The Saidat Show Blog features content for teachers, coaches, parents or anyone who works with children. Highlighting advice on how to approach children with messages of compassion, empathy, and understanding, Saidat is tapping into her 14+ years as children’s entertainer and motivational speaker to share with you some of the most successful ways she’s found to reach children and young people.
Now that I’m over the shock of sending both of my kids to high school on Tuesday I’m finally stable enough to write my blog.
Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, a principal or a vice principal, a classroom volunteer or a member of the PTA, a bus driver or a school secretary, a custodian or a student I want you to remember YOU ARE AMAZING!! By starting off the school year with a Growth Mindset you are sure to have a successful 2016-2017 school year.
To learn more about how you can bring Saidat’s Growth Mindset message to your school email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit saidat.ca for more information.
Mental Health is at the forefront of our conversations lately and it’s about time. It’s so important that we are talking about it as a community. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, all Canadians are affected by mental health at some time through a family member, friend or colleague and 20% of Canadians will experience some form of mental health issue in their own lifetime.
Although I am not aware of any mental illness in myself I definitely had a season in my life where my mental health was failing and I was desperately crying out for someone to hear me, to help me and to heal me in some way. Let me share a part of my story with you in hopes that it will help you understand that we all need to be aware of our mental well-being.
Most people know the side of me that is always smiling, always cheerful: The happy and hyper side of my personality. That is the side that I want everyone to remember me by. This side always looks at the bright side of things, loves every waking moment with children, can take on multiple projects at once and still enjoy the process. It’s the side of me that seems to have it all together. In actuality, I think everyone in the world would like to be seen as flawless.
But as we know, perfection is an illusion; a fiction; a fairy tale. As every fairy tale has a wicked witch or a big, bad wolf, we know that there will be a time or times in our lives when the dark side will rear its ugly head and at the most inconvenient times.
Up until a year ago, I thought that I was a pretty positive person. I believed that with faith and hard work I would see my dream materialize. This was the foundation that I stood on and the platform I used to motivate young people to believe in as well. But 2015 hit me like a ton of bricks and I began to feel like I was losing everything I had worked so hard for.
You see, in the summer of 2012, I decided to “go big or go home” with The Saidat Show. My desire and lifelong goal has always been to have a children’s program that would reach the masses and to one day have a national TV talk show for children. This has been my goal since high school. With what I felt were means to fund an amazing entrepreneurship, I invested a substantial amount into my blooming business and passion. Although my heart was in the right place, I used only my heart not my head, or wise council, and I threw all of my assets into my business. I mean all of it!
I actively pursued everything I thought would get me the exposure I needed to make my dream a reality. I invested time, energy and money in anything I believed would get me to the place I wanted to be – multiple music videos for kids; teaching videos for teachers to use in the classroom; I funded a short film about bullying; I wrote and published a children’s book; we invested in new props, backdrops, sound equipment…you name it, we had it.
All great ideas, each and every on but, regrettably, none of this brought prospects of bigger opportunities at that time.
By 2013 I was beginning to see that the funds were disappearing but there was no true sign of success. Now, we had many times when it looked like it. We say, “This is it – the big break”. There was a possibility of a tour in the United States, a possible record label signing, a possibility to be featured on a popular talk show, so many possibilities but nothing solid. I threw more funds into the possibilities but by the end of 2014, I knew that I was in trouble.
So my idea was to take on another job with direct sells. It is an amazing company and I tried my best to make it work. I thought that this second income would help me run my current children’s business as well as give me revenue that would sustain my family so that I would not have to depend directly on the success of being a children’s entertainer. But trying to run two businesses and make them both successful was not feasible at that time. In the end, I decided to give up the direct sales. I still love the business and the product but it didn’t go as planned and I was falling even deeper into debt.
2015 became what I like to call “survival year”! Finally, the investment in 2012 and the hard work since 2004 were starting to show signs of success. But I wasn’t enjoying it. I had invested so much time, energy – mentally and physically, and finances into the business that I was not celebrating the developing results. I was only focused on all of my failures throughout the years.
Most people didn’t know the struggles I faced. I still loved my job! I was still making motivational videos for the world to hear. I was still smiling, dancing and singing my way into the hearts of thousands of children in 3 Provinces with our school tour. The Saidat Show was bigger and better than ever, but something inside me was dying.
