From ME to WE
The day started with the founder of WeDay, Craig Kielburger. His words were motivating, empowering and from his heart. He was only 12 when he decided that he could make change and be change. He spoke and gave the kids in the ACC so much to strive for and gave them the inspiration to do it. The motto for these kids in itself was empowering: “WE are powerful, WE are a movement and WE can change the world!” The kids that attend WeDay earn their ticket by making and being change both at home in their communities and globally.
Not only is this whole organization designed to empower our younger generation to be the change the world needs, it actually helps them to be the change across the globe. They have built schools, given clean water and supplies and homes to those who are living half a world away. I can’t say enough amazing things about this organization as there is no better way to make change than to empower the youth that will eventually be our leaders, our doctors and our activists.
Add to the fact that there were some amazing ambassadors at the event like Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Hedley and Magic Johnson to name a few. Marlee Matlin who spoke in sign with such a powerful message to never give up and never let anyone tell you that you can’t succeed at anything you want to do. Henry Winkler who spoke about being told he would never amount to anything and that we are not defined by our challenges but by our tenacity and Toni Morgan who was told by a principal that she would never amount to anything and has now been accepted to Harvard University. Michael “Pinball” Clemons was also so amazing and I could tell why he makes such an amazing coach and can only imagine the things he must say to the Argos before a game especially when he said that none of us is as good as all of us together.
I was so inspired and I can only imagine how each and every one of those children felt. Their idols telling them they can be change. The musical performances were amazing too and I thoroughly enjoyed Hedley, Carly Rae Jepson, Nick Jonas, Hozier and Shawn Mendes.
I could keep going on and on but instead my daughter wrote this and I want to share it with you:
“Many people can think about something someday but do they really intend to do it? Even if you can’t do the big things like flying to Africa and building a school, you can start with the small things like selling bracelets at your school to raise money to bring clean water to a village. We all had to take baby steps to learn to walk which turned into bigger steps and then we start running. Making a change has the same steps. Craig Kielburger made a huge change after reading a newspaper and 20 years later, that change now involves hundreds of thousands of others making a change.”
I was so thankful to spend the day with my daughter and be inspired together. It was an amazing day!
With love, Jessica
Located in the GTA, I am a stay-at-home mother of 4 wonderful children. I am happily married to the most incredible man and we have one child together and happily raise my 3 others from my previous marriage together. Blending two different cultures (my new hubby is from the UK) as well as all the kids has been challenging but worthwhile. The children range in age from my oldest who is 11 to the youngest who is 2.