I am so excited to be presenting at the first ever Count Me In Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is being held on February 24 at the Centennial Concert Hall. There are amazingly talented speakers lined up for this event including my very dear friend, Scott Hammell. He is "paid to breathe" and is a four time Guinness World Record Holder. He is one of the nicest people I know and has a great message to share with everyone.
I'm really thankful to the founder of Count Me In, Shane Feldman for inviting me to present at this event. Kids like Shane remind us that we're only limited by the size of our dreams and that we can make a difference if we believe in ourselves and we tell someone about our dream. When we do this, it is really cool how people want to help!
As an ambassador for AfriOceans Conservation Alliance, I spend a lot of time thinking about ways to help save our oceans and our planet. There are lots of little things you can do every day that don't take much time or effort at all, but these little things add up. If we all believe our efforts can help, we'll be amazed by the positive difference we'll make for each other and for our world.
Please follow me on Twitter @sharkwarriorjr for water saving tips, shark awareness info and cool facts about our planet.
An AfriOceans Warrior Greeting
It is really early here in Canada and I can't sleep because I am so excited about the AfriOceans Warrior Final Challenge of 2012. I hope all the Ocean Warriors are having so much fun today in Cape Town, South Africa.
I really wish I could be there with all the warriors, but I live really far away from South Africa. To help me feel closer to all the AfriOceans Warriors, my parents helped me make this video message.
I am so proud to be an AfriOceans Warrior! Go tribes, go!
You are unstoppable! Have fun, AfriOceans Warriors!
Hello AfriOceans Warriors! Today is December 1 and the big day of your Warriors Challenge. I am so excited for all of you and I send along my warmest greetings from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada!
I wonder which tribe will win the challenge and become the ultimate AfriOceans Warrior? All of you are winners to me because you are warriors to help save our oceans, our sharks and endangered marine life.
Even though I am far away, I am right there with you today. Why? Because with every breath we take, with every drop of water we drink, we're connected...by our oceans.
Working together as a team will help you today. You will make it across the Els River today. You have what it takes inside you to make a difference! Believe that you can make a difference and cause a ripple effect that creates a current of change.
You are strong.
You are warriors.
You are unstoppable! Be the voice for our oceans and our sharks!
Have fun today. Go AfriOceans Warriors, Go!
Desire2Learn Mobilize Conference - Nov 26. Using technology to save the world.
Desire2Learn Mobilize Conference Nov 26
Wow. I can't believe it. It seems like so long ago when Mr. Shawn McEwen asked me if I would like to speak at Desire2Learn's Mobilize Thought Leader Conference at Bingeman Park on November 26.
It is tomorrow! Crazy!
I am sooo excited to get to share my message about saving our sharks and our oceans.
Even more cool is that I get to talk about technology and social media.
I love technology. It has done so much for me. Because of social media, I can blog and I get to read nice comments from people who read my blog. It encourages me and pushes me forward to keep sharing my message.
I also use Twitter. My 'handle' is @sharkwarriorjr. I like to tweet about guess what? You know it -- saving our oceans and our endangered sharks. Yup, its true.
I like to use technology and I research on the Internet A LOT. I follow my heroes at AfriOceans Conservation Alliance - Lesley Rochat (Founder and THE Shark Warrior) and Terry Corr (Head of Education). I also watch amazing videos about the oceans, sharks and all kinds of marine life.
Oh, back to tomorrow's conference. I'm stoked to listen to all the other presenters. The agenda looks really awesome! Check it out at D2L's Mobilize Conference. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I get to talk to the other presenters and lots of the attendees.
I'm really hoping to meet Jian Ghomeshi, the host of Q on CBC Radio. My parents are fans of Q and I am too. I couldn't believe that Jian interviewed Van Morrison and Goyte. Jian and I have a few things in common including the fact that we both LOVE to eat Pistachios. Jian is the closing keynote speaker at the Mobilize Conference tomorrow.
Who says you can't be excited for Monday to arrive. With D2L's conference tomorrow....I can't wait!! One more sleep to go!!!
Hello everyone! I'm so excited to share with you through my blog. With my parents help, I just recorded a YouTube message for my fellow AfriOceans Warriors. On December 1 in Cape Town, South Africa, 17 tribes of children will compete in the Warrior Challenge.
This is part of the educational work that AfriOceans Conservation Alliance does. My friend and the Head of Education, Terry Corr, helps children learn about saving our oceans and marine life (especially sharks).
I am sooooo excited to be an ambassador for them. I can share my video on December 1, after the Warriors see it to start their challenge.
I also changed schools this week. I'm back in a school where my message is supported and my work to save our oceans is encouraged. I will have a chance to talk to my class about ways to reduce, reuse and recycle and how we can save our planet from the harm we do. We pollute and over fish and we kill sharks. The more we know about the mistakes that are made, the more children can help make a difference. We can all learn, grow and make changes for the good of our planet.
If we believe, we can all make a difference. Will you join me? Will you try?
Please, our oceans and our endangered sharks need your help. Thank you.
On Sept. 12 I gave my first speech at Ignite Charity. I didn't know how nervous I would be. I was. I knew that I wanted to talk about saving sharks and saving the oceans. I had to do it. There were so many people and cameras. I had to hold a mic. Did I mention all the people? Almost 300 people were watching me. I thought I memorized my whole speech. I knew that I could do it in my sleep, but when I saw all those people, it was as if my brain froze a little. Everyone cheered me on when I forgot a line. They were so nice. They wanted to help and so I kept going. My 20 slides that changed every 15 seconds went so fast. I couldn't keep up, but it didn't matter. People listened anyway. I hope I got my message out.
Here is my message: Hi my name is Maddie. I am 9 years old and I am an activist and an Ocean Warrior. We all need to try every day to do what we can to save our oceans because with every breath we take, with every drop of water we drink, we are connected to the oceans. We are harming marine life with overfishing, shark finning and pollution.
EVERYONE can make a difference if we just try. Please try. Help save our beautiful planet, our magical oceans and sharks that I love.
I am Maddie, I am an activist and an Ocean Warrior. You can be one too.
Please help AfriOceans and my hero Lesley Rochat do what they can to save our sharks. Help Oceana save our oceans and help National Geographic teach kids like me about our planet and all the animals in it.
Shark Warrior - Shark Hero.
Today I got an email reply from Lesley Rochat. She is known as the Shark Warrior. She is so amazing. She is the one who makes me want to keep going with my ideas about saving sharks. I want to educate everyone about the harm we are doing to sharks. Shark fining is killing so many sharks. Lesley has made a lot of films and videos about sharks.
To me, Lesley is one of the coolest people on this planet. She is my inspiration and when I hear from her, I know that I am an Ocean Warrior and a Shark Warrior too! I can't wait to meet her in person.
At Cool Clicks, I like to share amazing videos. I hope you'll learn a lot about why we need to protect sharks. They help keep the balance of our ecosystem.
AfriOceans: http://www.aoca.org.za | Lesley: http://www.lesleyrochat.com
‘Sharks in Deep Trouble’:
‘Rethink the shark’
And ‘Rethink the Predator’
"We never know the worth of water till the well is dry." ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732