Posts From February 2014

Charles E Webster

February 14, 2014

Valentines Day! And I spent the morning at Charles E Webster speaking to grade 4/5/6 & then 7/8.  Thank You to the principal for inviting me back from two years ago, to speak to a new group of students.  The “buz” after the 7/8 session was endless… question after question.. Love it!

Thornhill Secondary School YRDSB

February 13, 2014

“Hear a Pin Drop” group of Grade 9s today – one full hour, with great Q&A.  The Grade 10s had fewer questions in a public forum, but then asked a lot of one-in-one… yes, they know much – but they learned much more today.  Thank You to parent council for having me speak to your parents this evening – great feedback left by those in attendance.

Bishop Francis Allen

February 12, 2014

Thank You to the Principal of Bishop Francis Allen to invite me to her new school (she asked me to speak at her previous one), to the students and parents. Very good sessions today.  And thanks to a former Peel Region Police officer to help backup my thoughts/directives of online safety..  Always appreciated.

Blessed John Paul II, YCDSB

February 11, 2014

Back in the YCDSB at Blessed John Paul today.  A school I had never visited before, but where the Principal had me at her previous school – and asked me to deliver my message to her new school.  The students were very attentive, and asked great questions.  This evening I met a great group of parents.  Parents filed in, and started filling in the front row.. very keen to learn!  Thank You for all your wonderful feedback this evening, and the request to return to your school!

“That was amazing”, Christine – Parent at BJPII

“OMG! That was excellent.  I am blown away!” – Shelley – Parent at BJPII

Father Henri Nouwen, YCDSB

February 10, 2014

I returned to Father Henri Nouwen today for my second visit in three years.  A great reception from the students.  It was nice to see grade 8 students return this evening with their parents to learn even more.  A special Thank You to the mother who said “I’ve seen you before, and you never disappoint”.  And Thank You for inviting me back next year!

St Elizabeth Seton, Calgary Catholic

February 6, 2014

My last day in Calgary and four presentations at St Elizabeth Seton.  Three to students and one to the parents (thank you to the teachers who returned to hear even more this evening).  A great day overall – with very good questions from all three student groups.  I took notice of how one of the Assistant Principal’s was executing some of the things I was saying live, on his device – and then backing up my statements.  Thank You to the parents and their awesome feedback this evening…  I return in two weeks to your area, and hope to see you at other schools.

St Albert The Great, Calgary Catholic

February 5, 2014

Two wonderful audiences at St Albert the Great today!  Great questions from the student audiences (and their teachers!).  A great story as to how I was invited to St Albert.. an Assistant Principal saw me a her son’s school, and said “We need to have you at our school” – one year later, it happened!  Thank You parents for attending this evening (including parents who are police officers in Calgary), braving minus 25 degree temps.

Dr Oakley School, CBE

February 4, 2014

Thank You to Dr Oakley School for allowing me to speak to a great group of students today.  Their attentiveness and questions made for two successful sessions.  A solid showing from the parent community that traveled from all parts of Calgary to attend, and stay for the duration of a 90+ min presentation.  Your feedback this evening was appreciated.  For the parents who’s children “made them attend” – Thank You..  Your child saw something that they thought YOU should see also.  That’s leadership!

“That was the best presentation ever” Grade 8 student, sharing his thoughts to his teacher.


February 3, 3014

A PHENOMENAL day at Westmount today! A very tech savvy school.  Great questions from students today (met a 12yr old Java programmer – WOW!).  Students were attentive and very respectful.  Great support this evening by the parent community.  I even had a member of City Council attend!  I will see a select group of students on February 28th for a return Q&A session on my next trip to Calgary.