Celebrating 2014

December 22, 2014 at 4:57 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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“Wherever you are, be all there.” – Jim Elliot

Wow, the final week of the 2014 school year has passed, Christmas week has started and the holidays are here, what a year it has been. This post is my chance to celebrate and reflect on the year that was, and also express my gratitude for all the individuals and groups with whom we have had the privilege of engaging and working with. We started 2014 with the mantra of ‘Choose Connection and Contribution’. It has guided our daily thoughts, words and actions as we have continued to journey towards our vision of ‘informed, connected and empowered individuals believing deeply in their own and others potential’.

“Cameron’s ongoing connection with our school and students is very evident with every visit, and the program continues to build leadership values in our kids.” – Feedback from Assistant Principal/Stage 3 Teacher from our last L.E.A.D. with Courage™: Stage 3 Leaders Program for the year

We are so grateful for the school communities that we support through our L.E.A.D. with Courage™: Stage 3 Leaders Program. It really is a privilege to engage, challenge and inspire each individual and group with whom we work. We understand the amazing commitment teachers and school communities have for the welfare and educational opportunities offered to their students. Education is definitely a complex and interdependent journey, with many important pieces of a puzzle supporting students, staff and school communities to achieve the best outcomes for each individual. It is our privilege to be a piece in this puzzle for our client schools by supporting and enriching their student’s learning and leadership journeys in Years 5 and 6.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward

The students who we facilitate the program for constantly inspire us through their energy, enthusiasm, courage and readiness to join in, have fun, thoughtfully process, learn from and then make real leadership within their own spheres of influence. It is feedback like the comment below that reminds us of the positive ripples that are created through exploring the possibilities, discovering potential and acting authentically, as we as individuals and groups strive to make a difference in our own and others lives. We keep coming back to this quote, ‘Leadership is action, not position’, within the program and ongoing communication with the students within our EDA Action Squad community because it reminds us that each of us can ‘be the change’.

“The High School Principal came over to report to our teachers that over the past two years the cohorts coming through from our school are willingly identifying themselves as leaders and seeking leadership opportunities in the early years of their new environment. This was a noticeable change to past cohorts and unique within the feeder schools. This time frame is since you’ve been supporting our school community, thanks.” – Feedback from Assistant Principal/Stage 3 Teacher from our L.E.A.D. with Courage™: Stage 3 Leaders Program earlier in the year

So as this year comes to an end we are excited for all that 2015 will bring. We will be launching a new connection and mindfulness program for Stage 2 students to further support our clients, be holding some fun community events to raise funds for some worthwhile local projects, continuing to grow and develop our L.E.A.D. with Courage™ Program, attending some exciting professional development experiences, as well as all the other opportunities that will present themselves as we also Explore the possibilities, Discover potential and Act authentically.

Thank you for sharing this journey with us this year through this Blog and our other Social Media posts. We wish you, your family and friends a connection filled Christmas and holiday season. Wherever you may be, whoever you share this time with, however you may celebrate, may we remember that our ability to show up and be present within complex interactions with self, others and the world around us provides opportunities to deepen connection and make a difference in our own and others lives. Our daily thoughts, words and actions are choices, with the lens that we view this journey through influencing the fulfillment of our individual and shared potential. Merry Christmas to all!

“IT IS IN THIS MOMENT YOU HAVE THE POWER TO BE THE SOLUTION!” – Ileana Kane

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