Speaker Nick Foley, who bicycled across Canada to promote inclusion for special needs students, said that little things done consistently lead to change. Our Rebels said thank you, engaged positively with the presenters, held open doors, helped clean up, looked for ways to help others and were always polite and well behaved. These consistent little things prompted one of the OSLC organizers to say, "Don't think we haven't noticed what you are doing!" All of those small acts, along with our boisterous cheering and black and gold spirit wear, led to Riverside being honoured as Most Spirited School at the conference, out of over 100 schools and 2300 students from across Ontario, and even one from Quebec.
Twenty-four Grade 10, 11, and 12 students participated in the 38th annual Ontario School Leadership Conference held in Niagara Falls from Nov. 13 to Nov. 15. We heard some amazing and inspiring speakers, such as former CFL player Orlando Bowen, who emphasized that if you have enough drive, you can make it anywhere, and Cara Filler, whose twin sister was killed in a car crash, a touching story that encouraged us to make good choices.
Zarifeh S. and Jena P. appreciated speaker Andy Thibodeau's message that little steps are important, as they lead you towards a goal. Rajveer S. said, "Stop counting crayons and get colouring! It's what you do with what you have that matters." The importance of being open-minded was a topic that hit home with Casey B. Julia M. thought a main point was that giving back just a little bit could really make a difference.
Congratulations, Rebels! Your school spirit, positivity, and most importantly your thoughtfulness and caring truly show that Rebels are Leaders