The Canada Goal - Past Events - School Divisions & Districts

Medicint Hat School Division (AB) - Medicint Hat, AB
(K-6) Elm Street School
(K-3) Primary - Art Of Focus session (50 min)
(3-6) Junior - Art Of Focus session (75 min) (& Senior students guests)
(3-6) Junior - Individual Leadership Growth & Success session (60 min)
(K-6) Full school - Team Building - Gym Blast
Medicine Hat School Division (AB) - Medicine Hat, AB
(K-6) River Heights School
(K-3) Primary - Art Of Focus session (50 min)
(3-6) Junior - Art Of Focus session (75 min) (& Senior students guests)
(3-6) Junior - Individual Leadership Growth & Success session (60 min)
Horizon School Division (AB) - Enchant, AB
(K-9) Enchant School
(K-3) Primary - Art Of Focus session (50 min)
(3-9) Junior - Art Of Focus session (75 min) (& Senior students guests)
(3-9) Junior - Individual Leadership Growth & Success session (60 min)
(K-9) Full School - Team Building - Gym Blast
Prairie Rose School Division (AB) - Oyen, AB
(K-8) Oyen Public School
(3-8) Junior - Art Of Focus session (75 min)
Southeast Kootenay District 5 (BC) - Fernie, BC
(K-6) Ecole Elizabeth Dicken Elementary School
(K-3) Primary - Art Of Focus session (50 min)
(3-6) Junior - Art Of Focus session (75 min) (& Senior students guests)
(3-6) Junior - Individual Leadership Growth & Success session (60 min)
Prairie South School Division (SK) - Craik, SK
(K-12) Craik Community School
(K-4) Primary - Art Of Focus session (50 min)
(5-12) Junior - Art Of Focus session (75 min)
(5-12) Junior - Individual Leadership Growth & Success session (60 min)
(K-12) Team Building - Gym Blast session (60-75 min)

Frontier School Division (MB) - Churchill, MB
(K-12) Duke Of Marlborough School
Day 1 - School community, culture, leadership, action plan & review
Day 2 - Primary, Junior & Senior Art Of Focus, Individual Leadership Growth & Success & Team Building Session

Frontier School Division (MB) - Cranberry Portage, MB
(7-12) Frontier Collegiate
Junior & Senior - Art Of Focus session (75 min)

Good Spirit School Division (SK) - Yorkton, SK
(K-8) Dr. Brass School
(K-3) Primary - Art Of Focus session (50 min)
(4-8) Junior - Art Of Focus session (75 min)
(4-8) Junior - Individual Leadership Growth & Success session (60 min)
(K-8) Team Building - Gym Blast session (60-75 min)

