Astronaut Jeremy Hansen gets JJ Curling reaching high

June 10, 2014


There’s motivational speaking, and then there’s motivational speaking… from an astronaut. 


Last Tuesday the students of JJ Curling Elementary were treated to a Motivational talk and Q&A from the Canadian Space Agency‘s Jeremy R. Hansen. The moral of the talk was simple, but the presentation was simply out of this world – if you’ll excuse the pun. Major Hansen spoke about believing in one’s self, working hard, and reaching life goals as a result of this perseverance. He also spoke about the importance of moral fibre, and being a team player — working well with others comes with confidence, and can achieve great things.


These are important messages for children, and Major Hansen was able to drive the point home with fantastic images of real-life achievements from modern-day scientific pioneers like Commander Chris Hadfield (who many of these children met last year, via video conference) as well as Entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, who founded the SpaceX program that has recently launched the Dragon V2 Spaceship. Hansen further elaborated that space travel was entirely possible within the lifetime of these children, so long as they fostered hungry, open, and adventurous outlooks on life… all the while working hard in teams, and believing in themselves!

lat-la-fi-spacex-photo-la0017842953-20140529Elon Musk of SpaceX at a press event.

It was an incredibly positive presentation, and was very cool once again in light of last year’s conference with Commander Hadfield. It’s not often that many schools receive the treats that this school has, twice within the space of a year! With so much positive reinforcement, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some truly extraordinary things coming from the youth of our community within the next few years. With that in mind, be sure to look at the many wonderful things our youngsters are up to now, and be sure to give them a pat on the back! This sort of encouragement that they receive from such awesome guests will only develop in an open and inviting environment… luckily, they live in Corner Brook.

Many thanks once again to teacher Brian Lowe for inviting me along, and of course to Major Jeremy Hansen for visiting our fine town! We certainly look forward to seeing you fly.


You can follow Jeremy Hansen on Twitter, and check out his official Canadian Space Agency profile.

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