I would like to take a moment to congratulate Stittsville resident, Stephen Leafloor, for his awarding of the Meritorious Service Cross from Governor General David Johnston. Leafloor, or “Buddha” is a 57 year old Canadian B-boy Elder, street dancer, youth outreach worker, speaker, and social worker. On Friday, November 25th, he will receive the honour at Rideau Hall.
The Meritorious Service Cross recognizes residents who have represented Canada with outstanding honour and benefit. I would like to offer Stephen my sincere congratulations for this fantastic achievement and for all of the work he has put forward to earn it.
Stephen has shared his talents with the world for more than thirty years, performing for such big acts as James Brown, Public Enemy, IceT, Grandmaster Flash, and even George Clinton. He also channels his dancing abilities to give back, demonstrating hip hop as a therapeutic tool in First Nations and remote arctic communities. He has worked across Canada with youth in correctional facilities with a national and internationally acclaimed art-based approach to mental healing through dance, spoken word, meditiation and cognitive therapies.
His non-profit dance organization, Blueprint Pathways, has been awarded a $500,000 grant from Justice Canada’s Youth Gangs and Guns initiative to work with gang-affiliated youth in maximum security facilities across Canada, helping incarcerated youth to build mental healing techniques, create resiliency and move away from gang-related activity.
For more information and to send congratulations, you can contact Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org.