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Empowerment Day speakers announced

GUELPH - One Day or Day One. You Decide.

That’s the powerful message that will reach thousands of students at the Upper Grand District School Board’s  2018 Empowerment Day.

The event was initiated in 2015 and developed by two students from Drayton Heights Public School Student Council.

The council decided to continue the annual event and each year it invites students in Grades 5 to 8 from all over the board area.

World renowned motivational speakers, presenters and performers are brought together to share inspiring messages with Upper Grand youth.

Through this experience, students within the Upper Grand District School Board learn they can make a positive difference in their communities and beyond.

This year, 5,000 students will come together for a powerful day of inspiration and empowerment, and bring that passion back to their school communities.

Special guests this year include:

- Mike Downie, co-creator of Secret Path. Mike and his brother Gord Downie vowed to tell the world the story of Chanie Wenjack, an Ojibway boy who died while running away from his residential school;

- Jen Bricker, a gymnast and aerialist born without legs and with her heart on the opposite side of her chest. She has lived her life by one simple rule: never say ‘can’t’;

- Michel Chikwanine, former child soldier and author. Chikwanine grew up amid the terror of war and now inspires people to believe in their ability to make a difference; and

- Neema Children’s Choir, which began more than 10 years ago in Uganda, Africa. Comprised of orphans and children who are the victims of war and HIV Aids, their voices represent hope despite great loss and pain.

Organizers are also promising a “special mystery guest” at the event, which will be held May 3 from 10am to 2pm at the Sleeman Centre in Guelph.


April 13, 2018


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