Kristina, my fiancée and business partner, asked me about my well-being on a daily basis. Statements like, “You ok? Something is wrong. I can feel it. What can I do to help?” My new assistants who were traveling the nation with me experienced many days of me crying for unknown reasons between shows, being extremely stressed and the Saidat everyone was familiar with – the happy and hyper Saidat – was only visible during the “show”.
I was showing signs of depression. Time and again the people closest to me would tell me that everything would be ok. I was telling these amazing young people throughout my tour the same thing, but in my mind, I felt the darkness and I could not get away from it. I knew that the source of my sadness was partially from exhaustion, and constantly reviewing all my mistakes in my mind while trying to “survive” the mistakes. I would try to cheer myself up by reading stories of now successful business people who persevered despite making big mistakes, but that heaviness stayed with me for a long time.
I read stories about Darren Hardy, Lisa Nichols, Joel Osteen, Oprah Winfrey…anyone who managed to overcome obstacles on their journey to success.
You see, by the 2015/16 school year I was living my dream. I was now working every school day (what I had dreamed of). I was recognized as an amazing children’s entertainer and acknowledged by many great people. I also had that television talk show. The only thing missing was my happiness in it all.
Now I had been talking to students the entire 2015-16 year about having a ‘growth
mindset’. I was teaching them that failure is part of life and that you keep going even when it feels like you need help. I told them to always ask for help but was I living what I was teaching? I needed help but felt that no one would understand what I was going through. Boy, did I have to learn a lesson in practice what you preach.
There was a deep sadness inside me that would not go away. I tried getting away from it by eating as much food as possible, 20 pounds later I realized that wasn’t working. I tried working harder but the darkness would not go away. It was only when I decided to take my own advice and ASK for help that I began to feel better. I also had to allow others to ask for help for me. By following what I was teaching I was able to foresee the passing of my season of darkness.
The 2016/17 school year is now off to a fresh start. Because I was willing to reach out and ask for help; because I was blessed by a network of amazing supporters; because someone at a great bank helped me get my business sense and (cents) together I can go forward and bring an even stronger message to young people because I have had the experience of living in that dark place for a season.
Here are some of the many things I have learned:
1.Listen! Listen to yourself!! Be aware of how your feeling! Just like when we know if we are hungry or full, we can also sense when something isn’t right inside us. Pay attention to your feelings, your mood or any changes in attitude about life. Don’t just shrug it off. Start early by journaling how you are feeling or talk to someone you trust and ask them to let you know if they have seen any changes in you.
2.Ask! I know that this phrase is redundant but DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP. You never really know who wants to help you and you will never find what will help if you don’t ask. Ask a friend, a doctor, a parent…anyone who can lead you to the answers you need.
Try saying positive things to yourself.
Try getting outside and going for a walk.
Try listening to your favorite music.
Try learning something new.
I say TRY because if you try these things and you are still feeling down and the feeling is not going away you need to go back to step 2: ASK for help.
4.It’s OK not to be OK!
I saw this in a newspaper once and it really stuck with me. Sometimes we don’t allow ourselves to have a season of “not OK” We can even let the people close to us know that although we don’t know what is wrong we are working through it. Let them know that you appreciate their patience and will let them know if they can help.
5.Make Mental Health Your Priority
Being successful in life and business is not as important as having your sanity and happiness. You are valuable. You are loved by someone. And you make a difference in the world every day, but you can make a bigger difference when you can be your best YOU!
What do you call it when you combine 31 athletes skilled with an axe and a saw, an annual city festival and a supportive community together? We call it STIHL Timbersports! This year the city of London hosted The STIHL Timbersports Canadian Championship 2016 during the city’s annual Ribfest. Add one children’s entertainer to this adrenaline-packed event and what do you get? A very diverse opportunity to learn and grow!
And that’s what I did this past weekend. Learned all about an amazing sport I only vaguely knew existed; met a group of dedicated athletes and their supporters, and grew in my understanding of commitment and determination.
This year’s STIHL’s Timbersports Canadian Championship was a very exciting one, showcasing many “firsts” for the sport. The first woman to host the STIHL Timbersports competition, TV personality Sabrina Pierson; the first time the event has been hosted at Ribfest in London, Ontario; and the first Timbersports event to have a children’s entertainer/hip hop performer co-host.
Me with Sabrina.
So much energy!
What a great team.
Now, if you had asked me to describe a STIHL Timbersports event prior to this, I would have looked at you with confusion on my face and asked the next question; What is Timbersports?
