I am so proud to announce that I will be attending National We Day in Ottawa on April 9th 2014. Thank you to Telus for inviting me to celebrate along with 16,000 local youth. Through this partnership with Free The Children, TELUS is helping to inspire young leaders and build a community of young people dedicated to positive social change. Thanks to Telus I will be live tweeting @ShannonsView and sharing via Instagram ShannonsView on my brand new GS4 Mini. Make sure to follow along. You are sure to be inspired.
Locally active, globally aware.
We Day is the movement of our time, empowering a generation of young global citizens through an inspirational event and a year-long educational initiative called We Act, which offers curricular resources, campaigns and materials to help turn the day’s inspiration into sustained activation.
Since 2007, youth involved in We Act have achieved remarkable social change results:
- $37 million raised for more than 1,000 local and global causes
- 9.6 million hours volunteered for local and global causes
- 4 million pounds of food collected for local food banks
- 7.5 million hours of silence logged by youth who stood up for children in developing communities silenced by poverty and exploitation
The full list of speakers and performers announced to date include:
- Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan (@QueenNoor)
- Martin Luther King III – Human Rights advocate and eldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo – National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations
- Simple Plan (@SimplePlan) – JUNO Award-winning band
- Kardinal Offishall (@KardinalO) – Award-winning Canadian rapper and record producer
- JRDN (@JRDNMusic) – Canadian R&B recording artist
- Gen & Jas (The Oducado Twins) – MuchMusic Coca-Cola Covers Winners
- Craig and Marc Kielburger (@CraigKielburger) – International activists and co-founders of Free The Children
- Spencer West (@spencer2thewest) – Me to We inspirational speaker, Free The Children ambassador, author and double amputee who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro
- Molly Burke (@mollymetowe) – Visually impaired Me to We inspirational speaker, Free The Children ambassador and author, who speaks about bullying and the power of hope
- Hannah Alper (CallmeHannah.ca) – 11-year-old Me to We inspirational speaker, Free The Children ambassador, blogger and youth activist
- Vishal Vijay (Childreninaction.ca) – Youth speaker
- …with more to be announced
I will be sharing my experiences in a future post.