Brent Forster - RDC
For Karl Subban, the father of five accomplished children, the inspiration for writing How We Did It developed over several years. While two daughters are teachers, it was his three sons that generated a lot of conversation. "I've been answering the million dollar question of what did you do to raise three boys who have been drafted and signed to NHL teams," says Subban.
Perhaps the most notable son is P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators. The talented Olympic and World Junior Gold Medallist received the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top defenceman in 2013. Malcolm is a promising goalie for the Las Vegas Golden Knights and Jordan is under contract with the Los Angeles Kings.
It was back at Lakehead University when Karl's experience as a student-athlete promoted self-discovery, and provided valuable wisdom to be passed on to his children and youth. "It was through basketball and school that I learned about myself, gained important life skills and followed my dreams," says Subban. "When people learn about themselves, believe and work towards their potential I find that they are happier and more productive."
While initially Karl had aspirations to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA), it was at university where he discovered his true passion of teaching and mentoring children. "I wanted to work with and teach students, and I wanted to help young people reach their potential," he explains. "I was made to work with children and they were made to work with me."
Karl has been sharing the message from his book about reaching one's full capacity across Canada and is looking forward to speaking at the upcoming Kings & Queens Scholarship Breakfast in Red Deer. "I am getting excited about the Scholarship Breakfast and being able to speak with the student-athletes about fulfilling their potential, and the community who encourages them," says Subban. "The African proverb, it takes a whole village to raise a child applies to the community helping the student-athletes. I want to thank the community for making a difference and it is difficult to measure their positive impact on the student-athletes."
Through humour and wisdom, Karl will share his leadership experience and personal stories at the 15th Annual RDC Kings & Queens Scholarship Breakfast on Wednesday, April 11, at Harvest Centre, Westerner Park. A few tickets remain for this once-in-a-lifetime event. For tickets, and more information, please visit: rdc.ab.ca/breakfast.
Funds raised from ticket sales, in partnership with RDC's sponsors and community contributors, directly support scholarships for the College's student-athletes.