The STIHL Timbersports Series is a series of woodsman/woman or wood chopping competitions where the athletes compete in the use of axes and saws in manners typical for lumberjacks. It was founded in 1985 and currently includes six different disciplines, with both professional and collegiate divisions. (Please see STIHL Timbersports About page for a brief history of Timbersports.)
This multi-disciplined sport requires each competitor to go all out to prove his or her athletic ability in every way. Timbersports consists of 6 disciplines that take many years to master.
The Standing Block Chop which simulates the felling of a tree.
The Stock Saw which involves first warming the saw then, on a signal, the competitor picks up the saw, cuts into the wood and makes 2 discs or “Cookies” of a particular thickness.
The Underhand Chop involves having the competitor stand on a horizontal block of wood, hacking away at the block until it is separated in the middle.
The Single Buck, better known as the “Misery Whip” requires the competitor to make one cut with a crosscut saw. This is a timed event and ends when the block is severed.
The Springboard, one of the most intense events in my mind, calls for the athletes to use precision and accuracy. First, each competitor chops a “V” into the tree trunk and then inserts the springboard into the “V”. He or she jumps onto the springboard and proceeds to chop through a block of wood which is 9ft from the ground.
The Hot Saw entails the use of extremely powerful chainsaws to cut through an 18″ diameter trunk as fast they can.
About a month ago I received a call from Shawna Kwan, owner of Elan Dance Arts in London to let me know that she had referred me to a promoter of an event called STIHL Timbersports. Shawna always takes the time to highlight the talents of others. She has been instrumental in getting me being involved in the community and community events and I appreciate that about her.
This conversation was followed by a phone call from the executive producer of STIHL Timbersports Canada himself, Gerry Rozo. As much as I was honoured to be asked to be part of such a great event, I found myself doubting my ability to perform to the caliber of the competition.
I had never heard of Timbersports and all I could think was, “What can I contribute to the event not knowing the lingo?”. Those thoughts were quickly weakened by the encouragement of Gerry, Gail Kenworthy, Kerry Elliot and Sabrina Pierson. They believed they had chosen the right person to get the crowd excited about STIHL Timbersports at Ribfest. And because of their belief in me, I rose to the challenge.
Sabrina, the official host for the competition, went the extra mile and met with me to go over the ins and outs of the championship. By helping me achieve my goals Sabrina was also fulfilling a dream of her own – to become the first woman to host the STIHL Timbersports Canadian Championship. To have such a heavy responsibility on her shoulders and take the time to help someone else was absolutely inspiring!
I devoted many hours to studying the sport hoping to find the best way to co-host the event and highlight the amazing athletes. During this time I became inspired by the hard work and determination of the entire organization. STIHL Timbersports has built a team filled with people who train to be their best while at the same time bringing the community together and promoting other companies which are also doing great things in their communities.
So many people.
So many new friends.
Such a good time!
The Women’s Pro Division, only in its 3rd year of Championship Competition in Canada, is shedding light on the women of Timbersports in Canada and they are inspiring to watch. During the Women’s Pro Division Championship 15-year-old Allison Briscoe showed great confidence and exhibited wisdom beyond her years. I watched as Anita Jezowski, Jessie Swinamer and Stephanie Naud remained focused and determined during their respective competitions. Each woman’s efforts gave testament to their years of training and the time and energy they have given to master their craft.
Me with 2015 Canadian Champion, Janet Walker.
Even during the Championship ceremony, Caitlin Carroll, STIHL Timbrsports Canadian Champion in the Women’s Pro Division shared the first place podium with her friend and colleague, Janet Walker, the 2015 Canadian Champion. It was a tough loss for the former Champion, but you would never know it by the joy she expressed over the new champion and her work ethic the next day helping her friends in the Men’s Pro Division.
Stephanie Naud 3rd place Catlin Carroll and Janet Walker share the 1st place podium at the STIHL Timbersports Canadian Championship in the Women’s Division.
The 7 competitors in the Rookie Division never seemed to show that they were new to the Competition, as their strength and attitude in every event was top notch! George Williams from Fredericton, NB chopped and saw his way to the STIHL Timbersports Rookie Championship title. The 22-year-old gave it his all and it paid off.
George Williams the 2016 STIHL Timbersports Canadian Rookie Champion.
The last 3 days of the competition were dedicated to the Men’s Pro Division – 19 athletes from across Canada, spent many hours giving the crowds in London something to talk about. The driving blows of the axe, the precise technique and the control required for each discipline, and concentration required for the saw, made for one intense, adrenalin-filled competition.
