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Is it just me?

Thu, 2010-01-28 02:23

Is it just me that thinks that the world is a little messed up? Am I the only one that questions the country that says it’s Christian and then sells a bobble head Jesus for 19.99 with proceeds going to the Christian Corp of America? Is it just me that wonders why people believe that they need to put others down to bring themselves up? Is there anyone else that wonders how the world will change and hopefully understand the need to do that dramatic change, when the current generation thinks that a real tragedy is not getting the new iPhone or the car on Thursday night? I must be the only one that is thinking that proroguing the Canadian Parliament until after the Olympics is irrational. There can’t be anyone else who thinks that there is more money is “trying” to find a cure for Cancer, MS and Parkinson’s then actually curing anything, so why bother! Is there any reason why Microsoft Word corrects the spelling of Oprah and not Ghandi. Where is the logic in the American Cancer society raising $146 million (or so) in fundraising in 2009 and the citizens of North America spending 2.8 billion on hand sanitizer in 9 months. I must be the only one that is questioning this.

Why are we so quick to think that what we see is what we get. Why is it that profit can be made off of fake Haiti fundraisers and it’s washed away in the news to celebrate Jennifer Aniston’s 5 year anniversary of being separated from Brad Pitt. Is there a reason we attach such weight to such gossipy drivel? Is there no one else questioning why hollywood actors band together to raise money for Haiti yet there are still tens of thousands in New Orleans that don’t have adequate housing? Wouldn’t it be a better headline that read “New Orleans wins battle against poverty, homelessness and hurricane devastation” than “New Orleans wins battle over Minnesota”? Why is that we have to wait for Haiti to be devastated before we realize they need help? Do you think Sierra Leone is praying for a tsunami so George Clooney can raise them 30 million dollars?

Is it just me that thinks real leadership has to start by looking in the mirror, turning the channel and sweeping our own doorstep? Maybe it is. Maybe I am the only one. I hope I am not. We need to look at the BIG picture. Trust me it’s giant and I seem to be looking through a panoramic lenses. Of course, it could just be me.

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    Students were very engaged, enthusiastic and excited. Stu is hilarious…seriously. “Humour is never a bad thing” said one student.

    ~Annalisa Varano - Vice Principal - St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School
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    They say a great presenter “leaves them wanting more”. Well, we loved your presentation and the entire team asked me when you will be back! You are truly STUpendous!

    ~Nancy Klensch - Founder of Summit Kids
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    Stu is an energetic, entertaining and dynamic presenter. He captures is audiences’ attention and keeps the room engaged for the entire presentation! His stories in his presentation captures everyone at different points, even the teachers!

    ~Sara Meaney - Cobourg Collegiate Institute
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    Stu was great! Staff and students felt it really broke the anxiety in the building and we even got cupcakes today from one of the students.

    ~Carrie Rowlandson - William Aberhart High School, Calgary Alberta
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    Stu was fantastic. There is nothing better than seeing 600 adolescents laughing their heads off. He delivers a terrific message and has the entire audience engaged, thinking, listening and most importantly laughing within seconds, and he keeps it going for over an hour. Thanks again on behalf of the Shores!!

    ~Doug Woods - Vice Principal, Nantyr Shores Secondary School
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    Stu’s speech did exactly what I hoped it would do when I tried to bring him in: it brought the school together for a good laugh while empowering the student body to be the change they wish to see in their classroom. I feel he hit this goal perfectly.

    ~Steven Fotheringham - Oakville Trafalgar High School
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    I really liked how the speech really just seemed like Stu was telling us funny stories, but he always related it back to the overall message. It didn’t sound like a speech at all, it was as if he was just talking to the crowd. I would say that he is excellent in connecting with the audience and keeping them entertained. There was not a two minute period in Stu’s speech were nobody was laughing. He kept us amused throughout the entire presentation. I thought he was perfect.

    ~James Palloto
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    I would highly recommend Stu, his engaging personality was a real hook for the students and his messages were ones that many of them could identify with. The humour was great and the students shared that they enjoyed the presentation.

    ~Teresa Fowler - W.H. Croxford High School, Airdrie, Alberta
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    Stu is personable. Students are willing to listen to him. They enjoy listening to him. He has a message, but he is also entertaining. He is fun to listen to and students don’t feel talked down to or preached at.

    ~Tanya Lacey - McKinnon Park Secondary School, Caledonia, ON
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    I was at the OCA conference on May 6th, and I just wanted to thank you on being such a wicked keynote… you definitely put me back in the camp mindset and reminded me of what’s truly important about the up-coming summer. Once again, a job very well done.

    ~Emily Summers
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    The students really enjoyed Stu’s humour and low-key but critical message about getting involved and getting the most out of their High School experience. I would recommend Stu as a speaker who relates well to students, is funny, and gets the message out without preaching.

    Thank you,

    ~Lynn Toye