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From the PNE Canada Pavillion Celebrity host to The Ottawa  Toronto International Parenting Shows to the McDonalds’ Kids Stage at the Maple Ridge Home Show, rheumatologist kids and parents alike love Judi’s high energy, interactive concert and school assemblies that change lives and strengthen families.  Judi’s concerts are filled with exciting music and “Hollywood Style” interactive role playing while they have fun learning “The Five Steps of Awesome Introduction Skills,” “The Honor Your Parents Challenge!” “The Respect Pledge,” “The Five Fabulous Phrases” that can change the world and how to chase away “The Bad Manners Monsters!” that are invading our families, schools and communities!   Sing along with Judi on her new Manners Lady CD! You’ll love all the fun Manners Club songs like “The Golden Rule Rap,” “Goodness Gracious Gratitude!” and “R-E-S-P-E-C-T.”

CLICK HERE TO HEAR A SAMPLE OF THE SONGS!

For info, write info@TheMannersClub.com

 What parents & teachers are saying…            

“Love It!”  Erin Harms

“My daughter’s manners have improved already.  She loves Judi so much she wants to invite her over to our house to show her how much she loves listening to the CD.  We have it in the van, so we are all positively influenced by this wonderful message.  My husband even learned how to set the table properly (for the first time in his life! :)   Thanks Judi!”  Sara Krahn

 “My children love this CD already and are asking for it daily.  I’m exited to see the truths sung about in action!  Thanks!”   Tiffany Ahner

It is easy to remember the words to the songs and stories after hearing the CD only one time.  My niece will love the Princess Spoon and Prince Fork story that teaches how to set the table.  This CD is a valuable teaching tool for both kids and their parents.  Everyone should practice good manners.  Thank you.  This is something that every child could use.  Esther

“I bought The Manners Lady CD for each one of my children for their children.  This is so important in today’s world.  The manners that were taken forgranted years ago are forgotten in many areas.  Thank you for helping us teach manners to the new generation! God Bless!”   Grandma B.

“She’s got a hundred-watt smile and energy to burn.  But beneath Judi Johnston Vankevich’s trademark sequined cap lurks a simple message for parents and children: Manners are important, regardless of your age.” Toronto Star

“The Manners Lady comes along at the right time with the right information.  In a loving, exciting and inspirational way, she “sells” manners, then teaches them!  Judi’s CD needs to be in every home in America!”  Zig Ziglar

“Our church LOVED having Judi come for our Back to School Kick-Off weekend! Our kids, parents AND grandparents loved her fun, interactive program and her wonderful music that teaches important Biblical principles.”Pastor Mike Diebert, Medicine Hat, Alberta 

 “We appreciated Judi The Manners Lady for reminding us of the importance of manners in our society.  Judi’s high-energy, dynamic concert was a fabulous way to start our school year.  Her catchy songs and interactive activities engage the whole school in a fun, yet meaningful way.  She has given us a common language to reinforce and build on throughout the year.  During recess and lunch, students were already using some of the good manners skills that she taught!  This program provides vital support for our Social Responsibility goal.  Judi’s Manners Club program is a beneficial program for all schools.”  Burt Deeter, PhD, Principal, George Vanier Elementary, Surrey.

 “Not only was Judi’s concert entertaining, but what a wealth of teaching she had to offer!  Her presentation was done with the perspective to which children could easily relate.  It was so easy for me, as a Special Ed Assistant, to put her ideas into practice.  Just by saying, ‘Remember The Manners Lady?  What should you have said?’ in a certain situation.  I recommend her program for every school looking to promote social responsibility, character and courtesy.”  Olwen Cooper, SEA, Georges Vanier Elementary School, Surrey, B.C.

“Our day with The Manners Lady was a memorable one.  Judi spent a day in our city making three concert / presentations at our school and performing her city-wide community concert in the evening.  Her program is effective and full of energy.  At our school she worked with three distinct age groups and spoke the language of each one.  Our students are still talking fondly about the Manners Lady and, more importantly, they still show the good manners she stressed.  Her message is wholistic and she underscores the point that good manners are one way of honouring God in our actions.  Giving respect to others is in a real way giving respect to God.  Her message was a strong support for our school’s mission.  The Manners Lady has a way of establishing immediate rapport with her audience, with her smile and her boundless energy.  Her strong faith creates a powerful setting to apply the Word of God to every day situations.  I would highly recommend school administrators to consider using her talents to bring home the message that good manners are important at any age and in any situation.  We were thankful to share her gifts and her message with our students.  William Barneveld, Principal, John Knox Christian School

“Judi, just a note to say how much I enjoyed your Manners Lady concert with the kids and families in Aurora last week.  The kids were excited throughout the entire 2 hours and regardless of their age, they couldn’t wait to get up on stage.  As the Chief of Police for a community that has in excess of 800,000 citizens, I want to add my voice to your growing legion of supporters.  Your work is important to the future of our country and our society and I want to thank you for so kindly allowing me to participate in the event.”  Armand La Barge, Chief of Police,York Regional Police, Newmarket, Ontario Canada 

“I went out to Grandparents Day at AbbotsfordChristianSchool, and the children performed your Manners Club songs!  This ROCKS for those children!”  Jessie Ellie Eleanor Shields-Perri

“Just wanted to let you know that my 3 year old requests The Manners Lady music every time we get into the car.  Thanks for being so great!”  Ashley Faulker Lindenberry, North Carolina

“In my opinion your classes were and still are the most important classes I have ever taken.  Manners are a dying art in today’s world.  A guy from work almost lost his job the other day because he did not know how to conduct himself in a respectable manner.  It’s sad to see the degradation of American society.”  Brenden Bedford, College Student, Chesapeake, VA

“Inherent to Judi Vankevich’s engaging and effective approach is the empirically proven prevention of crime against women, reduction of all societal violence by teaching manners, respect for women and all people and demonstrating practical ways of showing it. Focusing on young males and females has been proven to be one of the few empirically proven crime prevention strategies. Respect of others is an important part of a civil society, we need more of the lessons Judi provides. Respect is the foundation of a free democracy, a caring culture and a civil society.  Judi teaches children, and perhaps vicariously adults, how to treat each other and how to live together in safety and with mutual respect.”  Dave Blair, B.C. Provincial Crime Prevention Coordinator

 ”Our class loves The Manners Club songs, especially “Say Hello to all the World.”  It has encouraged us to learn more languages just incase we meet someone from another part of the globe.  Many of our parents have commented how amazing they think their children are when they can say “hello” in more than a dozen languages.  Our students are becoming more aware of the world around them.  What a treat it is for someone visitingCanadato meet a child who can greet them in their native language!  Thank you for teaching our children how to greet one another in the hallway at school.  It was great for the kids to hear that you don’t just walk by people, but rather you greet them with a “Hi!” a wave or a smile.  So simple, but people often don’t do anything.  We have tried this at our school and find it infectious.  People are trying to make other people smile more.  We are smiling more and people feel like it is a friendlier place.  Your “Five Fabulous Phrases” is a perfect song to help teach these phrases and reintroduce or simply, reinforce, them to the kids.  Listening to your CD and learning your songs has become part of our day.  The kids are expecting one another to follow your lead.  It is cool to be an ambassador to our school, to our hometown and to our country.  Thank you Judi!  My class and I are thrilled to be part of The Manners Club.”  Amanda Leach, Coghlan Fundamental Elementary, Langley, B.C.

 “Judi’s course goes far beyond just table setting and thank yous.  It takes a page out of the old schools of decorum and comportment, stressing life skills and values such as respect, empathy and self confidence.”  Boston Globe

 

On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to thank you for your creative grassroots approach to keeping Canadians safe.  For any government, there is no greater duty than the protection of its citizens.  By strengthening the criminal code as well as having better manners, together we can build a stronger, safer, betterCanada.

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

We live inSouth Africaand have two kids (girl aged 4 and a half, and son aged 2 and half — see attachments). The CD really is quite infectious – after only listening to it once in the car, the kids were already singing along, and both I and my wife joined in soon thereafter.  It is quite hard to pick a favourite — I enjoy ‘Five fabulous phrases’

and my wife likes ‘We want to obey our Mom and Dad’, but they are all great.  On a more serious note, their manners have improved immensely and nearly automatically as a result of hearing the songs, although we still have some way to go!)  Thank you Judi!  Steven Schmutz, Manager, Prexence Ventures CC, South Africa

 

Our students loved Judi’s exciting music at her concert and at the same time, our parents got a dynamic “how to” parenting seminar!   I cannot say enough about Judi and her vision to minister to Children.  Her fun, yet strategic resources for parents and teachers to teach our children to love and serve God through character and manners are excellent. We used her curriculum prior to her visit. The children learned all the songs and coloured picture of their bad monsters.  Judi’s song about “happy eyes” helped communicate the concept of a “happy heart” to the children.  The Bad Manners Monsters helped the children visualize the behavior that is not acceptable… in a fun way!  They also learn that they can say “NO!” to the Bad Manners Monsters and learn self-control!  The younger children loved and learned from Judi’s Bad Manners Monsters: Grouchy Rouchy, Messy Bessy, Whiney Rhino, Grabba Jabba, Wiggly Jiggly and Slobbo Roo .  The middle students were introduced to Princess Spoon and the Handsome Prince Knife as they got excited about setting the table and learned table etiquette as well.  And the teenagers loved Judi’s “Manners Boot Camp”, learning cool ways of showing respect.  I was most impressed with her program for teens, a tough audience.  She won them over in minutes and held them captivated for hours.  More than just manners she touched on stewardship, respecting our bodies, controlling what we let influence us (“Garbage in….garbage out”)  While she was only with us for one day, we now have a reference point to reinforce their good behaviour.  Judi offers support and reinforcement for what we are teaching in our school and in our homes.  We felt that Judi’s message would help us develop this theme and deal with issues of bullying, bad attitudes and disrespect.  Teaching manners such as character, kindness, respect, putting others first, and honouring our parents and elders all help children learn practical ways of showing God’s love to the world.  We also hosted a community concert to share her message and vision with the community.  Together with some local churches we were excited to offer quality family entertainment for our city, something that is hard to find these days.”

