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Craig Kielburger

Craig Kielburger, founder of Free the Children and Me to We, spoke to a captivated assembly of Grades 8-12 students and guests. He had previously presented to our students 14 years earlier as one of the first in our Speaker Series, and returned with the same passion that had this audience engaged and alert. Mr. Kielburger shared stories about what Free The Children has been doing since his first visit to the school in 2004 and about the evolution of the WE movement in South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa.

Roberta Bondar

Canada’s first female astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar encouraged students to constantly challenge their minds and to continue to place an emphasis on lifelong learning. Bondar continues to hold the record for the “most-degreed” person to be an astronaut and talked about her struggles as a woman in the then male-dominated field of engineering.

Rick Hansen

Canadian Paralympian and philanthropist Rick Hansen brought his positive message of perseverance to the Mentor College Main Campus. Mentor/TEAM Grades 8-12 students were in attendance as Mr. Hansen shared his powerful life story of losing his ability to walk and gaining so much more in the years following his accident. Rick Hansen’s motivational speech was eloquent and moving as he described his journey from a childhood accident that left him paralyzed, to raising $26 million in 26 months by taking his wheelchair marathon around the world.

General Romeo Dallaire

Speaking about “Canada’s Place in the World Today” was retired General Romeo Dallaire - who told the students of his experiences as the UN commander of the peacekeeping forces in Rwanda. He shared both the good feelings he had when helping others and the helplessness he felt when he was unable to stop the genocide. Dallaire’s visit coincided with his book tour for bestseller “Shake Hands With the Devil” and followed the movie “Hotel Rwanda” in which his character played a major role.

Speaker Series - Through The Years

2019/2020 – Eddy Robinson
2018/2019 – Craig Kielburger
2017/2018 – Heather Moyse
2016/2017 – George Kourounis
2015/2016 – Emmanuel Jal
2014/2015 – Chris Hadfield
2013/2014 – Rick Hansen
2012/2013 – David Suzuki
2011/2012 – Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean
2010/2011 – General Rick Hillier & Robin Wizsowaty
2009/2010 – Kim Phuc
2008/2009 – Peter Mansbridge
2006/2007 – Dr. Richard Heinzl & Dr. Samantha Nutt
2005/2006 – Stephen Lewis, Romeo Dallaire, & Roberta Bondar
2004/2005 – Gwynne Dyer, Major-General Lewis Mackenzie, & Craig Kielburger

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