Men who have been involved in Timbersports for many years competed side-by-side with the new blood – giving them something to work for. Wayne Paulsen, Rod Cumberland, Donald Lambert, Gaston Duperre and Karl Bischoff were also very patient with me as I interviewed them after each event. I was not quite sure which were the “right” questions to ask, having no previous experience with Timbersports, but these were true gentlemen who were both patient and kind as I learned the ropes. Each took the time, despite their fatigue, to explain in detail what happened during their “heat”, what worked for them and what didn’t work in their favour during the competition.
Nathan Cumberland, the 2015 Rookie World Champion and his brother Ben Cumberland, the 2016 Rookie World Champion not only displayed their extreme gift for the sport but their strong faith in God. Nathan in particular always gave credit to both his father, Rod Cumberland, for the years of training as well as his “Heavenly father” for giving him the strength to “finish strong”.
Scott Read, a coach as well as a competitor, always had an attitude of optimism and continued to encourage others throughout the competition. Read was gracious enough to allow me to tape a video (check out my Instagram!) offering some inspiring advice for the students I work with.
Geoff Larkin, Burlin Nickerson, Nick Hall and Trevor Schofield were always ready to give their all in every discipline despite the heat and sometimes rain during such intense competition. When asked what it takes to do well in every event Nick Russell said that he believes that it takes focus and that he will visualize what he is going to do before executing the move.
Every athlete had amazing insight as to what helps them achieve their goals. Ryan McIntyre offered a refreshing reminder to be grateful to the people who helped you get to where you are. He also said that when he’s competing it’s a race against the clock and that he likes to look at it as he is competing with himself; always try to do better than his last heat.
The London crowd was very excited about new STIHL Timbersports competitor local man,
Clarke Ellah. Fans would gather closer to the stage after every event to get a “Cookie” from the Single Buck, Hot Saw, and Stock Saw events. After intense battles with the wood firefighter, Marcel Dupuis who was the 2015 Canadian Champion, Cecil Starr the 2014 Silver Medalist in the World Championship and Mitch Hewitt, four-time Canadian Champion, would sign the cookies and give them to adoring fans.
In the end, it was Stirling “The Ginga Ninja” Hart of Vancouver, BC who would win the Canadian Championship. Not only is Hart an amazing competitor, he always had time to talk, laugh and joke around throughout the weekend. Even when the STIHL Timbersport Championship ceremony was rained out, he was not put out when we all poured champagne over his head in a small tent with his colleges surrounding him. To him, it was just the honour of being able to hold the Peter Colliver Memorial Trophy and represent it well!
Peter Colliver Memorial Trophy
Stirling “The Ginga Ninja, 2016 Canadian Timbersports Champion” Hart,
This sport no doubt takes mental focus, strength and perfect handling of your gear. I watched one athlete after another take the stage with confidence and determination. With every swing of the axe, you could imagine the hours of training, the preparation and the sacrifices that were made in order to get to the Championship. Hart, and his fellow competitors would have spent hours fundraising and talking with people who may or may not fully understand the risks, the dedication or the skill it takes to be a competitor of this caliber.
Every athlete I had the opportunity to speak with gave me more reason to take my job more seriously. To do what it takes to put in the time and technique required to be my very best for my audience.
Timbersports is very different from being a children’s entertainer I know, but there are many things, transferable skills, that I learned this past weekend – skills and knowledge that I can teach to young people. Things they will be able to be to develop in their own lives whether they are an athlete or not.
1.”Throw your whole body into it!”
There were athletes who arrived for their Canadian Championship the night before their event. They were tired, a bit jet lagged because of time differences traveling across the country, but they did not allow the weariness or busyness of the day to slow down their momentum or distract them from their goals. Many have spent years working on their craft and they did not allow fatigue, heat, or rain, stop them from achieving their goals. I had the honour to witness their hard work and determination pay off.
Sometimes when we are pursuing our dreams we make excuses for why we can’t give it our all…..no time, family trouble, financial hardship, lack of support, etc. I am not saying that these reasons are not legit but if we allow them to be at the forefront of our thinking and overshadow our goals of being our best, we will always find a reason to let that dream go.
2. Stay focused
Know what you want to accomplish and stick to the plan. Athletes in their interviews mentioned that when they were competing they do not look at the other competitor to see how they are doing. They are focused on what they are doing. By keeping their focus on their own challenge instead of worrying about how the competition was doing they weren’t distracted from their goal of winning.