Margaret Schmor, Director of Development, John Knox Christian School, Woodstock, Ontario

 

The Manners Club Music and materials are a great resource for the kids. In a world where kids are taught only the lessons in the book and less concentration given on building their character, teaching manners help them a lot to build a good relationship which is said to be the top most priority of life which every human needs as we live our life on earth. It was a wonderful program and it has helped our Kids.  Both our children and parents are loving The Manners Club program!  They want Judi to come toIndiaand hold a program for all the schools here in our city.

Mr. Mathew Varghese, Principal, Nava Jeevan Mission School, Gokak, Karnataka State, India

It’s an awesome program. I had taught in many schools but I am seeing a program like this in school for the first time. Building Manners, Building Life.
Monica Pinto,Teacher, Upper K.GNava Jeevan Mission School

Judi, We all Love you. Thanks for the Manners Club program.

First Grade students, Nava Jeevan Mission School

I love my school because this school teaches us how to have good manners. It was a special program. I liked it.

Simon Vikram, Fourth Grade Student, Nava Jeevan Mission School

We are proud to be the first Manners Club inIndia. It was an awe-inspiring program. May God bless Judi and the Ministry she is doing.

James Varghese, India correspondent, Assist News Service Chairman, Nava Jeevan Mission School

Hi Miss Judi, I am fromFirstBaptistChurchinColumbia,SC.  I did a mini manners camp this summer using your curriculum – which went INCREDIBLY well!!  “Miss Judi The Manners Lady” is quite a celebrity with several 3s, 4s &

5s around here.  We used your CD & did a daily puppet show.  The kids LOVED it!!  When we are in the car, the kids immediately ask for “the Bad Manners Monsters!”  Each of my children have a favorite one.  They

make up a few extra monsters as needed, too.  Bossy Flossy is one that I hear quite often.  Thanks so much for putting together a GREAT curriculum & a CD that my children absolutely love.  Much love, Ashley Lindler

 

“On behalf of all the members of Langley Rotary Club, I thank you very, very much. Your presentation to the Club was par excellence. I heard many positive comments from my fellow Rotarians, some examples being “the girl’s got energy,” “if only I had half her enthusiasm,” “she is so talented – an all rounder!”  Navnit Shah, Langley Rotary Club

 

“I received your fabulous kit!  George is fascinated by the monster “cards,” as he calls them.  He’s beginning to learn the songs, as we play the cd in the car and in the tub.  Great music & a great variety of styles to capture their interest, and make their little bodies move.  And, I may add, as a fervent hater of rap music, you are the exception – your Golden Rule song rocks!”  Heather Knechtal, Peterborough, Ontario

 

I have been playing your CD in my classroom during free play since I got home after the teachers conference in October.  The children love it and request it by name on a regular basis! I am in the process of incorporating your program into our class room curriculum.  We are very excited about you coming to our community and then following up by providing the teaching to back it up with our pre-school program. Shawn Trottier, Kindergarten teacher, Powell River Christian School

Thanks for coming to our school for “Manners Day!” on Tuesday!  Your concert was awesome and the students K-7 really loved it – both The Manners Club program for the Primary students and the Leadership Boot Camp for the Intermediate Students.  Your program gave us a common language and common theme songs that we will use and build on all year long.  The Manners Club will provide vital support for our Social Responsibility goal.  You reinforced our school themes of manners, respect, responsibility and empathy.  We also learned a lot about respect for parents, elders, authority… and for each other.  We will all be better people because of your Manners Club life-changing program.  Thank you.  Jim Toth, Principal, Dewdney Elementary School, Mission, B.C.  Feb 2008

 

“Twice in my career, I have had the pleasure of working with Judi in my school.  Most recently, she spent the day with us at Byng teaching all of us about manners and civility.  Judi says that ‘manners are the outward expression of our inward character.’  Her daylong program inspired everyone to look at our daily demonstrations of character through manners.  Judi’s upbeat songs catch the attention of everyone and bring home the manners message in a fun way.  Within minutes Judi pulled a very reluctant group of Grade 8’s into her enthusiasm having them singing, dancing and performing in ways we had never seen before from this group.  Her afternoon Leadership Boot Camp was well-received by students in Grades 6-8.  Primary and junior students loved the songs, role playing and joy experienced during Judi’s performances.  The evening performance for families was well-attended and many parents purchased Judi’s CD for home use.  We will be continuing to implement The Manners Lady message in our school in the upcoming years.  Her manners message fits so well with our Commit to Character and anti-bullying initiatives.  As Judi says, ‘when good manners are in place, bullying has no place.’  I encourage everyone to consider using Judi, her songs and message as part of their character development/anti-bullying program.  We will be using her Manners Club Character Curriculum during the year.  With Judi’s help we can make our schools and communities much happier, safer and more civil places to be.  Cathern Lethbridge, Principal, Byng Public School, Staynor, ON

 

Dear Judi, Just a quick note to thank you for your presentation last Friday.  It was great to have you back at George Vanier to reinforce your program last September during National Manners Month.  It highlighted for us once again the importance of civility and good manners. Just yesterday a Grade 4 class passed me in the hall, and they had made large hearts for Valentines Day, which they were carrying. Several of the girls pointed to them as I went by and said, quietly, “Make me feel special!” They certainly enjoyed making that connection to your presentation!
As you know, we’ve accepted your 2010 Challenge to learn how to say ‘hello’ in all the different languages that our families speak at home. Our records indicate that we have 27 languages other then English spoken in our catchment area. Each week we have students using the PA system to teach us how to say “Hello” in their native language. As a result, we’ve had several students identify other languages that they speak at home, which we were unaware of. Many of these are aboriginal languages. All of the students who have used the PA are very proud of the fact that they have another language and that they can share a small part of it with us. This has been a tremendously unifying project for us.  We continue to work on good manners and our staff have noticed a definite improvement this year.  Burt Deeter, PhD, Principal, George Vanier Elementary, Surrey.  Feb 2008

 

“I listened to your children’s album and do believe you will be the next Raffi.  I thought the work was quite professional and had excellent values.  All around, it was a terrific piece.”  Al Kasha, Academy Award winning Composer, Los Angeles

 

“I had the privilege of having The Manners Lady come to our school in September.  The show was designed to set up our school’s social responsibility goal for the year.  The show successfully exceeded our expectations!  There was strong, student involvement, solid messages and catchy tunes to carry us through the year.  The messages on manners, introducing yourself, setting the table, and appreciating your parents were well explained, loaded with catchy jingles and stories that made sense to our kindergarten to grade five audience.  The materials for teacher use were superb.  The Manners Lady Show is integral to the Personal Planning curriculum and the Social Responsibility Performance Standards here in B.C.  This is not an ‘add on’ show–she covers student objectives from these documents, and accomplishes this in a fun way.  Her songs and messages tie a school together with a common language and common theme songs.  I highly recommend her to every school.  Renee Pick, Principal, Auguston Traditional School, Abbotsford, B.C.

“My 5 year old son, Lucas, has been developing quite an “attitude” problem, but after a day and a half of listening to your CD (at his insistence), my wife noticed that Lucas started obeying “right away without delay” and he is wearing his “happy eyes” and he is helping to set the table.  He even asked his mother, “Is there anything else I can to do help?”  Your CD is wonderful!” Greg Strom, Surrey, B.C.

  “Judi The Manners Lady has a gift for reaching children.  Her contagious joy and exciting music inspires children to honor their parents, respect their elders and live by The Golden Rule as they learn the vital social skills they need to be first-class citizens.  My three kids love Judi’s music.  Her CD has been worn out between our car and home.  Every school, church and home with young children will love The Manners Lady!” David Spady, Director of News and Public Affairs, Salem Communications, Los Angeles

 “Thank you so much for visiting the children at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.  Our patients and families had a great time!  Your concert was so interactive, which was just what our children needed.  It was incredible to see the smiles on their faces and how your songs kept their attention.  Our parents appreciated that your program was educational too.  It was a pleasure to have you and hope you can come back again sometime.”  Sherisse Wormell, Child Life Coordinator, Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, Portland, Maine

“I wanted to send this letter of support for your project to work with School District #35 to begin to help focus on the entire issue of manners and civility in our community and society in general.  I am a strong believer that we can not do enough to reinforce the value of everyone having respect for those around us.  We can show this by how we treat them and interact on a daily basis.  Politeness is, in my opinion, not just a nice thing to do when we feel like it, but rather a quality that should be an integral part of our DNA.  In saying this, I am also a firm believer that we may have seen an erosion of some of those qualities over time and we are now seeing the fruit of that erosion in some of the social issues that our communities face.  Anything that we can all collectively do to remind each other of the importance of manners and civility will have significant positive spin offs in the future.  Also, anything we can do to help challenge our young people to think about how they treat others is a very positive step to seeing beneficial changes in our community.  I want to personally encourage you to continue to work with our local schools as the starting point for such an initiative.  I know that if you can begin by engaging a few of our schools that the program will grow to include many other aspects of our community.  I wish you all the best and will do what I can to help carry the message forward and support the projects that are developed.  Peter Fassbender, Mayor, Langley City

“I read with great interest about ‘The Canadian Project for Manners and Civility’ and would like to take this opportunity to commend you for the creative approach you have taken to promote positive family values.  Thank you also for the gift of your CD.  My children, Ben and Rachel, also pass along their thanks.”  The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P.

