OAKVILLE, February 23, 2016 –   Leo Barbe was a young, up-and-coming professional, until the day he was shot by a youth with a gun and his life changed forever. Following a long, painful recovery, Leo discovered his true passion: helping young people make positive choices.  His organization, Think Don’t Shoot, is an award-winning youth assistance organization inspired by the events that changed Leo’s life.

Leo will be the guest speaker at the Halton Learning Foundation’s (HLF) annual general meeting February 25, where he will address both AGM guests and grade 9 students of TA Blakelock HS in Oakville.

“Halton Learning Foundation provides financial help to students of the Halton District School Board who are facing economic challenges to staying in school,” says Lesley Mansfield, executive director of HLF. “However, we believe Leo’s message resonates with students facing challenges of any kind — be it financial,  physical or emotional. That’s why we wanted to invite students to hear his powerful story.”

“My presentation is dedicated to providing youth with new and exciting ways to positively change their futures,” says Leo. “By understanding the three pillars of Think Don’t Shoot, youth are able to understand what it takes to be strong and independent community leaders.”

Thursday, February 25
1:30-2:30 p.m.:  Leo Barbe presentation
2:30-3:00 p.m.:  HLF annual meeting

TA Blakelock HS, 1160 Rebecca Street, Oakville (gymnasium)

For more information, please contact:

Sherri Armstrong
Communications Manager,
Halton Learning Foundation
armstrongsh@hdsb.ca  *  905-335-3665, ext. 3388

About the Halton Learning Foundation

The Halton Learning Foundation helps support quality education for Halton District School Board students by providing financial help for students in need, post-secondary scholarships, and funds to assist schools that have classroom needs beyond core education funding.