World-renowned speaker Norbert Georget returned to Fort Frances last Friday to bring a sobering message to students in grade seven to OAC.
“It’s OK not to drink” was the message he stressed throughout his 75-minute presentation, which brought both a few laughs and a few tears from the audience.
The presentation was based on Georget’s experiences both as a motivational speaker and a paramedic in Saskatoon, Sask.
“Almost every day at my job, I would see someone die,” he told the students. “And it was my job to pick them up and put them in the body bag.”
He related stories of young people who got into accidents because of drunk drivers, and tried to impress upon the students that it’s not only the driver who is at risk. He told story after story about innocent people killed by drunk drivers.
But Georget’s strongest message came from the slides he showed of real accidents on a huge screen—and often let the pictures do the talking.
“This is real,” he stressed. “I don’t give you numbers and stats. That’s boring. Instead I want to give you reality. I won’t hide the facts.”
The pictures were often shocking but they seemed to help get his message across.
“I won’t convince all of you,” admitted Georget, who first came here three years ago and has spoken to more than one million students around North America over the decade. “But I have to try.”
“There have been over 70 of my students that I couldn’t convince, and they ended up in a body bag,” he remarked. “Twelve of them were in Ontario, one lived in Dryden.
“But I know that I can convince some of you.”
After the presentation, Georget invited students to ask questions, and also to buy bumper stickers and key chains which displayed his message, “It’s OK not to drink.”
All money raised from the sales go towards the Kids Help Phone.
Georget has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences, including the PRIDE USA World Drug Conference, PRIDE Canada National Conference, and Saskatchewan Safe Grad Conference.
He also has received the Saskatchewan R.G. Olsen Emergency Medical Services Award, the Saskatchewan Safety Council Award, and Certificate of Appreciation from British Columbia’s Counter Attack Program, among countless others.