I was delighted to be able to attend your workshop at our Teachers’ Conference in October.  Our culture is so often poverty stricken in the area of respect, honour, courtesy and obedience.  Bravo for the program you have developed!!  It’s dynamic, engaging, and much needed.   Blessings, Judi!  Patricia Field, Music Teacher, Langley Christian Elementary School

“On behalf of Townshipof Langley Council, I would like to wish the Canadian Project for Manners & Civility much success with the launch of National Manners Month.  As a community, we appreciate the importance that good manners and civility play in improving the quality of life for our residents and enhancing Langley’s community spirit.  We wish you a terrific National Manners Month, all year long!”  Kurt Alberts, Mayor, Langley Township

“The Emily Post of the 21st Century!”  David Mainse, Crossroads Communication

“Judi’s one hell-of-a-guest!”  Joe Easingwood, Radio Talk Show Host, CFAX Radio, Victoria, B.C.

“80% of my patients would not be in my office if their parents had taught the manners.”  Smiley Blanton, Psychiatrist

“Teaching Manners is not a new or unique concept.  All of us whether in the classroom, in the gym or outside on the playground would like our students to practice good manners.  The Manners Lady’s approach was new and different: using music and songs to remind us, the importance of eye contact and body language when talking and listening (for us as teachers, adults, and students), using role playing to practice good manners. eg How to introduce yourself or someone else.   As teachers (classroom or gym) I think we need to model expected manners, we need to expect good manners from our students, and we need to keep reminding and reinforcing good manners.   Having Judi The Manners Lady come was a good reminder for all of us.  Her posters, pictures, slogans, songs, are all great “mind joggers” to help keep us focused through out the school year.”   Dennis Scheer, P.E. Teacher, Sandy Hill Elementary School, Abbotsford

 “Manners are indeed very important.  Your CD will get excellent usage among our three grandchildren.   Congratulations on the success of this project, and more importantly on your family life and all your successes.  Your record of achievements is really quite commendable.” Ken Thomson, The Woodbridge Company, Ltd.

 The kids in my class loved you!!! Thank you for a great performance.  Kevin Tozer really appreciated the extra attention to his class – the kids in this class are in particular need of manners. You look striking in your red coat and you emit such an incredible energy.  We will continue to enjoy your fabulous songs on our CDs.  Thank you.  Thanks again for a high-energy manners day!  Tania Veschini, Eastview Elementary, North Vancouver

Just a note to let you know that my Grade 2 class did a fantastic job singing “The Five Fabulous Phrases” in our gym last Friday. They were smiling and enthusiastic and they certainly had “Happy Eyes”.  I am enthusiastically looking forward to playing excerpts from your CD to my class every day.  Mary Olszewski, Grade 2 Teacher, Dr. F.J. McDonald Catholic School, Ottawa, Ontario

Dear Judi, You were fantastic yesterday.  Your words and music inspired so many people.  Please accept my deep appreciation for taking part in our forum.  You are incredible.  You really care for children and their safety.  With thanks, Nasima.   Nasima Nastoh, mother of bullying victim, Hamed Nastoh Anti Bullying Coalition. 

“It is my responsibility to pass manners and character on to my children and grandchildren in word and deed.  I so been too busy and have allowed this to slip from our teachings to our children and grandchildren.  We have just assumed they will know how to behave with other people!  Not so, we must be intentional in passing these skills and virtues on to our children and grandchildren.

This is so important to me that this summer I had a week long “Cousin Camp” with 7 of our oldest grandchildren to identify and practice good manners and character.  Our theme was “Manners are Cool!”  The Manners Lady CD and Judi’s Manners Club Kit was an invaluable resource.  They were everything I needed to make our manners week a great success!  My grandchildren (ages 4 to 12) delighted in singing the Manners Club songs and always asked to play the “Conversation” game.

One of the songs on Judi’s CD is “Everyone Needs to Feel SPECIAL”.  I used this song to emphasized to them that we need to treat people SPECIAL!  Thinking this way (and also singing about it) will only lead them to be polite, kind, friendly, respectful, helpful and the list of character and manners goes on.  We all had a great, fun week learning manners!  I would encourage any grandparent to invest time in their grandchildren’s lives – giving them the gift of character and manners – this gift will last them for a life time.” Kathy Meyer, Grandmother, Oklahoma

At Discovery Station Preschools it is our goal to boldly present the truth of the Bible and its application within our curriculum.  The Manners Lady CD is a valuable tool to support this goal.  The upbeat music along with the relevant words help us to present to the children and their families practical and reasonable expectations for behavior.  Our favorite songs are “Everybody Needs Good Manners“, “The Golden Rule Rap“, “Obey your Mom and Dad” and “The Five Fabulous Phrases“.  Not only do we use these in the two weeks we dedicate to teaching manners and values but they continue to filter into many other themes throughout the year.  There is no better time to reinforce obedience than for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Grandparents Day.  During Community Helpers themes Judi’s songs remind the children how to respond in a social setting like a restaurant or shopping mall.  The R-E-S-P-E-C-T Song is also a big favorite and we use it each year on Father’s Day in our musical presentation. We also like to offer to our families the opportunity to purchase Judi’s CD to assist them at home in this area.  The CD has been widely appreciated.  It was very exciting to host The Manners Lady concert, which was “Sold Out” and once again talked about by the children for months—an event we plan on doing again. Carol White, Director, Discovery Station Preschools, Langley, BC

Dear Judy:  My name is Rebekah Friesen.  My Daddy works at Fair Havens and I saw you there a few years ago.  I just wanted to let you know that I am listening to your CD right now and I am being very kind and polite with my Mommy.  We are cleaning the house up- and your music makes us dance when we work.  This makes cleaning so much fun!!  Thank you for making such nice music!  I want to tell you that I love you very much!  My music CD is wearing out- it has some scratches on it- but we still listen to it!  We just skip the song that has scratches.  I think we need a new CD…  I want you to come over to my house.  We will play together and play house.  You will be the Mom.  I will be the kid- and I will use my manners every time!  Can you come to my school?  I know my friends at school would love you very much!  I go to LadyMacKenzieSchoolin Kirkfield, Ontario.  You can talk to my Mommy Lisa if you can.  Well, we have to go and finish our tidying up.  Please email me sometime!  I want to hear from you. Thank you!  Love, Rebekah   4 Years Old, Ontario     XOXOX

“Dear Judi, Thank you SO MUCH for giving us a copy of your CD at the hockey game on Saturday night.  Since then, we have listened to it 7 times!!!!!  My girls keep asking, “Mommy, can we please listen to Miss Judi Woodi Oodie?”  You did an incredible job putting those songs together with such catchy tunes that you have our whole family singing them throughout the day.  Now It’s neat to see all of my kids keeping each other accountable for their manners.”  Sandra McLatchie, Mom, Mission, B.C.

“Hi Judi, I got your CD from the library and wanted to let you know that my Grade 2 class did a fantastic job singing “The Five Fabulous Phrases” in our gym last Friday. They were smiling and enthusiastic and they certainly had “Happy Eyes”. I am enthusiastically looking forward to playing excerpts from your CD to my class every day.  Second Grade Teacher, McDonald Catholic School in Ottawa

Judi The Manners Lady has a gift for reaching children.  Her contagious joy and exciting music inspires children to honor their parents, respect their elders and live by The Golden Rule as they learn the vital social skills they need to be first-class citizens.  My three kids love Judi’s music.  Her CD has been worn out between our car and home.  Every school, church and home with young children will love The Manners Lady!” David Spady, Director of News and Public Affairs, Salem Communications

“Your show yesterday was FABULOUS and the kids absolutely loved it. They couldn’t stop talking about it, and we will be listening to your CD in our classroom regularly. Your energy and upbeat performance was just what we needed right about now! You presented concepts in a fun and exciting way, the children could really identify and relate. Thanks again from Division 20, Grade 1!”  Giovanna Malito, Grade One Teacher, Maywood Community School, Burnaby, B.C.

“I had the privilege of having The Manners Lady come to our school in September.  The show was designed to set up our school’s social responsibility goal for the year.  The show successfully exceeded our expectations!  There was strong, student involvement, solid messages and catchy tunes to carry us through the year.  The messages on manners, introducing yourself, setting the table, and appreciating your parents were well explained, loaded with catchy jingles and stories that made sense to our kindergarten to grade five audience.  The materials for teacher use were superb.  The Manners Lady Show is integral to the Personal Planning curriculum and the Social Responsibility Performance Standards here in B.C.  This is not an ‘add on’ show–she covers student objectives from these documents, and accomplishes this in a fun way.  Her songs and messages tie a school together with a common language and common theme songs.  I highly recommend her to every school.  Renee Pick, Principal, Auguston Traditional School, Abbotsford, B.C.

