Glorious Morning as a Guest Speaker at St. David of Wales Separate School

As I arrived at St. David of Wales Separate School this morning, I received a wonderfully warm welcome by some staff and Ms. Barton, the Principal.

The gymnasium was perfectly all set up for my Public Speaking presentation by Ms. Rajic, the Needs to Moderate Teacher, and Ms. Colautti, the Librarian / SERC.

After morning announcements, the grade four to eight students populated the gymnasium. An attentive and engaged audience listened intently to my Public Speaking presentation.   Following my presentation, Amelia, a gracious grade eight student, held the wireless microphone and wore my FM System around her neck, to facilitate the Question and Answer period.

Before students left the gymnasium, they completed their Exit Tickets.  Below are excerpts from some of these:

Today I heard/saw… “that even if your different from others you will never give up on your dreams.”

This made me think… “all people can make a difference.”

Now, I wonder… “How she can be so positive and strong!!!…”


Today I heard/saw… “How to overcome things in our life and how to be a positive difference.”

This made me think… “How can I improve in myself to be a better person everyday”

Now, I wonder… “What am I going to overcome next.”


Today I heard/saw… “It doesn’t matter if you have a disability, be grateful for who you are, and what you have”

This made me think… “If ever I go through a challenge in my life, I should be myself and push through it”

Now, I wonder… “What kind of ways can I become more positive and nicer to people.”


Today I heard/saw… “I heard and saw a lot of stuff! Giselle was able to face a lot of challenges! If they hurt or not. That was incredible!”

This made me think… “How I should face challenges in the future. That is what I should be doing.”

Now, I wonder… “If I will be able to face all my challenges! I think I can do it!”


Today I heard/saw… “that we can make a positive impact on everyone.”

This made me think… “Is it easy or hard to make a positive impact on someone.”

Now, I wonder… “Have I ever made a positive impact on someone.”


Today I heard/saw… “Giselle’s presentation on how to push through life.”

This made me think… “To always be grateful for what we have in life.”

Now, I wonder… “If I can carry out my dreams of playing in the NBA and building schools for children.”


Today I heard/saw… “Giselle teach me and my school to be yourself, and to ask for help when needed.”

This made me think… “of how brave and confident Giselle is.”

Now, I wonder… “What challenges I will go through and who will help me.”


Today I heard/saw… “a story about Giselle and the challenges she has gone through but with help she faced them”

This made me think… “of any challenge that come, we can face them together.”

Now, I wonder… “after this presentation will life have challenges that I will need people for.”


Today I heard/saw… “Today I saw Giselle and I heard her talk.”

This made me think… “This made me think that everyone is special in own ways.”

Now, I wonder… “I wonder if in the future Giselle will become a ‘famous’ public speaker”


Today I heard/saw… “that people are right beside you when facing challenges.”

This made me think… “that I’m not alone in my life.”

Now, I wonder… “if people help me out in life, I can succeed in life too.”


Today I heard/saw… “I heard a story of a girl spreading positivity”

This made me think… “how a person can make a difference no matter who they are.”

Now, I wonder… “I wonder how can a person be so positive and happy about life.”


Today I heard/saw… “Anything is possible, always remember who you are, be who you are, because God never makes mistakes. Challenges make you stronger, if you let them.”

This made me think… “Anyone can do anything if they support you”

Now, I wonder… “What I can do when I feel down”


Today I heard/saw… “A strong woman express herself”

This made me think… “About how I can face my challenges”

Now, I wonder… “how I can help those who have challenges.”


Today I heard/saw… “Giselle talk about her life and motivate us to be the best we can be.”

This made me think… “About how I should be a better and more positive student”

Now, I wonder… “What can I do to be the best I can be?”


Today I heard/saw… “that it’s good to help people.”

This made me think… “What if people don’t need help should I still help?”

Now, I wonder… “Should I help people too?”


Today I heard/saw… “that not giving up and always keep on going.”

This made me think… “that I should always have a positive attitude.”

Now, I wonder… “Why I shouldn’t give up”


Today I heard/saw… “That it’s ok to be different, we are never alone”

This made me think… “That we should never put others down”

Now, I wonder… “/ hope when will we ever find a cure for people with disabilities”


Today I heard/saw… “That you can face any challenge in a positive way.”

This made me think… “If I can make a difference like Giselle.”


Today I heard/saw… “Giselle overcome her challenges”

This made me think… “no matter what’s in front of you, you can face it.”

Now, I wonder… “Why people give up easily”


Today I heard/saw… “a public speaker who is disabled and can overcome challenges.”

This made me think… “No matter what disability you have, there’s always a way to figure out problems.”

Now, I wonder… “What challenges can us overcome?”


Today I heard/saw… “how to face challenges”

This made me think… “that I should help people out more.”

Now, I wonder… “How I can make a difference”


Today I heard/saw… “Today I heard a wonderful girl talk about an in depth topic”

This made me think… “this made me think of how we can be more positive”

Now, I wonder… “how I can change”


Today I heard/saw… “The life of Giselle and the obstacles she faced”

This made me think… “that God created her in this way to make a positive difference in the world”

Now, I wonder… “how I can make a positive difference in the world”


Today I heard/saw… “It doesn’t matter if you have a disability, you are human”

This made me think… “Be positive to yourself and around others”

Now, I wonder… “What can I do to be even more positive around other people and to myself”


Today I heard/saw… “Giselle who taught me to create bonds and get past challenges.”

This made me think… “How is her life very different from mine.”

Now, I wonder… “If she can get past her problems then so can I”


I am so happy to have inspired these awesome students this morning.  I am very grateful to Ms. Barton and Ms. Rajic for inviting me as a Guest Speaker to their blessed school.  It was truly a glorious morning at St. David of Wales Separate School!

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