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WE Day Alberta: Inspires students to make a difference

DH Calgary Staff Oct 29, 2015 11:16 am

16,000 students skipped class on Tuesday for a different kind of educational experience. WE Day Alberta, an initiative from Free The Children, celebrates a generation of young leaders who made a difference in both their local and global communities from across the province at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.

An incredible fact about WE Day is that individuals are not able to purchase tickets to the event, instead each ticket is earned by taking one local and one global action through WE Schools, a year-long educational program that engages and empowers young people to become active citizens and compassionate leaders.

WE Day started up at 9:30 a.m. with an explosion of lights and noise as the crowd eagerly awaited the upcoming inspirational speakers and performers.

Elliot Miville-Deschênes, actor, singer and activist, kicked off the show at centre stage with an enlightening introduction about a boy around his age who was a slave. Then Craig Kielburger, the co-founder of WE Day and an international activist, spoke of the incredible contributions that have been accomplished over the years.

As the show progressed more and more incredible people were revealed, inspiring attendees with words of encouragement.

Photos from WE Day:

Ken King and Calgary athletes

Ken King and Calgary athletes/Kaitlyn Johnson, Calgary Buzz

Kardinal Offishall and Jessi Cruickshank

Kardinal Offishall and Jessi Cruickshank/ Kaitlyn Johnson, Calgary Buzz

Rameez Virji (Inventor, technology and physiology enthusiast)

Rameez Virji (Inventor, technology and physiology enthusiast)/ Kaitlyn Johnson, Calgary Buzz

JRDN and the Kenyan Boys Choir (Performing “Same Sky”)

JRDN and the Kenyan Boys Choir (Performing “Same Sky”)/ Kaitlyn Johnson, Calgary Buzz

Spencer West in the crowd

Spencer West in the crowd/ Kaitlyn Johnson, Calgary Buzz


Audience/ Kaitlyn Johnson, Calgary Buzz

Liz Trinnear (etalk and Much host)

Liz Trinnear (etalk and Much host)/ Kaitlyn Johnson, Calgary Buzz

Marlee Matlin (Academy Award-winning actress and devoted social activist)

Marlee Matlin (Academy Award-winning actress and devoted social activist)/ Kaitlyn Johnson, Calgary Buzz

The Band Perry

The Band Perry/ Kaitlyn Johnson, Calgary Buzz

Elliot Miville-Deschênes

Elliot Miville-Deschênes/ Kaitlyn Johnson, Calgary Buzz

Francesco Yates ( performing "Call")

Francesco Yates ( performing “Better To Be Loved”)/ Kaitlyn Johnson, Calgary Buzz

Jessi Cruickshank talking with a student

Jessi Cruickshank talking with a student/ Kaitlyn Johnson, Calgary Buzz


Hosts Kardinal Offishall (left), Spencer West (centre) and Liz Trainnear (right)

Hosts Kardinal Offishall (left), Spencer West (centre) and Liz Trainnear (right)/ Kaitlyn Johnson, Calgary Buzz

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