Nick Foley is the founder of Celebrate the Hero and Move for Inclusion. Both are initiatives that motivate and empower people of all ages to make a difference by propagating good through action.
Nick has had the privilege of speaking all over North America and is also the author of two books: “Act Like You’ve Been There: Rules For My Brother” which is a guide to living with integrity and perpetuating good citizenship, and most recently the children’s book “Kapernakus” (Ka- pern-a-kus) which focuses on self-esteem and inclusion.
After growing up in Belleville Ontario, Nick played four years of Junior Hockey in the Ontario Hockey League, where he was twice nominated for the Humanitarian of the Year Award, and once for the Red Tilson Award as the league’s top player. He then accepted an opportunity to play for the St Mary’s University Huskies. Even at this time he was recognized for his personal ethics by being nominated twice for the Humanitarian of the Year Award.
Nick earned a bachelor of History from St. Mary’s and a Bachelor of Education from University of Maine at Fort Kent. After graduating, he taught in Canada and in England for six years. Though he loved teaching, his interactions with youth and community inspired him to branch out and create the Celebrate the Hero initiative, focuses on the positive that students facilitate on a daily basis, Celebrate the Hero most provides sustainable programs and presentations to schools, communities, business and sports teams all over Canada.
Most recently Move for Inclusion took Nick on a coast to coast bike trip from Victoria BC to St John’s NFLND, stopping at various locations to speak about Inclusion of all people without bias. Nick was able to complete his 8312 km journey on July 25th 2015 after 95 days on the bike. On his ride Nick spoke to thousands of people on the importance of creating a culture of understanding and acceptance.
Nick pulls from life experience from his teaching career in England and his travels in Europe, as well as his athletic background, when designing and facilitating programs. He is driven by the desire to perpetuate an environment of self-worth, acceptance, and empowerment in communities, schools, businesses, and families.
Nick is the very proud father of beautiful Brynn, from whom he has learned more than he ever thought imaginable. She has been, and continues to be the greatest teacher in his life.
Workshop Description for “How Do You Want To Be Remembered?”
Young people are faced with decisions every day. This anti-hate keynote address speaks about the importance of asking ourselves the question, “How do I want to be remembered today?” Students will garner an understanding of how the decisions we make have a profound effect on our lives long after they are made and acted upon. This message is illustrated through real life stories that will leave the audience laughing as well as thinking about the legacy they are creating. This presentation illustrates that inclusion without bias is what will fundamentally contribute to eradicating hate. Students will leave feeling optimistic and develop a real understanding that no matter the circumstance they will always have a choice.