Thursday 27 March 2014

Stephanie Mitelman pitches her Senseez pillows on the Dragon's Den

For those who watch the show Dragon's Den on CBC, you never know just how these men and women will react to a new business proposition. I often squirm on the couch when they rip someone to shreds  on national television.

I am cheering for Côte Saint-Luc's  Stephanie Mitelman, whom I have gotten to know over the years  via my school board job and her role as a sex educator. These days, though, she is focusing her attention on Senseez Pillows. She  has been selected to present her business idea as part of the online content for CBC’s Dragons Den, airing Friday, March 28, 2014 at
Stephanie is a mom. She created the Senseez Pillows for her son. The name Senseez means to ease the senses.  

Senseez pillows are colorful, lightweight, fun shaped vinyl pillows that offer a gentle vibration when they are squeezed or sat on. They operate on batteries and offer sensations to relax, calm and soothe the body. They are small enough to take anywhere and are made just for little bums!

Kids that have trouble sitting for meals, storytime, car rides, shopping trips, movies, or anything else can be comforted by the vibrations of Senseez.

On April 6,  2013, Stephanie pitched for the investors on the hit television show Dragon’s Den. Her session never made it to TV, but will appear as part of the online edition. So log on.

Wednesday 26 March 2014

The Harlem Globetrotters and their effective anti-bullying program

As a child, year after year, my dad would bring my brother, sister and I to the old Montreal Forum to see the world famous Harlem Globetrotters in action. I have fond memories of the likes of Meadowlark Lemon and Curly Neal charming the loud capacity crowds with their hysterical anctics and absolutely flawless basketball skills.

Buckets Blakes shows me some moves.

With this in mind it was really nice to see how the 2014 edition of the Globetrotters are reaching out to youngsters with a very effective anti-bullying program. When I was contacted by Caroline Audet from Evenko and asked if I could arrange for Anthony "Buckets" Blakes to stop by two elementary schools. I chose Edinburgh in Montreal West and Westmount Park.

Blakes is a true entertainer and a fabulous public speaker. He had the kids and adults at both schools eating out of his hands.

Blakes presented  “The ABCs of Bullying Prevention,” which targets six to 12 year-olds.    The Globetrotters, who will play here at the Bell Centre on April 4, designed the program in coordination with the National Campaign to Stop Violence (NCSV). It focuses on Action, Bravery, and Compassion, comprising the ABCs.  Blakes asked the kids their definition of each word in the ABCs and expanded on the answers. For example: “COMPASSION means caring about others and your community. You can stop bullying by being a friend and staying involved in positive activities that show that you care about other people. When a child fell ill at one of the school’s and had to leave the gym, Blakes told the students how this was a perfect example of where compassion is needed. For the finale, Blakes chose a few kids and staff to join him up front to teach them some special Globetrotter ball handling moves to the tune of the team’s “Sweet Georgia Brown” theme music   
The Globetrotters will bring “The ABCs of Bullying Prevention” to nearly 400 schools and youth centers as part of their 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour, celebrating the team’s 88th consecutive year.