‘Stuntman’ Stu Schwartz has had a very exciting week. The larger-than-life personality of Majic 100’s weekday morning show received an Honorary Degree from Algonquin College and delivered a keynote speech to graduates on Tuesday, June 19.
“It’s an unbelievable accomplishment. To have gone here and be such a fan of Algonquin College, and to recommend Algonquin to everybody that I know, it’s an unbelievable honour and I couldn’t be any happier,” says Stu.
A 1997 graduate of Algonquin’s radio broadcasting program, Stu is an amazing ambassador for Algonquin and often speaks about the College on his morning show. He waves the Algonquin flag whenever he can, and comes back each year to support the Radio Broadcasting Graduate Forum and to present to our students. Stu also served on the Algonquin College Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2009.
“It was an amazing experience,” says Stu of his time at Algonquin. “Without it I wouldn’t be where I am today. Having teachers who presently work in the industry really helped because they know what it takes to get ahead.”
Yesterday, Stu was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal by Nepean-Carleton MPP Lisa MacLeod. The Diamond Jubilee Medal is a new commemorative medal created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. It is awarded to Canadians who have made significant contributions and achievements to their country or province.
Stu supports a multitude of worthy causes in the Ottawa community, including CHEO and Rogers House. He also donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of his own wine—Stuntman Stu’s Red Line Merlot—to the Sens Foundation. He embraces the challenge of publicly participating in fundraisers such as the CN Cycle for CHEO and the 100 kilometres Ride the Rideau for the Ottawa Hospital Foundation.
Stu says, “I rely heavily on the community to support our radio show and support me in things I do, so when someone wants some of that back, I don’t hesitate.” He realizes that no one, including himself, can be at everything, but says, “If you live and work in the community, it makes sense. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the radio, running a business or an employee – it’s important to give back.”
Stu is particularly proud of his No More Bullies campaign launched just last year. Targeted by bullies himself as a youngster, Stu makes it his mission to speak out against bullying at every school in Ottawa. Leveraging both his personal experience and his “celebrity status,” Stu and his co-workers deliver a highly engaging presentation to kids across the region, and went global this year by touring the presentation abroad.
As for what the future holds, he says, “We’d like to take No More Bullies to bigger heights; we have some plans in the works for that.”
Click here to watch Stu’s keynote address.