3. Get through the tough stuff
The road is not always easy or what you anticipated. The Timbersports athletes had some tough blocks of wood they were not expecting to have to attack but they kept on chopping. Life can be like that – you can be faced with a situation you weren’t expecting, a lot tougher than what you’re used to when that happens, follow the example of the Timbersports athletes – dig deep and keep chopping.
4. Surround yourself with good people
Iron sharpens iron as these athletes sharpen one another – pushing each other to better themselves every time they compete. When you surround yourself with those who encourage and challenge you you both become sharper.
The Timbersports family is comprised of dedicated individuals and I felt so blessed to have been welcomed into the fold. Thank you to Greg Quigg, President of STIHL Canada, for creating such an amazing event!
The STIHL Timbersports Series and Canadian Championship was surrounded by many friends and supporters. A big shout-out to all these outstanding supporters –
The Big Green Egg really helped get the crowd excited about grilling and having the support
From the photographers, stage crew, the STIHL Timber-Pack dancers, the singer of the national anthem, Shelly Rastin, and the amazing performance by Kelly Channer Band the STIHL Timbersports Canadian Championship of 2016 was a true community effort. This weekend has fortified my belief that it takes more than one person to make a dream materialize.
Timbersports’ talented photographer.
The final 10 in the Men’s Pro Division.
Getting ready for the big event.
St. John’s Ambulance of London.
The STIHL Timbersports Timber Pack from Elan Dance Arts directed by Shawna Kwan.
The judges for the event Roger and Jonathan
What an amazing group of people working together.
Getting it done!
The Timbersports family doing what they do best.
Making it happen.
Taking a well-deserved break.
Let’s do this!
Time for lunch!
Many people make this event a great sport to watch.
Timbersports couldn’t happen without dedicated volunteers.
We are all afraid to say what we feel. The current political climate, the expectation of tolerance and political correctness have most of us, well me anyway, feeling intense emotions but hesitant to share what it’s in my heart.
Current events in our world that deal with terrorism, racism, religion, sexual orientation and the like fill our minds with fear and worry…
If I use that hashtag will I be ridiculed?
If I agree with this person’s point of view as well as empathize with the other side; will I be judged a hypocrite?
One life-changing story in the media can get our emotions reeling like a roller-coaster.
In the past three weeks, I have felt a variety of emotions: anger, deep sadness, revenge, empathy, and ignorance.
There have also been times when I have felt downright pathetic for not truly understanding the meaning and history behind everything that is happening in our world.
Yes, with the recent shootings, violence, and the uprisings there have been many thoughts, emotions, and opinions going through my head. But that’s just it…..it’s MY head! MY emotions! MY opinions and it has NOTHING to do with the situation and does nothing to change it. But change is definitely needed (there’s my opinion again).
Most of us have kept up to date with each unfolding story lately ready to give our opinion on what everyone outside of our world should have done, needs to do and explanations as to why it is happening; but how can we have the right answer if we have not walked in that person’s shoes for that particular situation? If you have not lived in their world and experienced what that person or group of people are facing how can you hope to have the “right answer”?
Maybe this is the season for us to LISTEN! We will never know how to change and make a difference in any situation until we learn to listen. Yes, we are listening to the radio, the TV talk show hosts, the newspapers, city officials and politicians but it is HOW we listen that makes the difference.
Stephen Covey said, “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
I realized my pathetic desire simply to have an opinion when I first read of the sit-in of the Black Lives Matter Movement at the Pride Parade in Toronto on July 3, 2016. I found myself spouting my opinion to anyone who would listen. Did I understand why it happened…in my mind, I thought I did so that makes my opinion of value right? I thought so and I spent many wasteful hours talking about what should have happened and what shouldn’t have happened with everyone involved in it.
Two days later I was spending hours that turned into days reading about the horrible shooting of Alton Sterling, the 37-year-old who was killed by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Once again, my opinion of what needs to happen, and who is responsible, and what the world needs to do, filled my conversations.
Then the tragedy touched closer to home. My hometown, in the very area of St. Paul, Minnesota where I grew up, 32-year-old Philando Castile was killed by officers in full view of his partner and young daughter. Now I can’t sleep because I can only hear the thoughts, opinions, frustrations and fears in my own mind about what is happening in our world. But as we know the tragic news did not stop. The violence now turned to our police officers, and terrorism affecting the rest of the world. July has been a very emotional and life changing month for everyone.
