Run For, and Learn From, Terry

Posted: 27th September 2017 by kkeerybi in Uncategorized

I just wish people would realize that anything’s possible if you try; dreams are made possible if you try. It took cancer to realize that being self-centered is not the way to live. The answer is to try and help others.
Terry Fox


Every school has traditions and yearly events.  One of my favourites has always been the Terry Fox run, which our school is running tomorrow.  Can I be a little indulgent and tell you why I love it?

We all know that there is so much more than academics and curriculum to teach at school.  Learning how to be kind, to socialize, to earn trust, to gain responsibility, to take risks but be safe, to problem solve and to be creative are just a few.  To teach these lessons, great educators use a wide variety of resources, including other students, staff, volunteers and visitors, and the messages from role models from outside our school sphere.

Terry Fox is one of those role models who articulates so well what it means to dream big, to stretch yourself beyond comprehension, to try, and to succeed (even in failure).  There are so many messages here that resonate with our students whether they are 5 or 18 or beyond.

When I was a high school student, I was prodded into applying for the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award by a kindly guidance counsellor.  Beyond my wildest dreams, I was chosen as one of the national winners.  Crazy, right?  I already felt unworthy, and then I started going to the conferences for the award winners and members of Terry’s family.  As much as I valued the scholarship that paid for my degrees, I valued all I learned at those conferences even more.  To be surrounded by people who embodied endurance, care, challenge, kindness, community/global mindedness, and positivity was so humbling.  I have tried so hard to live up to the high standard that Terry Fox and all of those award winners exemplified.  If you’ve been in a school with me, I hope you’ll know that these are the traits I try – always – to model for students.  I don’t always succeed, but it is always my goal.

Tomorrow I am not in the school when the students will run for Terry Fox.  I’m so disappointed that I won’t be there – it is like missing Christmas morning – but I can’t wait to share with them in the morning message a little of what I have learned from a life lived with Terry Fox as a role model.

Academic learning is important, but life holds far more (and more complex) learning outside of curriculum.  I am thankful that I get to help educate students about these valuable lessons.

So, we’ll run for Terry, learn from Terry, and grow better human beings in our schools.  Thanks Terry.

  1. adunsige says:

    Just beautiful … and such an important message for all of us! Thanks for sharing this, and for sharing your story. I remember your post from last year, and thought of it when we had our run for Terry Fox. Kristi, you definitely do embody these characteristics and are a role model too: you’re one of my biggest inspirations!


  2. kkeerybi says:

    Thanks Aviva! If anyone is interested in reading more about my personal story, you can find it here: