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Our educational presentations are custom-made based on the needs and concerns of the age group being addressed. The presentations include an up-close blend of insights, real life stories and useful facts delivered by a speaker whose life has been significantly impacted by substance misuse. We are proud to provide these programs in schools and communities in the Greater Victoria and South Vancouver Island area free of charge. Please contact us to book a presentation.

What people are saying

I would wholeheartedly endorse Be You Promise.Org's message that life is more about choice than chance for anyone interested in primary drug prevention, or simply to inspire someone who has been a victim of their own poor choices in the past that their life can be dramatically better.

Corp. Scott Hilderley, RCMP
Drug & Organized Crime Awareness Service

Two students who attended one of the classes you spoke to were heavily into drugs, making bad choices and talking about dropping out of school. Now a year later one student is on council and the student leadership team and the other has dedicated himself to being a better person and a "A" student!

Teacher, Saltspring Island Secondary School
via Corp. Scott Hilderley, RCMP

Luke's story is honest. Teens relate well to honesty. His music amplifies the message and allows my students time to process his message. It think it takes courage to share a life story that is not perfect. Teens need to hear these stories.

Meghan McMillian, Teacher
Spectrum Secondary School

I found the presentation extremely powerful, and the message really important. I think it is good and necessary to start these kinds of conversation in classrooms because I know so many people my a age who struggle.

Student
Spectrum Secondary School

Honestly, I may not be the best student out there. I skip a lot of classes but I do know to myself that I am a smart person, And when Luke talked about being the best you, I felt empowered and I realized that I should give it my all. Not for anyone , but for myself. THANK YOU LUKE!

Student
Spectrum Secondary School

Thank you so much for coming. It really touched me and is going to made me think about this more going forward.

Student
Spectrum Secondary School

I really enjoyed hearing Luke's story. It gave me some more information on how choices can really affect your life. It was an inspiring story to keep making choices that put me in the right direction and not throw my life away.

Student
Spectrum Secondary School

I really enjoyed the song, there was so much emotion it it. I really think Luke is making a difference in people who might be headed in the wrong direction.

Student
Spectrum Secondary School

Thank you for sharing not only your story but your wisdom with our student body. I feel that your experience along with your candid presentation on your life has had a positive impact on our students. It is my hope that what they learned today will help them make choices that will be positive.

Sian Peterson, Principal
Chemainus Secondary School

Both groups said that they will ALWAYS remember the message you gave and that it was the most powerful presentation that they have been a part of.

Todd Powell, Teacher
Edward Milne Community School, Sooke, BC

The impact the presentation had on the kids cannot be adequately expressed in words. At the end of the day, Gray was inundated with students, teachers and parents alone, who approach him and told him that his presentation was the most powerful drug prevention presentation they had ever had.

Corp. Scott Hilderley, RCMP
Drugs & Organized Crime Awareness Service

I just wanted to thank you again for your powerful presentations to my students at Westshore. There was much continued discussion about your talk that kept the student thinking.

Debbie Lodewijk, Teacher
Westshore Learning Centre, Victoria, BC

All my friends do drugs. I used to hurt myself not anymore though. IDK drugs aren't even that fun. HAHA Alcohol is less fun. You really inspire me. Things you said were soooo relatable. You're great. Keep up the good work.

Student
Westshore Learning Centre, Victoria, BC

I can relate to this message because I used to be an alcoholic and drink everyday and come to school and home drunk. I had a friend who was a year older than me. He ended up taking drugs and took needles. Three months later his mom found him dead.

Student
Westshore Learning Centre, Victoria, BC

The "tough" group was so enthralled in the presentation that they didn't want to interrupt the flow of what was being talking about. They almost felt like it was inappropriate to get involved. I know that sounds counterintuitive, but coming from that group that says a LOT!

Todd Powell, Teacher
Edward Milne Community School, Sooke, BC

Choices matter in life, Most teenagers making bad decision say that it won't matter in ten years. But if you decide to get into alcohol and drugs-as you told us-that WILL matter in ten years. Sometimes the smallest things can open the biggest, darkest doors! I plan to never be involved with drugs.

Grade 10 Student
Edward Milne Community School

My parents have raised me to make smart decisions but I won't be with them forever and soon have to make all the decisions on my own and face the consequences of my own actions. You coming in and telling us your story has impacted the way I think about drugs and alcohol and my decisions.

Grade 10 Student
Edward Milne Community School

Every choice a person makes has two side, the bad and the good. The good can lead you to great things or a clear mind, but the bad can lead you to have regrets. Having no regrets is important to me because I really want to believe that every choice I made is for the right reasons.

