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 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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Get REAL heads to Sherwood Fox Public School!

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Get REAL had their first presentation of the year today, at Sherwood Fox Public School! It was a great presentation (even after someone…ahem, Chris…gave our team of presenters Andrew McGuire, Val Pepin, and Andrew Sturrock the wrong directions). And got a great response from Fred Norwood, the Principal!

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A big congrats goes out to the presenting team for representing the organization so well. And we look forward to working with both Fred and W. Sherwood Fox again next year!