About Jesse

Jesse was an old soul who danced to his own beat. He was a loving, warm, affectionate son, brother and friend. He had a zest for life, enjoyed being surrounded by people and above all, helping others. His varied interests included music, travelling, physical education and volunteerism. His larger than life personality lit up every room he entered, and his easy, warm smile was infectious.

In his short 22 year life, he accomplished much and touched many. He was a born leader both at school and in the community. Wise beyond his years, Jesse taught many about perseverance, courage and strength. He had a positive spirit and a kind soul. Friends, co-workers, students, and campers regarded him as a loyal, honest confidant who always had their back.

“Winning doesn't always mean being first. Winning means you're doing better then you've done before, and you attempt to accomplish any goal to your greatest potential, big or small.”

While in high school at Westmount Collegiate, Jesse juggled his studies, being co-president of the student council, working at the Schwartz Reisman Community Center and volunteering at Count Me In with ease. The time he spent with Count Me In led him to his choice of study at Guelph-Humber, an Honours BA in Family and Community Social Services. While completing work placements after university, Jesse worked full time as the aquatic manager at Life Time Athletics Fitness Center. He loved teaching swimming to all ages. He spent his free time volunteering at Camp B’nai B’rith Northland training the aquatic staff or running theme swim days at the Schwartz Reisman Community Center.

After battling a brain tumor with surgery, 4-week long sessions of chemotherapy and daily radiation for a month and a half, Jesse was in remission by the end of November 2020. Wanting to share his experience and positive attitude, Jesse shined a light on mental health, and combatted the stigma that surrounds it when he started the Blessed and Breezy Podcast. The message of his first podcast was to celebrate small wins - "Winning doesn't always mean being first. Winning means you're doing better than you've done before and an attempt to accomplish a goal to your greatest potentials, big or small."

Jesse was one of a kind. He had a knack for making people feel loved, special, cherished and heard. When he put his mind to something, he approached it with "gugusto" until it was accomplished. His wish to enlighten and empower others with hope and confidence. We encourage all of you to strive for those daily wins, big or small.

Our hope is to keep that spirit alive through the Jesse Strong Foundation.  
#stayblessed #staybreezy #jessestrong