Grade 10 Student
Edward Milne Community School

Luke's presentation was very genuine, positive and transparent. Students approached me to tell me he was an inspiration to them and that it is an important message all to hear. It was a powerful and thought provoking message! Luke did an amazing job delivering this difficult yet important message.

Jane McPherson
Volunteer

Honestly, one of the most truthful, straight forward presentations I've witnessed at school.

Student, Grade 11
Spectrum Secondary School

I'm really sorry about Andrew and the 22 years of your life wasted by drinking and drug use. I thought your presentation was really inspirational, and after all those years, you survived and are here to share your story with us! I also enjoyed the song you wrote. I though it had really nice lyrics.

Student, Grade 11
Spectrum Secondary School

I really liked the presentation and the video that you showed. It was really enjoyable despite the sad tone to it. My mom is an alcoholic in denial and with the other stories it made me feel like she could possibly get better in the future.

Student, Grade 12
Spectrum Secondary School

I liked how you told YOUR story rather than just hit us with facts about addiction!

Student, Grade 12
Spectrum Secondary School

The presentation was very powerful and definitely very emotional. I think a presentation like this is very effective for connecting with people, ESPECIALLY TEENS!

Student, Grade 11
Spectrum Secondary School

Really appreciate someone being open and honest to help people going through the same thing … dealing with a loved one that has a problem. It means a lot!

Student, Grade 12
Spectrum Secondary School

I learned that addiction can happen to anyone and how easy it is to say "it will never happen to me"!

Student, Grade 11
Spectrum Secondary School

What stood out most for me today was not wanting Luke's story to be our story! He don't sugar-coat anything and told us the truth which was very eye-opening!

Student
Spectrum Secondary School

Luke's presentation was inspirational, the best I've ever seen. I think every school should witness Luke's story. I really like how he also talked about hope! Hope is what I am hoping for my father. I wish my father would have been here to witness this!! Keep it up Luke! You are making a difference.

Student, Grade 11
Spectrum Secondary School

HELL YEAH LUKE! You're super inspiring and very confident to speak and sing in front of so many people and ROCK IT!

Student
Spectrum Secondary School

The best me possible is achieving the goals I have set and let no thing or person hold me back from my potential. Substances aren't worth the anguish they have the power to cause!

Student
Spectrum Secondary School

Thank you so much for telling us your story. When I was younger, my Mom left me for crystal meth and heroin. I always blamed myself for her choosing drugs over me. But now I understand it wasn't that simple. Your story showed me that it takes a lot of time and recovery to be okay again.

Student
Spectrum Secondary School

Hanging out with the right people and being able to say no is what being the best me possible means!

Student
Cowichan Secondary School, Duncan BC

Your presentation was really moving and emotional. Taught an extremely important lesson, that had real life examples.

Student
Cowichan Secondary School, Duncan, BC

Leading a healthy lifestyle, treating your body fairly, treating those around you with love, and not ausing the privilege of life is what being the set me possible is!

Student
Cowichan Secondary School, Duncan, BC

I was really touched by Luke's story and glad he was able to share his experiences with us and prevent/protect the future generation from drugs.

Student
Island Oak High School, Duncan, BC

Thank you for telling your story. I was touched. I hope a lot of kids benefit from the presentation. I sure did!

Student
Island Oak High School, Duncan, BC

I would be honoured to spread this story to as many people as possible, in honour of everybody who helped create such an inspirational presentation.

Student
Cowichan Secondary School, Duncan, BC

The impact our guest speaker, Kevin Brooks had on his audience as the students approached and stood in line to have the opportunity to speak with him or take a photograph, some visibly moved to the point of tears was a true testament of the impact his presentation had on this group of young people.

Marie Engel, Outreach Coordinator
Stigma Magazine

Thanks again Everyone! The Breaking Barriers evening was truly special, magical, and meaningful.

Al Harlow, Band Leader
PRISM

This year our publication of Stigma Magazine distributed 470 delegates with lived mental health experiences, decision-makers, funders, researchers front line workers and practitioners at the CMHA Mental Health for All Conference.

Marie Engel, Outreach Coordinator
Stigma Magazine

Be You Promise and Stigma Magazine was honoured and proud to be represented at Recovery Day BC on September 10. 2016. This events helps our continuing work generating awareness and visibility of Canadians in recovery from addiction and mental health crises.

