Internal Profiles: BrockU Talks

BrockU Talks is a chance for Brock students to share their experiences and passions in order to motivate and encourage other students.  The event is taking place on Nov. 25 at 5:00 p.m. in Pond Inlet.

Matthew Paladino - co-founder of the Canadian Sport Business Network;

Matthew Paladino – co-founder of the Canadian Sport Business Network;

“We all have been told about the importance of networking – “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” There is significant truth in this statement. The chances of landing your dream job are greatly increased based on who you know. Essentially, your network is your net worth. The real question then is, HOW do you network? Swapping business cards and hitting the “connect” and “add friend” buttons are tiny aspects of network, however it is not the fundamental core. The core of networking can be explained through the famous folklore, The Big Rocks of Life. My presentation, based on my co-authored book, The Networking Game Plan, will dispel common myths of networking while arming you with simple and effective networking strategies that you can apply immediately! Come out on Wednesday, Nov. 25 and find out how a one-gallon mason jar, six large rocks, and a bucket of sand and pebbles have anything to do with HOW to network.”


Jessica Lewis - fifth-year Therapeutic Recreation

Jessica Lewis – fifth-year Therapeutic Recreation

“I was born with a disability known as Diastematomyelia, a congenital disorder that split my spine and left me paralyzed from the waist down. I have never let my disability stop me from doing anything I want in life. I have always been involved with sports and am now an athlete in Wheelchair Track Racing. I have represented Bermuda and competed at a Paralympic Games, 2 ParaPan American Games and 2 World Championships. I am truly passionate about wheelchair track as well as advocating for people with disabilities and advocating about being proud of who you are. My talk on Nov. 25 at BrockU Talks will be about not being afraid to be who you are and to challenge yourself to accept others for who they are. After all, why should you fit in when you were born to stand out?”


Jonah Graham - first-year Tourism Management

Jonah Graham – first-year Tourism Management

“My presentation is called ‘Hairless For a Cure’ and based off my like-named initiative. I’m talking about a campus wide fundraiser that I am organizing to support the Canadian Cancer Society to expand on the concept of Movember. I know many people in my life who have been impacted by Cancer and I know through neighbours, teachers, family, friends, or peers, everyone knows someone who has been affected by this disease. I have seen the sweetest person, I have ever known, affected by cancer and gradually progress through her treatments that could not prevent her passing. I have seen friends lose ligaments and go through chemo with slim chances of ever being 100 per cent clear of the malicious cancer that residence in them. I feel useless throughout the stages of their treatments and when they have passed I always feel like I could have done more. I’m waxing, to know that I’m not idly standing by any longer; I’m making a difference one hair at a time.”


Celyn Talaue - first-year Psychology Co-op

Celyn Talaue – first-year Psychology Co-op

“Have you ever thought to yourself that you need new pants? Maybe some jeans, or a nice pair of joggers? I am Celyn Talaue, and I have a passion for self discovery and how trying on a new pair of pants was the best decision I have ever made. I would say I am a not so average 18 year old girl trying to discover myself while dealing with friends, family, school and a social life. Basically, I sound like a boring Disney channel show, but I promise you it’s more worth while than just three seasons (or at least 15 minutes of your time). Come out on Nov. 25 to discover why I switched from my old yoga pants to comfy boyfriend American Eagle jeans.”


Johnathan Holland - fourth-year Finance

Johnathan Holland – fourth-year Finance

“As an entrepreneur, I am constantly looking at future trends and where the world is headed. I see a massive problem with the direction that young professionals and students are heading vs. the actual jobs available in the future. The internet changed everything and this is only just the beginning of the changes our world is going through – if job seekers aren’t aware of these changes they’re not going to be happy with their future situation. Period.”


Meaghan Walker - fourth-year Child and Youth Studies

Meaghan Walker – fourth-year Child and Youth Studies

“I have worked with individuals with a variety of exceptionalities for the past ten years of my life. I have worked at a camp for young people with physical disabilities for the past four summers leading to numerous experiences that have changed how I see the world with regards to inclusion. It’s because of this experience that I question why society is full of barriers, labels and stigmas surrounding those with exceptionalities. I am extremely passionate about acceptance and accessibility and truly believe that inclusion should not be an option – it should be mandatory.”

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