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Meet our #CutTheBull ambassadors

Meet our #CutTheBull ambassadors

Book a #CutTheBull student or parent assembly at your school

Nia, Jeffrey and Saoud, all patients at the Canada Shriners Hospital, faced years of bullying because of their disabilities. Now, they are speaking out about it. All three are touring schools in Canada this year, sharing their stories and encouraging people to #CutTheBull. The presentation also includes advice, based on the latest research, on how to deal with bullying, whether from the position of the person being bullied, the bystander or the bully.

Paige, Kaden, Zachary, Sarahi, Harli and Zachary are patients from the Galveston and Houston Shriners Hospitals. Their stories, along with insightful education on bullying and how to stop it are covered in this impactful presentation, which also includes important information on cyberbullying and Texas’ newly passed David’s Law. The Texas program is currently offered to schools in the state of Texas.

Book a #CutTheBull program for your school or organization today by clicking the appropriate location button below.

Paige

Paige, a Steven Johnsons syndrome survivor and patient of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston, is not only an advocate for anti-bullying, but has also done a great deal to help educate others and raise awareness about Steven Johnsons syndrome in her own community.

Paige openly shares her experience and insight with bullying and cyberbullying. At just 14 years of age, Paige is wise beyond her years. As she says, “If you don’t know my middle name, you don’t know me,” when referring to dealing with negative comments from someone online.

Along with her fellow Texan #CutTheBull ambassadors, Paige will truly inspire your students to look beyond what they see. By sharing their stories and incredible journeys of overcoming life-changing tragedies and lifelong physical obstacles, our ambassadors will help them #SeeTheAbility in everyone.

Jeffrey

Nineteen-year-old Jeffrey Beausoleil was born without a right hand or right foot. He has been a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Canada since the age of 5 months.

Jeffrey became a #CutTheBull ambassador in 2016. Since that time, through spring 2018, he has done 42 presentations in 38 schools, reaching over 6,000 students in Quebec and Ontario! In 2018, the Quebec government named him a finalist for their provincial anti-bullying prize.

Jeffrey talks to students about life with one arm and one leg very candidly. He talks about his passions and hobbies, which include doing Spartan Races to benefit the Canada Shriners Hospital. He also talks about the seven years of bullying he faced, which included getting beaten-up by a group of 12 boys in grade 7.

The public's reaction to Jeffrey and his presentation has been overwhelming. He is truly an inspiration to us and to the thousands of people who have or will hear him speak.

Kaden

For Kaden, it was friends and family that pulled him through his recovery from a terrible accident where he sustained life-threatening burns. Being the social kid he’s always been and having many friends in school and sports, Kaden found himself surrounded by the love and support of his entire community when he returned home from his stay at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston.

This incredible young man, who always stood up for kids being picked-on before his accident, came to know the true meaning of friendship and how important it is to be accepted no matter what,  first hand. That is why Kaden has joined us in telling his story as a #CutTheBull ambassador. To hear Kaden and other patients from the Galveston and Houston Shriners Hospitals, book your #CutTheBull assembly today!

Nia

Nia, 13, endured four years of bullying in elementary school. She was born hemiplegic – total or partial paralysis of one side of the body. Nia is paralyzed on the right side of her body. She has been a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Canada since she was about a year old, soon after being adopted from China and arriving in Canada.

Nia now walks, rides a bike, horseback rides, does gymnastics, speaks perfectly and sings, thanks to her hard work and determination, and the team at the Canada Shriners Hospital. However, while she was working to achieve all these goals, she was being bullied at school. From grades one through three, Nia didn’t share with anyone that she was being bullied – and suffered quietly. She finally told her parents who took action. Unfortunately, the bullying only stopped when she changed schools in grade six.

Nia connects superbly with elementary school children, as she is of similar age. Her story of perseverance is inspirational. Nia admits to kids that she should have spoken out about the bullying much earlier, in hopes that her experience will help others.

Saoud

Immigrating to a new country at 10 years of age was challenging enough for Saoud, but he also had to deal with being bullied due to a congenital defect, spina bifida.

Saoud, 16, was born in Morocco and became a Shriners Hospitals for Children — Canada patient when the family moved to Canada in 2012.

That year, in grade six, boys used to bully him about his physical limitations. After several weeks, Saoud talked to his parents and his teacher, who immediately put a stop to it. Saoud was lucky that it stopped so quickly. But until he spoke about the bullying, he was miserable.

Saoud’s story gives people insight as to how it feels to be psychologically bullied and proves how effective it can be to tell an adult. He has inspired thousands of students so far and looks forward to sharing his story with more Canadians.

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