Latest news

Black History Month Presentation – by Inspiration Republic

February 7, 2020 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
St. Joan of Arc - Gym

Joel David Witton

Co-Founder, Speaker, Facilitator

Joel grew up in a large family, with 5 siblings and various pets throughout the years, ranging from dogs, cats, and rodents, to a talking budgie. There was even a few week stint with some baby raccoons (Don’t ask). Joel is an inspirational speaker and mental health advocate, who is passionate about breaking the stigma surrounding mental illness. He can relate to the struggles that youth are facing, as he has faced his own battles with mental illness growing up.

His heart is to educate and help equip young people to overcome the challenges they are facing in their personal lives and to inspire them to live for a purpose greater than themselves. Over the past 16 years, Joel has worked with youth in various capacities, including coaching and mentoring and founded multiple youth centres and school groups.

Joel has been a guest speaker for many groups ranging from primary school right up through university. He has acted as keynote speaker for a number of youth & young adult weekend retreats, and also enjoys speaking to shelters and non-profit organizations. For the past two years he has been actively presenting in the Peel Catholic School Board.

Germaine Ransome

Co-Founder, Speaker, Facilitator

Germaine is happily married to his wife and best friend Debbie of four years. Germaine has been speaking in Schools across the Greater Toronto area for over 10 years. His presentations are fun, dynamic and thought- provoking. He was previously the Director of Education for an independent media company, with whom he wrote and directed several high school performances that toured in the Toronto District School Board, The Toronto Catholic District School Board and the United Kingdom.

As an inspirational speaker, Germaine has a passion for seeing students realize their purpose and inspires them to be the change they want to see in their communities. He has four years experience presenting in the Peel Catholic School Board and has also had the privilege of speaking in a number of other regions.

Elementary Vice-PrincipalBlack History Month Presentation – by Inspiration Republic