“The ones that don’t fit the mold, are the ones that change the world.” Inspirational words from Geoffrey Newland of Toronto’s Ambassador Program that sum up our feelings about the young people we’re trying to connect with. Our visit to Toronto was all about the importance of mentorship and empowering young people who might feel that they are square pegs in a round hole. Thank you to the students of Fletcher Creek Senior Public School and Westview Centennial, Estann Boadhoo of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel, Jason Blackwood of Grandslammers, Community Leader Chris Blackwood, Albion Neighbourhood Services and Julie Shaw from the Ambassador Program.
Here are the highlights from our first cross-country stop in Vancouver. We met with so many smart, committed and caring students and student advocates. We’ve learned a lot about the importance of connecting with young people and to helping them be true to themselves. We have lots to share.
A few shout-outs: Thank you to the students and teachers from Templeton Secondary School, Elgin Park Secondary and Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), the Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver, the Vancouver Writers Festival, Nancy Smith of Surrey Safe Schools, youth advocate Amir Javid and Dan Nixon from Jack.org
This stop was all about empowering youth and mobilizing every day citizens to make a difference. A few shout-outs: Thank you for the insightful chats Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids, Youth Central, Calgary Police Service, Global News Radio 770 CHQR, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area and Heroes Impact.