Mentee and Mentor Testimonials

Mentor Testimonials

  • Bombarded with amazing knowledge. Very impressed with Jess! Her life vision is awesome! Loved the squirrel story.”  – Maureen Hatherley
  • Wonderful experience! Definitely enjoyed getting to know Chelsea. Its great to see youth have goals and dreams and work hard towards them.”  – Jenny Decontie
  • I was amazed by how determined Jared was at the age of 15, he inspired me so much!”  – Chaz Sullivan
  • I learned about how much it takes for a young person to give their family, especially when they have a sibling that is sick and can’t spend time in their home. I also learned that given the chance to shine, the youth can exceed your highest expectations. He really came out of his shell and it was amazing to see the young man he has become.”  – Nidhi Tandon
  • I was impressed by Tye’s maturity and willingness to share. He is learning important habits and life skills.”  – Sean McDermott
  • Through their communication you could see that they really want to be in the program and really learn about themselves and being a leader.”

Mentee Testimonials

  • The OLI program is just amazing. I found out that I can help a lot of people in a lot of ways and I improved on social skills with people which I am thankful of.” – Aleesha Wood
  • The reason why I joined OLI again is because I wanted to experience more things in my life and wanted to try the future leaders program this year, OLI is really helping me with school too; that’s why I joined again. There is a bunch of things that I learned from the program like how it can change you in different ways; physically and mentally. I learned about myself over these past years from being in OLI like this year I learned that I can take on the leadership from being in the future leaders program, and the other thing is that I can be a really outgoing person. OLI has contributed me to shape me as a person in the future, like how I am thinking to do something with dancing in the future and make my dance group great and move to the next level with dancing.” – Sonny Jr. Mason
  • I joined OLI two years ago because I’ve heard a lot of great stories about how much fun they had and that they became a better dancer afterwards. What I learned from myself throughout the program is that I can do better in school and that I can succeed if I try my best. My self-esteem has gotten high because of all the things I learned from myself. OLI for sure will contribute me to a successful person in the future because it has really helped me with my confidence and that it really helped me with my speaking.” – Starlene Harper
  • I joined OLI because I’ve always wanted to dance in front of a big crowd and I started off pow wow dancing. As I joined the program, I’ve improved so much in my life and I’ll never forget that. OLI has shaped me into the person I am today and I hope I can perform next year.” – Jerett Monias
  • I joined OLI because I loved dancing, but was never part of a huge group. OLI has showed me what it’s like to be part of something, it has shown me what it’s like to have a big family. Throughout the program, I learned to be more confident in myself, it has taught me to be more outgoing and more talkative. I learned that I could be productive. Without OLI, I wouldn’t be the person who I am today.” – Solomon Harper
  • OLI had affected my way of thinking. I want my siblings to be part of the program. Future Leaders has really changed me, without it, I wouldn’t be who I am today.” – Markus Flett
  • The Future Leaders program encourages youth to be better role-models. I learned that OLI will stop at nothing to empower you.” – Anonymous Future Leader
  • I would love to do it again as it has made some of the best memories that I will never forget. I have become more of a leader and a much better dancer.” – Cody Monias
  • From the first year, I couldn’t believe that I was like that and right now as I’m writing this, I know myself. I did so many things that have made me a better me than who I was three years ago.” – Jaylin Wood
  • One of the things I like about the program is you become closer to the people you already met and make new friends, and have responsibilities in my hands and guide the other students to a good path. Honestly, I have to say that I improved on manners. Before OLI I haven’t said “excuse me” or “thank you” or “you’re welcome”. You see OLI isn’t just about dancing – it shows what you’re capable of and it shows how your personality is. It has encouraged people to see what they can do in life.”
  • From the beginning I’ve heard it would be difficult and it was. But after the whole thing it wasn’t so bad. It was a great opportunity. I’ve developed many skills.” Cheyanne Lalman
  • OLI affected my school work very much. It has made me finish my school work. It affected my life outside of school as well. Gave me good behaviour.” – Gabriel Wood
  • Everything seems more easier after the program, I have the ability of being capable of doing anything.” – Bradley Monias
  • I feel more determined, I set deadlines for myself and I reach them. I’m more out of my shell. I’m more outgoing that I ever was before.” – Dehmin Eshkawkogan
  • OLI helped me to believe in myself more. I actually came up with my own choreo! Now I can feel more confident in doing things back home like pursuing my goal in heading to college.” – Brigitte Neganigwane

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