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Rimbey’s Caring Community~ Virtues Project workshop

By Val Hilliker | September 30, 2014

Please consider attending our 2 day Virtues Project workshop with Master Facilitator Donna Wheatcroft. Donna is the Chair of the Virtues Project International Association.

The workshop is on November 16th and 17th at the Rimbey Library from 9 am to 4 pm

Adults 2-day admission 50.00 each, 18 and under free to attend with an adult.

…This conference is open to all who want to create Rimbey’s caring community for businesses, schools, citizens, agencies and especially our youth and children.

The Virtues Project was created in 1988 by three people concerned about the violence by children and against children.

“If you fill a home, a school, or a workplace with words such as lazy, stupid and bad that is the behaviour which follows, but if you use words such as courage, helpfulness, and flexibility, you are empowering those behaviours.” Linda Kavelin Popov, Author and Founder of the Virtues Project.

You will learn
The Five Strategies of the Virtues Project which are:
-Speaking the Language
-Setting Clear Boundaries
-Recognizing Teachable Moments
-Offering Companioning
-Honouring the Spirit
Call Val Hilliker at 403 843 3663 or email her at valhilliker@gmail.com to register for this event.

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Virtious reality newsletter Summer 2014 issue

By Val Hilliker | July 11, 2014

How do I do that…?
This is the question Val Hilliker asked when trying to incorporate The Virtues Project™ (TVP) into her presentations. Val is a ventriloquist comedian. She creates puppets and uses them in her work. She does not move her lips but she speaks loud and clear honouring the spirit of her audiences through her puppets and from her heart. She makes it look easy. How did she do that?
It started in 2007, when she gave a puppet show at a Virtues Conference. Motivated to integrate The Five Strategies™ of TVP into her puppet shows she thought she ‘had it’. She discovered that she didn’t. Val knew she was willing to do whatever it took to ‘get it’. She asked for feedback.
She received that feedback from Linda Kavelin-Popov who provided what Val calls
her “most powerful” teachable moment. Linda said, “Rather than having your puppets say, ‘I need respect’…they should say ‘I deserve respect’”. To this day that advice resonates with Val. It showed her she needed to learn to ‘reframe’ her language. No more negatives to redirect behaviour, no more violence to teach peace - she wanted to use her puppet shows to teach children the meaning of virtues and to honour their spirit. Linda’s words also showed her that she had a lot to learn and with the mentorship of Donna Wheatcroft, a Master Facilitator, she began to work on ‘herself’.
Valerie’s strength virtues of self-discipline and creativity were inspired by the concept of matching a color with a virtue, taken from the book “Orange Socks - How A Yuppie Goes Yogi” by Valerie Simpson. She began to study the meaning of the virtue words and come up with her own colour scheme for each of the virtues that she wanted to promote (for example, green meant peacefulness). During the day if she noticed a green tree she would think “peacefulness” and then ask herself “In what ways have I been peaceful today?” She extended her list of colour associations…orange – courage, purple – kindness, blue- honesty, red – assertiveness and so on, by incorporating the color concept into the design and costuming of her puppets. Soon she became versatile in using the language - her inner transformation was well established.
Strategy #4 – Honour the Spirit
…of every human and make time for reflection, reverence, and beauty.

Val worked part of the year at Calaway Amusement Park with her puppets in hand. Her job description is “to talk to anybody, anywhere”. Always open-minded and looking for new ways to practice The Five Strategies™ Val asked – “Now what can I do?”
Dr. Dan Popov’s feedback provided the answer. He simply said, “Why don’t you recognize the virtues in those you encounter in your job?” And so she did…using her colour coding sometimes, observing behaviour of her audience at all times, and ‘seeing the potential virtue’ in every child and every adult. Parents would seek her out and watch their child in ‘transform’ as Val honoured their spirit by naming the virtues she saw in them.
Val reframed her life and in doing so is honouring and framing others….

…by observing the behaviour of her audience at all times she would ‘see the potential virtue’ in every child and every adult.
To see Val’s work visit her website here. valhilliker.com

Val Hilliker Comedy Ventriloquist
Certified LTTA artist
World Laughter Leader
Virtues Project Master Facilitator
toll free 1 855 482-5542
land 403-843-3663
www.valhilliker.com
val@valhilliker.com
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
” Justice is giving people what they deserve. Mercy is giving them more” The Virtues Project

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The Virtues Project-90 days to change the world!

