Friends of Proud To Be Me - Speakers and Workshop Resource List

This is an excellent resource list for schools and programs looking for speakers and workshop leaders to engage and empower youth.

Proud To Be Me created this resource list to help schools and programs find quality speakers and workshop leaders who have shown the ability to provide current and valuable information that furthers our mission of Anti-bullying and Youth Empowerment.

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Company name: PDEXCO Ltd.  
Contact name: Paul Davis

Website: www.socialnetworkingsafety.net
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Cost: $800 + HST

Overview: Social Networking Safety speaker, Paul Davis has over 25 years of IT experience to share.  He will provide a Common Sense Approach to dealing with the technology our kids/young teens have including, Snapchat/Twitter/Instagram/Facebook, Cyber-Bullying, Hand Held Devices, Texting, Gaming and Legal Matters as well as demonstrating how easily your account can be compromised.  To date, Paul has presented to over 300,000 students in Canada & The United States.

Company name: Artist Kate
Contact name: Kate Ryckman

Website: www.artistkate.com
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Cost: $ Vary. Visit website for details

Overview: Artist Kate teaches creative art programs in schools, the community and from her home art studio. Without question, her unwavering goal is to inspire others to unleash their inner artist. Artist Kate's unique approach to creativity helps encourage people of all ages and skill level to stretch their creative limits and realize the beauty that can be found in imperfections.

Company name: Sekou Kaba
Contact name: Kashani Thomas

Website: www.sekoukaba.ca
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Cost: $1350

Overview: Sekou Kaba is a 2016 Olympian and motivational speaker. He represented Canada in the 110m Hurdles at the Rio Games. Having a long history with bullying and overcoming life-obstacles, Sekou shares his personal battle with many issues and how he overcame them in order to accomplish his 16-year journey to the Olympics. When he is not training, Sekou gets out in the community to motivate and inspire individuals from all walks of life. He has presented to thousands of people from different communities, schools and organizations. Sekou has strong ties with the United Way, the Youth Services Bureau and many other organizations in Ottawa. He is currently writing a book; a hurdler’s guide on how to overcome every obstacle in life.

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Company name: The Joynt 
Contact name: Peter Joynt

Website: www.thejoynt.ca
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Cost: $275/hour session

Overview: POSTIVELY RESILIENT: Stuttering, Rapping and Not Giving Up – Peter Joynt
Rapper and stutterer Peter Joynt has heard it all. He’s been bullied and teased, and he’s been told his music would never amount to anything. What those people didn’t account for was Peter’s resiliency and positive outlook on life. He’s managed to parlay that into a successful music career, writing songs for the likes of the Ottawa Senators and RogersTV. He’s also won one of Canada’s most coveted contest prizes – the car in Tim Horton’s Rollup the Rim to Win! He continues to reach for his dreams and encourages others to do the same. He does all this in a presentation that is a mix story-telling and live musical performance. He’s open to presenting to all grades and insists his presentation is one like no others seen in schools. Standing ovations are not uncommon for Peter – even at the High School level.

Company name: Black Belt Excellence Inc.    
Contact name: Master Phil Nguyen

Website:  http://www.blackbeltexcellence.com/bully-busters/
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Cost: $ Vary. Visit website for details

Overview: Imagine helping our children transform from victim to victor, reactive to proactive, suffering to succeeding.  Book Master Phil for a highly interactive session to inspire and instruct your teachers, parents, and students about Bully Busters: The 9 Treasures to Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem, and Strength of Character.  Master Phil is a 7th Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-Do, award-winning community leader, and author of the children’s book, Bully Busters and Beyond!

Company name: Be Your Best
Contact name: Jennifer Laale

Website: www.beyourbest.ca
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Cost: Fees depend upon the program, the number of students and number of workshops so if you are interested please do call or email me with your workshop interest and your numbers and I will give you all the options and fees.

Overview: Jennifer Lea Laale is the Founder/Director of Be Your Best. For the past 21 years she has been offering bullying prevention performing arts workshops that build character and life skills, encourage mental health, a growth mindset, leadership and eloquent communication.  Be Your Best workshops for grades 1 to 12, are curriculum connected, and incorporate the criteria for development of character from the Ontario Education Character Initiative. For a list of workshops and more information please call or check out the website.

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Company name: Spark Talks
Contact name: Josée Lindsay

Website: http://joseelindsay.com/pages/school-talks
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Cost: $450/presentation

Overview: Anti-bullying, character development and mindfulness come together in one powerful presentation! Author Josée Lindsay empowers children and youth to believe in themselves, think positively, dream big, live in an attitude of gratitude and most importantly, help students realize that they can make their school and the world a better place by being kind to each other. Grades 3-12.

Company name: Bullying Ends Here
Contact name: Tad Milmine

Website: www.bullyingendshere.ca
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Cost: Expenses only

Overview: Constable Tad MILLINE always had a dream that he wanted to grow up to be a Police Officer.  From the age of five, Tad was locked in a basement until the age of seventeen.  Growing up in a home rampant with abuse and neglect in Ontario Canada, Tad held onto that dream for many years.  Tad was also secretly battling the fact that he was gay.  After years of hardship at home and being relentlessly bullied at school, Tad found a way through the darkness to achieve his dream of being a Police Officer.  In October 2011, Tad read about a fifteen year old named Jamie HUBLEY who had committed suicide after enduring many years of bullying, first for being a figure skater and in his teens for being gay.  When Tad read about this suicide, he decided to do something about it.  Tad created the Internationally-recognized, and award-winning program, Bullying Ends Here.  Today, Tad shares his harrowing story from the heart, holding nothing back.  Tad connects with his audience like very few can.  Bullying Ends Here has been credited with saving more than 40 young lives, receiving more than 30,000 emails (Tad responds to them all himself) and taken in by more than a quarter million people around the World, all in four short years!  It should be noted that Tad does all of this on his own time and refuses to be paid for his time or efforts.  He is THAT passionate!  Tad’s efforts have been recognized by every level of Government in Canada, including being recognized in the Canadian Senate.  Bullying Ends Here has also been endorsed by several Sporting Figures, Celebrities and the Canadian Prime Minister.  As Tad always says; 'Together, we will not only change lives, but SAVE them’!

Company name: Tribal Theory
Contact name: Melissa van der Maden

Website:www.tribaltheory.org
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Cost: 3 hour workshop $400

Overview: Tribal Theory views bullying behaviour as children and youth who are experiencing exaggerated pain and who are using fear based responses to keep themselves safe. Research show us that regardless of the adversity they face, if children or youth can develop and maintain a positive attachment to school, and gain an enthusiasm for learning, they will do much better in their lives.

Tribal Theory presents a creative understanding of the effects of trauma and feelings of low self worth on a student’s education. Tribal Theory in the classroom, is a simple framework designed to support students of all grades and levels of learning, who are responding to adversity, crisis or trauma and who are feeling disconnected from their studies or their peers. Tribal Theory improves educational outcomes by assisting students in identifying their coping strengths. It creates in the moment resilience by offering a relatable context for traumatic events and supports the classroom in being a safe place by promoting authenticity and acceptance.   Tribal Theory in the classroom, creates an environment where students can experience a sense of belonging, purpose and emotional well-being; where students can be nurtured through trauma in an environment flourishing in post traumatic growth.

Half day (3 hour) workshops can be tailored to school administration including teachers and support. Tribal Theory can also be condensed and modified to be taught to children in any grade, in any time allocation.