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  • Lots of News on the Sponsorship Front!

    Jun 13, 14 • 2014, What's New1 Comment



    We have uploaded 3 new videos for this year’s Day of Hope and Leadership.  Check out the video box on the right hand side of this page.  

    We have lots of news on the sponsorship front!  

    Metroland and Durham Radio (KX96/94.9 The Rock/CKDO) have generously agreed to come on as our Media Sponsor, along side with CHANNEL 12, CHEX TV Durham. Radio, newspaper and TV ads will start in the next few weeks!  We are very grateful to all the partners for their support.  They are true community leaders!

    We are also excited to announce the following event sponsors for the Emerging Leaders Development Day (Sept. 29):

    Whitby Sunrise Rotary, UOIT and Hardiman, Mount and Associates

    We welcome and thank the following Community Partners

    (Providing tickets for our youth to both events):

    Councillor Roger Bouma
    Petley Hare
    David Hetti of Mortgage Intelligence
    Brooklin Optimist Club
    Pickering Town Centre
    360 Incentives
    Ajax Community Fund at Durham Community Foundation



    We are also very proud to have the following event sponsors continue their incredible support for the Day of Hope and Leadership (Sept. 30):

    Veridian Connections
    Tree of Life
    Oshawa Funeral Services

    If you would like to join our amazing list of sponsors please contact us – we still have opportunities available!

    Tickets for the Day of Hope and Leadership (Sept. 30) are on sale now for only $225 or a table of 10 seats for only $1999.  Don’t wait – tickets go fast!

    Reserve yours now and pay in September if you wish.

    If you know of a youth aged 17 to 25 years that would benefit from attending the Emerging Leaders Development Day (Sept. 29), fill out the application or contact us.

    CONTACT INFO:  Paula Carter at  or 905-723-0036 x229

     All funds raised go to support the many free programs at the Hope Centre of Learning and Oshawa Community Health Centre.




  • Just Lead – It Starts With You and Ends With Others


    This year’s Day of Hope and Leadership theme is “Just Lead – It Starts With You and Ends With Others”.  As you know, we are expanding the event to two days so that we can do a day dedicated to developing our youth along this theme also.  As I start to look deeper into this subject, I wanted to spend a little time discussing the first part of this theme.  “It starts with you” – meaning you or me, but that is the starting point.  It’s all about our personal commitment to self improvement, to lead, to be a reflection of our own habits, principles and values.  We have to take a look at the fundamentals of our own growth and development.

    I love this quote “Successful people make a continuous habit of doing a lot of little things well, again and again and again” that’s from the book, “Coach Wooden’s Greatest Secrets; The Power of a Lot of Little Things Done Well” written by Pat Williams. As I was reading that it hit me that “small things DO matter” as a matter of fact, the first impact statement in the book asks “Why do some people succeed and others don’t?  What is the difference between being successful and being mediocre?” – It’s taking the time to do the little things.

    One of the biggest hurdles all of us face is that we focus on the big things and big events and do not spend enough time in the small areas of our lives.  What do I mean about the small areas of our lives? The things we know are important but we take for granted – like our habits – good or bad we don’t spend enough time reviewing our habits, they just take over – but it’s our habits that build a winning day, a winning career, a winning idea.  Day in and day out our habits impact our success. Habits help us build the fundamentals of a winning way – fundamentals mean focusing on the small things.  Fundamentals help us build a strong foundation and help us with the principles that keep us consistent.  Habits start with you and your commitment to leading.

    So, as you can see, leading starts with you and your habits. I hope that you will take the time to read Pat Williams’ book about Coach Wooden and take steps to review your own habits and see that success starts with you.  Just Lead – it starts with you and ends with others.  Please join us this September 30th for this year’s Day of Hope and Leadership.

    Dan Carter

  • We are pleased to announce our first “Emerging Leaders Development Day”!

    Apr 18, 14 • 2014, Emerging Leaders6 Comments


    The Hope Team is pleased to announce the addition of our first Emerging Leaders Development Day on Monday, September 29.  This year will be the first of a three year commitment to invest in Durham Region’s Youth by holding a one day development leadership day for young leaders Ages 16 to 24.

    We are seeking 60 young leaders that would like to attend as the guest of The Day of Hope and Leadership Team and take part in an interactive, empowering, and motivating day. The event  will start at 9am and end at 4pm. This year’s Theme for the Day of Hope and Leadership (on September 30) is  Just Lead. It Starts with You and Ends with Others.  We will be taking the focus of this theme to the youth event.

    Attendees will be lead by three amazing young leaders, Dan Walters from UOIT, Travis Dutka from 360 Incentives and Katie Zeppieri, the founder of Girls Talk and Make your Mark.  All 60 young leaders that attend the day will also be invited, as our guest, to attend the second day, the main event on September 30th at the Ajax Convention Centre with over 250 senior leaders.