By Val Hilliker | February 27, 2014

Join Dara Feldman, Chairperson of Virtues Project International Association, author, and IPhone Virtues Reflections Cards App creator in her quest to share The Virtues Project www.virtuesproject.com with 3,000,000 people in 90 days. Dara has committed 50% or more of the profits of this beautiful phone app to support VPIA’s global initiative to inspire the practice of virtues in everyday life around the world.( Virtues Project International Association)

So get your .99 cent for 100 Virtues Reflections Cards Deck today https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/virtues-reflection-cards/id326312834?mt=8 and start your personal journey with Virtues while helping to make the world a better place!

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Ventriloquist Val Hilliker of Alberta uses puppets

By Val Hilliker | February 26, 2014

Ventriloquist Val Hilliker of Alberta uses puppets to give strategies to students on how to be assertive and create a peaceful environment during an entertaining presentation.

Val pulls the pupils in with her puppets
Most of the students in the gymnasium at Eliot River elementary school in?Cornwall seem to hang on every word that appears to come from the mouths of Hilliker’s furry sidekicks.
The long-time ventriloquist can bank on a captivated audience when she performs a show like Monday’s Chillin With Val presentation that targets a young crowd.

“They are just like putty in my hands,” she told The Guardian shortly before putting on her second of two, one-hour morning presentations at the school.
Hilliker, of Alberta, has been doing ventriloquism for 36 years with the past 10 years focusing on what she calls character education shows. Schools, she notes, are the heart of her work.
She draws on an upbeat, interactive presentation to teach students to be assertive and adopt the skills needed to bring their days of being picked on to a close. (Hilliker never uses the word bullying in her presentations to children).
“It’s a very fun way to deliver a very serious message,” said Hilliker.
She grew up being bullied because, she stresses, she allowed the bullying to take place and carry on.
Today, she tells students that they must learn how to stand up for themselves if they want to escape being a constant target.
“Nobody is going to do that for you,” she said.
Hilliker, who quickly sets a tone of love and respect in her shows, offers the following CHILL skills for the students to adopt when facing conflict:
- Chill. Take time to stop and think it through. Count to 10. Breathe deeply and slowly.
- Help. If you are feeling scared or threatened, never stop getting help until someone listens.
- Ignore. You can call on detachment like the puppets, no movement.
- Look up. Be assertive and use eye messages. Without getting mad say, ‘Stop that. I deserve respect.’
- Leave. Just walk away from a bad situation. Leave.
Lisa Cheverie, a counsellor at Eliot River Elementary, says Hilliker’s messages are consistent, appropriate and effective, giving students good strategies to combat bullying.
“I think she delivers a powerful message that young people can not hear enough of,” she said.
Cheverie says Eliot River Elementary School consistently promotes a peaceful environment. Still, she deals with student conflicts daily.
“I just think it’s very challenging to be young,” she said.

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Testimonial

By Val Hilliker | February 20, 2014

I have seen the impact the Virtues Project has made on school climate and believe all schools should promote it. It is a universal way to promote what is good within each and everyone one of us, and it does this by teaching the language and modelling the expectation. Alice Fraser Nova Scotia

Val Hilliker Comedy Ventriloquist
Certified LTTA artist
World Laughter Leader
Virtues Project Master Facilitator
toll free 1 855 482-5542
land 403-843-3663
www.valhilliker.com
val@valhilliker.com
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
” Justice is giving people what they deserve. Mercy is giving them more” The Virtues Project

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Video on companioning

By Val Hilliker | February 12, 2014

Here is an excellent example of companioning, also showing learning can be fun, this is how I roll. be prepared for some laughter.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHbkxnj261o#t=146

Linda Kavelin-Popov and Val Hilliker Comedy Ventriloquist

Val Hilliker Comedy Ventriloquist
Certified LTTA artist
World Laughter Leader
Virtues Project Master Facilitator
toll free 1 855 482-5542
land 403-843-3663
www.valhilliker.com
val@valhilliker.com
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
” Justice is giving people what they deserve. Mercy is giving them more” The Virtues Project

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New testimonial

By Val Hilliker | February 5, 2014

Donna wrote: “This was such a fun 45 minute session at our conference. We had a pile of materials provided by Val, a few instructions and a script, which we just had time to read over a couple of times before presenting. Val has a way, in any age group, of engaging everyone in creativity and fun. She knows how to bring out the best in everyone and in the subject area. I highly recommend her for your next function, anti-bullying show or school “artist in residence.”

Donna Wheatcroft, B. ED, Virtues Project Master Facilitator

The rainbow fish story with freshly made puppets from repurposed materials
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBdZW5VSnZk

 

Val Hilliker Comedy Ventriloquist
Certified LTTA artist
World Laughter Leader
Virtues Project Master Facilitator
toll free 1 855 482-5542
land 403-843-3663
www.valhilliker.com
val@valhilliker.com
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
” Justice is giving people what they deserve. Mercy is giving them more” The Virtues Project

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Muppet type puppet building

By Val Hilliker | January 27, 2014

Here is how our Muppet type puppet building workshop fits into the current Alberta curriculum, by grade levels. http://valhilliker.com
Val Hilliker Comedy Ventriloquist

Kindergarten Math - Patterns are everywhere! Your child will use objects and pictures to describe quantities of things up to 10. They’ll explore creative ways to solve problems involving numbers, patterns and 3-D objects, and they’ll connect numbers to their everyday life.