The Manners Lady CD is perfect!  We are working on manners right now with my four year old—and we needed something a little beyond please and thank you.  When my daughter heard the little sample part of the song on the web site she came in to the office from another part of the house and insisted that I play it over and over until she could sing it. Need I say more?    Melanie Levinson, California

 Judi is making a remarkable contribution to the cause of strengthening the fabric of North American culture through her dynamic presentations and materials that teach children how to behave with respect and consideration toward others. Obviously when such instruction is embraced and put into practice, women and girls, men and boys will treat each other with care and be able to resolve differences and encourage one another on an ongoing basis. The impact of this can be huge in our culture today, when so many of the messages that come through the media, especially TV and movies, teach quite the opposite behaviour.

Judi’s passion for reaching children and parents is the reason that she is a role model for other women and girls who are being called to make a difference in our world. I am particularly excited about Judi’s plans to multiply her efforts by putting her materials on DVD and by offering training workshops to educators so that many people can teach this curriculum.  Judi is a pioneer in her field – willing to work long hours and in less than ideal conditions – in order to make a difference in our world.  Janet Fierbach, Women’s Intercultural Network, Campus Crusade

“I am excited to be able to introduce one ofCanada’s top children’s entertainers, and I’m proud to say that she’s from our ownTownshipofLangley.   Judi Vankevich, affectionately known to children, parents and teachers acrossCanadaand theU.S.as “Judi The Manners Lady,” is sweeping the nation with her exciting music from her award-winning CD and her three pronged message of living with respect, by the Golden Rule and with a thankful heart.  I have had the privilege of being an invited VIP guest at two of Judi’s concerts at local elementary schools. Judi’s program held the children’s attention from start to finish-even the older students… and the auditorium was filled with wonderful laughter, role-playing and of course, Judi’s music.  The teachers and students loved her show!

In this day of Much Music, MTV, the internet and crude television, many parents and employers are concerned that a large percentage of our children are not prepared to enter the work force or universities, and are lacking in character as well as in many of the necessary social and communication skills to help them “make it” in the world.  Even the most basic skills … introduction skills, conversation skills, table manners, and relational skills – such as relationships with parents, elders and peers are lacking in many of our teens.   I’m impressed that Judi was able to teach such basic skills and important principles of self control, self-government, citizenship and social responsibility in such a fun and entertaining way.  Her program is also a proactive and preventative way of dealing with the very serious problem of bullying in our schools.

As our communities are becoming more and more multicultural, Judi’s gift for languages and her song that teaches children to say “Hi!  How are you?” in twelve different languages is a wonderful “bridge-builder” for children from other cultural backgrounds.  I’m also pleased how effectively Judi’s program covers B.C. Personal Planning IRP and Social responsibility performance standards of B.C.’s Ministry of Education.

Judi’s message of respect, basic courtesy, and thinking about the other person helps build better relationships.  Building relationships helps to get us all working together, and when we work together, our communities become stronger.  Her message that you teach is not just for kids.  Adults, including our political leaders, can learn from The Manners Lady.  Judi’s program really is “Entertainment with a Purpose.”    Yours truly, Kurt Alberts, Mayor, Langley Township

Our family loves your CD!  This weekend Angelle pulled it out and said, “We all need to listen to this again!”  We have listened to it six times already and had our weekly family meeting on kindness and the Golden Rule.  So it was all so perfect.  Teaching the kids the social skills that were so sadly missing in their lives before their adoption has been so much easier with your tape (and coloring pages).  They love it and it works!!!  I am working with our PTA and we are planning next year–we would love to have you come down.  We are working with other school districts too–so hopefully you can make the rounds.  You will probably be hearing from me again as soon as I have more information.  We live in Midlothian–it is a very fast growing community about 16 miles south of Dallas, Texas.   Keep up the great work and thank you, thank you, thank you!!!  Melanie Pratt, Midlothian, Texas 

  “Thank you so much for being such an important part of our family grouping week  What an exciting way to complete our week.  You have done and AMAZING job instilling great manners in our students and in giving us some fun and engaging activities to reinforce what you have taught.  Your energy inspires us all to deliver consistent and explicit modeling and teaching of our expectations.  The parents were thrilled when they heard you were coming and felt that your program was amazing.  (If money is available from the PAC, I’m sure they’d love to have you in for a the evening Manners Club Party.)  Thank you so much for all of the effort and heart you put into your work!”  The Ecole Glen Elementary School, Coquitlam, B.C.

“…Be prepared! It is a little bit like spending an evening with Martha Stewart, Sharon, Lois & Bram and Anthony Robbins all at once.  It definitely will not be boring.”  The North Shore News, Vancouver

 “The Manners Lady was a great way to start our school year.  Judi’s show reiterated and reinforced the positive social structure that we, as teachers, endeavor to put in place at the beginning of each year.  I know that during the year my class and I will often re-visit the Manners Lady and her message via her CD.  I would encourage every school to do the same.” Bruce Birch, Grade 5 teacher, Hampton Park Elementary School, Coquitlam

 “Our family was at Elim Lodge this summer where you spoke and performed.  I loved you as much as my kids did!  What an AMAZING GRACE their time with you was!  3 Months later and they are still quoting The Manners Lady all the time!  My children, Connor – 7, Samantha – 5, and Georgia – 5, still cherish their coloring posters and remind me of MY manners when I slip.   (Moms do too, you know)  Georgiais constantly reminding us of the Bad Manners Monsters (each by name and function I might add).  Sam and Connor love to introduce people, shake hands, and overall mind their manners.  “R-E-S-P-E-C-T.”   I love it!  All I have to say is “remember The Manners Lady” or “What do you think The Manners Lady would think about that behaviour?” and BOOM!  Instant Beautiful Children once again!”  You have the greatest heart and what a beautiful person you are, just for being you, and what you do.  Thank you Judi for helping make manners fun for our kids!  Also, I was speaking to my kids’ teacher and she asked me to get in touch with you on the possibility of you attending the school for your Manners Lady concert.  We would be THRILLED if you make it our way!” Stacy Clark Alldread, Manners Lovin’ Mom. P.S.  Ed (my husband) still loves to talk about The Manners Lady sliding down the bubble waterslide at Westview.  What a scream you are!

“I am so excited about your Manners Lady materials.  Our daughter, Marina, loves your CD and is talking about manners all the time!  Can’t wait to see you in Virginia!”  Carole Adams, FACE (Foundations for American Christian Education)

 As our contemporary culture grows coarser each year, kids need to be taught how to conduct themselves in a respectful manner.  Judi Vankevich, “The Manners Lady,” and her Manners Club speak to an important need in the training of our young.  Teaching kids how to show respect for themselves and others can contribute to building character in these young ones, who will shape tomorrow’s world.  U.S. Senator Roger Jepsen and Mrs. Dee Jepsen

 “Thanks for coming to St. Timothy’s!  Our students loved your show!  We all learned good manners!  Our ‘pregnant’ bus passenger will always remind us to offer our seat to our elders.  The ‘Five Steps of Awesome Introductions’ was great… along with ‘right away without delay’ and the need to wear our ‘happy eyes!’”  Maria Ivankovic, Vice Principal, St. Timothy School, Burlington, ON

 “I never imagined that anyone could have so much positive energy.  Your show was exciting, informative, entertaining and professional!  The messages you brought were important messages that we sometimes expect children to know without being taught.  I appreciated the lessons in simple, everyday manners, and I must say, I  am very pleased to see that the children remember to look me in the eyes when i shake their hand or talk to them now!  You engaged the children through a fast-paced assembly which included active participation, songs, and “The Five Steps of Awesome Introductions!”   You organized an impressive line up of important people from our community to participate in the program, which provided an immediate opportunity for every studetnin the school to practice the good manners you had just taught them.  Your show, “Being Cool with the Golden Rule!” has formed a foundation on which we, as a staff, can now continue to build the importance of good manners in everyday life.  Vivian Singh, Principal, Ray Underhill Public School, Streetsville, Ontario

“The Manners Club was interactive, high energy and fun!  Judi entertained the parents as much as the children, and her combination of singing, role playing and sharing of personal life stories created a fun learning environment.  Many parents asked if the school could incorporate a Manners Club into our regular school calendar rather than just a 1 or 2 evening session.  Judi’s enthusiasm was contagious!” Eithne Harrison, PRINCIPAL, Kenneth Gordon School, Burnaby, B.C.

