WE DAY — Students from St. Philip Catholic School in Saskatoon were among the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools participants at this year’s We Day March 15 at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon. (Photo submitted by GSCS)
SASKATOON — Some 1,200 students from 41 Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools (GSCS) were among the thousands from across the province to participate in We Day March 15 at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.
Saskatchewan students earned a spot in the crowd by engaging in acts of charity, justice and advocacy at both a local and a global level throughout the year.
Derrick Kunz, GSCS communications consultant, described examples of action that local schools took on as part of preparation for We Day.
Students at Bishop Filevich Catholic School participated in “We Scare Hunger,” served at Saskatoon Friendship Inn and sent supplies to an orphanage in Ukraine. Sister O’Brien Catholic School also participated in a “We Scare Hunger” food collection and “We Bake For Change” to support Free the Children. Bishop Roborecki Catholic School held various fundraisers to support a marathon for breast cancer, the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Christmas hampers, and the Catholic overseas charity Chalice. Other participating students and schools undertook a range of projects and initiatives.
We Day is a movement that began in 2007, initiated by Free the Children founders Craig and Marc Kielburger. The event is tied to a year-long “We Act” program, which supports students and educators with free educational resources, student-led campaigns and support materials to sustain the momentum surrounding We Day.
Award-winning country music star Brett Kissel, mental health advocate Margaret Trudeau, Assembly of First Nations National chief Perry Bellegarde, Miss Universe Canada Siera Bearchell, Juno-award winning singer-songwriter Tyler Shaw, and the band Celebrity Marauders were among the speakers and performers on the We Day stage. Youth from across Saskatchewan also shared testimony about making a difference in the world.
“We need to celebrate those who are making positive change in the world and that is what We Day is all about,” said Juno award-winning singer-songwriter and speaker Jully Black, one of those presenting at the Saskatchewan We Day.
“I feel so fortunate to be in the company of thousands of remarkable youth. Together, these students have proved their actions — big or small — will create a better tomorrow. I hope to encourage everyone to continue to make their voices heard,” Black said in a media statement.
Every year, more than 200,000 students from over 10,000 schools around the globe earn their ticket to We Day through the yearlong WE Schools program, creating positive impacts at their schools and in their communities, said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of We. We Day unites and celebrates “thousands of young leaders who are working passionately for the causes they care about most, creating sustainable change on a local and global level,” Kielburger said.
Anyone interested can also join the movement by visiting www.we.org to take the We Pledge, a commitment to making a difference every day.