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Red and White Ignite

Red & White Ignite

The 39th Annual Ontario Student Leadership Conference

Until the Conference!

One Grateful Little Lady

Mon, 2015-11-02 12:37

Well my friends, the time has come!! OSLC is only 6 days away! I am in awe of how fast time flies…..at this time last year I was getting ready for my first OSLC, a ball full of nerves and excitment. This year, the nerves and excitment are back in full force. It’s pretty amazing to be able to have a job you work the full year round for and then to see it come to fruition!

One of my biggest passions (besides OSLC) is the theatre. I tell everyone OSLC is like being a stage manager of a show. The moment you say “Cue 1 Go” is basically like Registration Opening!

Running the largest and longest running student leadership conference in Canada is no small feat and I certainly have many people to thank!!

OSLC would not be possible if it was not for the generous support of our sponsors. We are extremely grateful for their help in making OSLC possible!

To the Advisors - I honestly feel like I know you! Even though our contact is bascially through email, I can feel how much love you have for your students and OSLC. Thank you for knowing how important OSLC is to your students. Thank you for putting up with my nagging emails. Thanks for your witty comments and making my days brighter. Thank you for taking the adventure with me!

To the delegates of OSLC - Thank you for being you! For wanting to attend OSLC! For being amazing leaders you already are and bringing so much joy and passion to OSLC. The memories you make a OSLC will last throughout your lifetime. Keep leading and looking for adventures!

To the wonderful hotel staff, especially Liza Kearns and David Nowaczyk. Thank you for being so flexbile and supportive. The adventure awaits for 2016!

To Shane Koyczan, Patrick Maurer and Bob Upgren: You change lives! We are so honoured to have you three be OSLC’s keynote speakers this year. Thank you to the moon and back for all that you do!

To the wonderful workshop presenters - Thank you so incredibly much for your easy going ways, your cheerful emails and just making my job easy! We are blessed to have you all join us this year and set great examples for these future leaders.

To my incredible volunteer staff team - Thank you so much for jumping in (some with your eyes closed) to OLSC and all the background shananigans. I honestly could not do this without you. Thank you for just doing your thing. Half the time things just happen at OSLC without me ever knowing about it. This is thanks to the volunteer staff. They make OSLC happen! Thank you for hugs, emails, laughs and all the support!

And last but not least, Ashley Baer, Stu Saunders and Ian Tyson. You are my rocks! You allow me to breathe, You have my back! I adore you to the moon and back! The adventure continues in 2016!

Bring on the next week! I am exited to see all your excited faces! You bring a smile to my face and tears to my eyes. There are not enough words to say how grateful I am for all of you.

“You may feel like Space Mountain or The Teacups or Pirates of the Carribbean, but no matter what, it is sure to be an adventure”

Thank you for taking this adventure with me!

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    I want to thank you for giving my students the opportunity to attend EOSLC!! On the drive home, they were discussing how wonderful the speakers were, and the spirit leaders, and the venue, and the whole experience!!!

    I know they have taken with them new insight as to what it means to be a leader! I thank you for that! You must be so proud to have so much positive influence on the youth of tomorrow.

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    OSLC has played a pivotal role in the growth and development of our Student Activities Council leadership group over the 10 years we have been attending. The chance to get away together, bond as a group, meet other awesome leaders and advisors from across the province, and be challenged by some of the best speakers in the world has made a huge impact on the enthusiasm and effectiveness of our leadership program.”

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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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    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.

    ~Tanya Lacey, McKinnon Park Secondary School, Caledonia, Ontario