Two small town Ontario boys are inspiring Timmins students.

NHL players Jordan and Brandon Nolan from Garden River were the keynote speakers at a District School Board Ontario North East First Nation, Metis and Inuit Student Leadership Forum.  The brothers spoke about being good people, setting personal goals and becoming a leader.

Brandon, who played in the NHL before getting a major concussion, says one message he hopes the grade nine to 12 students take away is giving back to your community.

He says you don’t have to be loud to be a leader, just someone who has and acts on strong ideas.

Jordan, two time Stanley Cup winner with the LA Kings, says you don’t have to be famous to make a difference.

Both brothers say it just takes setting your goals and being a kind and respectful person to succeed in life. The Nolan’s took this message literally when they talked about the hockey camps that they run across the country, as well as their family clothing line “3 Noalns”. The clothing company was founded in 2013 with their dad. Part of the proceeds from the line go towards a scholarship for Indigenous women through the Ted Nolan Foundation. Jordan says his father always believed that women are the backbone to our communities. He says the stronger the women, the stronger the community and that is something that they want to keep going. 

Nolan brothers. Photo Credit: Mackenzie Read – Moose FM

Jordan Nolan speaking with DSB One students. Photo Credit: Mackenzie Read – Moose FM

Brandon Nolan speaking with DSB One students. Photo Credit: Mackenzie Read – Moose FM