These resources are referred to as "Friends of PTBM" which means that they volunteer time and services to help with like minded PTBM mission related activities.This is an excellent resource list for schools and programs looking for speakers and workshop leaders to engage and empower youth.
Company name: Misfit Cowgirls Ranch
Contact name: JP Nikitin
Programs: Youth Leadership, Anti Bullying and Empowerment Ages: 8 and up
Overview: Our workshops are about building life skills and leadership skills through the power of the horse. We work as a team, partnering with a horse and a peer. We meet challenges through obstacles and working as a herd, always paralleling our experience with our horse with life.
Building strong skills while working with horses enables youth to be honest and not judged. The facilitators are certified, with years of horse experience, and their main goal is for the youth to have an exceptional experience and build life skills, that they can use when faced with life choices. This program equips youth with strong skills that will stay with them, as this unique learning experience will have a positive effect and a lasting impact. All programs are on the ground, we do not ride.
Cost: 1 workshop, 2.5 hrs, base
$250 for 2 people, $50 per person
4 workshops, 2.5-3 hrs, base $250 for 2 people , $45 per person
Company name: PDEXCO Ltd.
Contact name: Paul Davis
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.
Cost: $800 + HST
Company name: Mark Hatfield
Contact name: Mark Hatfield
Overview: Mark‘s extraordinary story is well documented. After graduating from Bishop’s University Mark earned a spot with the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins and later played for the Houston Oilers. In 1997, he moved back to Canada, and joined the B.C. Lions football club of the Canadian Football League.
Beyond football, Mark created and starred in short segments entitled, “The Retired CFL Guy”, for the comedy network’s “Game Face” series. He also hosted the “Big Bad Sports Show” on Rogers cable for two seasons and has been a frequent guest on TSN’s “Off the Record with Michael Landsberg.” Mark is also the founder and head trainer for Hatfield’s Athletic Development Centre and a professional firefighter in the city of Ottawa.
Company name: The Joynt
Contact name: Peter Joynt
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.
Cost: $500/hour session
Company name: Sekou Kaba
Contact name: Kashani Thomas
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 Olympic Games. 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 can address a wide array of topics during his presentations; he is currently overcoming new challenges in the industrial world as a red palm oil manufacturer.
Company name: Janine Charron T.I.G.E.R. METHOD
Contact name: Janine Charron
Overview: Janine is a professional speaker Mindset and Resiliency Coach for competitive athletes. Certified by The Big Talk Academy. From Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, she is an inspirational, captivating presenter and writer. Creator of THE T.I.G.E.R. METHOD: Life's Currency is Showing Up, breast cancer survivor, TEDXQueensU, founder of iNSiDE Out STUDiO Barre, NCAA Division 1 Ice hockey player and previously played in the NWHL, Mother of three. Lover of all things tiger related and chocolate.
Cost: TBD based on length of time, workshop, speaking needs, location
Company name: The Soulful Poet
Contact name: The Soulful Poet
Overview: TheSoulfulPoet is a Main-Stage performing, Poetry Slam winning spoken word artist and rapper who uses his talent as a wordsmith to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to become the best versions of themselves. An artist who's journey has seen him battle mental health issues, bullying, racism, and abuse have led him to creating a message for anyone who's struggling in their life, so that others who are going through what he went through can confide in someone. TheSoulfulPoet releases his debut album titled "Thorns" that highlights his journey re-discovering his love for art and pushing through the obstacles that were in front of him. He also sheds light on social, humanitarian, and environmental issues in his workshops. Being a youth worker by profession, TheSoulfulPoet's ability to captivate audiences through his enticing videos and deep discussion points, anyone who's heard TheSoulfulPoet live has left feeling as though they've learned something new. TheSoulfulPoet customizes his speeches to accommodate for every venue and demographic he speaks to, and performs exclusive spoken word pieces at every workshop.
Company name: Take A Stance Consulting
Contact name: Angela Lorusso
Overview: Angela Lorusso is the former leader of the Ottawa Bullying Prevention Coalition, and the founder of Take A Stance Consulting- a newly created business that aims to create safe and supportive spaces for children, youth, and their entire school community. She has a Master’s Degree in Education and has worked for over 20 years on the issue of child and youth mental health with a focus on bullying and victimization.
She was the developer of the evidence-based Western Ottawa Bullying Prevention Program, a 2 finalist for the Donor Foundation Award, and a recipient of the Phi Delta Kappa Award for Excellence in Education. She was also the recipient of the Growing Up Great Community Leader Award.
As the former leader of the Ottawa Bullying Prevention Coalition (OBPC), she worked closely with key partners including Ottawa Public Health, Ottawa Police, Ottawa School Boards, CHEO, Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, and many more. The vision was to create a safe, respectful, and caring community that fosters healthy relationships for all and to build the community’s capacity to effectively report, support, and respond to incidences of bullying and cyberbullying in an evidence-informed manner.
She facilitates a wide range of workshops for service providers, teachers, after-school staff, parents, and youth. She has trained thousands of individuals across Canada in evidence-informed bullying prevention and intervention practices.
Cost: $300 - 45 min workshop
$1200-half day training
Company name: Tribal Theory
Contact name: Melissa van der Maden
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.
Cost: 3 hour workshop $400
Company name: Bullying Ends Here
Contact name: Tad Milmine
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’!
Cost: Expenses only
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