Since it's inception in 1999, Turtle Concepts has visited hundreds of communities, schools, and organizations with the message "everyone has a right to feel good about themselves". The company was founded as a social enterprise by Dave Jones, an Objibwe Native, from Garden River First Nation near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
Years of observation and experience working with youth as a teacher, combined with witnessing bullying first hand in children of all age groups, compelled Dave to take his passion for teaching, inspiring and motivating from the classroom to a larger audience.
Dave had noticed that many of the people who had '"begun the journey to feeling good about themselves' were getting opposite responses from some of the people in their families, schools, communities, and world at large. Despite being encouraged by people in their circle to succeed, be inspired, be confident, get an education, change your history, move ahead... The majority of people were being challenged when they embraced more positive, healthier choice and lifestyles.
Dave wanted to research and operate a business that would address the behaviours that often lead to low self esteem, low confidence, drop outs, criminal activity, suicidal tendencies, gang behaviours, teenage pregnancy, and, drug & alcohol abuse. He would try to teach to teach skills/ideas that he knew would assist & empower people to continue their journey to wellness.
Turtle Concepts started as a one-man show with Dave at the helm, booking, scheduling, planning, delivering workshops & sessions to communities throughout the James Bay area. Through word-of-mouth his business quickly grew to include communities all over Canada, The US, and Europe. He further reinforced his methodologies by recruiting and hiring past participants to work with him at Turtle Concepts. Using their new-found confidence to help run the business as well as share their stories of learning and inspiration with others.
Today, Turtle Concepts continues to thrive bringing it's upbeat, engaging and fun sessions to communities around the world. Teaching people of all ages the value of love, respect, bravery, honesty, humility, truth, wisdom, and most of all confidence.