 “Thank you for your amazing performance. Your energy level and enthusiasm was exceptional.   We loved how you involved the children, audience, teachers and parents in your show.   All of your songs were very “catchy” and upbeat; I found myself singing along!  Your presentation was child-oriented – the children wanted to hear what you had to offer.  You always had a sincere smile not only on your face but also in your eyes.  This had the children engaged and focused on you.  Your sweet voice was an asset!   You were able to get down to the students’ level and exemplify concepts that were familiar to them.  As an aside, I was impressed with your fluency in the Filipino language when speaking to one of the parents of the audience!  Keep up the great work.  You truly are inspirational.”  Yasmin Bhaloo, Grade 3 Teacher, Maywood Community School, Burnaby

“Hi Judi, We got your CD today and we love it!  It is so much fun.  Esther really enjoyed dancing to it and she thought it was cool that you signed it.  She wanted to know all about you.  Here are a few of the funny things that happened while we were listening to it… First of all, we were only part way into the second song and she starting picking things up and putting them away saying, “Look, I am pretending to have good manners.”  Then she asked me to tell her to put something away so she could obey me.  After you talk about the 5 fabulous phrases she kept bumping into me so she could say, “I’m sorry!”  At one point she got really excited and said, “I’m going to be nice to my brother and everything!” (He’s 7 months old).  Then she wanted us to smile at each other.  We really had a great time listing to your CD.  Thanks for providing such a great tool for us to use in teaching our children.  I will be buying more of these for birthday presents for sure.  I wish I had known about you sooner.  I am going to Australiato visit family next week, I wish I had more of your CD’s to take for my friends(I’ll just send them one later).  I think we will be taking ours with us.  Thanks again, Stacy & Tyson Kalisz, Boston

“Judi taught in a fun upbeat way that manners and respect are important, and not something parents are making up to torture the kids!”  Sadhana Downs, Parent, Tenacre County Day School, Wellesley, MA

“I love the Manners Club!  I liked learning how to speak nice to people.”  Amanda Toma, 5, Boston

 “Hi!  I am Sara a student in MaywoodCommunitySchool.  You came to our school a couple of days ago.  I loved your show. I am in grade 5 and everybody else in my class enjoyed you too. I just wanted to tell you that I said the pledge and I am going to do everything that it said in the pledge.  Me, and my friend Ana, who is in grade 6 got a good idea from your songs to make up more songs for our siblings.  Thank you for inspiring me and my school and friends.  I wish you can come to our school once again.  Thank you.” Sara, Student, Maywood Community School, Burnaby, B.C.

 “Thank you for coming to our school this week.  “Being Cool with the Golden Rule” was a great method of reminding not only our students, but all who attended, the importance of good manners and showing respect to others.  Our society would be a much better place if these values were practiced by all.” Terence B. Turner, Board Chair, Chair, Choice School for Gifted Children, Richmond, B.C.

“I loved the songs and the table manners.  I like setting the dinner table for my mom!”  Jacqueline Bradley, 10, Boston, MA

 ”Thank you so much for sending the CDs–and autographing them in such a loving way. My daughter, Arkady, was thrilled with the special note you wrote her.  Her Manners Club Birthday Party was very successful, I think. We played your CD throughout the evening, and had each child do a dance move that the others had to copy during the R-E-S-P-E-C-T song. I had made cards with the RESPECT letters on them and a Golden Rule sign. I also made a sign with a saying my grandmother taught her 4th-graders when she was a teacher (she didn’t make it up and didn’t know from where it came):  Good manners can in seven words be found.  Forget yourself and think of those around!  Also, each of the children introduced himself/herself and a friend. I read a picture book and let them provide the answers of what words should be said in certain situations.  We did a couple games and crafts unrelated to manners, and then sat down for a “table manners” lesson and meal. Each child set his own place (using guidelines I’d marked on placemats), passed the bread basket, learned to eat soup properly, etc. etc. They were very good about waiting till all were served, and in general did very well.  Thank you for the inspiration and educational materials!  I look forward to giving your information to Humbercrest Public School next week and pursuing a performance there.  Many, many thanks.  Hannah Silverman, Toronto

 “Thanks for the CD’s and the Manners Club book! I am already addicted to the CD.  I listen to it going to and from work.  The first day I was going to pop it in and listen to it while I drove to work and I was in such a good mood when I got to work I listened to it all the way home.  The next day I started to listen to my country station and all I wanted to do was listen to the CD so I popped it back in.  It is so upbeat and fun and every song is different and it is what I have taught my children and have been trying to teach my nieces and others around me…. mostly by example but occasionally through a life lesson conversations.   I can’t wait until my nieces, Isabelle and Kailyn and Melissa can hear them… I know they will be playing them over and over and over just like I do.  Take care!” Judy Funk

“Just a note to thank you very much for autographing Brooke’s CD!  She loves me to read her all the little notes you wrote.  Makes it even more special to her.  She’s been playing the CD with her friends when they come to play and I hear them singing.  It’s great!!! Thanks again.  She’s really enjoying it.  Take Care!”   Monica & Brooke McCoy

“Thanks so much for the wonderful Manners Club!  Now my family is learning from me!”  Jessica Murphy, 13, Quincy, MA

“I loved your enthusiasm and sparkle.  Your class was so much fun.  I hope you can come teach my Girl Scout troop.”  Tammy Armstrong, Springfield, VT

“I liked your smile and cheerfulness, as well as your use of different learning styles – your nice outline, singing, and teaching us how to applaud!  Thanks for your practical advice.”  Murielle Neiderer, St. Rene Matane, Quebec (Maine Home School Convention)

“As a mother of five young children, thank you for reminding me how important etiquette is.  Your class was so fun.  Your energy and professionalism along with your outward and inner beauty makes it all tie together so well. Sharon Morgan, Litchfield, NH

“Gifted with sparkle, laughter, and a unique gift to discover hidden treasures in people, Judi is a rare gem of a woman.”  Veronica Karaman, President, VKM, Virginia Beach, VA

“I just attended your assembly at Hope Lutheran.  Thanks for stating to my son what I’ve struggled to get across. It was as if you lived in our house and heard me calling the kids umpteen times … or heard the mealtime complaints.  Your examples were so close to home, that I’m sure you got my son’s attention.  Keep that message coming!  It was very refreshing and reassuring!  Louise McLaren

“Even if our children only grasp half of what they’ve learned in the Manners Club, they’ll be way ahead of those who didn’t take the course.”  Gary Kliewer, Parent, Langley, B.C. (interviewed on CTV News)

“Dear Judi,  I am writing to thank you for the week I spent with you at the Collingwood School Manners Club!  I attended the program to benefit my children, but I believe it is I who benefited the most.  The lessons you taught us were not just the superficial niceties to impress friends by. Your lessons were truly the core values that we need to conduct our lives by.  I am a happier person for having been reminded of some of these basic lessons.  Our home seems like a kinder more loving place.  I am communicating in a more loving way to my children and my husband and I feel more loving of myself for being more respectful to those I cherish.  Our home was always beautiful on the outside, but the inside is now as beautiful too, and I thank you for this from the bottom of my heart.  I stapled your song sheets up on the bulletin board in the playroom last night and the tunes quickly came back to me. I hope they will for a lifetime.  Thank you Judi.”  Love Victoria Rogers and Family, The Collingwood School, West Vancouver”

 “I am writing to tell you about the impact your show had on my 7 year old son, Kyle.  It has always been difficult getting him to use his manners.  But since being part of your show, he is extremely aware of using his manners and reminding others to use theirs.  He listens to your CD every night and really wants to see you again.  He was so excited when you called that night several weeks ago.” Tracy Tompkins, Kyle and Ryan Knierim, Aurora, Ontario 

 “My son is remembering to say please and thank you and to use his manners all the time!  As well as reminding other people that they need to remember their manners!  I can’t believe the change in him!  Thank you Judi!”  Mom, Aurora Ontario

 “Thank you so much for coming to two of our schools in Halton.  I heard wonderful reports about your show from our principals—that the students were still using your “buzz words” around school, even many days after your program.  That certainly is evidence of effective teaching.  Thank you for bringing these important messages to our students and leaving a lasting imprint on their lives.  Our staff truly enjoyed your presentation.” Al Grayson, Superintendent, Halton School District, Ontario

 Thanks so much for the MannersClub Material you sent our church.  I especially enjoyed your CD!  Everyone should listen to it.  We can’t wait to launch The Manners Club in our church!  It’s a great way to reach today’s kids for Christ and His truths.  Keep making manners fun!  Kristen Emmerton, Hazelton Pentecostal Church, B.C.

GuardianAngelsSchoolwas very fortunate to have Judi the Manners Lady present on Friday, May 6th, during our Catholic Education Week.  Her enthusiasm and exuberant smile filled our gym making our students feel exited about her concert/presentation.  Our Catholic Faith was beautifully tied in with Judi’s message that we all need to be “exemplary” with all people; be it family, friends, or any one that we would meet for the first time.  The “Golden Rule Rap” and the “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” songs were especially appreciated by our students as they sang along with Judi.  The Mayor of Milton, Mayor Krantz, was very involved in Judi’s presentation, as he role-played with our students, and practiced how to make appropriate introductions.  Her concert “Being Cool with the Golden Rule” and her presentation “Super Skills for Teens” were very well received by all our students.  Sonya Bien, Princiapal and  Maria Pasceri, Vice Principal, Guardian Angels Catholic School, Milton

“Ever sine my five year old son, Tyler, brought home your CD from school, he has been singing all the wonderful songs!  Thanks for all the positive messages and lessons.”  Mimi Greiling, Parent, Guardian Angels Catholic School

“The families in our church and community, including our Mayor, were thrilled with Judi’s passion and enthusiasm in teaching children ‘The Golden Rule.”  As Judi’s ministry grows, it will be exciting to see the impact it makes on our future leaders and the direction of our society.  We were blessed by her ministry.”  Pastor Mike Diebert, Temple Baptist Church, Medicine Hat, AB

 “Judi taught the kids in a way that was fun for them.  She captivated the kids’ attention as she sang to them about how to honour God by having good manners.  Her passion for children to obey God was evident in the way she did her ministry.”  Alaina Johnston, Director of Children’s Ministries, Muskoka Baptist Conference, Summer ‘05

