“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” - Robert F. Kennedy

“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” - Ken Robinson

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” - Thomas A. Edison

“We are all failures – at least the best of us are.” - J.M. Barrie

“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” - Henry Ford

“Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are.” - Robert T. Kiyosaki

“Failure is extremely important in learning what success is.” - J.K. Rowling

“I'm a bad writer with big ideas, I'd rather be that than a big writer with bad ideas.” - Michael Moorcock

"There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period." - Brene Brown

“Teach children how to think for themselves, evaluate evidence, and disagree with you.” - Richard Dawkins

“The most educated people know less and less about more and more.” - Christopher Hitchens

"Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most people do." - Bertrand Russell

“It is curious that physical courage should be so common and moral courage so rare.” - Mark Twain

“Character is like a tree, reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is, the tree is the real thing.” - Abraham Lincoln

"A person who never made a mistake as never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

"Learning is not doing; it is reflecting on doing." - Henry Mintzberg

Charles L. Lahaie



Charles Leo Lahaie


y Wholehearted Manifesto to my Present and Future Students *

I want you to know that I think you and I are worthy. You will learn this from my words and actions--how I treat you and how I treat myself.

I want you to engage with the world from a place of worthiness. You will learn that you are worthy of love, belonging, and joy every time you see me practice self-compassion and embrace my own imperfections.

We will practice courage by showing up, letting ourselves be seen, and honouring vulnerability. We will share our stories of struggle and strength. There will always be room in our classroom for both.

I will teach you compassion by practising compassion with myself first; then with each other. We will set and respect boundaries; we will honour hard work, hope, and perseverance.

You will learn accountability and respect by watching me make mistakes and make amends, and by watching how I ask for what I need and talk about how I feel.

I want you to know joy, so together we will practice gratitude.

I want you to feel joy, so together we will learn how to be vulnerable.

Together we will face fear and grief. I will want to take away your pain, but instead I will sit with you and teach you how to feel it.

We will laugh and fail and try again and maybe visit success for awhile. Maybe. But we will always have permission to be ourselves with each other. No matter what, you will always belong here.

As we begin our wholehearted journey together, the greatest gift that I can give to you is to live and love with my whole heart and to dare greatly.

I will not teach or show you anything perfectly, but I will let you see me, and I will always hold sacred the gift of seeing you, truly, and deeply.


* Modified and adapted from Brené Brown's "The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto (2012)".



  • University of Ottawa

    1994 - 1995

    Bachelor of Education

    Level: Middle Years
    GPA: 4.0

    By the luck of the draw, the incredible support of my then wife, the fact that I am male, and an immense amount of dedicated work, I was accepted in the Faculty.

    If I ever did anything right for myself this was it. I performed extremely well for a self-described then socially and psychologically messed up individual.

    I wanted to be a teacher because of my mother and a Phys. Ed. teacher because I love sports, unknowing then the satisfaction this would give me as a classroom teacher now.

  • University of Ottawa

    1992 - 1994

    Bachelor of Arts

    Concentration: History
    GPA: 3.9

    I enrolled in this program for two reasons, first, it was the quickest way to a B.ED., second, I wanted to do better than minimum wage. Along the way I realized that I actually enjoyed reading and learning; a paradigm shift for me since I thought sports was all there was.

    I performed sometimes well and sometimes not so well, but at least I started to find and more importantly to redefine myself: I realized that I actually liked studying, history, and the flow of new ideas in my mind.

    I could barely read or write in English at that time but I took 2 courses delivered in English. I had blind guts then. The guts I show today are more calculated, or so I say.

  • University of Ottawa

    1984 - 1988

    Bachelor of Physical Education and Health

    Completed 3.5 years of 4 years (Withdrew)
    GPA: NA

    I enrolled in this program for one reason, I had no clue want I wanted to do. So I did what came easy for me, sports. But the pragram is not about sports. It's about math, chemistry, biology, physics, and physiology

    I performed very well in socializing but not so well in my program. My GPA plunged every semester. And I still did not care.

    Eventually the program kicked me out for good, I did not show up to classes and hence failed too much for them to keep investing in me.

    Funny that what I learned from this program (physiology) and what I failed at twice (physic's kinematics and dynamics) is what I love doing as a classroom teacher now. Life is strange and wonderful.


  • Teaching

    Sept 1997 - Now

    Adult Education, Middle Years, High School

  • Web Designer & Developer

    1999 - Now

    HTML to PHP, MySQL, and Jquery

  • Coaching

    2008 - Now


Reads, Skills, Competence

  • Computer: I am familiar with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, PHP, and MySQL.

    Application Software
    Other concepts working on: Json, Jquery, Ajax, Google Analytics.
  • Ideas: I am familiar with Classical Physics, Quantum Mechanics, World History, Canadian History, North American First Nations History and Canadian First Nations Treaties.

