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Change Equals Good!

Tue, 2015-09-15 14:28

Exactly two months from today OSLC 2015 will be in wrap up. Where does a year go?

I am sure a lot of you are dealing with a lot of changing aspects in your lives right now. New classes, new teachers, new courses, maybe new friends and new learning opportunities. At the beginning of 2015 I thought I would just be running OSLC all over again, but like many things, Conference is changing constantly and I have had to learn to adapt. We do! We adapt, we grow, we learn! When we stop looking at “change” as a big scary thing and think of it as opportunites or really awesome challenges it acutally allows you see all these “new things” as pretty wonderful things.

I am looking forward to these new things coming at OSLC this year. We are using a new company called Superior Events for our inflatables. For the first time we are hosting our Marketplace in the Crowne Plaza Grand Ballroom. We have brand new volunteer staff joining us as well as brand new schools. Shane Koyczan is going to do an unbelievable job at being our Opening Keynote and we have some brand spankin new workshop presenters this year including: Kevin Rempel, Kelly Lovell and Jonathan Hood.

Along with the changes of OSLC I do like to point on the constants as well. Evolution DJ will be hosting the Monday Night Dance again and I have been told it is going to be even “bigger and better than last year”. We have some familiar faces coming back to present amazing workshops such as : Christal Earle, Blake Fly, Mark Black and Scott Hammell.

Advisors, you have the oppurtunity to attend the Advisors Social on the Monday Night. I have found some pretty epic prizes this year for our auction and raffle. We will likely bring back the photo booth and a couple rounds of DOUBLES! Who knows…A Game Show could be involved as well:)

So as I look at this list of changes and constants I realize that while it is all well and good to stay the same, change equals growth. Change equals oppurtunities. Change equals good!

Go out there and grab some “good”. It will change you for the better!

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    We brought 40 students, mostly juniors, and the layout of the conference space and dorm space made our staff feel comfortable with supervision. The college also made it super easy for meals - everything was in the same complex. I HIGHLY recommend trying out this conference for those schools who haven’t yet. Top notch leadership experience!

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    OSLC is an experience where you can literally go and see 1000’s of other teens that have the same desire as you to lead and make a change in the world. The energy is electric, the movement is massive and the memories are completely unforgettable. The experience is one you fully cant understand without going there, there is an indescribable and irreplacable feeling that is created there, and it sticks even after you leave.

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    OSLC changed my life. I have never felt so alive in my entire life. I met so many people who I will be life long friends with. The energy is amazing and the inspiration is indescribable.
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    I don’t even know how to begin or where to start telling you how amazing OSLC was and how amazing and incredible you are! This event was truly life changing for me and my council, thank you so much for this, for OSLC and for you. You are truly an inspiration and have shown me so much and have lit a fire inside me.

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    I have been bringing students to the Ontario Student Leadership Conference for over 10 years. Our students clamour for a spot at the conference because they have heard about it and want to be a part of it. They always come back from the conference excited and motivated to make positive changes in our school and community. The speakers are always world class and the workshops inspire and educate the students, I look forward to being part of this incredible conference for years to come, keep up the great work.

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    This conference consistently fosters, in the students who attend, a sense of community in leadership that I’ve yet to see generated to this degree anywhere else. Former students have told me, years later, that the OSLC was the highlight of their high school experience. I believe them.

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    I have been attending OSLC a number of years with our Students’ Council Executive. There is no other opportunity that I am able to offer my students that leads to such enthusiasm and ideas for the school year. Many of my students have worked as Spirit Leaders at the conference, and more than once students have told me how OSLC has changed their life. On top of that, OSLC is one of the very few conferences that allow for PD for staff members who work in student leadership. More than once I have had my own commitment to student leadership refreshed through workshops at OSLC.

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