Date(s) - March 6, 2020
7:15 am - 9:00 am
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
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The 54th Annual British Columbia Leadership Prayer Breakfast
Every spring the BC Leadership Prayer Breakfast attracts people from all walks of life, and together we offer support and prayer for those who serve in elected positions in our community at municipal, provincial, federal and international levels.
This year, we are very honoured to have as our guest speaker Jim Crescenzo, award-winning teacher, filmmaker, and social advocate.
Over the span of his 37 year career in education, Jim Crescenzo has provided many avenues for troubled youth to find their strengths, be it through Dream Big Productions, founded in 1997, his very successful Film and Theatre programs which are recognized among the finest in the country, or the East End Boys Club, with its proven record of keeping marginalized youth in school. Under Jim’s guidance, student films and theatre productions have garnered over 700 regional, national, and international awards. The East End Boys Club evolved from Jim’s passion to tackle one of contemporary Canada’s most misunderstood, mismanaged, and underfunded social issues: mentor-less and misguided young men.
Most teachers welcome retirement after decades of service, but in Jim’s case he moved seamlessly into the role of Founder and Director of the East End Boys Club, fueling that unstoppable, neverending force of helping to level the playing field for those less fortunate. Jim continues to deliver quality programs in theatre and film, fitness and nutrition, dance, indigenous culture, mentorship, educational and counselling support, job-entry, and scholarship opportunities under one common umbrella. Jim was able to assemble an impressive and highly professional group of people who work with youth in various capacities to build skill sets that will give them a better future. The extended community has recognized Jim’s work and listed below are a few of the accolades his efforts have garnered.
2017 Motion Picture Production Industry Association Community Builder Award
2016 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence
2015 Peace Medallion from the YMCA of Greater Vancouver
2015 Award for Faith and Community, City in Focus
2014 Italian Canadian Man of the Year
2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal
2001 Vancouver School Board Recognition of Outstanding Contribution
Single Ticket $79. Table of ten $790.