Good Spirit School Division (SK) - Yorkton, SK
(K-8) MC Knoll School
(K-3) Primary - Art Of Focus session (50 min)
(4-8) Junior - Art Of Focus session (75 min)
(4-8) Junior - Individual Leadership Growth & Success session (60 min)
Horizon School Division (SK) - Imperial, SK
(K-8) Imperial School
(K-3) Primary - Art Of Focus session (50 min)
(4-8) Junior - Art Of Focus session (75 min)
(4-8) Junior - Individual Leadership Growth & Success session (60 min)
(K-8) Team Building - Gym Blast session (60-75 min)
Prairie South School Division (SK) - Moose Jaw, SK
(K-8) William Grayson School
(K-3) Primary - Art Of Focus session (50 min)
(4-8) Junior - Art Of Focus session (75 min)
Prairie School Division (SK) - Mossbank, SK
(K-12) Mossbank School
(K-4) Primary - Art Of Focus session (50 min)
(5-12) Junior - Art Of Focus session (75 min)
(5-12) Junior - Individual Leadership Growth & Success session (60 min)
(K-12) Team Building - Gym Blast session (60-75 min)
Wild Rose School Division (AB) - Winfield, AB
(K-8) Winfield School
(K-3) Primary - Art Of Focus session (50 min)
(4-8) Junior - Art Of Focus session (75 min)
(4-8) Junior - Individual Leadership Growth & Success session (60 min)
(K-8) Team Building - Gym Blast session (60-75 min)
Okanagan-Shuswap School District #83 (BC) - Armstrong, BC
(K-6) Highland Park Elementary School
(K-3) Primary - Art Of Focus session (50 min)
(4-6) Junior - Art Of Focus session (75 min)
(4-6) Junior - Individual Leadership Growth & Success session (60 min)
(K-6) Team Building - Gym Blast session (60-75 min)
Okanagan Similkameen School District (BC) - Oliver, BC
(K-6) Oliver Elementary School
(K-3) Primary - Art Of Focus session (50 min)
(4-6) Junior - Art Of Focus session (75 min)
(4-6) Junior - Individual Leadership Growth & Success session (60 min)
Vernon School District #22 (BC) - Vernon, BC
(9-12) Fulton Secondary School
(9-12) Senior - Art Of Focus session (75 min)
(9-12) Leadership Team - Individual Leadership Growth & Success session (60 min)
(9-12) Leadership Team - Leadership review, Q & A, Action plan
Vernon School District #22 (BC) - Lumby, BC
(9-12) Charles Bloom Secondary School
(9-12) Senior - Art Of Focus session (75 min)
(9-10) Senior - Individual Leadership Growth & Success session (60 min)
(9-12) Leadership Team - Leadership review, Q & A, Action plan
Southeast Cornerstone School Division (SK) - Arcola, SK
(K-12) Arcola School
(K-4) Primary - Art Of Focus session (50 min)
(5-12) Junior & Senior - Art Of Focus session (75 min)
(5-12) Junior & Senior - Individual Leadership Growth & Success session (60 min)
(K-12) Team Building - Gym Blast session
Good Spirit School Division (SK) - Langenburg, SK
(K-6) Langenburg Elementary School
(K-6) Primary - Art Of Focus session (50 min)
(7-12) Langenburg Secondary School
(7-12) Junior & Senior - Art Of Focus session (75 min)
(7-12) Junior & Senior - Individual Leadership Growth & Success session (60 min)
Southeast Cornerstone School Division (SK) - Midale, SK
(K-12) Midale School
(K-4) Primary - Art Of Focus session (50 min)
(5-12) Junior & Senior - Art Of Focus session (75 min)
(9-12) Leadership Team - Leadership review, Q & A
(5-12) Junior & Senior - Individual Leadership Growth & Success session (60 min)
(K-12) Team Building - Gym Blast session
Southeast Cornerstone School Division (SK) - Gladmar, SK
(K-12) Gladmar School
(K-4) Primary - Art Of Focus session (50 min)
(5-12) Junior & Senior - Art Of Focus session (75 min)
(5-12) Junior & Senior - Individual Leadership Growth & Success session (60 min)
(K-12) Team Building - Gym Blast session
Prairie South School Division (SK) - LaFleche, SK
(K-12) LaFleche School
(K-4) Primary - Art Of Focus session (50 min)
(5-12) Junior & Senior - Art Of Focus session (75 min)
(5-12) Junior & Senior - Individual Leadership Growth & Success session (60 min)
(K-12) Team Building - Gym Blast session
Prairie South School Division (SK) - Central Butte, SK
(K-12) Central Butte School
(K-4) Primary - Art Of Focus session (50 min)
(5-12) Junior & Senior - Art Of Focus session (75 min)
(5-12) Junior & Senior - Individual Leadership Growth & Success session (60 min)
(K-12) Team Building - Gym Blast session
Horizon School Division (SK) - Wynyard, SK
(K-6) Wynyard Elementary School
(K-3) Primary - Art Of Focus session (50 min)
(4-6) Junior - Art Of Focus session (75 min)
(4-6) Junior - Individual Leadership Growth & Success session (60 min)
Horizon School Division (SK) - Wynyard, SK
(7-12) Wynyard Secondary School
(7-12) Junior & Senior - Art Of Focus session (75 min)
(7-10) Junior - Individual Leadership Growth & Success session (60 min)

Comments from past events;

Milestone School - Prairie Valley School Division, Milestone, SK
On behalf of the staff and students of Milestone School, I would like to thank you for sharing your passion and commitment to improving the 'self' of so many. I know that your presentation has impacted many today and will undoubtedly have a similar positive impact in-ways unknown in the futures of many...

