On Wednesday, October 18th, 57 Mulgrave students in Grades 7-9 joined 20,000 other students from across BC attended WE Day. This event is sponsored by WE (formerly Free the Children) and Me to We, and is hosted at Roger’s Arena. WE is a movement that brings people together and gives them tools to change the world. WE Day is all about inspiration and celebration for generation WE to kickstart a new year of 'globalocal' #socialgood as volunteers, service leaders, activists, doers, and changemakers.
Please take a moment to read through the highlights some of our students shared:
"It is hard to describe how inspired you feel after attending WE Day. It is so impactful just to go and listen to other's voices and how they took initiative to step up and change the world. Even though it was such a diverse community, WE Day brought us together as we sang, listened, and enjoyed the day. I remember at the end, Karina, my friend saying, 'Mikkah, one day we are going to be on that stage.' Watching these young people help change the world influences me to make a change myself. WE Day is an amazing event, and I hope I can connect with Me to We and maybe one day earn my spot on that stage."
"I loved how the presenters were trying to inspire us to take action and be a leader, and it makes me now want to make a difference. I also liked how they brought up kids from the arena to let them talk about what they did to take action, so we can get an overview to see what other schools do."
- Ziyan, G8
"I enjoyed listening to Aysha Emmerson's speech. She was a very inspirational speaker, talking about mental health, and creating a camp that helps girls gain self-confidence. Another highlight was finding out that Bill Gates invented his first computer at 13 years old! This was highly motivational, and reminded me that your age does not limit you from making the world a better place."
"I was most surprised and intrigued by the fact that anyone at any age could make such a huge difference, seeing examples from presenters on stage. They were providing thousands of meals or raising awareness on mental illnesses and their amount of action really 'wowed' me."
"I was so excited overall to be able to attend, and I really wish there was more than one of these fun events in the year...I liked being able to connect in some way to the speakers and what they said. For example, Karina Leblanc, the Olympic bronze medalist of the Canadian Women’s National Soccer team. I am a soccer player, and being able to hear about the life story and journey of someone that I wish someday I'll be was amazing."
"The most memorable performance of WE Day was Grace VanderWaal because she is such an inspiring role model that encourages others within our WE generation that WE can do anything. She's a 13-year old, performing in front of 20,000 people with self-formulated songs. She is the same age as myself, and reminds me of how capable I am of making a difference, and that my age should not stop me from aspiring to dream big."
"The story that most inspired me was that of Silken Laumann. When she was rowing and training for the Olympics, another boat crashed into her's and over 200 fragments of wood were lodged in her leg. Doctors said she would never row again, but 10 weeks later, she won another Olympic bronze medal! That inspired me because she proved that nothing can hold you back if you put your mind to it."
"My first highlight was seeing Hedley perform to close out We Day. Their performance really pumped me up and it was really hype because everyone was jumping up in the air and all the lights from phones were flashing. My second highlight was the story of the Kenyan Boys Choir. They created this band because they needed money to go to school. They are currently travelling around the world to perform and have performed for Selena Gomez and Obama. This is an amazing story."
"One of the speakers, Silken Laumenn talked about her life story and the struggles she underwent to achieve her life-long goals. She inspired me to never give up even though life throws obstacles at me. Whether physical or emotional struggles, it is always possible to find the strength to overcome them. My favourite picture I took from WEDay is a blurred photo of all lights from phones in the crowd. This picture shows the immense amount of people in the audience and reminds me of how WEDay started, the founders were told 'it can’t be done', and look how far this project has come!"
"They say that leaders are not born, they are created. This is what I felt after my experience at WE Day. Martin Sheen said, 'History is shaped each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others.' He went on to further explain, even though we are young, we are able to change the world. In fact, the reason, according to Sheen, why we are able to is because we are young, and the future leaders of this world. And together, we can make a difference that will shape our world. These words still echo in my heart. I could feel the positive energy coming through the speakers and bouncing off the walls. This was an experience I will never forget."
"One of the best highlights for me was seeing the Kenyan boy's choir performance because when they played at Mulgrave, it was amazing! It was also very cool to see Spencer West, and see how far he has come and that not having two legs did not stop him from doing amazing things."
"I was really impressed by the people who suffered from mental illness or disability; they didn't just give up on their life or use drugs or alcohol. Instead, they created their own organisation to help more people like them. They don't believe in their fate, and they broke the rules that people tended to believe. If they can face all those challenges, why are we afraid of those little obstacles that block our way? Even everyone in the audience was from different schools, everyone did their job to welcome the performers and show respect."
'The most important equation to learn is give + issue = change.' - WE Day.
"Inspiring, powerful, encouraging, exciting, moving, and influential are all words that describe WE Day 2017. The day was filled with such positivity and excitement. We were sharing the day with others around BC who are also passionate about making a difference in the world. Every speaker had a moving story and were so inspirational. From sports, to cultures, to inventions. My highlight was hearing about the journeys of the speakers and finding out where they have come to now. I also really enjoyed the music and entertainment portion of WE Day as it hyped up the entire audience throughout the show! Overall, WE Day was an unforgettable experience. I am even more motivated and even more passionate about wanting to make change. Lastly, I would also like to thank Mr. Wilson and all of the other teachers for this amazing opportunity to attend WE Day. #GenWE"
"I just wanted to thank you for giving me the opportunity to have the experience of WE Day! I really enjoyed and learned so much about how simple things can make a huge difference in the world. One of my highlights was all of the music, especially Grace Vanderwal. Also, I really enjoyed the Olympic rower Silken Laumann who talked about her experience and her great perseverance."