I haven’t been paying much attention to Facebook lately as I’ve been busy working and such. But today I saw this picture posted on one of my NOLA student’s pages…
It’s hard to see but it is an advertisement for TEDxRyersonU and says, “Shantae Johns. Toronto 2 Nola: Making a difference in Louisiana”.
Turns out Shantae spoke this morning at the TEDxRyersonU event about her experiences on her trip. Hopefully a video of the speech will be available soon and I will post it.
My favourite memory of Shantae on our trip was the day that she was late getting to the van one morning. I was frustrated because we had warned students that vans were leaving at a certain time and many kept missing. She wasn’t the only one late, her work site was only a few blocks from where we were staying and I left. On the way back to Camp Hope (where we were staying) I drove by her. She was bouncing along; waving and smiling at everyone she passed (including me). Not far behind was another student who had been left who was stomping unhappily along.