LaFleche Central School - Prairie South School Division - LaFleche, SK
Andre, On behalf of La Fleche Central we would like to thank you for teaching us about the Art of Focus and encouraging us to have a desire to learn.

Central Butte School - Prairie South School Division, Central Butte, SK
Andre and Ian - Thank you for sharing with us. - "The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy." Florence Scovel Shinn

Seaview Elementary School - Victoria, BC
Thank you Andre for the pictures and of course the presentation. I did get some positive feedback from staff. I know one teacher is using the stop-think-focus in his classroom. Another did a great follow up lesson with students and refers back to it in her classroom. My intermediate staff have talked about how engaging the show was and what a great message it delivered.
I have let some colleagues know about our positive experience and shared the link to your site.
All the best, David Cooper - Principal

Central Elementary School - Chilliwack School District - Chilliwack, BC
Andre & Ian; Thank you very much for a fabulous Friday. You have given our students & staff such encouragement & skills we can use in making this a great year. With appreciation, Leslie Waddington - Principal

Ecole St. Norbert Immersion - Scene River School Division - St. Norbert, MB
It is important to STOP, THINK and FOCUS and for people to believe in themselves to exceed their expectations. It is also important to have 'cheerleaders'; people who believe and empower us! Thank you so much for your positive energy and important inspiring message! The students & staff at ESNI

Yorkton, SK Press
Good Spirit School Division (1 week - 5 schools)
http://www.yorktonthisweek.com/entertainment/local-a-e/speaker-inspires-learning-to-learn-1.1768200

Landmark Collegiate - Hanover School Division - Landmark, MB

Hi Andre, I want to thank you for your kind words. Thanks as well for coming to our school this week. It was a great way to kick off our "Out of the Blue" (Mental Health) week. I liked the message of yuor presentation. It fits wonderfully with growth mindset and I encourage you to read Carol Dweck's book on growth mindset. It is what many educators are talking about now. Your presentation was sincere and informative and relevant. The mixture of videos and personal stories were excellent. Take Care Andre - Greg Sawatzky - Principal

Andre, Thanks for coming to Landmark Collegiate last week. Your presentation was full of great ideas. I like how you started with looking at the brain as a way to show the students that with effort, they could change their neural connections. Your passion for teaching and bettering the lives of young people is clear. Thank you for enriching our students. Barry Dyck - Teacher

Valley View School - Prairie South School Division - MB
At our principals' meeting yesterday, Cory W. shared with the group your presentation and how much we appreciated it and how it was so suitable for all grades and all types of schools. We think the message of respect and focus in the classroom is very important and your delivery of this message certainly caught the students' attention. Thank-you. R.H.Williamson, Principal - Valley View School

Thanks for your kind words, as well as working on the wolf video... I think I will share it at a principals meeting to promote your presentation. I thought you did an excellent job overall, and a really good job of tailoring your message *(making it appropriate for our audience). Thanks again, Corey Willms - Visiting School Principal

Bengough School - Prairie South School Division - Bengough, SK
The K -12 students took back the "focus" concept to their classroom and are often heard telling each other to focus. The grade 3/4 class really internalized what you said and have used it to work on their school goals. Theresa Mooney - Principal

Clear Vista Community School - Weteskiwin, AB
Andre & Gabe, Thank you both for an action packed day. You have given our students much to "think" about and how to become better learners. Hopefully your journeys are trouble free and you are able to spread your talents to many more students! Thanks again, Chris Zarski - Principal

McKitrick Community School - North Battleford, SK
Thank you for your time and energy making this presentation to McKitrick School. Glad you got home safe and sound. I did send out an email to our entire division promoting this initiative so keep your fingers crossed. Thanks again for the great day! Joanne Wing - School Liaison Worker

