BoyOBoy Archives

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  • Cristina Sutter - Fuelling our kids for optimal development and performance

    Cristina Sutter, MHSc., RD, Private Practice Sport Dietitian

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    7:00 pm
    Senior School Auditorium 

    Join Sport Dietician Cristina Sutter in a discussion on how to feed and encourage children and teens to make smart food choices at each stage of development. She will discuss practical solutions for busy kids and families as well as talk about trends in nutrition. Her goal is feeding kids for optimal health and performance in all aspects of their lives, from school to sports. Sutter’s clients include the Vancouver Canucks, Canadian Olympic athletes, SwimBC, SFU Varsity Swim Team and the Vancouver National Swim Centre.

    Cristina Sutter is a Sport Dietician practicing in Vancouver for 15 years. She was a university instructor, teaching the fourth-year sport nutrition course at both UBC and SFU. As an athlete, Cristina has competed in speed skating, rowing, swimming and marathon running. She has a Masters degree in Nutrition from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from SFU and is a certified personal trainer. As a busy mom, she understands the challenges of feeding active kids for optimal health and performance.
  • Mr. Gary Kern, Mr. Stephen Sturgeon, Ms. Karyn Roberts, and Mr. Brian Lee – A Visit to the Principal's Office

    Tuesday, October 9, 2018
    Senior School Auditorium

    BoyOBoy presents A Visit To the Principal’s Office: a not-to-be-missed event where you can hear the St. George's School leadership team's vision for our boys' education, and how they integrate the school's values into everyday life at Saints. Learn their perspectives on the successes, challenges and issues that matter most to boys' development. 

    This talk promises relevant content for parents of children in both the Junior and Senior Schools – so all members of the St. George's parent community are invited to join us for this lively discussion. You will leave feeling confident and knowledgeable about St. George's leadership approach to boys' education and excellence in these exciting and dynamic times.

    • Mr. Gary Kern, Senior School Principal
    • Mr. Brian Lee, Associate Principal, Student Life, Senior School
    • Mr. Stephen Sturgeon, Junior School Principal
    • Ms. Karyn Roberts, Associate Principal, Junior School
    • Moderator: Mr. Michael Eckford ('87), Parent

    6:30 pm: Doors Open
    7:00-7:50 pm: Panel Discussion
    7:50-8:20 pm: Parent Q&A
    8:20-8:50 pm: Reception
  • Ryan Avola - Boys' Sexual Development in the Era of Technology

    Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
    7:00 pm
    Senior School Auditorium

    Ryan will help us better understand the current social climate and pressures that our boys face, which can result in unhealthy expressions of masculinity and manhood. Author of “The Good Men Project”, his focus on technology, online gaming, social media, and the internet will help parents understand the way boys are using these tools in their intimate relationships, and how they are affected by pornography and cyber bullying. He will connect to social changes currently happening, using the #metoo and #timesup campaigns to discuss how we can teach consent and critical thinking, and foster nurturing, respectful young people.

    Speaker Bio:

    Ryan is currently the Program Manager of 'iGuy', an educational program for boys and male identified students ages 8-12. Ryan facilitates iGuy workshops in
    elementary schools across the Lower Mainland via Saleema Noon Sexual Health
    Educators. iGuy focuses on understanding gender, sex and sexuality, stereotypes about masculinity, healthy relationships, emotional awareness, assertiveness and Internet safety. Ryan has worked closely with the Healthier Masculinities program via the Sexual Assault Support Centre at UBC and speaks in various spaces around the city on men's work and male allyship. Ryan also works as the Youth Program Coordinator at Kiwassa Neighbourhood House and as a support worker for youth in Vancouver's Eastside. He comes from a background in Social Justice and Peace Studies and holds a master's degree in Globalization and the Human Condition.
  • Andrea Paquette - Open the Door: Sparking the Conversation and Removing the Stigma Around Mental Health

    Andrea Paquette

    Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
    7:00 pm
    Senior School Auditorium

    As parents, we spend time encouraging our kids on everything from academics and athletics. We know the importance of sleep, nutrition and reduced screen time, but how many of us have discussed mental wellbeing with our children? One in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

    Speaker Andrea Paquette opens up the dialogue by sharing her own personal story of struggle and triumph since her bipolar disorder diagnosis in 2005. An award-winning mental health activist, speaker and spokesperson for the Bell Let’s Talk campaign, Paquette encourages acceptance of self and others by creating awareness of various stigmas. She will give practical, take home advice on how to open the discussion on mental health in your own family and encourage respect and resilience in our school community at large.

