remembered?” Students will garner an understanding of how the decisions we make have a profound effect on our lives long after they are made and acted upon. This message is illustrated through real life stories that will leave the audience laughing as well as thinking about the legacy they are creating. This presentation illustrates that inclusion without bias is what will fundamentally contribute to eradicating hate. Nick pulls from the life lessons he learned while cycling 8312 km from Victoria BC to St John’s NFLND on his Move for Inclusion journey to raise awareness about Inclusion. Nick shares with the audience that if the why for doing something is big enough then the how you to do it will always show up. The audience will garner an understanding that when you decide to do, you have decided to live to your fullest capacity.


The Junior/Intermediate program will show young people the importance of accepting others no matter their differences. This interactive and highly engaging presentation will outline the importance of “being me”, as well as accepting and embracing individuality. This program also illustrates through real life stories the effects that bullying has on a person. This program encourages students to celebrate the great things they do on a daily basis . Students will leave feeling empowered and armed with the knowledge that we have the capacity to positively impact the world in which we live.


The primary program for Celebrate the Hero is based around the story “Kapernakus.” Kapernakus is an interactive children’s book created to outline the effects that bullying can have on a person. Kapernakus focuses on understanding our differences and the importance of inclusion. The program provides children with the opportunity to make good choices and encourages positive interaction with each other

What I’ve Learned:
What I’ve Learned outlines several different ideas that Nick has learned in his life journey and how reflecting on them and implementing them into his own life has to lead to the action he takes in life today. In this keynote presentation, Nick shares a story of the day in which a young man in the audience he was speaking to left an impact on how he sees things in life, without him uttering a single word. Nick takes you on a journey of what he has learned through sharing his stories with audiences, and what that process has actually taught him about the importance of the lessons he shares. What I’ve Learned is a keynote that every student should see and hear. It touches upon topics such as overcoming self-doubt, grit and resiliency, finding your purpose, and carving your path, just to name a few. Not only will this keynote leave the audience feeling inspired but it will also give them the practical knowledge that they can take with them and apply to their own journey.

Nick’s A.C.T.I.V.A.T.E workshop provides students with a step by step breakdown on how to go from wanting to do something to getting it started. Student’s will be provided with practical insight on how to start an initiative by following the steps Nick used to go from never having any cycling experience to completing his over 8000km across Canada, Move for Inclusion bike tour that raised awareness and money for Inclusion and children’s charities. Nick draws from the important lessons he learned starting this initiative and provides insight on how following the steps can make your idea one that can leave a positive impact on the world. You will leave this work shop understanding that if your why is big enough your how will always show up and by taking the first step to getting started you will ACTIVATE your life.


  • "Nick's talk was straight from the heart. Bayside students were riveted during his story about Brad and participated wholeheartedly during the interactive parts of the presentation. I believe that the overall message of the importance of responsible decision making truly resonated with students. Nick's youthful enthusiasm and ability to connect with his audience were amazing!"Emily Young - Bayside High School
  • "Nick was an overwhelming hit and was able to reach our students with his interactive and engaging approach.He has a unique ability to connect with students and staff and inspire them to be instruments of change. Nick’s presentation struck a chord with our students in a personal and reflective manner. His message will follow our students for many years to come. At the end, our students walked away feeling empowered to take a stand against bullying and positively impact our community."Gloria Hackett - ST Theresa's Catholic Secondary
  • "We need to say "Thank You." You were perfect timing, and you spoke, touched and changed many lives yesterday. Our senior teachers have said it was the best message in their long careers. "Daniel, Teacher, Sussex High School

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