Nick Foley

Nick Foley

Nick Foley is the founder of Good Sport, the non-profit organization Move for Inclusion, and is a co-founder of WE BE US. All 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 to a variety of different audiences. He is also the author of two books: “Act Like You’ve Been There: Rules For My Brother,” 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.

Move for Inclusion works alongside post-secondary schools assisting with the design and implementation of school curriculums based on inclusion. Good Sport is an online character-based education company for athletes. Nick’s newest venture, WE BE US (short for WE as a community can BE stronger if all of US work together), sells socks. For every pair they sell, a new pair is donated to one of their charitable partners across Canada. WE BE US has also started a 20k Sock Day; a day in which companies, schools, and organizations come together to donate socks to shelters across Canada.

In 2015, Move for Inclusion took Nick on a coast to coast bike trip from Victoria, BC to St John’s, NFLND; stopping at various locations along the way to speak about Inclusion of all people without bias. Nick was able to complete his 8312 km journey on July 25, 2015, after 95 days on his bike. Over the course of his ride, Nick spoke to thousands of people on the importance of creating a culture of understanding and acceptance, while raising money for charity.

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 and Welles, from whom he has learned more than he ever thought imaginable. They have been and continue to be the greatest teachers in his life.

Nick Foley’s Speech Titles & Descriptions

Senior: How Do You Want To Be Remembered ?
What I’ve Learned: 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.

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.

Junior/Intermediate

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.

Primary

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

Workshop

A Pragmatic Approach to Building More Resilience: Win the Day, Win your Life
n 2015, Nick cycled over 8000 km across Canada with very little experience; on that trip he learned a lot about grit and resilience. Since completing his ride, he has dedicated himself to getting the most out of his day, by performing daily habits and routines that he designed specifically to Win the Day. This practical workshop will guide you through a step-by-step process of how to get the absolute most out of your day from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to bed. Together, you will work through a twenty-four hour day that includes eating, sleeping and exercise. You will also lean into how to make a personal priority statement and best practices on how to plan a year of intention. Every person will be provided with activity sheets that they will be able to use as a reference after the workshop is completed. Everyone involved in this workshop will leave with a clear plan for how to make the most of their day, which will result in how to make the most out of their life.

Audience: Advisors, Grades 9-12, Student Leaders, Teachers & Administrators, Parents
Time: 1 – 2 hours. Half day. Full day.

T.A.G.
Nick’s T.A.G (Think, Act, Give) workshop provides students with a step-by-step breakdown on how to go from wanting to create an initiative, to actually getting it started. Nick draws from the important lessons he learned starting the WE BE US and Move for Inclusion initiatives, and provides insight on how following a few simple steps can make your idea one that can leave a positive impact on the world. You will leave this workshop with the understanding that: if your why is big enough, your how will always show up. By taking the first step to getting started, you will do your part to T.A.G. in the world.

Audience: Grades 7-12
Time: 1- 2 hours.

Testimonials

  • "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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