    Andrea Paquette, AKA Bipolar Babe Founder & President, Stigma-Free Society
    Professional Speaker, Author & Advocate Stigma-Free Zone Co-Founder

    Andrea offers presentations to schools and the community on the topic of stigma with a focus on mental health. The purpose of her presentation is to create awareness and understanding of various stigmas, while encouraging people to be accepting of themselves and others. She shares her personal story of struggle and triumph since her bipolar disorder diagnosis in 2005, and she is very candid, honest and open in her approach. Andrea delivers a similar presentation to parents that students receive in the schools, which showcases mental illness stigma, inspirational stories of stigma fighters who have overcome great challenges in their lives, strategies on mental wellness, reaching out for help and the awareness of mental health resources in Vancouver. The goal of Andrea’s work is to truly open up the conversation about mental health and stigma and to encourage parents to contribute to a Stigma-Free culture by supporting the Stigma-Free Zone movement, which aims to create awareness, understanding and acceptance among students and their families.

    Andrea Paquette is the President and Founder of the Stigma-Free Society, formerly the Bipolar Disorder Society of British Columbia (BDSBC). She created the Bipolar Babe Project in 2009, and thereafter, an impacting website that offered people a place to connect and find valuable mental health information. The Bipolar Babe Project evolved into the Bipolar Disorder Society of BC in 2010, with the collaboration of seven dedicated Board of Directors. The Charity has been renamed as the Stigma-Free Society and offers six programs on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland under the Stigma-Free Zone banner. Their service delivery includes a number of mental health peer support groups on Vancouver Island and presentation programs for both youth and adults across British Columbia.

    She is an award winning mental health activist, educator, facilitator, speaker and published author. In seven years, Andrea has presented her story at over 300 schools, workplaces, community organizations and events, reaching over 15,000 people. Andrea is the 2015 Courage To Come Back Award Recipient in the category of Mental Health given by Coast Mental Health, the 2013 Mel Cooper Citizen of the Year in Victoria, BC, and she is also the Winner of the 2013 Award for Youth Mentorship from the National Council for Behavioral Health, Washington, D.C. Andrea is recognized as the winner for Vancouver Island's Business and Community Award - 2015 Top 20 Under 40 Award. Andrea has also been named as an official spokesperson for the 2016 Faces of Mental Illness Campaign for the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH). She has been recently named as a 2017 YWCA Woman of Distinction nominee for Metro Vancouver and Andrea has been featured on a Bell Let’s Talk Public Service Announcement aired nationally and multiple media outlets that showcase her personal story. Andrea is honored to bring her story into the schools to share candidly about her mental health journey with young students and continues to bring her message of hope to the larger community.

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  • Dr. Denise Pope - Strategies to reduce academic stress without sacrificing achievement or engagement in school

    Dr. Denise Pope

    Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    7:00 pm
    Senior School Auditorium

    Denise Pope, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, specializing in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. She is co-founder of Challenge Success,, a research and intervention project that provides schools and families the tools they need to raise healthy, motivated students. Challenge Success is an expanded version of the SOS: Stressed-Out Students project that Dr. Pope founded and directed from 2003-2008. She lectures nationally on parenting techniques and pedagogical strategies to increase student well-being, engagement with learning, and integrity.  
    Dr. Pope is lead author of Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids (Jossey Bass, July 2015). Her first book, "Doing School": How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students (Yale University Press, 2001) was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal, 2001. Dr. Pope is a 3 time recipient of the Stanford University School of Education Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award, and was honored with the 2012 Education Professor of the Year “Educators’ Voice Award” from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.  She has been featured on CNN, World News Tonight, the Today Show, NPR, and several other television and radio programs. Prior to teaching at Stanford, Dr. Pope taught high school English in Fremont, CA and college composition and rhetoric courses at Santa Clara University. She lives in Los Altos, CA with her husband and three children.
  • Dr. Adele Diamond - Beyond the Books: The value of the arts, sports and free play in boys’ cognitive development

    Dr. Adele Diamond
    Tuesday, February 21, 2017
    7:00 pm
    Senior School Auditorium

    Beyond the Books: The value of the arts, sports and free play in boys’ cognitive development

    New research reveals that activities once considered extras like sports and the arts play a vital role in children’s cognitive development and academic success. Come listen to internationally recognized neuroscientist Dr. Adele Diamond speak on the fundamental interrelations among cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development.
    Dr. Adele Diamond bio:
    Adele Diamond is the Canada Research Chair Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and was recently recognized as one the 15 most influential neuroscientists in the world today.
    Prof. Diamond is at the forefront of research on ‘executive functions’ and on the brain’s prefrontal cortex on which they depend. Executive functions include 'thinking outside the box' (cognitive flexibility), mentally relating ideas and facts (working memory), and giving considered responses rather than impulsive ones, resisting temptations and staying focused (inhibitory control, including selective attention).