Kindergarten Creative Expression - Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! Drama, art, music and dance give your child ways to express their ideas and feelings, to bring their imagination to life and to see their creativity in a variety of forms. Your child will respond to objects and art, explore music and dance, and develop confidence through drama.

Grade 1 Mathematics - I can count and work with patterns, shapes and objects! Your child will explore their surroundings to find geometric shapes. Your child will connect numbers to their everyday life and will explore ways to solve problems involving numbers, patterns and measurement.

Grade 2 Art - Look what I made! In Grade 2, your child will create visual art by using a variety of media and techniques and communicating with visual symbols. Through the four major components of the art program-reflection, depiction, composition and expression-they will explore form and function and develop decorative styles.

Mathematics - I can use mathematics to solve problems. Your child will learn that mathematics can be expressed through graphs and charts. They will connect numbers to their everyday life and explore ways to solve problems using numbers, patterns, measurement and data collection.

Grade 3 Art - I can make it look even better! Your Grade 3 child will focus on improving the things they make and on making their art look more realistic. They will look closely at the qualities of objects to make their work as good as possible. Your child will also use art to express feelings and ideas.

Grade 4 Art- Doesn’t it look real? In Grade 4 Art, your child will develop more realistic treatments and refine forms. They will think about the visual qualities of objects, distinguish natural objects and improve their work as much as possible. Your child will also use art to express their feelings and ideas.

Grade 5 Art- What is “good” design? In Grade 5 Art, your child will examine the individual character of objects and forms and begin to judge whether designed objects meet certain standards. They will play with shapes, changing them using abstraction and distortion, and work on using a minimum of material and effort in their art.

Grade 6 Art- How can I play with form to improve my art? Using various media, they’ll express themselves and refine their work.

All Grades Drama - Express yourself! Drama students experiment with dramatic play and discover creative ways to express themselves. Through puppetry, storytelling and other types of dramatic play, students discover who they are and discover the connections they have with others.

Val Hilliker Comedy Ventriloquist
Certified LTTA artist
World Laughter Leader
Virtues Project Master Facilitator
toll free 1 855 482-5542
land 403-843-3663
www.valhilliker.com
val@valhilliker.com
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
” Justice is giving people what they deserve. Mercy is giving them more” The Virtues Project

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awesome ideas for teaching!

By Val Hilliker | January 7, 2014

http://www.momentsaday.com/100-kids-activities-to-build-character/

Here is a great web site to help you with teaching students about character. The hands on crafty approach works great to keep the students engaged.

Val Hilliker Comedy Ventriloquist
Certified LTTA artist World Laughter Leader Virtues Project Master Facilitator toll free 1 855 482-5542,Alberta land line 403-843-3663 www.valhilliker.com<http://www.valhilliker.com>
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Here is how we fit into the Saskatchewan curriculum.

By Val Hilliker | January 4, 2014

As trained members of the (LTTA) Learning through the arts and members of the Royal Conservatory; both my husband and I have been able to do shows and workshops that fit into current curriculums through the art of puppetry and ventriloquism. .
http://learning.rcmusic.ca/learning-through-arts/ltta-artist-biographies/ltta-artist-bio-val-hilliker-and-kelly-bundt
During our shows we talk about how to Chill when someone is being cruel or mean. The skills are Chill, help, ignore, giving eye messages and leave. These are always presented and demonstrated with puppets. The students are laughing while they are learning and they are engaged.
Here is how the show fits in.
Saskatchewan current curriculums;
Health Education; Holistic Learning, Spiritual Physical Emotional Mental
Grade 6 | 9
Educating the whole person means supporting the development of a student
who is healthy, knowledgeable, motivated, and engaged.
Holistic learning provides opportunities for students to learn
how to build relationships, to share and celebrate successes,
to support and be supported, and to become responsible for
their thoughts and actions.
k-5 To develop and understand healthy relationships with self, family community and environment. All humans deserve respect. Examine characteristics of healthy relationship

Val Hilliker Comedy Ventriloquist
Certified LTTA artist
World Laughter Leader
Virtues Project Master Facilitator
toll free 1 855 482-5542
land 403-843-3663 Alberta
www.valhilliker.com
val@valhilliker.com
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
” Justice is giving people what they deserve. Mercy is giving them more” The Virtues Project

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