PRESENTATIONS

It should be noted that I do not present in a Police uniform.  At the start of the presentation, the youth only know that I am ‘just a guy named Tad’ who is no different than they are.

Tad, THANK YOU!  Your presentation saved my Son’s life!!!!!

“I have been teaching for 32 years.  In my long history of teaching and of listening to many, many guest speakers over the years, I can safely say that your presentation was, without a doubt, the best presentation I have ever listened to in my career in education.”

To begin the presentation, I start by introducing myself.  I speak about growing up and feeling alone.  I am very open when I discuss the challenges I had growing up in a broken home full of addictions, confined to the basement for many years and being bullied all through school.  I speak about my dream as a child to become a Police Officer and how I persevered to achieve that dream.

It should be noted that I do not present in a Police uniform.  At the start of the presentation, the youth only know that I am ‘just a guy named Tad’ who is no different than they are.

I tell Jamie’s story up to his death on October 15th, 2011.  The youth do not expect this outcome and are stunned when told.

By speaking from the heart I aim to connect with the individual to show that I am just like them.  I too have a story and, although very challenging, I overcame and succeeded

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I then introduce the story of Jamie HUBLEY.  When speaking about Jamie, I create the images in the minds of those listening on what Jamie endured during his years of bullying to the best of my ability.  I share what he felt like, how he reacted and exactly what the bullies did.  I speak about Jamie as though he is still with us and how he was such a positive person.

I share what happened to me when I read about Jamie for the first time.   I knew right then and there that I had to do what I could to help.  I communicated with Jamie’s Dad (Allan) and received his permission to carry on his son’s message of acceptance and understanding.

By speaking from the heart I aim to connect with the individual to show that I am just like them.  I too have a story and, although very challenging, I overcame and succeeded

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I then introduce the story of Jamie HUBLEY.  When speaking about Jamie, I create the images in the minds of those listening on what Jamie endured during his years of bullying to the best of my ability.  I share what he felt like, how he reacted and exactly what the bullies did.  I speak about Jamie as though he is still with us and how he was such a positive person.

I promised him that I would ‘tell the world about a boy named Jamie

I tell the youth about this moment in my life and how reading about Jamie inspired me to do something immediately.

I also speak about how I am doing exactly what Jamie wanted to do.  Jamie wanted to be in a room of peers allowing them the opportunity to get to know him, break stereotypes and be informed.

It is at this point that I bring up my sexuality.  I have found that by this stage, a rapport has been built.

Sharing my sexuality shows the youth that you can be anyone you want to be, achieve your dreams and that I am no different than anyone else.  Although I only speak about my sexuality for a moment, the point is very clear … that I am no different from anyone else in the audience.

I make it clear that I represent all Police, Teachers and Administrators when I say that we all want to help.

I emphasize that I am there to help if that individual feels as though they have had no where else to turn.  I appeal to those struggling in silence to come forward (through my website, which can be done in anonymity) and I will do everything I can to arrange the help required.  In the very least, I am there to listen.

I appeal to those that are watching the bullying take place to stand up and help, to be the voice of those that won’t speak up.

Lastly, I inspire the youth to make this world what they want it to be.  I inspire them to be better, to help and to make a real positive change in this world.  I want them to be the very best that they can be.

On average, I talk for about 65 minutes but recommend reserving 75 minutes to leave time at the end for questions.

The youth are left with my card, which includes valuable resources, along with contact information for myself.  On average, 10-25% of all youth message me within 24 hours.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

WHAT SETS ‘Bullying Ends Here’ APART FROM OTHER ANTI-BULLYING INITIATIVES?:

  1. This is NOT a talk about being gay.  I simply share my sexuality to illustrate my understanding of what it is like to be unique.  This is no different than colour, religion, race, mental health, physical challenges etc..

  2. I am comfortable speaking in large groups and do not require any AV equipment or materials (except a microphone).  Assembly formats are easiest for schools.  I am willing to speak up to 2 times per day if required.

  3. I encourage you to read the Facilitator Feedback section on this website to see what teachers and instructors are saying about my presentation.  This is like no other!

  4. I also encourage you to read the Youth Feedback section on this website to see what the youth are saying.

  5. Because of the content of my message, I believe the presentation is appropriate for grades 6 onwards (unless you believe otherwise).  Please be aware that this message is not designed for any particular class or group, it is designed to inspire everyone on the individual level.

  1. I speak from the heart about real experiences.

  2. I make myself available to help at any time in the future.

  3. I started all of this on my own time and at my own expense.

  4. I have been there, felt the same emotions and know what being ‘lonely and alienated’ feels like.

  5. I am a Police Officer with the ability to help in many ways.

  6. Most importantly, I connect with the youth. I speak to them as individuals, make eye contact and have only myself for them to focus on. No fancy slides, videos or pictures.

  7. I ‘paint’ a mental image of what bullying REALLY is. I do this by sharing my story and that of Jamie’s in descriptive terms (age dependant).

  8. I have been featured on ‘Canada AM’, Global Television and been recognized in over 100 newspapers. I am Internationally recognized receiving several awards including one of Canada’s highest honours; the Order of Merit.

I have been requested to speak to schools all around the World.  I will go anywhere, at anytime, to spread this important message.  Please click HERE to request more information.