    Prof. Diamond has made discoveries that have improved treatment for two different medical disorders and discoveries that have impacted education, improving the lives of millions of children. Her work has shown that executive functions can be improved at any age, even in the very young.

    In looking for practical ways to help children develop healthy executive functions, and thus help more children thrive, Prof. Diamond takes a markedly different perspective from mainstream education in hypothesizing that focusing exclusively on training cognitive skills is less efficient, and ultimately less successful, than also addressing students’’ social, emotional, and physical needs. She shows why besides training the skills of interest, it’s important to support those skills by lessening things that impair them (like stress or loneliness) and enhancing things that support them (such as joy and good health).
    Adele Diamond was educated at Swarthmore (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa), Harvard (Ph.D.), and Yale Medical School (postdoc). Her many awards include an honorary doctorate (Honoris Causa) from Ben-Gurion University, the Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contributions to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society, being named a “Woman of Distinction” by the YWCA, and being named one of the “2000 Outstanding Women of the 20th Century.”


  • Mr. Gary Kern, Mr. Brian Lee, and Mr. Greg Devenish - Visit to the Principals’ Offices

    Mr. Gary Kern, Mr. Brian Lee, and Mr. Greg Devenish - moderated by Michael Eckford '87
    Tuesday, September 27, 2016
    7:00 pm 
    Senior School Auditorium 

    BoyOBoy is presenting St. George’s very own experts to talk about the issues, challenges and successes they see on a daily basis at both the Junior and Senior School campuses. Get an insider’s look into the day in the life of St. George’s through the eyes of Principals Gary Kern and Greg Devenish, and Associate Principal Student Life, Brian Lee. Learn little known facts about these leaders as Michael Eckford '87 moderates this lively discussion. Audience participation will be encouraged.
  • Dr. Ross Laird - Being There: How to Guide and Support Youth through the Challenges of Substance and Technology Use and Addictions

    Dr. Ross Laird
    Tuesday April 26th 
    7 pm Senior school auditorium

    Being There: How to Guide and Support Youth through the Challenges of Substance and Technology Use and Addictions
    Issues such as anxiety, depression, isolation, anger, and addiction are increasingly finding niches in the online worlds. Parents must be able to respond to this groundswell of change with new skills and strategies. This presentation provides a summary of those skills and strategies along with a suite of simple, practical tools that can assist parents and kids navigate the complexities of the digital landscape.
    Dr. Ross Laird, a St. George's alum class of 82, has worked extensively in the fields of addiction, interpersonal conflict, trauma, creativity, and healing. He has also taught at over a dozen post-secondary institutions, and was the founder and lead developer of the Interdisciplinary Expressive Arts program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Laird is also a best-selling author of books on personal development, craftsmanship, and whole person learning. 
  • Chris Kelly - Science of Emotional Intelligence: Developing Compassion and Empathy in our Children

    Tuesday, April 21, 7:00 pm
    Senior School Auditorium

    Seasoned educator and education administrator Chris Kelly will draw upon his years of experience as well as the latest in academic and scientific research to underscore the value of developing compassion and empathy in our children. Chris will examine the capacity of the human brain, its key influences on brain development and how empathy can be a pathway to becoming a better learner. Chris will demonstrate the implications and potential for developing compassion in our youth and give tips on how we can support its development in our own children.

    Science of Emotional Intelligence: Developing Compassion and Empathy in our Children
    Tuesday, April 21, 7:00 pm
    Senior School Auditorium

    Seasoned educator and education administrator Chris Kelly will draw upon his years of experience as well as the latest in academic and scientific research to underscore the value of developing compassion and empathy in our children. Chris will examine the capacity of the human brain, its key influences on brain development and how empathy can be a pathway to becoming a better learner. Chris will demonstrate the implications and potential for developing compassion in our youth and give tips on how we can support its development in our own children.

    Biography: Chris Kelly
    Chris Kelly completed his B.A. and Teacher Training at the University of British Columbia and his M.A. in Educational Leadership and Administration at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia. For more than 33 years, Chris served as an educator, senior administrator and organizational and community leader throughout the province. As an educator and administrator, Chris’ professional work and interests have included elementary and secondary teaching, Aboriginal education, special education, curriculum development, school administration, professional, organizational and leadership development, project development, events coordination and a wide range of community involvements.
    Chris has served as President of the Canadian Education Association, President of the BC School Superintendents’ Association and Education Partner and President in the Education Research and Development Inc. – Canada. Currently, Chris acts as an education consultant and process facilitator in a variety of organizational contexts and is Senior Programs Consultant to the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education.
    Chris and his wife Deborah, who is also a recently retired, distinguished educator, live in Vancouver and enjoy time with their young adult children, Simon and Alyson.
  • Dr. Karyn Gordon - Strategies for Motivating and Inspiring Your Child to Reach Their Greatest Potential

    Strategies for Motivating and Inspiring Your Child to Reach Their Greatest Potential
    Wednesday, September 30, 2015
    7:00 - 8:00 pm
    Senior School Auditorium

    Toronto-based relationship and parenting expert Dr. Karyn Gordon will guide parents through how to help develop their child's emotional intelligence and independent thinking. Dr. Karyn will focus on motivation, time management, organization, decision making, confidence, and communication.

