JAN KECK

FACILITATOR & TRAINER
EXPERIENCE DESIGNER
VIDEO CREATOR
FATHER + HUSBAND
GERMAN ENGINEER
ADVENTURER
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I HELP PEOPLE FEEL LESS ALONE

MY STORY

Growing up in Germany I felt invisible most of my childhood as the shy kid who didn’t really socialize a lot with others. I would rarely speak up, raise my hand in class.

I had these weird butterflies in my stomach anytime a teacher was going to ask a question and pick a student from the class. I was the guy who sat next to you in math and years later you completely forgot about.

But I craved connection.

Being an only child I needed to put myself out there, so I took the scary step and joined sports clubs, summer camps and even politics. I would now say that some of my biggest lessons and growth growing up was from joining these communities.

I felt I had it figured out until… I moved to Canada in 2008.

Again I knew nobody, I wasn’t fluent in the language and although all Canadians I met were super friendly on the surface, but it was hard to make deep relationships.

It took me 8 years to finally find a new community where I felt like home. Loving, supportive, encouraging, everyone motivated to growth and learning.

They became my chosen soul family – my tribe!

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10 RANDOM FACTS

  • I shot a documentary on the illegal backyard chickens of Toronto (watch it here)
  • I worked on a cattle station, as fruit picker and as a carnie while travelling in Australia for a year
  • I performed a lip sync battle against my wife at our wedding
  • I took my cat on a canoe camping trip for a weekend
  • I ran up the 1,776 steps of the CN Tower in 15:32 minutes.
  • I have a Bachelor of Engineering degree - so basically I am a German Engineer.
  • Growing up I wanted to become a private detective, a cartoonist or Indiana Jones.
  • I once had a coffee with the Colombian president.
  • I played in a Punk Rock band in highschool.
  • When I was 20 I ran for city council for my hometown in Germany with the Green Party.

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