i’m still alive, i promise. every time i write anything on here i mention how busy i am, so i’m not going to bother with that this time, ya’ll can just assume. about a month ago was nationals. here’s a picture or two 🙂
may your year be happy and prosperous.
my new years resolution is to finish my 365 this year instead of dying off around april. what’s your resolution?
it has certainly been a busy month. i can honestly say that i cannot wait until the break starts next friday. i really haven’t said that much in the past, but i really do need a break.
this past week has been super busy with KRT secret santa, staff kid’s christmas party, feeder school visits, KRT dinner, kate’s kause voting, snowglow dance, on top of the hardest unit in chemistry, and going to Quebec City last week and missing 3 days of school.
i really am still playing catch-up. though, i must say, i have had the opportunity to take a bunch of awesome pictures, and witness the Grand Prix Final of Figure Skating, which was a very cool experience. In fact, one of the pictures that i took of katie and ian was published in the program book for the GPF, which was actually so neat.
anyway, this coming week is gearing up to be a big one too, with “holiday week” at school. should be fun, but busy!
so, on wednesday i got the pleasure of going to waterloo region’s we day, which is organized and sponsored by free the children, which is an organization started by craig and mark kielburger. if you don’t know who they are, seriously, google them, they’re amazing human beings.
anyway, we day in waterloo was basically 6000 student leaders from 4 different school boards coming together at the kitchener aud and listening to speakers as well as have a generally good time.
the midway state and neverest both performed two songs. the crowd was on their feet from the moment they were announced, rocking out and waving their arms to show their support. it was really cool to see so many enthusiastic people in one place.
motivational, we day speakers such as robin wiszowaty, spencer west and noah caplan all spoke. spencer west told us of the challenges he faces after having both his legs amputated at the pelvis and how these challenges don’t stop him from helping less fortunate people. he announced that he would be climbing mt. kilimanjaro next june – an announcement for which he got a lot of support from the crowd.
robin wiszowaty spoke of her time with an adopted family in kenya and the challenges they face. she told us of how her life’s perspective changed when she spent time in africa and how africa had taken her heart. noah caplan recited a poem he had written; he was the first speaker of the day, and everyone was really excited to hear him.
mia farrow, award winning actress and activist, as well as an excellent photographer spoke to us as well. she was quite funny, exclaiming that we were all “totally awesome”, and that we were the generation she has been waiting got all her life. she showed us pictures that she had taken on a trip to port au prince with craig and explained how the affects of the earthquake in haiti were still so prevalent.
dr. james orbinski, the president of RIM, romeo dallaire, naomi tut, and magic johnson all spoke. when magic came on stage, the crowd was so loud, i thought my eardrums were going to burst. it was truly amazing to see how much everyone loves him. he spoke about hiv/aids and raising awareness about it. several times his speech was interrupted from audience members screaming “i love you magic”, to which he always responded “i love you too”, or “its good to see you”, which i thought was very kind of him. he truly is a remarkable man.
of course the kielburger’s spoke – twice in fact. they were awesome speakers. they really know how to the their audience involved and passionate about what they’re speaking about.
shawn desman taught us the “we day dance”, which is actually way more complicated than i thought it was going to be, mine and jenni’s favourite move was the “sawgger”. i’m pretty sure i videotaped it, so i’ll post the dance around here at some point soon. 🙂
we day was an all round excellent experience, and i really enjoyed it. what i also enjoyed was the fact that i was allowed to take as many pictures as i wanted 😀
here are a few more: