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Central Etobicoke High School Welcomes The Maestro

Central Etobicoke High School Welcomes The Maestro

Monday, March 20, 2017
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

To celebrate achievement, success, equity and building character, Central Etobicoke High School (CEHS) was honoured to host Wes Williams, AKA “Maestro Fresh Wes,” on February 27.

The Maestro spent the afternoon speaking and rapping with the students at CEHS, imparting the ideals of perseverance in the face of great challenges, sticking to your vision and believing in yourself.  CEHS has a wide range of cultural diversity, learning exceptionalities and styles which Wes catered to when speaking and performing his hit song, “Let Your Backbone Slide.”  He emphasized that, “as long as you have a high expectation of yourself, don’t let anybody stop you.”  This message strongly resonated with the students.

The Juno award-winning musical artist, producer, author, actor, coach and motivational speaker known as the “Godfather of Canadian Rap” understands the challenges that students in Toronto may face.  Born in 1968 to Guyanese immigrants, Williams grew up living with his family in an apartment in North York and encountered racism and cultural isolation. 

Principal Lucie Kletke said that it was an honour to welcome a prominent Afro-Canadian TDSB alumni who overcame obstacles to achieve success and now gives back to the city’s young people, especially those who are vulnerable. She was pleased that Williams’ message aligns with her staffs’ vision for the school. “We focus on high expectations for all of our exceptional students so that they endeavour to always achieve their best,” said Kletke.  “The enhancement of character education is crucial to their learning goals at CEHS and beyond and will help them overcome difficulties.”

The students bonded with the Maestro as he finished the session by stating:  “Don’t ever let people tell you that you can’t accomplish what you want to accomplish in life.  A big part of being successful is not being afraid to fail.  I fell down so many times, but I always got back up.”

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