 “Having our students participate in a Manners Lady assembly was a very worthwhile and meaningful experience for all of our students from SK to grade 8. The dynamic, energetic and sincere personality of Judi, the Manners Lady, mixed in with a variety of age-appropriate activities, songs and audience participation captured and retained the attention of all ages for more than one hour. As an educator, I know that this is no easy task. The assembly was creatively informative and motivated students to action; making our world a better place by respecting self and others by using respectful manners. The students learned and experienced the value and impact that a simple “please” or “thank you” can have on the people around them. The message was packaged so well that it was highly contagious. Part of our vision at Alliston Community Christian school is that our students would be a blessing to each other and the community at large. Judi The Manners Lady’s message has rekindled and reinforced the kind of attitudes and behaviours that we value in our students and the world in which we live.”  Garry Zondervan, Principal, Alliston Christian School

“Glad to see the Christian worldview come through so clearly.”  “I like her ability to involve and interact with kids, especially at the primary level, the music was very important”  “She was enthusiastic & sincere.”  “I loved her ability to remember names…it made it personal.” Comments from staff at Alliston Christian School


Our “Manners Day in Richmond” was a great way to kick off our Fall ministries.  The enthusiasm with which our people planned and participated in this Community Impact Event was contagious.  One family had 25 guests and another had 20 friends and neighbours who responded to their invitation and came to see The Manners Lady in concert.  We had 35 brand new families that we were able to contact as a result of the evening Concert.  Judi’s presentations in Sunday School, the Morning Service, the youth “Boot Camp” and then the Evening Concert were high-energy, and a lot of people have been talking about good manners ever since.  Not only was it a fun way of inspiring our children and teens (and parents!) to learn kindness and good manners, it was an exciting and innovative way to get the attention of people in our community and create further opportunities to reach them!  I would highly recommend “The Manners Lady” and “The Manners Club Kit” for every church!   Pastor Roy Taylor, Richmond Alliance Church, Richmond, B.C.

 “Thank you, Judi, for flying to the East Coast and pouring yourself out for our children. The program you offered was just the right event for us to draw both families from our community and families from our church. Your enthusiasm is contagious and your message is inspiring. Our boys and girls continue to sing your Good Manners songs months after your visit with us. The concern you have for the well-being of children—physically, socially, and spiritually was evident in your every word and action. Keep on doing this important work, Judi, because you have been a great encouragement to us all!”  Pastor Kristopher Perkins, Park Street Church, Boston, MA

I was pleased to recently be involved in one of Judi, The Manners Lady’s programs at AugustonTraditionalElementary Schoolin Abbotsford, BC. .  Not only did she have a great message and enjoyable presentation, but she also related to the students in an enthusiastic and approachable way.  I also deeply appreciate the involvement I was afforded, as pastor in our community.  The program gave me a yet another point of contact with the children and parents in our area.   The message presented by Judi is both timely and helpful to all parents and educators as they strive to develop children into respectful adults.  Furthermore, the pre-evangelistic nature of the message, and the highlighting of Community Pastor’s in her presentations.   Judi opens the door for continued relationship development that might otherwise not be available.  I wholeheartedly encourage all local churches to partner with Judi in her community programs.  We would all do well to take full advantage of the opportunities created to deepen contact and relationship with the communities in which God has placed them to serve and minister.  If you require any further information or would like more input, please feel free to contact me by phone (604.557.0898) or e.mail.  In Him, Pastor Daniel T. Meyer, Auguston Neighbourhood Church

“Dear Judy,  On behalf of Christian Victory Church and School I wanted to send a big thank you for coming to Peterborough and putting on the Manners Concert. You were amazing from start to finish!! The principles of respect and honor that are woven throughout your songs and performance are values that all of us including the grownups, desperately need to know and practice everyday if we hope to be a success in life. The fact that you were able to preach that message and make it palatable and fun is the key to your effectiveness. Add to that, the fact that you are a genuinely nice person is what made meeting you and hosting your show a most enjoyable experience. One of the greatest tools we can empower our children with is the ability to make and maintain excellent relationships, none of which is possible without the truths that you taught during your performance concerning manners and respect.   All of our kids—- even the “WAY COOL” ones loved your concert and are still talking about what fun it was and how much they liked being a part of performing onstage with you. You definitely gave us more than we hoped for and on a personal level, THANKYOU SO MUCH for spending time with us out in Kid’s Church and ministering to the kids—you are truly a gift from God .Please stay in touch!!! God Bless You!!”  Sincerely, Catey Jobin, Principal, Christian Victory School

“To Judi, How’s it  like  to  be  famous?  I bet it’s really  fun.  I  kept  on  asking  my  mom  once  a  day  if  I  could buy your CD.  And guess what!  My mom  told  me  I  could buy  it!  I want  to  become  a  Manners  Club  boy!  From, John”  

“Thank you so much for coming.  It was a great night.  Everyone enjoyed it so much, even the parents!  The values that you teach are so important, yet so under taught.  I even learned a lot myself!  I just wish Alannah was old enough to get it.  We will definitely get you to come back.  I am sure once the word spreads a lot of schools will want you to come too.  The kids that I have talked to already really enjoyed it and believe it or not, they were super polite to me and greeted me very nicely, asking me how I was doing!  I was so impressed!  Thank you so much and I hope you enjoy the rest of your visit.  God Bless!”  Pastor Tammy Ball, Cedarview Church, Newmarket

 “Thank you Judi for your powerful and exciting ministry inspiring the children of this generation with God’s truths and principles of life that will help our children make wise decisions as they grow up.  Remember, if we don’t win their hearts today, then they will break our hearts tomorrow.” Paul Powers, Little Peoples’ Ministry “Dear Judi, We just got home from your show inNewmarket, and I wanted to thank you for a really fun time! Our children, Annika and Aedan, really enjoyed The Manners Club and were very pleased to meet you!  I enjoyed meeting you as well!   It is really rare to find heroes for our children that promote values that support our family’s core values, so I am so pleased to hear my little girl say that she’d like to be just like ‘The Good Manners Lady’ when she is bigger!  Thank you!”  Heather Kennedy, Elmvale, Ontario

“I know that our Superintendent and Director of Schools were very impressed with the show. When I followed up with Lorraine, our At Risk Coordinator, she indicated to me that she is considering promoting the show as a strategy for our at risk/anti-bullying initiative in the fall. I thought you would like Norm.  He is a great superintendent to have, very approachable and supportive! Our Director of Schools, Sharon Bate, enjoyed your program too.  (sbate@scdsb.on.ca nstorms@scdsb.on.ca, lgruzek@scdsb.on.ca.)   The show was very well received. Your show/songs have given us the possibility to casually and in a fun and lighthearted way, remind the students of their manners. We played the rap song yesterday morning over the P.A. system and praised the students for their participation and good manners during your visit. Your support material was very useful.”  Anita Townsend, Principal, WH Day Public School, Bradford, ON

“Hi Judi!  Now that we have your CD playing in our car, my 4 year old daughter Lauren asks for it on every trip.  After the 200th time hearing it, there is no denying what a great learning tool it has been!  The results were quick and lasting.  My daughter now uses please and thank you for everything—even if I take her to the park she says, “Thank you for taking me to the park, Mom,” and if I say “right away without delay” she hops to it!  She loves being told that she is the politest girl in the whole world.  Now if only you could create a CD to deal with eating and food preferences!   God Bless!”  Carol Macfarlan, Ontario

“My son, Geoffrey, loved your show!  He will be starting grade 1 this September so I’ll definitely talk to the principal about your show.  I had read about your show in the local paper.  I live in KingCity, which is a short drive from Aurora; we go to a church nearby.  I was lacking ideas/skills in coping/managing some behaviour from my eldest and when I saw the advertisement for the show, I knew it was something positive.  Sometimes it takes another adult to give the message because mom has been tuned out.  I’m going to be playing that CD 24/7…or at least until I have the words memorized :)   I’ll let you know how it goes.  I enjoyed your show very much also; it certainly gave me some parenting ideas and I even learned something about setting tables.  Thank you so much for coming up to Aurora.  I can’t wait to get the CD!”  From Jackie Siow, King City Ontario

 “My son Kyle says, “I know how to set the table because I learned it from the Manners Lady CD!”  For the first week after the concert, and he set the table every day.  He was upset when we went to a restaurant and they had the table setting wrong!”

