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Cody Deaner becomes a recommended speaker with the Canadian Student Leadership Association
Cody Deaner is now a recommended speaker with the Canadian Student Leadership Association (CSLA).
The Canadian Student Leadership Association is a federally registered charity in Canada. Their vision is to build a strong community of secondary school students across the country who, inspired by their student leadership experiences, are actively engaged in their schools and communities and contributing to the betterment of society. Their mission is to support and encourage student leadership in Canada.
"I'm very proud to be a recommended speaker with the Canadian Student Leadership Association," Cody says. "I'm just a small town Canadian who had big dreams as a young boy. Whenever I speak to youth, I tell them, 'Don't let the size of your town dictate the size of your dreams. Dream BIG!' CSLA is a huge support to students across the country and their mission to encourage leadership in Canada is directly in line with mine. I'm excited to be a support to young leaders across Canada alongside the CSLA."
Cody joins other renowned recommended speakers such as Orlando Bowen, Nick Foley, Anthony McLean, and other top Canadian leadership speakers.
To learn more about CSLA, visit https://studentleadership.ca. To read Cody's bio on their website, click the link below.
To contact Cody about speaking inquiries, email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or click the link below.
Cody Deaner's "Giv'er for Charity" partners with "Every Kid Counts" program at the Lansdowne Children's Centre
Throughout June & July, Cody Deaner will be raising $ for the Lansdowne Children's Centre #EveryKidCounts program through his "Giv'er for Charity" campaign.
100% of money raised from the cartoon caricature poster sales (created by Richard Hodges at Rikar Art) goes to this amazing children's program in Brantford, Ontario.
You can donate at events Cody will be at or you can purchase an autographed poster online directly at email@example.com.
Cody had the following to say about the announcement on his Facebook page:
"I’m excited to make this announcement…
In the months of June & July, the “Giv’er for Charity” campaign will be partnering with the Lansdowne Children's Centre to raise money for their Every Kid Counts Program.
Almost 2 years ago, I met a special little girl named Regan. After an event, I made my way to the merchandise table and was approached by a mother with a small girl hiding behind her. The small girl was clearly devastated, distraught and was weeping. That child was Regan. I learned she was very shaken up and upset because I had lost my match that night.
What Regan’s mother said next really hit me…
“This is a really big deal for her,” she told me. “She’s autistic.”
All of a sudden, what I thought was just normal shyness turned out to be much more. I've interacted with many autistic children over the years and have learned that showing emotion can be difficult for them. And talking to strangers can be very difficult for them as well.
I knelt down to console Regan and she no longer hid behind her mother. She allowed me to console her and try to take away her tears.
I took her by the hand and took her to my merch table and signed a hat of mine for her and told her, "This is a present for you Regan. You don't need to cry anymore."
Her tears disappeared.
That day started a 2 year relationship where I see Regan and her mother at many wrestling shows. I always take a picture with Regan. We chat. And her smile always makes my day.
When I started the “Giv’er for Charity” campaign, I reached out to Regan’s mother, Jenn. I asked her if there are any charities that have helped Regan. She quickly said the Lansdowne Children’s Centre in Brantford, Ontario.
The Every Kid Counts program at the Lansdowne Children’s Centre allows children and youth with special needs to have an equal opportunity to participate in local recreational programs of their choice. Currently each year the EKC program is able to provide 110 kids with 40 hours each of recreational programming. Sadly, it is the reality that the Lansdowne Children’s Centre cannot honor all the requests they receive from the families. Sadly, they regularly have to defer or decline the requests due to lack of funding. Every Kid Counts is solely financially supported by the funds raised through donations received from the community. The more funds they receive = the more children they can serve.
That’s where we come in. Through the “Giv’er for Charity” campaign, and all of the amazing wrestling fans I meet at shows, I know we can help raise money and awareness to this great program and hopefully give them a substantial cheque at the end of July.
I’ll be raising this money in honor of my friend, Regan. In her honor, I know we can raise money to help out so many awesome kids just like her.
Let’s not just giv’er guys… Let’s GIV’ER for CHARITY!
To read more about the "Giv'er for Charity" campaign and how you can get involved, click the link below.
Cody Deaner recently returned to Strathroy, Ontario to give an orientation speech to the incoming grade 9 students. He spoke to them about getting involved, not being afraid of trying new things, and to be ready to put in the hard work it takes to achieve their goals.
After the speech, he too the opportunity to visit the developmental education class. He ended up having a special visit.
He wrote the following about his visit on his Facebook page:
"This is Tanner...
After the speech I gave at the Strathroy District Collegiate Institute to some young & energetic youth about daring to #dreamBIG and to always GIV’ER toward your passion, I had the opportunity to visit a Developmental Education class.
I took pictures with many of the smiling and super-appreciative young men and women with my Rock Solid Wrestling Canadian Heavyweight Championship belt. Tanner pointed out that my belt was a lot bigger than his. ☺️ So I let him hold mine.
I asked Tanner if he wanted to take a selfie with me. He enthusiastically said, “Yeeeeessssss!”
Tanner’s awesome. He’s a mover. He’s very energetic and didn’t stop rocking most of the time I was in the room. His teacher said, “Now Tanner, you’re going to have to hold still for this photo.”
I took out my phone, put it out in front of us, and Tanner and I gave a prolonged “CHEEEEEEEEEESE!” together as we posed for the photo. Tanner stood perfectly still the entire time.
His teacher turned to me and said, “I’ve NEVER seen him stay that still for a photo... ever.” I took that as a huge honour & compliment.
I’ve had the privilege of visiting many classrooms like Tanner’s when I go into schools to give motivational speeches. It always ends up being a highlight of my day.
Thanks for the picture and the awesome visit Tanner! And thank you to all the teachers and support workers who work with kids like Tanner. What you do is amazing and often under-appreciated.
‘Til next time Tanner... keep smilin’ and keep givin’er buddy!
To book Cody for a speech at your school or special event, click the link below.
Cody Deaner recently returned to his old elementary school in the small village of Sparta, Ontario to give a special message to the kids from the small rural village.
Cody had the following to say about the visit on his Instagram page:
"Small towns sometimes have small expectations...I grew up in Port Bruce, a small village with a population of maybe 200 people. I went to Sparta Public School in a nearby small rural village - Sparta, Ontario. The expectations on me and my friends was small.
Last week, I had the privilege of revisiting my old elementary school and speaking to the kids about my passions, my crazy life, the places I’ve been, the things I’ve seen, and my work through the “Giv’er for Charity” campaign.
I told them... You don’t have to be in the ‘BIG TIME’ to make a BIG DIFFERENCE.
The kids were absolutely awesome. The energy in that old, hot, sweaty, non-air-conditioned gymnasium was electric. I loved every minute of it. I was swarmed after my talk and spent time taking selfies, signing autographs, and chatting with the kids before they had to jump on their school bus to return to their small houses in their small communities.
Small towns sometimes have small expectations. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t dare to dream BIG. You can be whatever you want to be ... if you put in the work.
Dare to #dreamBIG... and no matter what your passion is... follow these kids’ advice and...
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