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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.

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Written by Elvin Madamba

March 23, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Posted in Events

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