    Classical Physics
    Quantum Mechanics
    World History
    Canadian History
    N.A. First Nations History
    Canadian F.N. Treaties
    Other ideas working on: Canadian Constitution, Canadian Criminal Code, Richard Feynman's quantum mechanics' calculations.
  • Language: I am a 100% fluent in French and English. Furthermore, I can speak a little bit of Computer Code, Swampy Cree, Romanian, German and Korean.

  • Books: I am presently mentally stimulated with these authors.

    Stephen R. Donaldson
    Stephen King
    Richard Dawkins
    Christopher Hitchens
    Steven Pinker
    Don Miguel Ruiz
    Gary Zukav
    Brené Brown
    Henry Mintzberg
    Michael Moorcock
    Neil Gaiman

Honors and Awards (Self Awarded since 1965)

  • Best Web Design Award
    2014 FSD Area 2 Frontier Games Website

    It was so advanced it actually blew my mind. Please ask me about it during the interview. I might forget.

  • Outstanding Student
    1993, University Of Ottawa (History department)

    History of China: A+. You will not believe how I got this mark. I am very proud of it.

  • Outstanding Performance
    2008-Now (Badminton)

    I was able to become the most respected school badminton coach in Manitoba, northern Manitoba for sure and the school division. You see, I gave all my lunch time (7 years, 1455 hours as of September, 2015) coaching badminton. I was able to create monsters, and 2 national level monsters. 2015 National is just the tip of the iceberg. Please ask me about it. I will surely bring it during the interview.

  • Stringing Badminton Racquets
    October, 2015

    Purchased a used Eagnas ST-200 stringing machine. I now string school kids' badminton racquets for free; and will be teaching students this skill.

Personal/Professional Development

Quality education is vital for success, and I can't believe my worth can be listed!

Date Event Location
November 23, 2015 Restoring Our People: Professional Development Workshop
Offered and hosted by Misipawistik Cree Nation. The workshop, presented by Jeff Wastesicoot and Peter Constant, helped me better understand the strong connection between language (Cree) and the land.
Grand Rapids, Manitoba
November 3-4, 2015 We Are All Treaty People: 2 Day Professional Development Workshop
Offered by TRCM, and hosted by Mountain View School Division, The 2-day workshop helped me better understand the historic context of Treaties and Treaty Relationships, and the relevance of Treaties today, including their connection to present-day issues such as land disputes and the Idle No More movement. I did unpack misconceptions and stereotypes about First Nations peoples, and learn practical strategies to address and undo them. I left this workshop with a richer appreciation of the diverse cultures, traditions and daily lives of Indigenous peoples and Nations, and a deeper understanding of how I can be an effective and engaged Treaty Partner.
Dauphin, Manitoba
October 15-16, 2015 Understanding Anxiety in Children
Terry Warburton, Certified Professional Counsellor.
Discovering the Power of Choice
Willow Sweeney, Motivational Speaker and Trainer.
Dauphin, Manitoba
September 19, 2015 Regional Badminton Rules and Umpire Clinic Level I
Justin Friesen, Manitoba Badminton Provincial Coach.
Sport 4 Life Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
October 17-18, 2014 Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain
Marcia Tate, EdD, Educational Consultant.
Dauphin, Manitoba
October 16-17, 2013 Talk About Assessment: Eight Big Ideas to Support Learning for All Students
Damian Cooper, Independent Education Consultant.
Dauphin, Manitoba
October, 2013 Geographic Information System (GIS)
I learned to use Esri's ArcGIS at Pre-SAGE and SAGE.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
April 11-12, 2012 Integrating New Technologies Into Your Literacy Curriculum
Julie Coiro, Ph.D., Professor and Consultant.
Dauphin, Manitoba
June 26, 2012 Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative's Entrepreneurship Program
Susan Aris, MAEI/IEAM Facilitator.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
April 13-14, 2011 Universal Design for Learning
Maggie McDonnell, Teacher and Consultant.
Dauphin, Manitoba
October 14-15, 2010 Making Classroom Assessment Work (book by Anne Davies)
Sandra Herbst, System Leader and Consultant.
Colour Spectrums: Personality Styles and Human Dynamics
Rob Chubb, Founder, Director, and Facilitator.
Dauphin, Manitoba
November 22-23, 2010 Violent Threat Risk Assessment Training Level I
Lethbridge College via Laurie Fourré, Frontier School Division.
Grand Rapids, Manitoba
April 15-16, 2009 Brain-Based Reading Strategies
Colleen Politano, M.Ed., Education Consultant.
Dauphin, Manitoba
November 21, 2008 Regional Basketball Referee Clinic Level I
Thompson, Manitoba
October 16-17, 2008 Using Smart-boards in the Classroom
Charles Lahaie (Me), Teacher.
Dauphin, Manitoba
April 9-13, 2007 Toshiba Multi-Functional Products Technical Training
I learned how to maintain and repair Toshiba e-Studio 230/280 photocopying machines.
Calgary, Alberta
April-July, 1996 1996 Canadian Federal Census Prescott-Russell Team Leader
I was chosen out of 60 applicants to form a team to complete the region's federal census for 1996.
Hawkesbury, Ontario


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