I’ve given over 100 speeches now to thousands of students across Canada, mostly in Ontario, and not once have I comfortably had a meal before hand. I still get nervous and I still feel the responsibility. I care about the speeches I deliver and I am constantly checking myself to ensure that they are real, honest, and worthy of being listened to.
I’ve spoken at schools, conferences, and special events in both Ontario and Quebec. I always adapt my speeches or presentations to the engagement. I’ve shared the stage with other speakers including Craig Kielburger, Dr. Anne-Marie Zajdlik, and Mayor Brenda Halloran, and Justin Trudeau. More often than not, I require that my expenses for the engagement are covered and depending on the event, an honorarium or donation to Hope In The Fight may be requested. To contact me, click here. Below is a video from TEDxGuelphU. I was a little over energetic that day, but loved having the chance to speak in the TEDx style.
These are some general topics that I enjoy speaking about:
Finding Hope In A Scary World
Reflecting on personal experiences from being an angered teenager to developing Hope In The Fight, I walk audiences through my experience of searching for hope. It was a bumpy road and it’s not over, but this speech is the one that’s best received by youth audiences.
A New Perspective: Tackling HIV and AIDS
This is a new speech that I’m excited to be sharing in 2013, framing the HIV and AIDS pandemic in a new light. Drawing on my interests in physics, this quirky and nerdy speech is my new favourite.
Although I will never claim to have perfected the ability to manage life, I’ve definitely found some ways not to. As an overcommitted student and young entrepreneur, I emphasize the importance of little victories, support systems, personal improvement, and passion.