We are incredibly honoured to have welcomed an incredible line-up of local speakers and performers to the passion2action INSPIRE 2018 stage. All community leaders in their own regard, by highlighting local individuals, we hope to have inspired students with the inspiring stories of local change-makers that they can look up to.
Our speakers and performers were selected in accordance with our Event Themes.
Brad Bellegarde (InfoRed)
CBC Future 40 Award Winner and Neechie Gear Role Model, Brad Bellegarde aka InfoRed has been a featured artist at events such as Aboriginal Music Week in Winnipeg, Manitoba, APTN’s Aboriginal Day Live and Vancouver’s Olympic Games celebrations.
Brad is a proud Nakota/Cree member of the Little Black Bear First Nation who calls Regina, SK home. A true believer that education is the new Buffalo, his work in schools gave him a unique opportunity to present his methods of education at the VIII International Conference of Intercultural Education in Indigenous Contexts in Temuco, Chile.
In 2012, InfoRed performed for His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during their Royal visit.
Mother Teresa Middle School in honoring the “Calls To Action” in real and authentic ways. The team is focusing on building positive relationships that acknowledge the brokenness that exists today because of residential schools.
One of the ways the team at MTMS is addressing this movement is by helping their students identify with their culture in a positive way through drumming and First Nation Dance. The teachings are done in a manner that helps students to build a positive identity and confidence in themselves.
When the Mother Teresa’s Middle School students are out in the community performing they are exemplifying what a healthy lifestyle embedded in First Nation Culture and education looks like. We are pleased to welcome the Mother Teresa Middle School Buffalo Boys and their leader Evan Whitestar, who is the student service assistant at Mother Teresa Middle School.
Chief Cadmus Delorme
Chief Cadmus Delorme is a citizen of Cowessess First Nation. Graduating from Cowessess Community Education Centre, Chief Delorme moved away from Cowessess to pursue experience and higher learning.
After achieving an Undergrad Degree at the First Nations University of Canada and a Masters Degree at the Johnson Shoyama School of Public Policy, Chief Delorme moved home 2016 and became Chief. In 2019, Chief Delorme was re-elected to a second term as Chief of Cowessess First Nation.
Chief Delorme lives on the Cowessess First Nation with his wife Kimberly, brother-in-law Noah, daughter Kali, and son Kingsley.
“One thing about music- when it hits you, you feel no pain”
The above quote by Bob Marley is one that resonates strongly with Dumo. Having been a DJ for almost 8 years, Dumo’s passion for music runs deep and he enjoys taking the party with him wherever he plays.
At any event, you can often see him having as much fun as the guests- busting out those awesome dance moves, smiling at the crowd and sometimes even joining them on the dancefloor for a minute or two before running off to switch to the next song. When asked about how he keeps doing that, he would always say “I like the guests to know that I am enjoying myself. If the DJ is not having fun, how do they expect the crowd to have fun?”
Dumo has been fortunate to share his musical talents at dozens of events across Saskatchewan and other parts of Canada. Whether it is at a wedding, grad party, a company’s Christmas party or a night at a bar, his priority is always to make people have a great time. This is why he enjoys listening to music across multiple genres. No matter what style you are into, there will always be something in his music library for you.
My name is Jennifer McLeod and I am an HR Manager responsible for the Be Kind Online program, Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility. I grew up in Regina, have a Commerce Degree from the U of S and have worked for SaskTel for 21 years. I have been part of the Be Kind Online program since 2015.
Kerry Benjoe is of Anishinabe descent and a member of the Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation located 40 minutes northeast of Regina. She grew up on reserve where she attended the Payepot Indian Day School then the Qu’Appelle Indian Residential School located in Lebret. Kerry was the fourth and final generation in her family to attend residential school.
In 2000, she became the first college graduate in her family when she obtained an undergraduate degree in English and Indigenous Studies from the University of Regina and First Nations University of Canada.
In 2002, she participated in a summer course offered at the First Nations University of Canada that introduced her to journalism, which sparked her love for the written word. She continued to do freelance writing while working at different jobs until she was hired at the Regina Leader Post in 2006.
During her time as a reporter, she not only helped build a bridge between the paper and the Indigenous community, but she highlighted many important issues facing Indigenous people. As one of the only First Nations reporters working in the Post Media Newspaper chain she supplied indigenous content throughout Canada. Kerry believes the media plays an important role in helping to change the narrative of Indigenous people and it is only when that happens that true reconciliation can be achieved.
Hi everyone! My name is Michaela Kleisinger and I just finished up a five year career with the University of Regina Cougar Women’s Basketball team. Throughout my time on the team, I also completed a degree in Kinesiology and Health Studies with a major in Human Kinetics, also from the University of Regina. I also currently work as a motivator and people team member at Wheelhouse Cycle Club, and volunteer at William Booth Special Care Home. As you can tell from what I just mentioned, I am passionate about basketball, and fitness – particularly indoor cycling, but all types of fitness have a special place in my heart. In my next chapter, I will be completing a Masters of Coaching degree from the University of Alberta beginning in September. I look forward to connecting with each of you through this incredible opportunity
Remy and Bianca mate in September of 2017 at Balfour collegiate high school. Bianca was in her first year of grade nine and Remy was in grade twelve. They met and started playing together in the school rock band where Bianca sang and played guitar and Remy played the drum. They quickly became very close friends and decided to write together, they wrote and their first song in December of that same year they mate. After that, the partners couldn’t stop writing. They wrote song after song and decided to look around the city for gigs. in January 2018 they performed together for the first time at their school. But at that time Remy could only sing and play drums. So, In April of 2018, Bianca decided to teacher Remy how to play the acoustic guitar. In June of 2018, they landed their first paid gig for the Sask School Board Superannuation. Of course, that gig lead to more gigs and they played the big summer bash and they also played at We day 2018. R&B has played gigs around Regina ever since!
Roman Fehr is a grade 9 student who lives with his parents and younger brother in Regina, Saskatchewan. He’s a dedicated student who manages to cram in a good amount of video game time between his studies and time spent honing his skills as an animator and artist. Never one to follow the pack, Roman is just as likely to commit to something like learning to ride a unicycle as he is advocating for social issues like mental health. He aspires to being able to make a living with his creativity and unique world view.
My name is Sabah Sharif and I moved to Canada as a Syrian refugee in 2016. Over the past four years, my life has greatly changed and I am proud of how far I’ve come.
I started grade nine as a shy person due to a lack of English skills but with dedication and hard work, I was able to improve my English very quickly. I took every opportunity I was given to help myself grow as a person. I enrolled in many activities in my school that included singing in the Choir and playing on the Badminton team. I’ve also been an Outdoor School Leader and the leader for the Peer Support group at Johnson. I seek excellence and that is shown in my academics since grade 9.
Proudly, I started my journey of Reconciliation and have been advocating for the importance of Truth and Reconciliation over the last few semesters. I hosted events regarding this issue and took part in the Treaty Four Flag-Raising Ceremony at Johnson. I also wanted to give back to my community, therefore, I started volunteering at the Regina Open Door Society since the end of 2017 to teach young newcomers English and help them adapt to their new life. Above all that, I manage to work part-time to help support the family that has been there for me.
“ You reap what you sow”.
My dedication and hard work have taken me to a new level and it has opened new doors and opportunities for me. I am thankful for my family, my teachers, and all those who stood by me and supported me. I hope to become a Pediatrician and serve as one of the Doctors Without Borders.