Raffi Teaches Respect in New Song “On Hockey Days”
Exciting Face-to-Face Meeting with Children’s Music Icon “Raffi”
As rare and as special as an Elvis sighting, I had the most fortunate experience of meeting Raffi, the Canadian Children’s Singer and Song Writer Icon. He has delighted children with his music for decades. I had the opportunity to visit with him, when he was in Toronto. My first introduction to Raffi’s music was during Teacher’s College, when as part of my unit on the environment and whales, I taught my Grade 2 class the song “Baby Beluga”. Ironically, I still know all of the words to that song!
When speaking with Raffi, I was delighted and fascinated to discover that his mission is focused on the environment and on helping children – just as mine is with my children’s healthy living campaign through kids yoga. Raffi shared with me that he has been working tirelessly on his mission for the past 10 years launching his new “Centre for Child Honouring” organization www.childhonouring.org focused on raising awareness about making the world a better place by honouring children. He has garnered support from many famous people from all walks of life for his initiative, including Justin Trudeau, Ken Dryden and the Dalai Lama.
With his focus on his organization, he has not been doing concerts for his 10 million+ adoring fans. But I have excellent news! With the launch of his new song “On Hockey Days” he said to me that he was considering starting doing live concerts again!
As part of his Child Honouring initiative, he is also bringing awareness to non-violence in sports and has created the song “On Hockey Days“. The song focuses on having fun and being a good team player who respects others.
In meeting face to face with Raffi, it was immediately evident to me what a kind and gentle person he is. He loves hockey and his favourite team is the Canucks. He is very concerned with the violence currently found in children’s sports. And I agree - over the years, a confusing message has been taught to children. Parents teach it is not okay to hit others or bully when in the classroom, playground, change room or locker room, but the moment children are on the ice, the rules seem to change and disrespectful behaviour is not only tolerated but sometimes encouraged and enforced with some parents and coaches yelling and screaming and even with some of the disrespectful behaviour spilling over into the stands between the parents and coaches.
“Check out the song here: http://www.childhonouring.org/onhockeydays.html
The “On Hockey Days” song promotes fairness, fun and respect in play and it is already having a positive effect in hockey rinks. I offered to help Raffi spread this important message about his new song. The song is for sale on iTunes. http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/on-hockey-days-single/id511517179 I have been sharing this song with my family and friends and have posted it up on my Social Media platforms. I would encourage you to help Raffi and his goal to raise awareness about his song so that all hockey rinks across the nation are safe and fun places for children to learn and grow.
I also had an opportunity to share my mission with him and to show him all of the “What I See, I Can Be” resources I have created. He liked them so much that he posted about them on his Facebook Page www.facebook.com/Raffi.Cavoukian How cool! I was thrilled to be acknowledged and endorsed by Raffi!
Please check out Raffi’s Child Honouring organization at: www.ChildHonouring.org
And please help spread the news about the new song “On Hockey Days” http://www.childhonouring.org/onhockeydays.html
On Hockey Days is available on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/on-hockey-days-single/id511517179
Find Raffi on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/#!/Raffi.Cavoukian
Find Raffi on Twitter at: @Raffi_RC
“What a beautiful memory! I saw Raffi play many times at music festivals all around Ontario over the years. I always made a point to see him perform as I so enjoyed also watching the kids, who were full of joy, dance as he played his infectious songs. Children and adults alike really enjoy his music!”
- Aii Hayatirahayu
Thank you for sharing your memory. You are correct – Raffi’s music is for everyone to enjoy!
– Janet Williams, author of the book What I See, I Can Be
Janet Williams, B.Ed, RCYT is a certified Primary/Junior Teacher, Yoga Instructor and Author of the Award-winning book “What I See, I Can Be: A Guided Yoga Flow for Children”. Concerned about the childhood obesity issue and high anxiety kids face, Janet created easy to use Kids Yoga Resources so that Parents and Teachers could get their children active and fit – and calm and relaxed. Janet offers a “95 Hour Kids Yoga Teacher Training Certification” that is recognized by Yoga Alliance and is excellent for parents, teachers, daycare providers, youth leaders and health care professionals.
To learn more: www.ChildrensYogaBooks.com