    Dr. Karyn is the founder of the family coaching practice DK Leadership. She is a regular expert on Good Morning AmericaCitylineBreakfast Television, and author of the bestseller, Dr. Karyn's Guide to the Teen Years.

    A highly sought after motivational speaker, Dr. Karyn is a registered psychotherapist with a master's in divinity (counseling) and a doctorate of ministry (marriage and family). She has done extensive studies in generational differences, personalities, leadership, and emotional intelligence.
  • Dr. Ken Coates - Post Secondary Pathways: Preparing Our Children for 21st Century Educational and Employment Opportunities

    Post Secondary Pathways: Preparing Our Children for 21st Century Educational and Employment Opportunities
    Tuesday, February 23, 2016
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Senior School Auditorium

    Futurist and university expert Dr. Ken Coates will explore what it takes to be emotionally and academically prepared for life after post-secondary. He will examine university campus life, work opportunities and the growing trend of gap years.  Coates is the Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan campus. He is the author of What to Consider If You’re Considering University: New Rules for Education and Employment and Campus Confidential: 100 Startling Things You Need to Know About Canadian Universities.
  • Tim Elmore - Growing the Leaders of Tomorrow: Equipping our Children to Lead

    Tuesday, February 17, 7:00 pm
    Senior School Auditorium

    In our desire to protect kids and prevent anything bad from happening to them, we often end up preparing the path for the child instead of the child for the path. The result?  Children leave our homes unable to manage independently in the real world. In Tim Elmore’s dynamic lecture, he will illustrate how to better connect with your children and nurture their leadership potential. Is your child a Driver, a Dreamer or a Diplomat? Tim will examine these three different types of children, discuss what motivates them and how to positively influence them, so that they can be the leaders of tomorrow.

    During his talk at St. George's Tim mentioned 52 Leadership Ideas - you can find those at: 

    Please note his website also contains valuable resources -

    Biography: Dr. Tim Elmore 
    Dr. Tim Elmore is the founder and President of Growing Leaders, a non-profit organization created to develop emerging leaders. His organization helps thousands of high school and college students from around the world to think and act like authentic leaders.
    Tim has spoken to more than 300,000 students, coaches, teachers and parents. In addition, he and his team have created both events and courses for university athletes and coaching staff as well as professional baseball teams. Tim’s expertise on the emerging generation and generational diversity in the workplace has led to media coverage in The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.  He has also appeared on CNN’s Headline News and Fox and Friends.
    Tim has written more than 25 books, including the best-selling Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their Future. His latest book is Twelve Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid: Leading Your Kids to Succeed in Life.
    Tim and his wife Pam have two children and live in Atlanta, GA.
  • Dr. Shimi Kang - Raising Healthy, Happy, and Motivated Kids

    Tuesday, September 30, 7:00 pm
    Senior School Auditorium

    We are the most informed generation of parents that have ever walked the planet, yet we are raising children with rising rates of stress, obesity, diabetes, and mental illness. Medical history was recently made when being from a higher socioeconomic class was cited as a risk factor for adolescent anxiety, depression, and substance use. Dr. Shimi Kang has witnessed firsthand how today’s trend of over-scheduling and overprotecting are seriously underpreparing our children for real life and standing in the way of their self-motivation.

    Shimi will provide a compelling guide to the art and science of inspiring children to develop their own internal drive and a lifelong love of learning. Drawing on the latest neuroscience and behavioral research, Shimi proposes a powerful new parenting metaphor: the intelligent, joyful, and highly social dolphin. Dolphins are not authoritarian tiger parents who push and hover, nor are they permissive jellyfish parents. Dolphin parents use balance to guide their children towards self-motivation.
    Biography: Dr. Shimi Kang
    Dr. Shimi Kang is an award winning, Harvard-trained doctor, bestselling author, and researcher/lecturer on human motivation. She is the Medical Director for Child and Youth Mental Health for Vancouver community, a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia and the founder of the Provincial Youth Concurrent (mental health and addiction) Disorders Program at BC Children’s Hospital.
    Shimi is the author of the number one Canadian bestseller The Dolphin Way: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Motivated Kids Without Turning Into A Tiger (Penguin Books 2014). Her articles have appeared on the Huffington PostPsychology Today and TIME Magazine. In 2012, Dr. Kang received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her years of outstanding community service. She is the proud mother of three awesome children.
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