Impact Society

Impact Society

May 25, 2011 20:46 ET

Impact Society: Local Heroes Head Back to Class to Inspire Youth

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 25, 2011) -

Editor's Note: There are 2 videos associated with this press release.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi is officially kicking off a new campaign this week that invites community leaders to meet with junior high students at various schools across the city to talk about their experiences of growing up and overcoming challenges. By sharing their heartwarming and often larger-than-life stories, these local heroes – ranging from athletes and designers to business leaders and musicians – will inspire teens to discover their inner heroes, find success, and learn to give back to others. A complete list of the participants is available here:

Believing that Calgary teens are lucky to live in a city where they can be and do anything, Mayor Nenshi has recorded a series of YouTube videos that speak to the impact a generation of inspired youth can have on our community.

The campaign is organized by Impact Society, a Calgary nonprofit and national leader in teen development, and creator of HEROES™ —an experiential learning program that builds improved planning and decision-making skills, self-esteem, resistance, self-restraint, and 26 other characteristics that contribute to teen success The first round of the Meet a Hero Campaign will take place between May 27 and June 17 and then continue again in the fall. All visits will be shared through social media at

"We are thrilled that so many community leaders have made a concrete commitment to local teen development through our Meet a Hero campaign," says JackToth, Founder and CEO of Impact Society. "We want teens to know that everyone can be a hero, and believe these one-hour visits with local heroes will impact our students for years to come."

Media are invited to attend any of the following classroom visits, which promise to be very inspiring – and a lot of fun.


- Olympian Michelle Cameron

- U of C Chancellor Jim Dinning

- Broadcaster and body builder Cara Fullerton

- Police Chief Rick Hanson

- Fashion designer Paul Hardy

- Broadcaster Darrel Janz

- All around good guy Dave Kelly

- Chemical engineer and fashion designer Nina Rahal-Kharey

- Fitness guru and entrepreneur Jari Love

- Broadcaster Angela Kokott

- Olympian Carla MacLeod

- Entrepreneurs and philanthropists Doug & Lois Mitchell

- Indie rock star Robb Nash

- Flames Defenceman Robyn Regehr

- Broadcaster and musician Tara Slone

- Entrepreneur and philanthropist W. Brett Wilson

- Students at in-class visits.

- Jack Toth, CEO of Impact Society

- …and more to be announced in the fall


These local heroes will be attending various HEROES™ classes throughout 2011.


Carla MacleodDiscovering Choices 287, 1132 3800 Memorial Drive NETuesday, June 7th, 201111:00am-12:00pm
Michelle CameronErnest Morrow Junior High School1212 47 Street SEFriday, May 27th, 201112:35pm-
1:22 pm
Jari LoveSt Joseph's Elementary & Junior High2512 5 Street NWWednesday, June 1st, 20119:00am-10:15am
Dave KellySherwood School2011 66 Avenue SEThursday, June 2nd, 201110:20am-11:05am


Because inspired people inspire others and a new generation of inspired youth can dramatically impact our whole community.

Other videos by Mayor Nenshi include:

- How to be a Hero (it's simpler than you think):

- The secret to being valued:

- How a community can inspire youth:

- Mayor's message to youth:

To view the videos associated with this press release, please see the following links:

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