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October 12 2017
Posted By:
Erin

This one is important.

Yesterday at YLCC we held a celebration of life for a 17 year old camper. A young girl that took her own life. She was a beautiful, fun, talented teenager that could not find peace. It was one of the saddest things I have ever been part of. I was asked to speak on behalf of YLCC. She had said that summer camp was the only... Read More

February 16 2017
Posted By:
Erin

What’s on your mind?

It was September 11th, 2001. I was sleeping comfortably in my bed at the Pepper Mill Inn in Reno, Nevada. The phone was ringing. 6 am. It was my dear friend Andrew Thibodeau calling to ask if I had heard the news? Was I watching the TV? Was I ok? In a groggy state, in a sleepy voice, confused I questioned him, “What are you talking about?” “... Read More

August 22 2016
Posted By:
Erin

What’s on your mind?

Not sure how to summarize what I experienced last night, August 20th, 2016. There was so much to absorb, so many moments that made it one of the best events I have ever been part of. It was uniquely Canadian. Something special.

There was the spirit of kindness in the building. While massed together at the merchandise table, the crowd split to let a man... Read More

March 11 2016
Posted By:
Erin

I am a leadership development guy. I work with tens of thousands of young people every year. I try and help them understand that they have the ability to make their life and the world that they live in better. I try and teach understanding, tolerance, compassion and of course the idea of dreaming BIG. This generation more than ever needs to believe the world can and will heal and become a more humane place.

I will be 100% transparent, I am not American... Read More

January 11 2016
Posted By:
Erin

David Bowie was the founder of YLCC

Sadly today, January 11th, 2016, I woke up to read that the great David Bowie had passed. Without any warning. No one really knew he had been fighting cancer for 18 months (gosh I hate that disease). He passed quietly with family at his side they said.

There’s no question that Ziggy was an icon in the music industry and... Read More

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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