by Dave on March 3, 2014

Have you heard about or been exposed to NekNomination – the online craze in which youth post videos of themselves pounding back alcohol and “nominating” other individuals to follow suit; sometimes including a challenge to do crazy stunt? This sometimes can lead to serious consequences. 

Well there is a positive alternative starting here in Saanich, B.C.


Last week in our local paper the Times Colonist, Jack Knox, my favourite columnist wrote an article featuring the efforts of a secondary school teacher, Nick van Iersel who had an idea: SpecNominations. Instead of drinking, staff and students at Spectrum Secondary School would do good works and nominate others to do the same. How cool is that? 

Here are a couple of examples from Mr. Knox’s article of what the students are doing. After being nominated by Mr. Van Iersel, four students bought a mess of burgers and pizza which they handed out to homeless people downtown. One of those students stood up  at a grad assembly and challenged the whole Grade 12 class – two of the students asked homeless  people what they needed and spent approximately $180.00 of their own money (both have part-time jobs) and purchased rain jackets, shoes, a sweater, a sleeping bag and food.

 youth helping others

This has taken off at Spectrum School and my hope is that with the coverage in Mr Knox’s column (which was featured on the front page of the paper – kudos to the Times Colonist for that) in our community as well.

So I am “NOMINATING” each of you who read this blog to carry out a random act of kindness this week and to “nominate” all your contacts to do the same.  Let’s make someone’s day.



“It is one of the most beautiful compensations in life …..

We can never help another without helping ourselves.”

          Ralph Waldo Emerson

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