Miles Craig, CEO / Founder
Be You Promise. Org

Thank you to all the volunteers from Recovery Day Events across Canada for distributing almost 3,000 copies of Stigma Magazine (proudly published by Be You Promise.Org)!

Staff
Stigma Magazine/ BeYou Promise.Org

It's easy to see the large effect that alcoholism and addiction has on our health system and society .... It's crucial for us to continue our efforts to inform youth the the effects of alcohol abuse and addiction so that they can made informed decisions regarding their bodies and their future.

Dana Wiltsie
Frances Kelsey Secondary School, Mill Bay, BC

I have had the vigour to say no and keep alcohol and drugs out of my life and plan to do so for the rest of my life. If I were to be presented with this scholarship it would reinforce my drive to help guide other teens into a substance free way of life.

Britney Notenberg
Spectrum Community School, Victoria, BC

Without a doubt, drug and alcohol abuse is a major issue in today's world, This problem unquestionably needs a bigger spotlight and more attention in order for a proper solution to be found.

James Huang
Mount Douglas Secondary School, Victoria, BC

I think to help decrease the use of drugs and alcohol can be done by informing people about the consequences, and create a society which supports struggling individuals and provide clear guidance to help cope with the problems they face in life.

Shiming Huang
Island Oak School, Cowichan Bay, BC

Contemporary media has portrayed alcohol and drug use with a facade that ostensibly conveys maturity and 'coolness,' while at the same time downplays the associated health risks.

Robert Lee
Oak Bay Secondary School, Victoria, BC

You can wake up one morning and decide to kick your habits, but that doesn't mean they will just disappear because you asked them to. It takes time, patience, and a lot of forgiveness from yourself to be able to control your demons. It's important to get professional help ...

Sidney Fothergill
Lake Cowichan School

Healthy living & mental health for society & individuals are very important to me. I've seen too many friends fall prey to addiction, apathy & mental illnesses. In the last few years I have noticed more & more of my smart & talented peers giving up their ambitions in favour of the chemical escape.

Avery Creed
Cowichan Secondary School, Duncan BC

Within the next year I will turn 19. That magic number suddenly allows me the freedom to walk into a pub or liquor store & legally order a drink. Just because I have a legal right ... does not mean that I have to.

Dallas Brooks
Edward Milne Secondary School, Sooke, BC

It is very easy to made a social judgement based on one's appearance and lifestyle, although the truth is that preconceived judgements will not mend our society; for the smile or the kind words that you may share with someone could significantly brighten their day.

Camille Johns
Edward Milne Secondary School, Sooke, BC

Education is key to solve alcohol and drugs issues facing youth.

Jocelyn Benji
Cowichan Secondary School, Duncan, BC

Without support from society these people (individuals with mental health and addiction issues) will live with out any hope That is just wrong as eery human being is entitled to have hope as the cornerstone of his/her existence.

Arjin Sidhu
Mount Douglas Secondary School, Victoria, BC

The mind of a teen today is under attach, Young teens have so much influence and curiosity floating around in their thought, and they wonder why they are told not to do, or be involved in certain things. Curiosity, what a dangerous thing!

Rebecca Oliver
Lake Cowichan School

It is all too often that you see someone succumb to the want to conform when it comes to the consumption of illicit drugs and alcohol ... I've seen the many horrific side-effects of drugs and alcohol and I praise your organization for doing something to help.

Katharine Lazar
Royal Bay Secondary School, Victoria, BC

I peer-tutored a student who struggled with addiction. During our time together ... he gained the knowledge that someone genuinely believes in him and cares about his well-bing. I saw this compassion make an incredible difference ... For the first time in his academic career he rarely misses a class

Julia Hensley
Edward Milne Community School

Drugs and alcohol ruin relationships, friendships, families and lives. Not to mention how much it impacts our health system.

Madison Nichol
Victoria High School

My perspective & understanding of my ancestry shaped the way I view the world and everyone in it. Addiction is a large part of First Nations culture, but I believe that I can make strides to fix the issue.

Ben Tozer
Edward Milne Community School

When When asked to name what kills the most people, one might think of events which are commonly associated with danger. Things like cancer, heart disease, accidents and suicide, though there is one more thing to add to that list which most people may not think of immediately. Alcohol & drugs.

Jasper Custeau
Frances Kelsey Secondary School, Mill Bay BC

In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day and to express support for a national suicide prevention plan in our country, Stigma Magazine and Be You Promise.Org collected petitions at Recovery Day Events in both Vancouver and Montreal. The signatures were sent to Prime Minister Trudeau!

Staff
Be You Promise.Org / Stigma Magazine