If you have an extra five minutes today and want to be inspired, I would like to suggest you watch a video. It is only four minutes long.
It was created by Catherine Hogan, a teacher at Lindsay Place High School in Pointe Claire. It contains a heart-felt message to teenagers. Being a teen has always been a challenge, but growing up in the age of social media has not made it easier.
If you have kids or if you can remember that one teacher who made a difference for you when you were in school, hit the play arrow and watch the video.
That special teacher you remember; that person – whether they knew it or not – had an impact on you. They have that hard-to-quantify quality that reaches beyond the scope of the prescribed curriculum and move you to do more, want more. It’s a quality that leaves you with a feeling that propels you to be better, reach higher, feel confident and move forward knowing that all will be OK. It’s a special thing that you will remember all your life.
The students at Lindsay Place High are fortunate to have someone like Hogan on the staff.
I posted the story I wrote about Hogan’s video on this website on Tuesday evening. This morning, I discovered that Amanda Todd’s mother, Carol Todd, linked to it to share the story and Hogan’s message.
Amanda Todd, you will remember, is the Grade 10 teenager from Port Coquitlam, B.C., who committed suicide last fall. The story made national headlines. Amanda was a victim of cyber bullying who posted a video on YouTube before her death. The video went viral after she took her life.
Watch Hogan’s video.