I hope this email finds you well. On behalf of the John
Polyani Collegiate Institute, we would like to extend our
sincere thank you for participating as a guest speaker at
the Boys' Conference
Your presentation was extremely informative and powerful.
Not only, did you share your knowledge with our boys, but
you have also provided them with practical strategies of
how to overcome some of barriers that they may encounter
in their daily realities. In addition, sharing your personal
narrative demonstrated to the boys that they too can be
successful. Many of the boys have provided us with positive
feedback of how impressive and motivated your conversations
Once again, thank you for sharing your expertise in your
field of work and for supporting our young men. We know
that our conference would not have been as successful without
your contribution and we look forward to continuing our
partnership in the following years. We wish you continued
success in your personal and professional endeavors."
John Polanyi Collegiate Institute
Teacher and Guidance Counselor
of the entire school I would like to extend our gratitude
and recognition of the important work that you do to support
youth across the GTA. To use a popular phrase of the legendary
Muhammad Ali " everybody's talking about Spider Jones
", after his visit .
Your message of hope, perseverance
and the human will to overcome adversity in spite of daunting
obstacles resonated with your audience. Your unique skills
to engage a packed auditorium of students ( for two consecutive
assemblies ) is a testimony to your lifelong commitment
and dedication to supporting and mentoring impressionable
young men and women, while challenging them to redouble
their efforts to stay true to their goals and dreams for
success in life.
Thank- you again for your support of
our students !
Success Teacher, Central Peel Secondary School
for coming out to the S.A.L.C, which is 1 of the 9 sites
with Alternative Attendance Program serving at risk youth.
We were so lucky to have you come out to SALC and 2 of other
sites came too. We are very pleased with our Humber College
Child and Youth Worker, Kristi, for connecting with you."
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Alternative Programs - West Region
about the presentation from Spider all evening-I was so
moved by his dedication and passion for young people "
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“Spider Jones is a true
symbol of hope and inspiration to our youth. Here is an
individual who has overcome a life of insurmountable odds.
His stay in school message is powerful and moving and has
a tremendous impact on kids”
Former Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays
“Spider has one of the
most extraordinary and touching stories I’ve ever
heard. It is amazing to see the impact he has on students.
His lessons on dealing with peer pressure, racial harmony,
bullying and low self-esteem are incredibly insightful.
He makes you believe nothing is impossible. The students
were so receptive they actually mobbed him afterwards with
tons of questions and requests for autographs”
Teacher, RA Sennet Public School
held us spellbound. He is by far the most inspiring speaker
I’ve ever witnessed”
Ontario Kinsman Clubs
“Spider delivers a tremendous
message of hope and inspiration. I highly recommend him.
It’s a message every student should hear”
Clarke, former Vice President, Metropolitan Toronto Police
“Spider Jones is one of
the most dynamic speakers of our time. His message is filled
with inspiration and hope. He has an overwhelming presence
and his life story is an inspiration for all ages”
Hunter, Chair and Faculty of Technology, Seneca College
“The reaction of the audience
was astounding. Eight hundred students were totally in awe
for the entre 40 minutes he spoke. His presentation is a
Teacher, Mayfield Secondary School
“It is utterly amazing
to see how quickly he is able to capture the attention of
a young audience. His presentation moves kids like nothing
I’ve ever seen”.
Chuvalo, Former heavyweight champion of Canada
truly invigorated our students. He was the topic of conversation
for weeks. He’s a tremendous motivator and a great
Athletic Director, St. Michael’s College
“Spider was excellent..I
just wish we had more faculty and students present. He was
“Spider was absolutely
incredible. With his determination in making his dreams
come true, it is truly
inspirational to all. His life struggles and heartaches
is more then one person can handle. All students that attended
his presentation were absolutely moved and inspired. If
this gentleman can go through all that his has been through
and still be alive to share his story with others, then
believing in a dream can truly be what motivates you each
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