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Building a Coping Toolbox

I have been collecting tools for coping with stress and life challenges since I was sixteen years old! I have always been drawn towards creating a positive mindset and building inner strength and resilience. This is not an easy endeavor or something that happens fast – it takes perseverance, optimism and a lot of getting...

The Highlight Reel
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The Highlight Reel

One of the most courageous things that any of us can do today is to be genuinely honest about who we are – for “real”. Most of us present the “highlight reel” – those parts of our lives that we want everyone to see, while the true and whole self stays safely tucked away. This...

Overcoming Difficulties
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Overcoming Difficulties

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” Leonard Cohen. One of my favourite quotes because even though we grow from them, how many of us welcome the experience of too many “cracks” in life just to let more light in! But they happen, and when they happen it helps to know that...

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Transitions Generate New Growth

It must be human nature to have issues with change because, I think I am safe to say that most of us do. We tend to push for a change related to something that we really want, at the same time hold on to the habits, relationships or circumstances that resist that change. Fear plays...

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Cantare Evening – a Huge Success!

Cantare, a concert fundraiser for YouthSpeak Performance Charity was held on August 30th, 2017 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Woodbridge. The brainchild behind this event was Sabrina Di Battista, a twenty-year-old soprano singer who is immensely talented. Sabrina has traveled all over the world to study music and has performed at various charitable galas....

Empowerment through Self-Regulation
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Empowerment through Self-Regulation

As we approach the doorstep of September it brings the feeling of new growth and opportunities. This can trigger a range of emotions – excited anticipation, but also anxiety and overwhelm at what challenges may come. We live in a fast-paced, uncertain world where we are seeing an eruption of turmoil, while at the same...

THANK YOU to O’Hara Technologies Inc. for Sponsorship
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THANK YOU to O’Hara Technologies Inc. for Sponsorship

We are absolutely thrilled to have O’Hara Technologies Inc. as a new sponsorship partner supporting the work of our youth speakers. “Young people aged 15 to 24 are more likely to experience mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders than any other age group.” Statistics Canada (2013). Canadian Community Health Survey – Mental Health Given the prevalence...

Remember That Everyone You Meet…
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Remember That Everyone You Meet…

“Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something.” This quote by Jackson Brown Jr. is one of my favorite because it breaks down walls and creates unity in our human experience. While reflecting back on successes and “yet-to-be” successes this past year, I recall a Speak Inspire Change challenge that we tried...

We Have all Been Playing It Too Small
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We Have all Been Playing It Too Small

It is time for greater change. I believe it is time for all of humanity to step up and be true to ourselves – to be brave, experience genuine peace and have a voice of strength and compassion. We all have been playing it too small! What could it look like? Every child is free...

That’s All I Need..
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That’s All I Need..

YouthSpeak programs are all driven by the philosophy that inspirational personal stories can inspire change. Our youth speakers always share a message about asking for help and to encouraging others to reach out to someone who needs it. Grade 10 student… “A speaker from YouthSpeak spoke to me on a day I was planning to...

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