Nelson Mandela | 1918-2013

It was with heavy hearts we learned of the passing of Nelson Mandela on Thursday December 5th, 2013. Some NSB speakers had their own memories and stories to share about the late Mandela below upon his passing. UPDATE Dec 10, 2013: Mandela Memorial – See full transcript of President Barack Obama’s powerful address at the Mandela Memorial.  In South Africa are supportive Canadians inspired by Mandela: Former UN Envoy Stephen Lewis, Free the Children’s Craig Kielburger, and the Rt Hon Michaëlle Jean and Kim Campbell. Free the Children’s Marc Kielburger on Mandela:

Photo credit: V. Tony Hauser

Photo credit: V. Tony Hauser

Stephen Lewis: The Nelson Mandela I knew

From The Star, published December 5th, 2013: “I never really knew Nelson Mandela in his illustrious political role. I had certainly dealt with him on some important children’s issues when I was working with UNICEF, but my knowledge of Madiba, as he was known to everyone, emerged in a much more personal way.”      

From George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight– Nelson Mandela: Lionel Richie, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Idris Elba, Joe Clark Talk About His Impact

  Finally a few favourite Mandela quotes from the NSB Team:

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”