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Riverwood Conservancy!

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Today, we went to the Riverwood Conservancy down in Credit Woodlands and Burnhamthorpe. Did some bird watching, feeding, viewing. Learned about water. It was really cool to spend a day immersing yourself in nature. It’s really beautiful, we must learn to better take care of it.


Written by Elvin Madamba

March 31, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Leadership Lessons from a Dancing Guy

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An equally inspiring and funny clip at the same time.

got it via Chris Halim.

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March 25, 2011 at 2:55 PM

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Daily Bread Food Bank!

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Yesterday, myself and the Humanitarian Experiential Leadership Program (HELP) were at the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto. It was a fun-filled volunteer experience. We sorted out food, and toured the place. Also, we learned about the importance of volunteering, and the challenges of hunger and poverty. Besides that, we just enjoyed each other’s company, having fun while giving something back to the community.  Here are some pictures and our vlog!

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March 25, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Happy Birthday David Suzuki!

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To celebrate, let’s replay her daughter’s speech at the Earth Summit in ’92 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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March 24, 2011 at 11:47 PM

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Diversity Day

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Today started off slow with the curve ball (snow dump) Mother Nature threw at us here in the GTA, but things quickly picked up thereafter.

Myself and the Humanitarian Experiential Leadership Program (HELP) were at Archbishop Romero SS for ‘Diversity Day’ today to lead a workshop regarding none other than, human diversity.

Before students came into our workshop room, we had breakfast and attended the event’s keynote speaker, Jesse Jones. His talk was simply inspiring. His talk was on ‘U-ology‘ which is the ‘study of oneself’. It highlights the significance of the pursuit of passion. Your passion is what makes you truly happy, and believe it or not, you can earn a living doing what you love. So, the talk goes on for an hour or so, but that’s the main theme of his speech.

Then, we headed to our workshops and started it with the quote, “The heart is like a parachute, it only works when it’s open”. That hearts purpose is to be welcoming of all people of race, age, gender, beliefs, etc. Diversity is what makes our world beautiful. Everyone is different, may that be in appearance or in thought; and in actuality, our differences are our similarities. Afterwards, we continued with activities, highlighting that it’s okay to be different; embrace our uniqueness, appreciate the people around us. We have to look beyond what meets our eyes, because even the ‘best’ of people have negative qualities or the ‘worst’ have positive. Then, we concluded with another quote saying “At the end of the game, the king and the pawn goes in the same box”. Basically, in this world everybody is equal.

It was a good day filled with learning; and I’m absolutely glad that we were presented the opportunity to listen Mr. Jesse Jones and as well as lead a diversity workshop.

Written by Elvin Madamba

March 23, 2011 at 2:46 PM

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“Change is possible”

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This is the concluding paragraph from an article I just read, what this article talks about cannot be any more true. Change is attainable, we, the people just have to make the move. Don’t wait for anyone, just get up and start the movement. With your initiative, like-minded people will sure to follow.

The public are not waiting for a key piece of information or an inspiring individual to ‘hit the go button’. They are isolated, unsure of the task at hand, and unsure of their position and potential. New and social media will not be a panacea to these problems, but it can play an important role in carrying our message: change is possible, big dreams do matter, and the people already taking action on climate change are doing so for all our futures.


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March 15, 2011 at 11:37 PM

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My thoughts on ‘2012’

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Buzzwords of today: Egypt, Libya and Japan.

These recent events have spurred talks about the infamous 2012 apocalypse. Well, I just wanted to share my thoughts on this:

Before we begin, I just wanted to let you know that I do NOT absolutely believe in the 2012 apocalypse, end of the world drama.

Today, I was watching a documentary referring to Nostradamus’ perception of ‘2012’. I find it interesting that the film raise a very interesting and valid point. We have a choice. We could drive ourselves to our own ‘extinction’ (through wars, poverty, hunger, thirst, famine, etc.) or we could wake up and realize that we need to change the way we treat our planet and treat other people around us.

Right now, Earth is furious. Climate change, natural disasters, even the economic collapse and political upheavals are attributed to this.

To me, 2012 is really an epiphany, a wake-up call if you will.  We learn that the way we are living is not the way to go to move forward. December 21, 2012 should mark the day when we start a new age. An age, when we begin and successfully eradicating the world’s problems and issues and hopefully, I’m right on this one.

Now, you might be asking me, “Why should I give a damn”. Well, you damn better care because if you do not do your part, we ARE going to drive ourselves to an apocalypse, doomsday, judgment days, “WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE”.

You’re shook now, I know it. And that’s good. There are things you can do to ensure the continuation of life, here are some examples – stay in school, educate yourself, learn about the issues, do not be an apathetic citizen, be empathetic and just act on good will and nature.

Keep yourself posted here and you can learn more simple things you could do to help.

Remember, there is glimmer of hope and do not shut yourself out from knowledge and wisdom. And it is important to act accordingly.

Written by Elvin Madamba

March 12, 2011 at 10:30 PM

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