 “My kids (3 1/2 & 5) have your CD and love it.  We are working on the “happy eyes” and “Manners Monsters”  It helps me put a name to these things in a fun and loving way, rather than a disciplinarian way.  Thank-you for your efforts in making this CD.  It makes my job as a parent a tad easier!“  Gayleen Davis Shayne Davis sdavis.forwood@telus.net

“Hi Manners Lady! We said the Manners Club Pledge today with our Mommy & Daddy.  Our Mommy bought us your CD at the Homeschool Convention.  Our names are Munro (4 1/2 yrs) & Elexa (3 1/2 yrs) Davis.  We really like your CD, our favorite song is the Bad Manners Monsters.  We are learning not to be Whiny Rhinos or Grouchy Rouchies.  Thank-you for the CD.  We will look for your Manners Club Box at Walmart in the fall.” Bye now, Munro & Elexa Davis

“Judi, I just wanted to say thank you and commend you for what you are doing as “The Manners Lady”.  As a college professor, I am challenged to teach young adults the principles of civility that my parents instilled in me as “natural behavior”.   A view of today’s society reveals children who did not learn manners lack respect for others and grow into adults who are blissfully unaware that they are self-centered and rude.  Thank you, Manners Lady, for giving us hope for the next generation.   As a parent I appreciate this CD and consider it a valuable and helpful tool.  It is making the social training of my two toddlers easier and so much fun.   Yours truly,” Dave Trouten, Division Chair, Professor of Communications, Bethany Bible College, Sussex New Brunswick, Jan 14 2003

“I believe Winston Churchill once said that the sign of the decline of civilization is the lack of good manners.  As homeschoolers, my wife and I are committed to raising our children with high standards including proper manners.  I applaud Judi and so appreciate the excellent work she is doing to train our young people with an upbeat, positive, and first class approach. Her CD captivated our children from the first note and taught all of the kids valuable lessons. This is a niche that certainly needs filling and Judi is there to make a difference that will reap dividends for many years to come.”  Mike Glenn, National Religious Broadcasters,Washington,D.C.& HomeSchoolfather

“Dear Judi, I came to your show this week at my church (Cedarview).  I really enjoyed your music.  My mom is excited too because I am singing your songs!!  Thank you for picking me to be one of your helpers!  I wanted you to pick me and my mom told me to smile big and maybe you’d see me….guess what, the next song that you needed help with, you picked me!!  That made my night!!  I have said the Pledge and would like to join the Manners club.  Take care,” Austin age 4, Newmarket, Ontario 

“Judi Vankevich aka The Manners Lady, is redeeming the next generation through her powerful Manners Lady music and Manners Club materials.  In a winsome, attractive, fun and exciting way using music, visuals and mnemonic devices, she is helping young children learn the powerful principals of civilized living.  Bravo!  Every church and school needs her material!”  Dr. Ted Baehr, Chairman, Movieguide, A Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment

“It was a pleasure to meet you at Lord Tweedsmuir School.  Your concert was both entertaining and it demonstrated a proactive way of dealing with some of the serious social problems faced by our students.  I’m sure the students benefited as much as I did and learned about respect and good manners.  It is not only important for our children but to society at large to understand that respect and good manners are the most important life learning tools.  Best wishes to you as you carry on this worthwhile endeavour.”  Wayne Wright, Mayor, New Westminster, B.C.

“Your message to the youth ofHalton Hillsto encourage the practice of good manners was well received by our young citizens.  Your high-energy show was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.  On behalf of the Town ofHalton Hills, I would like to wish you continued success, and hope that you can visit our town again in the near future.” Kathy Gastle, Mayor,Halton Hills,Ontario.

“When I first heard that you were coming to my school, I thought it would be dumb.  But you were so cool and so much fun.  And I also wanted to tell you that I’ve had a problem with lying, but now I don’t want to lie anymore.”  Grade 4 boy, Normandy Park, Seattle

“I just saw you on our morning VTV news.  Many thanks for your part in improving the social fabric of our society.  I feel there is a notable disregard for social decorum in present day society.  Cheers.”  Tim and Mila

 “Thanks so much for coming to our school!  Your ideas are great and you have such passion and energy!  We loved your mottos and slogans and the songs to go along with them.  We were especially impressed with how your interacted and involved our students!  Thanks so much!”   Ellen Freeman, Principal, Vancouver Christian School

“I have three sons, and Geoffrey will be starting grade 1 in September so I’ll definitely talk to the principal about your show.  I had read about your show in the local paper.  I live in KingCity, which is a short drive from Aurora; we go to a church nearby.  I was lacking ideas/skills in coping/managing some behaviour from my eldest and when I saw the advertisement for the show, I knew it was something positive.  Sometimes it takes another adult to give the message because mom has been tuned out.  I’m going to be playing that CD 24/7…or at least until I have the words memorized!  I’ll let you know how it goes.  I enjoyed your show very much also; it certainly gave me some parenting ideas and I even learned something about setting tables.  Thank you so much for coming up to Aurora.  I can’t wait to get the CD! Jackie Siow, King City, Ontario

 “Good Afternoon, Ms. Judi, I have something to ask.  One: Where were you born?  Two: When were you born?  Three: Did you like the Philippines?  Four: How long did you stay in the Philippines?  Five: Do you still remember me?  Six: Did you meet any stars?  If you still remember me that’s good! But if you don’t, I am Eunice Raguin, the girl you gave an autograph to and asked where did you learn to speak Tagalog. You were really a great influence to me!  And if you have time please email me back and maybe send an autographed picture of yourself to the Raguin family. It would be an honor to have your love. Thank you very much, Salamat po! From,” Eunice Raguin, Maywood Community School, Burnaby, B.C.   P.S.  kaw din po na maganda. Mahal ko din akaw!

“Guess what!  I was so inspired by your music, that I am now writing music for my little sister and brother!”  Grade 5 Student, Maywood Community School

“Hi! My name is Giovanna Malito and I am a grade one teacher at MaywoodCommunitySchoolin Burnaby. I just wanted to let you know that I thought your show yesterday was FABULOUS and the kids absolutely loved it. They couldn’t stop talking about it, and we will be listening to your CD in our classroom regularly. Your energy and upbeat performance was just what we needed right about now! You presented concepts in a fun and exciting way, the children could really identify and relate. Thanks again from Division 20, Grade 1!”  Giovanna Malito, Grade One Teacher, Maywood Community School, Burnaby, B.C.

“Thank you for your amazing performance. Your energy level and enthusiasm was exceptional.   We loved how you involved the children, audience, teachers and parents in your show.   All of your songs were very “catchy” and upbeat; I found myself singing along!  Your presentation was child-oriented – the children wanted to hear what you had to offer.  You always had a sincere smile not only on your face but also in your eyes.  This had the children engaged and focused on you.  Your sweet voice was an asset!   You were able to get down to the students’ level and exemplify concepts that were familiar to them.  As an aside, I was impressed with your fluency in the Filipino language when speaking to one of the parents of the audience!  Keep up the great work.  You truly are inspirational.”  Yasmin Bhaloo, Grade 3 Teacher, Maywood Community School, Burnaby

“Thank you so much for the wonderful “Good Manners” performance.  Both the students and myself learned a lot from you in such a fun and musical way.  We were so excited about your performance that we wanted to write to you.  So here are our class letters!  I hope you’ll have time to read and enjoy them!”  Marg Handel, Grade 3 Teacher, Maywood Community School

“Hi Judi!  I have great thing to tell you that I just joined The Manners Club and my name is Ksenia, I am in grade 3 and I go to Maywoodschool and I speak Russian today I got to hold up a card that says good day in Russian!  Please e-mail me back thank you for coming to my school!”  Ksenia, Grade 3, Maywood Community School

“Dear Judi, we listened to your CD for the first time as we drove into Torontoand the kids loved it!  My husband and I enjoyed it too!  We loved the ‘hello’ song, and the familiar tunes were bringing back fun memories!  After just one time through, the kids knew many of the lyrics and were singing them to one another!  Our 2 1/2 year old was belting out the ‘five fabulous fraisins’ ( rhymes with ‘raisins’ – he is only two and a half!!!) while we sat waiting in the passport office and when I asked him what they were, he could tell me right away!!!!  Great job!  Thank you so much!  We truly believe that teaching children to live by God’s Golden Rule and to live lives of love and respect for one another will change the world!  We are committed Christians, and have found that many times our polite and mannerly children amaze people, opening up doors of communication, and giving us the chance to witness Christ’s love in unique ways!  May your day be blessed!” Heather Kennedy, Elmvale, Ontario (Mother of Annika (5 1/2) & Aedan (2 1/2)

“My heart is for our children and I really believe that they need to be taught these valuable biblical principles.  I can’t wait for you to come to Aurora!  I know that we could fill our church.  I will take the information to our school principal.  I am on the steering committee for MOPS and we are bringing it to CBC in September.  I am sure that the ladies would love you to come and share.  There are no end of possibilities to share the message of ‘The Manners Lady”!!”   Kerrie-Lee Britnell, Aurora, B.C.

“Thank you for your Manners Club show in Medicine Hat.  It was excellent.  It really showed just how important good manners are.  Thank you for sharing your talents with me and for being such a kind person.  I really feel that you have made a large impact on my life just by meeting you.  I will not forget you.  Thank you so much.  Marjorie L. Konrad, age 13, Medicine Hat, Alberta

“My kids (3 1/2 & 5) have your CD and love it.  We are working on the “happy eyes” and “Manners Monsters”  It helps me put a name to these things in a fun and loving way, rather than a disciplinarian way.  Thank-you for your efforts in making this CD.  It makes my job as a parent a tad easier.”  Gayleen Davis and Shayne Davis 

“Hi Miss Manners Lady.  We said the Manners Club Pledge today with our Mommy & Daddy.  Our Mommy bought us your CD at the Homeschool Convention.  Our names are Munro (4 1/2 yrs) & Elexa (3 1/2 yrs) Davis.  We really like your CD, our favorite song is the Bad Manners Monsters.  We are learning not to be Whiny Rhinos or Grouchy Rouchies.  Thank-you for the CD.  We will look for your Manners Club Box at Walmart.”  Bye now, Munro & Elexa Davis

“I want to thank you and commend you for what you are doing as “The Manners Lady”.  As a college professor, I am challenged to teach young adults the principles of civility that my parents instilled in me as “natural behavior”.  A view of today’s society reveals children who did not learn manners lack respect for others and grow into adults who are blissfully unaware that they are self-centered and rude.  Thank you, Manners Lady, for giving us hope for the next generation.  As a parent I appreciate this CD and consider it a valuable and helpful tool.  It is making the social training of my two toddlers easier and so much fun.”  Dave Trouten, Division Chair, Professor of Communications, Bethany Bible College, Sussex, New Brunswick, Jan 03

“I believe Winston Churchill once said that the sign of the decline of civilization is the lack of good manners.  As homeschoolers, my wife and I are committed to raising our children with high standards including proper manners.  I applaud Judi Johnston Vankevich and so appreciate the excellent work she is doing to train our young people with an upbeat, positive, and first class approach. Her CD captivated our children from the first note and taught all of the kids valuable lessons. This is a niche that certainly needs filling and Judi is there to make a difference that will reap dividends for many years to come.”  Mike Glenn, National Religious Broadcasters, Washington, D.C.

