Recently my wife Collette and I conducted a HEROES® AT HOME parenting workshop for one of our Aboriginal partner communities. We were awed by the resilience and dedication of several of the participants. It was humbling to be part of their lives as they shared challenges, hopes and dreams for their children and communities. At the conclusion of the workshop an elder presented us with a handmade traditional Star Blanket, giving us a brief teaching of the Sacred laws represented in its design. The elder went on to speak of how our HEROES® principles are intertwined in these Sacred laws. It was at this time I better understood why so many Aboriginal young people come alive through HEROES – It wakes up what is already inside.
I have learned much through our work with Aboriginal communities, schools and conferences:
Because HEROES encompasses these values, Aboriginal students easily come alive to who they are meant to be, opening up a new understanding and a new future. Companies like Black Diamond Ltd, Tarpon Energy Services, Cenovus, TransCanada and others recognize this value, investing directly into our Aboriginal initiatives.
The accompanying video of Daralyn, an Aboriginal student from Fort Nelson First Nations, Chalo School sponsored by Black Diamond Ltd. Is testimony of what it means to come alive – to be a confident, proud HEROES graduate.