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Teacher candidate, Kale Bonham will present at TEDxManitoba

November 24, 2011 — 
Kale Bonham, Self-Portrait

Kale Bonham, Self-Portrait

The Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba congratulates, Bachelor of Education student Kale Bonham on her recent invitation to be a speaker at TEDxManitoba on February 9, 2012.

Kale Bonham is an Ojibway woman and member of the Manitoba, Swan Lake First Nation, who grew up in the North End of Winnipeg. As a youth care worker, teacher candidate, and artist, she has been blazing trails in Winnipeg’s North End, Selkirk Avenue community through art, education, and the Aboriginal Youth Opportunities (AYO) anti-gang program.

Kale believes that: “When young people are provided with support, role models and opportunity, they can and will be successful in becoming leaders that create positive change.”

As part of Kale’s presentation at TEDxManitoba she plans to share examples of her work and the work of youth in her community and how the works promote community pride, beautification, positive identity and oppose stereotypes. She explains that, “The projects that we have been working on actualize the idea that everyone deserves to have their voice heard and the opportunity to be generous. Having the opportunity to share one’s gifts with one’s community builds self worth, confidence and leadership skills in youth that need to be nurtured. The projects we have completed can be transfer to other students, teachers and communities to create positivity within relationships and communities.”

For more information about Kale Bonham and her work in the inner-city of Winnipeg see the story “One Lamp Post at a Time.”

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