iLITE 2013 – St. Patrick’s (01.31.13)

iLITE logo (update)

Our 3rd iLITE conference was held on Thursday, Jan. 31st in the beautiful auditorium of  St. Patrick’s Catholic Secondary School.

We had 22 schools, 411 students, 32 teachers, 18 workshops, 576 juice boxes, and 1104 slices of pizza!

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Everything we do is rooted in the FAITH
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Each school was asked to bring penny bags worth $25. Each bag provides clean water for one person in Africa for a lifetime!
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FTC warms up the crowd by teaching over 400 elementary student leaders the We Day dance
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Student leaders from St. Vincent de Paul lead us in prayer with their teacher Johanna Skoreyko Sprules
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Our fabulous emcees, April from Our Lady of Fatima and Twixx from Francis Libermann
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Our visual scribe Disa from http://www.dscribe.ca starts her masterpiece capturing the day in beautiful pictures
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Our keynote speaker, Joel Hilchey picks a brave soul from the crowd to disarm a mousetrap with her bare hands!
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Joel states that he was part of the boy band Hanson (he definitely had the same hairstyle)
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Student volunteer can’t resist playing with “rat” traps
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Joel Hilchey demonstrating his juggling skills with 3 loaded rat traps!
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Joel explains why “real life” is more fun rather than impersonal texting or social media interaction
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Student leaders practice a secret zookeeper handshake
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Now that’s a fancy handshake
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“Let’s practice one more time”
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Disa’s masterpiece is taking shape
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Chris and Courtney from Free the Children speak about the value and importance or water 
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Sarah Hildebrand from Millennium Kids talks about the Millennium Development Goals
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Almost time for lunch……on the count of 3 make some noise!!!
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Mikey Mike from Positive Gear see’s which section of the crowd has the best dancer
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The crowd goes crazy watching these crazy dance moves
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Over 400 elementary leaders enjoy lunch in the cafeteria…….it feels like what high school will feel like
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Mmmmm……..pizza
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Nourishing the body and mind for afternoon informative workshops
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Lance Bucknor from R.I.S.E. Poetry starts off the talent show
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MC Insight aka Tanika Riley lights up the mic with her hip hop flow
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The talented Linda Luztono graces the mic with her beautiful vocal skills
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MC Testament blows up the stop with his lyrical vibes
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Much Music’s official dance crew, the Geek Freaks make the crowd go wild
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Mikey amazes the crowd with his “double-jointedness”
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Mikey Mike and Justin Bacchus get the crowd involved
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“Hands on your knees, hands on your kness” (Cha Cha Slide)

All schools were asked to create a presentation board to highlight all the amazing Catholic Student Leadership initiatives happening at their school.

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St. Anthony
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St. Albert
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Our Lady of Fatima
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St. Thomas Aquinas
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Holy Name
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What school are you? Write a comment below and tell us
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St. Albert
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Stella Maris
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St. Nicholas
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Blessed Sacrament
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St. Anthony
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What school are you? Write a comment below and let us know.

In the afternoon, student leaders had the opportunity attended 18 different informative workshops.

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Toronto Public Health – Substance Misuse Prevention – Ayobami Fatola
& Sandra Davies
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Free the Children – World Map – Taylor Selig & Liliana Begg
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Colour of Poverty, Colour of Change – Why does different mean bad – when diversity is good!? – Michael Kerr
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Toronto Public Health
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Millennium Kids – Who’s got the stuff? – Sarah Hildebrand
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Academic AICT (TCDSB) – Power 2.0 Web Tools: Maximize Your Learning for Maximum Results – Mario Addesa & Liane Paixao
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TCDSB – Catholic Leadership and Social Justice – Kevin Lobo
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TCDSB Art Department – Boo to Bullies!!! – Leda Miles
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TCDSB Religion & Family Life – Michelle Peres
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1Focus – The Glass Elevator – Isabel Ng-Lai & Miranda Dela Cruz
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John Maxwell Team – Hold Your Image – Kevin D’Souza
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R.I.S.E. Poetry – Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere: Spoken Word Motivation 101 – Randell Adjei & Lance Bucknor
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The Student’s Commission of Canada – Blueprint: Addressing Violence in Women’s Lives – Sharif Mahdy & Angie Bradley
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Por Amor / PEACE – Using the arts for the spirit, body and mind – Matthew Jones & Tanika Riley
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Money Smarts 4 Kids – Give yourself credit – Richard Rainford
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The Angel Foundation for Learning – The Leadership Toolbox – Jessica Colucci
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TEACHER WORKSHOP by EGALE Canada – Safe and Inclusive Communities for LGBT Students
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We close the day in prayer
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Student leader Patrick Parro (St. Michael’s Choir) and Matthew Ennis (OISE) lead us in a powerful and interactive prayer service
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Prayer service was a cool mix of modern songs within a religious context
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Vocalist Justin Bacchus blessed the mic with his powerful voice – “When we sing, we pray twice.”

Here’s a summary of some of the stuff we learned @ iLITE captured by Disa from www.dscribe.ca

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Check out this awesome Geek Freaks Video capturing iLITE from Day 1, 2, and 3

See you at iLITE – Blessed Mother Teresa tomorrow!!! (Our biggest one yet)

4 thoughts on “iLITE 2013 – St. Patrick’s (01.31.13)

  1. As always, God Bless all of your incredible work, take care and have a great Family Day Weekend, all the best to you and your loved ones! Peace and Hope, Steve De Quintal

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  2. This is an activity that should be shared by as many as can be accomodated; and is every year. The opportunity to attend in a documentary capacity has always an eye opening filled event with plenty of energy spread about for everyone. At the end, is there a feeling of Information overload? Yes. Tired? Good.

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