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December 6, 2016 12:00 AM

MOTIVATIONAL Canadian actor, singer and philanthropist Tom Jackson was in the Border City on Friday for a performance of his fundraising production the Huron Carol. While he was in town he stopped by the Lloydminster Comprehensive High School to give students a motivational speech. JAIME POLMATEER LLS PHOTO

Metaphorically speaking, celebrity captivates kids

Canadian actor, singer and philanthropist Tom Jackson was in town to perform his show, the Huron Carol, on Friday, and while he was in town he dropped by the Lloydminster Comprehensive High School to give a speech to students.
“It’s really interesting when you get in a room of brilliance, the energy that exists in this room today is enough to change the planet,” said Jackson.
“There’s enough force in that room to change the planet; once one realizes the inspiration is in front of you, not behind you, there’s a definite shift in understanding your significance and my significance in this room is very small.”
Jackson added it’s important to share and speak with young people who are still in a stage in their lives where change is much simpler.
It’s also important to make sure the message being delivered is on the high ground, he said, and the people on the receiving the message have an opportunity to take that same high ground in which it’s being delivered.
Speaking in metaphors, Jackson said when one is on the high ground, the world is different from there and it’s important for young people to see a path and realize the fuel to get to the top of that mountain is desire.
“So you need to instill, you need to take the spark and make it a flame, and make the flame a fire, and make the fire an inferno, and make that fury have some life in the minds of those young people that were in that room today; that’s why I talk to young people,” he said.
When asked about his musical, the Huron Carol, and how music can help heal the world, Jackson said music and art are the most influential instruments of change in the history of mankind.
The Huron Carol was designed as a touring performance to raise money for local food banks across Canada, because poverty is a cause Jackson holds near to his heart.
He once was homeless himself and it was the message of the Canadian Christmas carol that changed his life and put him on the path to charity.
“We have an opportunity as artists or as individuals to use God given talents that we have to influence change,” he said.
“And I believe in my world it was one song, which was called the Huron Carol, which became part of my life that created change and ultimately fed millions of people.”
The Huron Carol production has been in action for roughly 28 years and raised more than $200 million in cash and in-kind donations.

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