EDUCATE. EMPOWER. ENGAGE.
HATELESS is a volunteer powered initiative bringing positive messages through music and interactive presentations. Our mission is to spread the message of love, hope and acceptance while providing audiences with useful resources about bullying, mental health, positive relationships and more.
HATELESS HAS REACHED OVER
We are a group of speakers and musicians who use our gifts and experiences to educate, empower and engage students of all ages.
We use music and fun, interactive activities to inspire, uplift, and make a difference in the lives of others.
The HATELESS School Tour was the brainchild of co-founders Sangeetha Nair and Winnipeg-based R&B singer Flo. The duo were moved by the tragic stories of teens Amanda Todd and Retaeh Parsons, who died by suicide after being bullied.
Nair, an event organizer and mental health advocate was inspired by Flo’s song “Hateless” to create a school tour, using the song as its theme.
Launched in 2013, HATELESS has reached out to over 25,000 students worldwide.
The Manitoba and Ontario Ministries of Education have endorsed the song to be used as a resource in classrooms. “Hateless” has become an anti-bullying anthem in schools throughout North America.
Duncan is currently doing his first year at the University of Winnipeg pursuing Theatre and Film. His field of expertise lies within the performing arts in both drama and music. His hobbies include playing the guitar and juggling.
Being a speaker with the Hateless team has given him the opportunity to speak out against homophobic bullying. He recently spoke at the Pembina Trails Human Rights Project at the Investors Group Stadium in Winnipeg. Duncan was also named CBC’s 40 under 40.
“Since my first speech I’ve learnt to think differently about bullies and about the entire topic of bullying. I was shown that victims aren’t the only ones that need help. Bullies do what they do because they are battling their own demons and picking on others is a way to cope. I believe that no one is born bad but sometimes people lose their way. It’s up to us, the educators, the informers, to help these people. We have to do all we can to stop bullying.”
- Drug/alcohol prevention
- Teens Against Drunk Driving Training
- Self-Harm Prevention
- Body Image
- Friends For Life Training
- Teen Talk Training
Tara Green recently graduated from grade 12 at the Warren Collegiate Institute in Warren, Manitoba. She has experienced bullying since she was in Kindergarten. Green has used her experience to empower other students by being a Teen Talk peer supporter.
She addresses issues on mental health and depression. Green has spearheaded several student groups like Gay Straight Alliance, Teens Against Drunk Driving. Tara was awarded the 2015 CMHA Heroes of Mental Health in the RBC Believe in Youth Award category. Read about her nomination here.
Driven by life and inspired by music, Chelsea is a singer/songwriter. The University of Manitoba student sings with the Winnipeg Youth Chorus and is also an executive member. Chelsea believes that even when broken music heals. Her favourite quote is: “When words fail, music speaks.”
Chelsea had been a victim of cyber-bullying when she was in high school. Since joining the Hateless team as a speaker, she has become a more confident young woman who has become a role model to many younger students and peers who have looked up to her for guidance. Chelsea received the Youth Peace Medal in 2013 from the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg, and in 2015 was named a Manitoba Hero.
“Being a speaker at Hateless has inspired me to help youth. I love when someone comes up to me to share their experience with bullying and I can give them advice on how to create a better environment for themselves. It has given me confidence and courage to finally help stand up for others who don’t feel comfortable speaking up for themselves.”
Topic: The Carson Shields Story (Hazing in Sports)
At an early age, Carson knew that hockey was his true passion. When Carson moved on to junior hockey, he experienced a hazing that sent his life into a downward spiral. He was traded all across Canada, eight teams in total, before leaving the game in 2009.
After his junior hockey career was over, Carson struggled in day to day life, constantly wrestling with what happened to him during his experience with hazing. Carson is determined to make sure what happened to him never happens again to anyone, in any sport. He set up an e-mail account receiving hundreds of messages from athletes sharing their experience in a wide variety of sports.
Corresponding with these athletes and in some cases, their parents Carson offered support for what they had been through. Carson was recently named a Manitoba Hero for his efforts.
Topic: Recovery from Addiction
Roland Vandal knew he had to start giving back. Several years ago, at a low point in his life, he decided to end it by taking a drug overdose. Incredibly, he survived and decided to turn his life around.
Since that fateful day, Vandal has completely changed his whole outlook and attitude on life. After getting the help he needed, first from family and friends and then treatment, he turned to helping others.
Today, Vandal uses his life story coupled with his love of boxing to connect with people and help transform their lives. Vandal is an experiential speaker with Breaking the Chain, an organization whose mission is to bring awareness to youth and adults of the problems we face daily and that they’re not alone. He also provides options for facing fears and adversities and how together we can make it through.
In addition to his speaking engagements, Vandal has obtained clearance to volunteer at correctional institutions, where he offers his services as a life coach with the focus on male mentoring, and speaks occasionally at the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba.
Topic: Cyber Safety
Loizza Aquino is a grade 11 student at Vincent Massey Collegiate. Loizza recently lost one of her best friends to suicide, which has pushed her to create more conversation and awareness for mental health.
In May, Loizza started a group called Peace of Mind 204. Along with her friends they planned an event called YAMIS, which was dedicated to creating more conversation in hopes to take the first step of ending the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. From grade 6-9 she participated in a student technology advocacy group which spoke at many different high schools, middle schools, school division boards, and parent councils.
She is passionate about helping others in any way she can, whether it is online safety, mental health, people in developing countries, or people who may be less fortunate and struggling.
For years, she was bullied in school to the point where she wanted to end her life. Today, she works two jobs, is an amputee athlete, and a motivational speaker. One of Manitoba’s most recognized para-athletes, she was ranked #8 of Ace Burpee’s 100 Most Fascinating Manitobans, and was named CTV’s “Sports Star of the Week.” When she sets her mind on a goal, she delivers. With 52 races under her belt and more to go, she believes in giving her best. She believes that you win when you choose to be unstoppable.
As an adult, he has been able to come to terms with his Autism through stand-up comedy. Since then, he has got a Masters in Library Science, made friends, gone on dates and written a book about his experiences on the Autism spectrum called “I’ve got Aspergers, so I’m better than you. Shh… don’t tell mom!” in which he tries to challenge the status quo and how people view Autism. He has also written Fringe shows about his experiences such as “Aspergers: a tale of a social misfit”; and Aspergers: a social misfit at work. Adam wants to educate kids about Autism and give people on the spectrum hope and help other people understand Autism better.
PRESENTATIONS & WORKSHOPS
The HATELESS Experience uses guest and motivational speakers, music, videos, facilitated role playing, individual and group activities, personal stories, slides, multi-media and visuals to deliver the HATELESS message and topics.
Topics can also be delivered from a Biblical perspective for churches or Christian schools.
HATELESS Topics include Bullying Prevention; Diversity; Mental Health; Healthy Body Image; Addictions; Self-Harm Reduction; Healthy Relationships and Family Life Units; Self-Esteem Building; Career Exploration; Anger Management and Conflict Resolution; Stress and Time Management; Money Management.
Workshops for camps or full-day events bring a fuller, richer and deeper experience to your group. Activities include Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT); Drama and Acting; Cooking; Music and Songwriting; Leadership and Team Building.
Contact us for more information.
Alana Johnson Main