Adam Robertson School - Creston, BC
You provided an excellent reference point for all students and staff and I am using it with interactions with students to praise them and to correct them and they really do know what we are talking about. Even teachers of the really young students who thought initially it was a bit over their heads have told me that the students are using these reference points. We are all extremely grateful that you took the time to adapt your presentation to the specific context of our school. It really was a fit match. Hoping you travel safe and thank you so much for what you do for all students and schools. Sinecrely, Rod Giles - Principal

Westbrook School - Cochrane, AB
You inspired me to take action, I have decided within the few minutes that I left I was going to start a program to encourage everything you just presented. It will take place at school and hopefully at homes. Thank you! (Feedback box - Auther unknown)

Dr. Hamman School - Taber, AB
Andre, You are awesome! Your message speaks directly to the heart of who we are as a school. You also emphasize the power of deep thinking individuals and the postiveness and good that we can make in our world. Thank you so much Andre! Dr. Hamman school staff and students loved your presentation! Darlene Peckford - Principal

T. Westlake School - Taber, AB
“The Canada Goal presentation featuring Andre Genthon was extremely well received by the students and staff of L. T. Westlake School in Taber, AB. The message presented was directly in line with the goals of our school. The presentation helped students focus in on their own learning and take ownership of it. The lights and music incorporated within the presentation made it a very memorable day for our students” D.Schindeler, Principal L. T. Westlake School

Radville Regional High School - Radville, SK
When I asked for a volunteer last week at the leadership meeting, the sibling of the student that talked to you extensively after volunteered to do the write up. Looks like you reached the whole family! Will Gilmore - Principal
Your presentation was fantastic! I learned a lot about eating healthy food and how to sit down and study. I will really put your presentation to good use to help me study during finals. Great Presentation! Aline - Leadership Student


Albert Community School - Regina, SK
Andre, thanks so much for the wonderful presentations today at Albert Community School! The staff and students were very impressed and enjoyed your message. I appreciate your time, enthusiasm and dedication to help us all learn and become better people in every aspect. Lisa Frei - Principal

Gladys McDonald School - Regina, SK
Andre did an outstanding job at keeping the attention ... focus of all learners. His message connected to our theme of excellence... NO Excuses. Andre allowed us to reflect on our focus. He challenged our students to focus on their best. It was a stellar presentation and already has been impacting how we speak to our students. Cheers, until the next time! Lori Daelick - Principal

New Brigden School - New Brigden, AB
The sessions were really great. The students loved them and thought it was the best thing to hit New Brigden. You and I both know that what you have to say definitely has merits ; ) Thanks for coming to our school. I really appreciated having you! Marcie Reuer - Principal

NATURE VALLEY SCHOOL - Wawanesa, MB
I wanted to give you a bit of feedback from yesterday... James (school director) stopped in after school yesterday and said the kids were buzzing about the day and tried the hand clapping on their parents. (Too cool!!). we have used the "are we focused" a lot .. and the kids will tell each other "will you PLEASE focus!" LOL or I can hear them mumbling "okay .. gotta get focused now" I sure hope I can keep your work fresh in their minds. Thanks again Andre, have an amazing day! Myrna Quigley - Principal

ENCHANT SCHOOL - ENCHANT, AB
Andre, thanks so much for coming to Enchant School. My grade 5/6 students loved your presentation. They were still talking about focus and making good choices this morning! Well done!

RALSTON SCHOOL - RALSTON, AB
To Andre, Thank you for sharing your messages with our students and staff. You are a very engaging speaker and we appreciate having you visit Ralston School.

RIVERS ELEMENTARY - RIVERS, MB
Hi Andre, Students and staff were very appreciative of the presentation. They appreciated your enthusiasm and use of visuals through out! Thank you for being so flexible and doing such a great job!

NUKKO LAKE ELEMENTARY - PRINCE GEORGE, BC
Glad you arrived back home safe and ready to harvest your garden :) The response from students and staff was very positive. 90% of the grade 6/7 said it was worth it. They liked the set-up, message, and thought it was fun, interesting and you were enthusiastic.

