Willingdon: Jameson Jones-Doyle

Web designer and motivational speaker Jameson Jones-Doyle returned to Willingdon Elementary School in N.D.G. recently with  a very interesting story to tell.

Mr. Jones-Doyle, 26, has a mild-to-medium case of Cerebral Palsy, which has affected his speech, balance, left leg and right hand.  He is  currently completing his master of science degree in Marketing Administration, specializing in new product development, at Concordia’s John Molson School of Business. “I   attended public school all of my life, which I feel was of great benefit to the development of my social skills and my determination to equal or surpass my fellow classmates,” he said.   “I'm the proud father of a beautiful five year old boy who just began kindergarten at Willingdon.”

Mr.  Jones- Doyle spoke to two groups of Grade 6 students who listened attentively to every word he said and asked a lot of questions. “Were you bullied because of your disability?” one student asked. “Yes I was bullied, but not more than any other student,” he responded. “I have always had a lot of friends and not because people feel sorry for me. When I first came to Willingdon at the age of five I really could not walk well. But being around other students who could motivated me to walk and I did.”

Anne Meilleur, Mr. Jones-Doyle’s Grade 6 teacher, greeted her former student enthusiastically. “Everyone treated Jay with respect and understanding,” she said. “He was a good student.”

“Do you feel sorry for yourself?” another student asked.

“Not at all,” Mr. Jone- Doyle said. “If I felt sorry for myself I would not be here today. I would not have a child. I would not have an education. I would not have friends. Never let anyone tell you that you cannot do something.”

Asked what limitations he feels he has in the future job market, Mr. Doyle smiled and said, "I don’t think I will get a job doing news reports. Yes there are jobs I won’t be able to do as well as others, but there are plenty I will be able to apply for.”

Mr. Jones-Doyle has been a guest speaker / workshop host at National Stuttering Association  conferences  in Anaheim, Boston, Chicago Nashville, and Scottsdale. Each two-hour presentation addresses the role of the individual in how others perceive their disability and overall capabilities. Also discussed is the role of charisma, positive self-image, and effective communication in reducing the perceived competency gap due to a physical disability.  He is an assistant coach for the N.D.G. Junior B hockey team, noting that he too played the game as a youngster as a goalie. The students got a chance to meet Mr. Doyle’s son Ben, a Kindergarten student who told everyone “I have the best dad in the world!”