    Not only will the youth have the opportunity to tap into and develop their own leadership skills, they will be challenged to create a community project that they will work on together.  The Day of Hope and Leadership is committed to mentoring and developing leaders at every stage of their lives.

    If you would like to sponsor this event or if you know of a youth who may be a good candidate for this event, please contact for more information.

  • The Disney Institute – Where Leaders Come To Learn!

    Disney Institute



    The Disney Institute:  Where Leaders Come to Learn

    As a leader, I want to learn from the best. I want to see the best, do the things others don’t do and see why leaders do what they do and what reactions are created.  I have just returned from Orlando, Florida where I attended the Disney Institutes Leadership Excellence Course. The class included 65 top leaders, mostly from the United States, but also Australia and the only Canadian in the class – ME!  Wow, what a group and what a week!

    I certainly can’t highlight all of the teachings in this posting but as a leader that believes that, leadership is the opportunity to invest into others so they will invest into others, it was refreshing and confirming that the soft skills that many people believe are so important would play such an important role at Disney.

    Now, a few fast facts about Disney World, Orlando – 70,000 employees, 7,200 students that work seasonally or part time and live on four different off site Disney campuses. Disney World covers 46 square miles.  In some departments, 96% of the cast members do not speak English – talk about the importance of finding clear ways to communicate!

    What was clear is this; their cast members are the key to the everyday success that Disney expects. The competitive edge is their people and how they interact with each and every guest. How is it possible to get so many cast members to feel empowered and engaged? Their team leaders, all the way up to the CEO’s office, believe in their cast members.  They understand that each day each cast member interacts with thousands of people.  Their skills and commitment to the overall Disney experience for every guest must be superior to that of any other competitor.

    Cast members believe that their daily skills are noticed, appreciated and value.  They feel part of the overall success. Cast members are communicated with daily and with respect and clarity. It’s not good enough that a ride operator knows that a ride is going offline, everyone needs to know and they need to know why.  If a cast member is selling balloons and a child takes theirs and accidently lets it go, the cast member is empowered to replace that balloon.  They don’t have to go through a chain of command while the child is having a melt down and mom and dad are now frustrated and upset.  Everyone has the ability and accountability to ensure that the guests at the park enjoy their experience at Disney.

    It doesn’t matter if the cast member is an hourly or salary cast member, they always feel part of the Disney family and therefore never want to let down the family. It was amazing to talk, walk and observe cast members and team leaders as they prepared for the day ahead.

    Soft skills are one of the major reasons why Disney is a worldwide leader. So the next time someone says soft skills don’t impact the bottom line think about what happens just in one location at Disney World Orlando – over 18 million visitors visit the Magic Kingdom yearly, another 11 million visitor Epcot and Animal Kingdom saw 10 million.  Their cast members matter play a crucial day in and day out ensuring that these visitors have a magical experience. Leadership is always about investing in others.  The cast members at Disney show great leadership.  Join us at this year’s Day of Hope and Leadership where our theme:  Just Lead – it Starts With You and Ends with Others will inspire and motivate you to be the best leader you can be!


    Dan Carter


  • Exciting News From Your Hope Team!


    2014 Theme:  

    Just Lead, It Starts With You and Ends With Others

    The Hope Team has been hard at work coming up with this year’s theme.  Just Lead, It Starts With You and Ends With Others will take the team back to their roots of developing and inspiring the leader within each of us.

    This year, the team is expanding their efforts by holding an “Emerging Leadership Development Day” that will take place on Monday, September 29th and host 60 youth ages 16 to 24 years old. Our incredible youth presenters from last year will be facilitating the event.  Dan Walters, Travis Dutka and Katie Zeppieri will be delivering their energizing and engaging presentations.  The youth will be challenged with creating a community project that they can work on throughout the year.  All youth will be invited to attend the Day of Hope and Leadership the next day to continue their leadership training.

    If you would like to be a sponsor for either event, please contact Paula Carter at (905-431-2163) for more information.  We only need your commitment right now, you won’t be invoiced until the summer.

    We are very excited to tell you that we have another addition to our team.  In our last blog posting, we told you about Noel Coppins joining the team.  Now, we’d like to introduce Cate Collins.  Check out our speaker section to read all about Cate!

    Our incredible Hope Team Presenters, Denise Marek, Doug Schneider and Joe Stokes are working hard to make this year’s presentations outstanding.  We are all looking forward to seeing our new presenters, Noel and Cate, deliver their unique messages.

    Thank you all for your ongoing support and encouragement.  A special shout out to Jesse John and Susan Crosina who help out behind the scenes and continue to support what we do.  Please share this newsletter with anyone you feel might be interested in being part of The Day of Hope and Leadership.  You can reserve your tickets now (no payment until the summer).  Order yours today!

    Best Wishes from,

    Dan Carter and the Hope Team