But with all the time spent trying to understand the predicament we find ourselves in as the human race, what did I accomplish? What changes did I bring about in the world? Not much because I did not take the time to listen and study to understand.
So how can I change anything in the world?
I can change ME!
There are 5 ways that I feel I can change the world. I hope that if you listen to these encouraging ideas, take them into your heart and apply them to your life we can see real change for the better. One Person Can Make a Difference. Together We Can Change the World.
1. Send thoughts of love or pray!
Words carry life in them. Positive Thoughts can transcend boundaries, and prayers can be spoken and sent to places we cannot go. Without knowing the situation, we can all ask for guidance for our leaders, strength for the victims and comfort for the people who will have to go through unspeakable hardship.
2. Think outside the box!
Not only does each tragedy affect the lives of the people involved, it has a ripple effect on their families, community, and the world around them.
Is there an organization in the affected area that we could donate to? One that could help bring some relief of some sort to the families?
Is there a way to use our social media to stir up more acts of kindness within the community affected instead of more resentment and anger?
3. Be well informed
Not only by the latest news updates but by knowing the history behind the actions; how has the past affected the present? How did past community leaders deal with situations like these?
Will this study period take up a lot of time? YES! But we are already spending “time” and energy on a most controversial angle or most entertaining one. Why not put that time and energy to better use? Learn the who, the what, they why, the how. After all, this is not a Hollywood Blockbuster we’re watching – this is our reality. This is our world. And it isn’t right.
4. Allow others to have an opinion
This brings us back to that difficult word: LISTEN
Your friends may surprise you by their opinion on a situation, especially if you assume you both see eye to eye on. Try to avoid dropping the friendship just because they don’t agree with you. You have to allow others to grow just as you are growing, and learning what works for you in your world. In the day and age, we live in we don’t have time to waste being upset because someone said something that you think was said incorrectly or that did not speak to the current situation. This is definitely a tough one for me, but as I am learning, and growing I need to give people in my life the freedom to speak their mind without judgment.
5. Treat others the way you want to be treated
In the times we live in we never know when tragedy is going to knock on our door – when our town or home might be headlining the news for tragic reasons. It’s a sobering thought, but one that is a harsh reality.
Ask yourself these questions:
What do I want people to say and do for me and my family if it was my name being read on the news?
How would I want people to respond to me when they don’t know the whole story?
How much space, time, and consideration would I want if the tragedy I was facing made worldwide news?
Asking ourselves these questions, before sharing our thoughts, can mold us into citizens of the world. People who make change happen without creating more pain. Using these strategies I am learning to be a better person every day.
I always say, “Never give up on your dreams”, but like most things in life preaching the philosophy is a lot easier than living it. Some days it is a conscious, moment-by-moment choice I have to make as I pursue my passion. This phrase has become my mantra while I continue working toward my dream of one day having an internationally-recognized children’s entertainment company.
For years I have described my school tour as “a traveling talk show for kids.” It had always been in my mind to host my own TV show (see Building the Dream). Every dream begins with an idea, but in order to come to fruition, that idea also needs to be visible to those who have the ability to help develop it.
London, Ontario is a beautiful community filled with individuals who want to provide dreamers, like me, the opportunities to see their dreams materialize. Rogers TV in London has been such an amazing blessing to me. This community broadcasting network has helped me realize my dream of hosting my own TV show.
In May 2015, Marilyn Buggy, took time out of her hectic schedule to meet with me while I pitched my idea for a children’s show; a show that would help families and young people feel good about who they are and the community they live in. Marilyn, along with the staff at Rogers TV, recognized my pitch for what it was – great community-centred programing. With their support, The Saidat Show aired 4 months later in September 2015.
The Saidat Show is a 22-minute inspirational program geared for young learners. This show has something for everyone! Filled with music videos, fashion and cooking tips and suggestions for school and home life The Saidat Show provides a platform for young world-changers to encourage their peers to get involved; to make a difference in their communities, their country, and the world. The show also features celebrity guests who want to act as role models for and motivate students to be all that they can be. Each episode includes special messages about the importance of mental wellness, balance and being kind to yourself and others.
Here is a sneak peek of the first episode from last fall with fun school tips, fashion ideas and my special guest the amazingly talented Kolton Stewart from YTV’S show Some Assembly Required.