WWCTWD’s talent and speakers were awesome — they left hundreds inspired!
We are in the final stages of planning for We Can Change The World Day #2. The announcement of speakers and performers will be officially announced at our October 7th Fundraising Event. Here is a list of those who made our first event a huge success. Thanks again…we couldn’t have done it without you.
Craig Kielburger — founder of Free the Children
Free The Children’s mission is to create a world where all young people are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. And we couldn’t have a better blueprint for success: the organization was founded by Craig Kielburger in 1995 when he gathered 11 school friends in Thornhill Ontario to begin fighting child labour. He was 12.
Today, Free The Children is an international charity and educational partner, with more than 1.7 million youth involved in our innovative education and development programs in 45 countries.
Adam Growe — host of Discovery Channel Canada’s Cash Cab
Adam will be the host of our event. He is one of Canada’s most accomplished stand-up comedians, starring in his own Just for Laughs Gala, as well as Comedy NOW!, on CTV and CBC’s, COMICS!. Adam was also featured on Comedy Central’s, Premium Blend in New York and CBS’s, Star Search in Los Angeles. Adam has performed at the Montreal, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Moncton and Sudbury Comedy Festivals. Currently, he tours both the U.S. and Canada with his live comedy and trivia show, The Adam Growe Quiz Show.
Adam is happy to take the stage for our event and navigate us through our impressive line up of speakers and performers.
Shale Wagman — dancer and finalist on ‘Canada’s Got Talent’
Shale began dancing competitively at a prestigious dance company since the age of six and half where he continues to train with his mentor and expert choreographer as well as other talented and professional teachers. At the young age of twelve he has has received many regional and national first overall high score winner, title and adjudicators choice awards.Shale Wagman, dancer and finalist on ‘Canada’s Got Talent’
As one of the finalists on Canada’s Got Talent and he had judge Stephen Moccio choked up, calling him “a gift to the country.”
Noah Spitzer — actor, writer and educator
He is perhaps best-known for his sixty-minute “one-boy-show” called My Second Smile, a mostly-autobiographical play that reveals the true story of how the four-inch scar on his neck came to be. The play premiered at Ryerson University’s New Voices Festival, where it was picked up by Toronto’s Theatre Bassaris as the company’s season opener in September 2012. The play was then selected to tour to the Ottawa Fringe Festival in June, 2013. Noah has taught drama as a guest artist at the high school and university level. Noah was the recipient of the Jack and Hedda Rothman Acting Award in his fourth year at Ryerson.
Bernadette Taylor-Dolha — Toronto Star’s Teacher of the Year 2010
Bernadette Taylor-Dolha, who once sang musicals on the Shaw Festival stage, now uses her acting skills to captivate Grade 7 students in the arts program at Baythorn Public School. Students who have had the privilege of Ms. TD as their teacher will never forget the experience. She has as way of using her passion for the arts to make even math exciting. She draws out the creativity in students and helps them to find their passion — for things they never even knew they had a passion for. Like Shakespeare. Her true belief in the human spirit is inspiring and infectious. She will move all of you to dig deep and explore the possibilities.
O.I.A.M. (One In A Million) — youth rock band for charity
This talented youth rock band was formed just over a year ago and is using the power of music to help make a difference in this world. OIAM is supporting the movement which inspires kids to get involved in their communities, volunteer their time and raise money to help others in need. Their first single, Count Me In, is available on iTunes and all the proceeds from its downloads went to Kids Help Phone.
Launching their new single, WE CAN, a song written for WE Can Change the World Day, will hopefully make a difference in the lives of many.
Dwayne Gulston best known as “Boneless” — dancer, actor and teacher
Heather Skoll — Co-chair of event, speaker and long time supporter of Free the Children
Heather Skoll attended her first “We Day” in support of Free the Children in 2009. She knew she wanted to “Speak Up” about her passions to make a difference and to change the world and immediately joined Toastmasters to begin to improve her skills as a speaker and leader.
As a leader, Heather knew that she wanted to offer an opportunity to youth and families in York Region to experience the confidence that comes with supporting others in the world. She asked her neighbour Heather Baker to join her to co-create this ” We Can Change the World Day” event. You will hear Heather’s amazing story. She and her husband adopted a village in Kenya through Free the Children, and then three years later they went on a Me to We family trip and visited that village.
Heather is a York Region Mom of boys who have overcome many challenges, a Kripalu yoga teacher, Rubenfeld Synergist, a budding author and speaker.
Nicole Mercedes Muresan — Baythorn Arts graduate and budding singer
Nicole is 13 years old. The monologue that she submitted for the Baythorn Public School Arts Program grade 7 & 8 show was in the form of a song. Her lyrics reflected the show’s theme about Human Rights beautifully and her voice and slide presentation captured the audience’s hearts. She started learning guitar less than a year ago and she has been making music a huge part of her life ever since then. Music is the career that she would like to pursue when she’s older. She wants to inspire people and help them through difficult times with her music. And if her music can move others to make a change in their life and make the world a better place, that too would be fantastic.