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I had the opportunity to grow up in Canada and go to University and work in the United States. As a black man, my perspective of both countries is quite different than those of my white friends. Racism in the US is in your face. It's always present. But in Canada, it's there but subtle. My goal in creating Body Break, 32 years ago, was to break down barriers and change attitudes. I wanted to show that regardless of your physical ability, your ethnicity, the colour of your skin, we can all live, work and play together. In the last 3 weeks, I have had numerous white friends call me and ask me a wide variety of questions. They have all asked “what can they do”? I simply say LISTEN. For my entire life, in order to succeed, I have had to become a chameleon and conform to society. For the first time in my life I feel white people want to learn and want to listen. I feel that talking about my experiences, the encounters with police and the racism in the workplace as a bi-racial person in both countries it can help educate those who want to listen. It can also give us hope that we can get through this time stronger and more unified than ever. I am extremely hopeful this is a new day for all of us to come together. * * * * * * * * * * * BODYBREAK Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod Speaking & Appearances: Contact Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod to speak at your conference or event. For the past 32 years, we have been encouraging Canadians to live a healthy, active lifestyle. We show just how practical and easy it is to do. A few years ago, we put our motto "Keep Fit & Have Fun" to the test on Season 1 of The Amazing Race Canada and most recently, we have received from the Governor General of Canada, the Meritorious Service Medal for their years of dedication to helping Canadians. Contact us at for more information. For more content, visit our website or follow along on your favorite social site! Instagram: Twitter: Facebook: Linkedin: Keep Fit & Have Fun…
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