UWO Fraternities and Sororities Get REAL

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We released a new video!

It was filmed at the University of Western Ontario and features many active members of the Greek community.

These young people are making a difference in eliminating homophobia within their social circle. In the video the members share their personal stories surrounding homophobia. Each person shares a story that is very heartwarming and inspiring. Some have had brothers or sisters come out to them, while some have had to come out to their chapters. Either way, the response from the other members of the chapters was nothing less than amazing.

It’s an uplifting video full of laughs and great soundbites all centring around the fact that sexual orientation doesn’t matter. You were chosen to be a part of a sorority or a fraternity because of the person you are, not who you choose to split dessert with or who you grab onto when there’s a battle scene in Game of Thrones.

Because really, who doesn’t need someone to hold onto during that show?

So, the Western Greeks definitely Gets REAL! Do you?

Check out the video below and let us know what you think in the comment section!

 

 

 

Toronto Pride 2013!

Toronto pride 13What an amazing couple of days. Met two partner organizations – OutSport Toronto & the HSSE. Talked to a zillion people about Get REAL. Hung out with and spoke to a ton of good people about Get REAL. And just had a great time in general! Here’s some flicks! See ya next year – at WORLD PRIDE!

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“To My Grade 7 Self” gets replicated in Australia by Victoria Government and Youth Org “Minus 18”!

Screen Shot 2013-11-12 at 5.21.52 PMWe woke up to something cool this morning. And it was this:

A student organization out of Australia called Minus 18 has replicated the success of our video campaign “To My Grade 7 Self”, with a full website funded by the Government of Victoria. It’s pretty cool. We’ll let the video speak for itself. These guys do some great work down under, and we are happy that they have been able to run with our idea as well as they have!

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There’s our logo at the bottom! Respect.

Get REAL & S-Trip! are officially PARTNERS! Life is good.

That’s what’s up. Get REAL on trips. Get REAL represented by S-Trip! reps. Get REAL represented in all high schools and campuses that have an S-Trip! presence. And the creativity and brainpower of a phenomenal, successful company that is full of young people who truly want to make a difference and change the world.

Could not be happier. This is the start of something special. Special thanks to Neil Duffy (University & College Coordinator); Lauren Vandervoort (Marketing Manager); Jay Hamilton (Marketing Director); Alex Handa (President), and Mike Meehan (Videographer) for his filming! And of course Andrei, Bailey, Val and everyone else for their awesome cameos.

Time to celebrate.

Western Presents to Choose Your Own Adventure (Western Youth Camp) for the second time

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Get REAL was proud to speak at Western’s Choose Your Own Adventure Camp for the second time, this Spring. Once again, the kids were great and the counsellors were awesome and welcoming! Zach Valliant & Chris Studer screened To My Grade 7 Self, and spoke to a very engaged audience. Taylor Plumb, who has volunteered as a counsellor for the past two years, noted the following great response from students:

“From my experiences volunteering the past two years, I found that his presentation was extremely beneficial for the conference and it generated a lot of questions from the students. One thing that the students took from his presentation is how derogatory words such as, “fag” or “queer” can be extremely offensive even if they weren’t intended to be. As a result, anytime the conference leaders heard a student use a derogatory word, we would simply respond with, “Get Real”. I was thoroughly impressed with how effective it was and by the end of the conference, we found students telling peers to “Get Real” when they heard it- I’ve never seen attitudes change so quickly before.”

The CYOA will forever be the first time Get REAL truly achieved its goal of speaking to students. And despite a few bumps in the road with the Western Administration, it was Western students who believed in us first, and enough to trust us enough to have us speak to their kids. We will be forever grateful. Look out for a testimonial video from counsellors from the CYOA which will be released Winter of next year!

Get REAL visits Malvern Collegiate Institute again, full assembly this time!

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Get REAL had the pleasure of visiting Malvern Collegiate Institute (in the Beaches, Toronto) for a second time this year – this time for a full assembly. Big thanks goes to the presenters MacKenzie Herd, Chris Studer, and Kevin Hennessey, Mr. Izzo for organizing, and Paola Studer for some great photography. It was a great presentation and one that really resonated well with the students! We look forward to being back next year!

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Get REAL Western Wrap Party!

wrap 9On Saturday, the Western Get REAL team celebrated it’s second full year in operation with a fantastic party. Thanks to Director McGuire for hosting the pre! Here’s some photos. Great time had by all, and lots to celebrate.

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Get REAL visits Oakville Trafalgar for first High School Presentation of 2013!

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Get REAL had a GREAT time presenting at Oakville Trafalgar today, marking our first High School presentation of the 2013 school year! One of our most fun presentations – lots of good laughs and joking around along with our message. Big thanks goes to Erin Collett for her help in both organizing and presenting and Carolann Malenfant (OT school social worker) and Kathy Raleigh (guidance counsellor) for helping coordinate! We had a really good time and got some great feedback from students after the presentations! We look forward to going back to OT in the new year!

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 Plus, we made it into the Oakville Beaver! Click here for the story!

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Get REAL Visits Clara Brenton!

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This week, Get REAL made a terrific presentation to the middle school students at Clara Brenton Public School, in London, Ontario. Representatives from CB saw Get REAL’s presentation at the fall 2012 Lead Out Loud Conference, run by the Safe Schools division of the Thames Valley District School Board, and asked if we’d come and speak to ALL of Clara Brenton. It was a special request because we were told that CB wanted to make their own Get REAL video, to enter into the Lead Out Loud video contest for all of the Thames Valley District School Board. Which was very cool and our presenters were very excited. We have some footage we’re putting together (the following are still shots) so look out for those soon!

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We’d like to extend a sincere thanks to the teachers and the students for one of the most engaging presentations we’ve ever done! And we received another great review, from Hilary Montgomery, the Vice Principal:

“Hi Chris,

The presentation today was amazing. We felt so honoured to “rate” a presentation equal to that of the safe schools conference. It was amazing to have so many presenters with their unbridled youthful enthusiasm and passion present to the students. The students could relate to the “raw” emotion of the presenters testimonials. I watched their faces during the presentation and they were totally engaged. I wondered how many of them would be changed or make a change for someone else thanks to the good work of Get REAL.

Teachers commented that it was the best presentation they have had for students.

Our principal, Mary thought it was amazing. She wants to get hats for all the students and she thinks having the group back would be great.

Do you ever do follow-up visits?  Hmm–Get REAL is truly a movement.

Thanks to you all for making the world a better place, one school at a time. We will keep you posted re. our video

Hilary Montgomery-Pumaren
Vice-Principal and JK-Grade 2 Learning Support Teacher
Clara Brenton Public School”

So basically, we could not be more happy with how our visit to Clara Brenton went, and it was a great mix of seasoned presenters (including Andrew McGuire, Val Pepin, Kevin Hennessy) and new presenters (including Melanie Campbell)! Well done to everyone involved. Here’s some more pics!

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Melanie, Val, Andrew, and Kevin hanging out

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Coffee for an early school presentation – essential!

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Kev killin’ it, as usual!

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Andrew giving out pins to the students

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Fantastic VP Hilary, and Principal Mary. Thank you both so much, you inspire us.

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Photos from Hat Day at Western!

Just hat day around campus. Looking great Western!

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