KING GEORGE HIGH SCHOOL - VANCOUVER, BC
Subject: RE: day-long presentation tues sept 18 - canada goal at king george
Andre, so glad you made it safely, I was a bit concerned with the two of you driving at night, highway 97 is brutal for animals. As expected the feedback was good, the juniors were most impressed. I think for our school the 8.9,10 grades were our richest targets. The first session and after lunch the seniors really really enjoyed. The school is buzzing and staff/teachers consciously as well as inadvertently weaving your lessons into theirs, so a big thank you, the school culture was definitely impacted in both positive and lasting ways and I will be endorsing the presentation to my counseling and administrative colleagues. Ok keep up the good work, there is lots left to do.

BRASS SCHOOL - YORKTON, SK
Our day was awesome and plenty of great feedback from students, staff and parents. I use stop, think, focus on the golf course everyday. Jason Gordon (Principal)

ADAM ROBERTSON SCHOOL - CRESTON, BC
It was indeed a pleasure to host you and Michael and you did make an impact. We are all talking about STOP THINK and FOCUS throughout our days. Thanks so much to you for feeling the inspiration to do the work you do and doing it so well. Rod Giles (Principal)



Comments from past events prior to 2012;


"I liked that you spoke about focus because we have to focus and think. It is all true. I would rate this presentation 5/5."

"Dear Andre - I liked everything and thank you for the stop, think, and focus because it helped alot and now i'll be better at school. It was very nice meeting you."

"I loved it. It was much better than sitting in class all day. Not saying I don't like school but a change every now and then is always good. You are an awesome speaker!"

"Andre, I thought your presentation was amazing, awesome and AMAZINGLY AWESOME. Hope you come again soon! Tonight I am totally telling my parents!!!"

"On behalf of Bawlf School (AB) we would like to thank you for teaching, inspiring and giving direction for our students. It has been a great day!"

"I learned that your thoughts are important!"

"The mind is very powerful and if it is used properly, you can accomplish great things!"

"I liked how they made it really interesting. How the mind works and how they included all of the students and it was a lot of fun. I learned that I can do anything that I want if I have the right mind set."

"I learned that I can make a difference to others. That I need to stop think and focus on my actions and how they affect others. Great Job! Very positive and a wake-up call for me to discipline myself to look for the good in myself as well as others. Thanks for coming!"

"This reinforced the idea that if you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem. (Wasted time can not be recycled - Excellent!) Please come back soon. Absolutely loved your energetic presentation!"

"You always kept the presentation exciting and fun for all ages. I would suggest more of your son (Michael) as he did a great job leading the kids. I learned it starts with myself and I can really make a difference. Awesome! Great for all ages and it taught us a lot!"

"I learned to look at my life in a whole new way. I learned that acknowledging another person in their time of need is extremely helpful to both yourself and the other person. This presentation was the most amazing one I've ever seen! Great Work!!!"

"It was pretty enjoyable to see how enthusiastic the presenter was and how he kept the kids attention. I learned how important it is to be positive & share the good that is in you with others. Awesome sound, lighting and presentation slides. I could feel the positive energy in the room. This would benefit many school communities."

"It was actually fun learning about the brain. I learned we have 100 billion neurons!"

"I loved all the energy in the air when the presentation was on. I learned that being yourself and believing in yourself is important. Great job! Loved it!"

"I liked best the "energy" you pass on and all the visual / sound. I learned to be good to me. My motto has always been 'look good', 'feel good', 'therefore I am'..."

"This actually brought some participation in the school. Lessons on diet was awesome. I learned that I am awesome too."

"It was inspiring! I learned many things in such little time that will help me for the future. I learned allot about health. Your presentation was great - keep up the hard work!"

"I brought in my Nursery kids as special guests and you kept their attention for the whole hour!"

"I learned it is better to wake-up and decide to be good and to have a good day - than to simply wake-up..."

"It is easier to come to school and want to learn everyday if I care about myself - Thanks Andre!"

