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"Dale's songs strike at the heart of real wellness. I first saw Dale at a
national wellness conference and was blown away by the feeling that he left us
with. Dale refreshes his audience in ways that are hard to describe. He reaches
into areas not touched by typical wellness sessions. He encourages expression,
reflection and the importance of humour in finding wellness. His songs are
about the journey of life, of work and of healing. His stories engage the
audience, his humour shines and each attendee is left feeling sunnier about
work and all areas of life."
Dale has a gift that needs to be shared. His perspective on life, his
interest in people, and his passion come out in his songs and music. A
welcome edition to any conference or gathering. His session is bound to
be a popular one.
Registered Psychiatric Nurses form across Canada and around the world were
moved to tears as Dale Nikkel performed his originally composed song about
Psychiatric Nurses.Having Dale compose and perform his original song brought a
very unique and personal touch to our World Congress for Psychiatric Nurses.
Dale was able to capture the multiple complexities of the profession, and the
essence of the compassion embedded within Psychiatric Nurses. I would recommend
Dale to any conference that is looking for a unique and talented approach in
touching the hearts of their conference delegates.
"Emergency Nurses from across Canada gave Dale a standing ovation. They
laughed, they cried and were touched deeply by his songs that struck at the
heart of the joys and struggles of emergency nursing. The song he composed for
our national conference was especially touching and highlighted the entire
spectrum of life in the emergency department. Stressful professions, like
nursing, are in need of a voice to express their stressful feelings and I would
highly recommend Dale to present at your conference and even better yet,
compose a song. Your group will leave refreshed and renewed."
“From his thoughtful lyrics to his evocative music, with his gracious manner and gentle sense of humour, Dale uses some of the narrative of his own life experience to inspire others to reflect on theirs. With his focus on teaching, nursing, parenting and chaplaincy – among other caring vocations - Dale weaves wisdom and wit that encourages and empowers.”
"Dale Nikkel entertained our staff with a delightful concert of teacher-themed
songs. It was a skillfully balanced presentation of humour and pathos drawn
from his experiences as a teacher, husband and father. We were charmed by his
personal warmth and creativity and we were thoroughly entertained by his artful
musical skills and beautiful voice. We would gladly recommend Dale to any
organization looking for professional entertainment that is fun and well
"Having Dale at our conference was a very nice touch and we hope that we can have
him again in the near future. The fact that Dale is also a teacher and his own experiences
to relate to carries a lot of weight with fellow teachers. Dale's performance at our conference-ending
banquet was inspirit to say the least - ending with a huge standing ovation."
"Beautiful Plains School Division hired Dale Nikkel to provide
entertainment at a Divisional workshop. It was our intent to bring some
humour and thought provoking music into the day. Dale did not let us down.
Throughout the day Dale sang original songs that resonated with teachers
in a positive way at many different levels. As the organizer of the day, I
received a great deal of positive feedback on Dales musical messages and
the manner in which they were performed. I would not hesitate to
recommend Dale to other groups. Should you wish to talk to me personally
about Dales performance, I would be happy to do so."
"Dale Nikkel, our Keynote speaker for the 2005 Guidance and Counselling
Conference, gently motivated and inspired us to make the most of our
conference sessions, while reminding us to enjoy the amazing beauty
surrounding us in Banff. He struck a chord in more ways than one in
that his music and songs go far beyond the limitation of words and
ideas, but to a place where people relate - to the heart. Stress,
challenge and fatigue grip our profession and Dale spoke to these issues
encouraging humour, perspective and joy. I would highly recommend him
for any conference and guarantee that your delegates will be touched and
"Dale's live performance is captivating. An engaging songwriter and
storyteller...Dale has an ability to connect with people about all areas
of life. His performance, mixed with humor and seriousness are bound to be
a huge hit for your conference."
"I am delighted to recommend Dale for any gathering related to health and
wellness. We brought Dale in to speak and entertain at various times during our
conference, and also asked him to compose a song related to workplace wellness.
He did not disappoint. Dale took ideas from delegates and weaved them together
in a song that he presented at a later session - the song captured the emotions
and issues that our delegates are facing in their workplaces. Dale proved his
versatility throughout our conferencein Montreal. He played beautiful
background music in the lounge during our wine and cheese reception, he
provided an excellent breakout session, and delighted our group by performing
the song he wrote during a keynote session. After Dale's session, one
participant commented "I've learned that it's important to express your pain
first, and then learn to laugh about the situation." I would highly recommend
Dale. We found him to be professional, poignant, talented and willing to work
with us to meet our needs. His songs are bound to leave your group refreshed."
"I loved the song. It was a spectacular but elegant tribute not only to the few days we spent
working with representatives from rural Canada but to the vital role of the rural Canada itself."
"Dale has a gift of being able to put into words and music the very essence of a gathering.
He creates a song that connects the people to the topic and presents an A-1 summary...
Way to go, Dale!"
"We wanted to find a special way to thank a group of employees who had volunteered
so much of their personal time to help others who were less fortunate. We held a small reception and Dale was the entertainment for this special evening. As soon as Dale began to play, sing and tell his stoires, our employees and their spouses were immediately swept away to a place of utter peace and comfort. Every single person in that room was moved and,every single person left that night feeling special and at total peace. Thanks to Dale it was an amazing night!"
"Dale's session provided our teachers with some much needed humour and a
boost of energy to enter the second half of the school year. He engaged
our staff through his songs, stories and insights specific to teaching. I
would recommend Dale's session as a keynote, opener or closer for a PD
day. He will get laughs, tears and touch at the heart of teacher
"Dale has a gift for seeing life through passionate eyes, and translating the
vision through his music; music that is laced with emotion. He reminds me of
the styles of James Taylor and Jim Croce, Where listening to the lyric sends
the mind into drifting thought."
"folk pop treasure. James Taylor fans will swoon!"
"... a new standard for prairie folk-pop...Dale Nikkel has mastered his craft."
"much too young to be writing songs with that wisdom"
"Dale provides reflection and humour in his musical portrayal of the
challenges and rewards of an educator ....a fun-filled insight into his
Great Songs. Gorgeous!
Dale's humour shines. Our staff felt we related to him, as he himself had
been a former teacher. I would gladly recommend Dale Nikkel's
session..Dale's format of presentation through song and discussion allowed
us to reflect on our careers and how important it is to take care of
"You need to see him."
"Amazing, you hit the nail right on the head."
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