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  1. Michelle says: April 13, 2012 at 9:46 amReply

    Not sure if this would fit but I think it might:

    It looks like he’s a charity – and while he is looking to garner support for his ride across Canada, the speaking engagements he does are to raise awareness and to offer up hope for change for those struggling with addiction, and for those he DOES not ask for funds – he’s all about seeking change and breaking the cycle of addictions. I can provide more info if you wanted it or you could contact him directly – I have his website linked at the bottom of this message..

    Riding4Mentors

    This is Jamie’s bio:

    I (Jamie Courtorielle) am dedicated to Breaking the Cycle; Breaking the Cycle to addictions to street life which inevitably leads to gangs, institutions, or death. No body deserves to live this life, instead they need to see that there is another pathway out there. I took the road to recovery just over 3 years ago; I spent next to 10 years within my addiction and 5 years in and out of jail. With the guidance of Quest for Success and I Human Youth Society I found myself en route to Bonneville treatment Center. Since successfully completing Treatment, I have graduated with Honours from Concordia’s UCEP program and became I Human Youths Society’s Alumni. Because of my history I have become a Motivational Speaker. I presented at Bosco Homes, Grant MacEwan, Edmonton City Hall, and most recently at an Alberta Gang Reduction Training Symposium. Now I aim to bring my Motivational Speaking to new heights with Riding 4 Mentors & Cycling 4 Change!!

    http://www.ridingformentors.blogspot.com
    @riding4mentors

    • nriopel says: April 13, 2012 at 10:02 amReply

      Hm. Interesting. In the sense that he is sharing his story to improve the lives of others, he qualifies. However, if he is fundraising, he may not. I’m trying very hard to showcase the idea that, while charity has a valuable place in our society, there are paths to change that do not involve formal charity or soliciting donations. This, I suspect, is going to involve a lot of grey area as we go along. I see on his website that he has a link for people to make contributions. I think that will exclude him for now. I’m going to write a post very soon about why I’m being so strict on this ‘no charity’ thing.

      Thank you SO MUCH for participating.

      • Michelle says: April 13, 2012 at 10:40 amReply

        Ohh for sure. He’s “Fundraising” for his ride across Canada because coming from his background, obviously a trip of that nature costs a ton of $$ which he himself doesn’t possess, granted I wouldn’t be able to fund it myself either if it was me doing it. Otherwise his speaking engagements and mentorship is done on his time and coin and completely from his heart and soul and life experience.

        He has broken the cycle of addictions and street life, a lot of his family is still entrapped in it and he’s on a mission to share with people that there is life outside of that trap and that he’s living proof. He’s a man on a mission.

        I see the grey area for sure though which is why I wasn’t sure about the recommendation, but I’ve had the opportunity to meet him twice now and his message is pretty powerful, he just doesn’t have the means to spread it beyond the borders of Edmonton without some help so he’s included a support link for that initiative.

        Looking forward to following this initiative – thanks for considering my recommendation :)

        • nriopel says: April 13, 2012 at 11:52 amReply

          Thanks for understanding – it’s a delicate topic, and one I’m trying to handle with grace. It certainly seems like your nominee is doing wonderful things. The fact that he doesn’t fit into this project does not diminish that in any way. I think I’m going to have to be pretty firm on the ‘no fundraising’ angle, though, because one thing that I don’t want to do is to add to the clamour of voices we are all bombarded with every day, asking us for things. There’s enough competition in the fundraising/awareness raising/volunteer recruitment arena as it is. This is meant to be something different.

  2. Heather Presisniuk says: April 13, 2012 at 10:37 amReply

    Great List. Have bookmarked it, and will be perusing on a regular basis.