Saskatchewan Press Report:
By Delila Jahn-Thue
Gladmar Regional School (GRS K-12) hosted motivational speaker Andre Genthon Sovereign and his "Stop - Think - Focus" presentation of Friday, February 5th. The day-long event was part of The Canada Goal tour, with presentations for elementary and senior students, as well as a school-wide session with a game-show atmosphere.
A former adult job coach, Andre said he realized many years ago that life skills required for success are best learned before individuals reach adulthood. The personal and professional growth over the years had been very rewarding," reflects Andre, who had been refining his focus on life learning, self-awareness, positive attitude and good health in presentations for ten years, while sharing these keys with Canadian children.
Andre led GRS students in song and encouraged them to "focus on music that can do something for you," rather than for example songs with lyrics like, "I've got a hangover."
He also encouraged discernment when it came to deciding which movies to consume as "food for your mind" asking the question," Why would someone ever create something that isn't good for humans?" He went on to describe his own experience with horror movies which he no longer watches. "It's very true for me," said Grade 9 student Kaitlyn Hoffart." If I watch a movie like "The Blind Side" or "Pay It Forward" where there's lots of motivation in the movie, it makes me feel better and makes me want to do more too, rather than watching a movie that has no plot. "I was surprised at how dedicated he was at educating students that they need to focus in order... to learn and succeed, not only in school but the outside world as well," added Hoffart.
Days after the presentation Grade-4 students Emry DeBruyne and Daylee Storle both agreed that what Andre had to say about choosing healthy food, music and movies (In the afternoon Leadership Session) was true for them. "I can focus and get better grades" said Storie. She was also intrigued by the rice experiment to which Andre had referred. Andre presented one of Dr. Mararu Emoto's experiments. Emoto's work with water demonstrates how human intention can change physical reality at the structural level. Andre displayed one of Emoto's rice experiments and encouraged students to try it for themselves. Rice and water in three different jars separately labeled with the intention to be delivered to each, are placed a short distance apart. Each jar is and consistently directed "hate and anger" or "love" or is ignored totally. The results are to be assessed after 30 days. Many have done the experimented and reported their results on YouTube. After the February break, teacher Shawna Hind said Gladmar students will start their own experiment.
DeBruyne said she was surprised by the concept of paying it forward, in which "one kid helped 3 people and they helped three..." She believed it was possible and wanted to participate in that kind of healthy change. The grade 4 students were also still considering the concept of personal control and the importance of keeping positive thoughts, adding; "when we are trying to achieve our goals we need to stay positive."
An individual's conscious choosing of what to consume was frequently referred to n Andre's presentation as "mastering your discipline" - and this, Andre considered key to healthy, focused and purposeful living. "The number one thing your body wants is nutrients," explained Andre, "nutrients come from the ground." He referred to the Blue Zones of the world where humans live healthfully into old age and said those zones share common ground; gardening. Often he said, we feed our bodies with over-processed foods which do not contain nutrients the body requires. Foods containing white sugar, white flour and white salt, he said should be avoided. "White sugar turns off the brain by (up to) 40%," he stated." Get your sweeteners from things that are naturally sweet." He challenged students to make and consume fruit or vegetable smoothies and then pay attention to how their bodies feel afterward. "Focus" was Andre's mantra throughout his performance, which was a fast-paced, media-rich journey through his core beliefs about healthy living.
"Why is it that younger children are the first ones to come up and have fun?" he asked students, reminding older children to be aware of how natural it is to have fun and be happy. He asked them to be role models with fun-loving attitudes and to go out of their way to include and acknowledge younger children "so they feel happy and safe." Finishing the afternoon, Andre said the goal in competition was to "inspire each other." Group exercises required students listen to one another in a focused manner. "What does focus look like?" Andre offered; "If you're talking about anything else, you're not focusing."
Students interviewed agreed that Andre's "Stop, think and focus" message is something they can use in their daily lives. Adding that they enjoyed the fun activities. "Maybe I could do it one day just like him... and we could be partners," Storie suggested. "He had a really good way of explaining things, and he kept the audience listening the entire time." added Hoffart. "his ability to get both kindergartens and Grade 12's listening at the same time was astonishing, because it's hard! "More schools need to get him in the gym educating about how great it is to focus and learn and to succeed," concluded Hoffart.