“Thanks so much for coming to our Women’s Ministry evening at Bethany.  This was one meeting I had no problem advertising and we had great attendance of all ages.  You made the evening both meaningful and fun!  Your outgoing and upbeat enthusiasm engaged us all, and we could not help but respond!  Your ability to communicate these values in both word and song is amazing.  I trust you will have many opportunities to convey these simple yet profound truths in many different venues. Finally someone with some common sense and goodness is able to talk to school children! May God richly bless your ministry.  P.S.   I loved the Princess Spoon, Prince Knife and and Evil Mr. Fork story!”  Heather Senges, Director of Women’s Ministries, Bethany Baptist Church

“I received the CD that you sent for our son, Kai.  He just turned 2 yesterday!!  He dances all over the living room to your songs…..he has music in his soul!”  Kim Absolom, CMC, Ontario

“Hi Judi, I keep your CD in both vehicles.  It’s fabulous!  Madisonwon’t stop referring to Mrs. Vankevich!!!  Each song has a lesson that has relevance to one of us……. Today I reminded Brook about the importance of the “Gratitude Song”.  Madisonloves every song and it would be hard to pick a favorite of hers though lately, The “Friendship Song” has been of most importance to her.  I would love it if you can talk to Madisonone day on the phone about friends.  The teacher is reminding her to use a “happy face” with her friends, to allow them to choose some activities instead of always coming up with an alternative activity.  The teacher also wants Madisonto remember that when a friend says “no” this means “no”.  It is a time for us to get consistent at home too and not allow her to badger us when we have made a decision that she is unhappy with.  So, you can see your CD’s numerous messages are helping us with understanding each other.  They sometimes sing about “respecting and honoring their parents” but the next moment do the opposite.  I will remind myself that we will have to celebrate the small accomplishments in this journey and this will ultimately achieve the desired goal.  Thanks again for your friendship.”  Sincerely, Victoria R. Parent, The Collingwood School, West Vancouver, B.C.

“Dear Judi,  I spoke with you today on CK’s show on KVOR radio in Colorado Springs(I am the one from the South who struggles with children/teens calling adults by their first name). I especially enjoyed hearing you share your relationship with God.   I am writing to find out if you have any materials for parents to use at home with teens? I will share your website with my son’s principal, but would also love to have some things for home.” Linda McCulloch, Colorado Springs, CO

“I heard a portion of your radio appearance with C.K. on KVOR in Colorado Springs, COthis morning.  I have already ordered your CD for my children.  They have fairly good manners at the present time, but can always use a little extra help.  I think your CD will be invaluable.  On the radio today, you mentioned you would be back to our town.  I am interested in having the information on your classes and the dates and times during July when you will be here.”   Skye M. Stevens, Colorado Springs

“My twin boys, aged, 10, are very shy, and I had already signed them up for the Manners Club Party.  They weren’t too thrilled, until AFTER Judi came to do her show at our school.  Then they couldn’t WAIT for the party!  After the party, as we started to go home, the boys said, “Mom, I’d do ANYTHING for that lady.  She is so nice!  If she has a Manners Club Camp… I’d rather do that than go to soccer camp!”  Then they said, “Mom, don’t you think we should turn around and go help The Manners Lady clean up?”  So we did!  Caller on KVOR Radio Station

“Thank you for visiting MonumentAcademyin Monument, Colorado. It was a pleasure to run the sound for you at the first assembly. It was also fun to hear the conversation around our dinner table tonight. You see, I have two sons who attend class at MonumentAcademy. They loved the presentation and I wanted you to know that you made a very positive impression on them. They discussed manners with smiles and giggles!  Also, I LOVE your ideas for my music classroom! This is not the only time our students will be hearing about GOOD MANNERS. Thanks again and God bless you wherever you go.”  Angelia Frame, K-5 Music Teacher, Monument Academy, Monument, Colorado

“Thank you for coming to MonumentAcademytoday.  It was very fun and I liked it. The best part was when we got to learn about the golden rule.   I would like to get your CD!”    Caroline Wetzel, Colorado Springs

”My favourite song is R-E-S-P-E-C-T.  Thanks for coming to MonumentAcademy!  You were awesome!” Jarrod Randall Gipson

“Dear Miss Judi, We said the Good Manners Pledge.  We would like to be members of the Manners Club.  Thank you very much for the CD with all the fun songs!  We can’t wait to listen to them all.”   Love, Angel & Eric Chapman, Colorado Springs

“Dear Judi, I said “the pledge” and would like to be a member of The Manners Club.  I have two boys, Brian and Kevin.   I would appreciate any information you can provide me with from The Manners Club.  Thank you,” Laura Kirbow

“Thank you SO much for coming to our school!  You were fabulous and the students loved you.  I don’t know if John told you, but there was a very nice article about you in the Springs newspaper.  We are so grateful for your visit.  Please keep in touch and I hope things went well with FOF.  FOF is an incredible network.  I have a friend who was with their Speakers Bureau and she still gets calls to speak about education.  FOF has a great reputation and inroads into many great organizations.  Good luck and thanks again!” Tina Leone, Principal, Monument Academy

 “Thank you for coming to give devotions for our team at Focus on the Family yesterday. Your heart for God and for kids is great to see, and all of us are enjoying the affirming comments that you had us write to and about each other. I think there ought to be a picture of you in the dictionary next to the word “vivacious”!  God bless you and your family and ministry, and thanks again for coming.”  Larry Weeden, Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO

“I just attended your presentation at my son’s school at Hope Lutheran. Thanks for stating to my son what I’ve struggled to get across. It was as if you lived in our house and heard me calling the kids umpteen times … or heard the mealtime complaints (my 6 year old insists that I should be able to put the butter on top of the jam) about things not being just right… Your examples were so close to home, that I’m sure you got my son’s attention.  Keep that message coming! It was very refreshing and reassuring to hear.”  Louise McLaren, Coquitlam, B.C. 

“My son is even pulling the chair out for my mother now!  Judi, your stuff works!  Thank you!” Victoria Allen, Surrey, B.C.

“You were fabulous.  Most of our teens who have dropped out of high school and are living on the streets have very little self esteem and have had virtually no training in manners and life skills.  Thanks for coming and teaching these important skills, and making it fun!  They loved you!”  Jen King, Surrey, OPTIONS program, for at risk teens.  May 2002, 604.596-4321 x354  cellular 604.729-1770

“Judi, your presentation for our special needs students who are trying to enter the job or volunteer market worked!  One of our students went out yesterday and did exactly what your told them to do… and not only did a smashing job interview, but they got the job! Thanks so much!” Marsha Tykeman, Kwatalan College, Langley, B.C. 604-599-3341

“Thank you for your outstanding presentation at our Networking Career Seminar for graduating seniors. Good manners are vital in the workplace, and you made it fun!   Your tips were so practical and creative.”  Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C.  …

“I just returned to work from your presentation to our Rotary Club in Streetsville. I wanted to drop you a quick note of appreciation. Thanks for providing some spice to our program, which has a tendency to be a

“Our club members loved your presentation–despite the fact you made us sing!”  Thanks again – Steve Vet, Streetsville Rotary Club, District 70

 “Thanks so much for coming to our school!  Your ideas are great and you have such passion and energy!  We loved your mottos and slogans and the songs to go along with them.  We were especially impressed with how your interacted and involved our students!  Thanks so much!”   Ellen Freeman, Principal, Vancouver Christian School

“I am a mom of 4 children, ages 3 – 12, and I am interested in the possibility of hosting a Manners Club in Port Coquitlam, B.C.  I would like to have some information on it, like what size of group I would need to get together, cost, age group, etc.” Michael Lucky

“Dear Judi. I just read the article regarding your courses in the local paper, what a wonderful idea.  Please send me info on future courses, is there anything going on during spring break?” Thank you, Patty Broom 

“My son and I were both at your assembly at Ocean Cliff and it was great!  I hope our paths cross again. You are doing a great service to our communities all over North America. Best Wishes.”  Lorlei Koltei, Ocean Cliff Elementary School, White Rock, B.C.

“Thank you “Manners Lady!”  Helping to develop ethical and respectful citizens has long been a goal of our schools as they assist the family on one of their prime responsibilities.  Any initiative, such as this one lead by Judi Vankevich, is worthy as they seek to build a more respectful society.”  Richard Bulpitt, Former Superintendent of Schools, Langley, B.C.