A Life Dedicated To Serving Others

Jay Valiquette has dedicated his life to serving others. His altruism was evident from a young age when, in high school, he aided his local homeless population in getting proof of identity in order to receive social welfare. Later, whle in university, Jay worked as a vo l u nt e e r t e ac hing mart ial art s t o disadvantaged children every Monday and Friday for four years as a tool through which to help improve their confidence, cope with daily struggles and stay in school.
Jay has been teaching and mentoring youth for 25 years. His approach to educating young people is holistic in nature and founded on a desire to promote long-term positive life habits through a strong academic foundation and a high level of emotional intelligence.
Jay brings a unique mix of mental and physical strength. What defines him most of all is his integrity and desire to help those around him, especially children.
Jay’s experience as a black belt, a powerlifter and former head of security gives him an advantage in teaching children to become strong and disciplined members of society.
Jay’s drive to inspire the next generation of leaders and changemakers also led to his creating Backpack to Briefcase, a motivational speaking class used to help university students and young professionals to better transition into a professional environment. Jay has re- purposed that class, now titled Youth Success Seminar, to help students from 9-17 years.
In 2010, Jay created the Valiquette Academy, an academic centre providing tutoring, English and French classes, a March break and summer camp. It offers respite, guidance and coaching for academic success. Yet, despite even with the best resources, sometimes students struggle with academics for reasons beyond their control. The Foundation will never turn away a motivated student. Staying true to its mission means helping the whole child regardless of low income or limited means.
Jay’s ultimate goal is to develop the Foundation towards a financially sustainable future so that the community can continue to benefit from the Academy’s unique academic and youth development programmes for many decades to come.