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My WE Day - a first hand account

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

I'm Roya Aboosaidi, a Grade 9 student at Bayview Glen, and I wanted to share with you my experience at WE Day.

WE Day is about the celebration of kids making a difference in their local and worldwide communities. The Kielburger brothers founded WE Day with a passion for change. I was lucky enough to get to participate in the inspiring festival on October 19th at the Air Canada Centre. We are fortunate to have everything we do. WE day helps us realize that. It also helps us stand up for what we believe in. It could be truth and reconciliation, feeding the poor, donating  and so much more.

Performers such as Hedley, Zendaya, Chris Hadfield, Lily Singh and Gord Downie discussed how we can help, because there is always someone who needs it. Gord Downie wrote a book called the Secret Path, hoping it leads to more reparation for residential schools.

The Secret Path is about a 12-year-old Ojibway boy who died from exposure and hunger after trying to find his way back home from a residential school. "The next hundred years are going to be painful as we come to know Chanie Wenjack and the thousands like him as we find out about ourselves, about all of us — but only when we do, can we truly call ourselves true Canadians" said Downie. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission reported 3,200 reported deaths, just like Chanie's. It's time to make a change. As a WE school we need to find out what we're interested in and get involved. You can also do WE trips, where you have the opportunity to make a difference. My grandmother went to Kenya and helped build schools. Visit the WE Day website where you can learn how you can help schools in foreign countries.