Co-Founder, WE Charity
Craig Kielburger is a social entrepreneur and the co-founder of a family of organizations dedicated to the power of WE, a movement of people coming together to change the world. Along with his brother Marc Kielburger, Craig co-founded WE Charity, which provides a holistic development model called WE Villages, helping to lift more than one million people out of poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Back at home in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, WE Schools and WE Day provide comprehensive service learning programs to 10,000 schools, engaging 2.4 million young change-makers. Lastly, he is the co-founder of ME to WE, a pioneering social enterprise, the profits from which help sustain the work of his charitable organization. His work has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes and the BBC.
Craig is the youngest ever graduate from the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program. He has also received 15 honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in the fields of education and human rights. Craig is a New York Times bestselling author, who has published 12 books, as well as a nationally syndicated columnist. Craig has received The Order of Canada, the Nelson Mandela Freedom Medal and the World Children’s Prize. He was recently voted by Canadians as one of Canada’s top most trusted influencers in a Readers Digest poll, and along with his brother Marc, he was named Canada’s Most Admired CEO in the public sector in 2015.
MIKE ATOM & ROSIE FERGUSON
Radio Hosts of the Mike & Rosie Show 105.9 The Region
Rosie Ferguson loves to connect with the community both on and off the air as the Afternoon Drive Co-Host of the Mike & Rosie Show on York Region’s radio station, 105.9 The Region. She spent many years at The Weather Network in a variety of roles including live on the air as a weather broadcaster and as programming manager in charge of studio operations. She has also worked for CTV’s Dome Productions and the Toronto International Film Festival. Rosie holds degrees in English and Sociology from the University of Toronto and Radio and Television from Ryerson University.
WE Ambassador, Youth Activist & Blogger
Hannah launched her blog, CallMeHannah.ca, at age nine to share her growing knowledge and concern for the environment. A lover of animals since she was a young girl, she began to make the connection between animals and the effects of environmental destruction on their habitats and lives. Her blog began out of her desire to help and to inspire others to join her in believing that the little things that we can all do add up to make a big difference.
Hannah has found power in using her voice to inspire, motivate and empower people of all ages to identify their passion and take action. She is a Me to We Motivational Speaker and Free The Children Ambassador. She is proud to have shared the story of one of her role models, Malala Yousafzai, throughout the 2013/2014 We Day season across North America. For the 2014/2015 We Day season Hannah co-hosted the Social Empowerment session and spoke to the need for inclusivity and encouraged her peers to stand up to bullying. In the spring of 2014 Hannah joined Spencer West as a feature speaker on the We Create Change Tour traveling from coast to coast across Canada, staging a show at schools and to celebrate with students and teachers the powerful change being made in communities across the country.
TVO Kids Reporter & Easter Seals Ambassador
Born at 36 weeks, Tai underwent abdominal surgery at only 2 days old for Jejunal Atresia. He spent 3 months The Hospital for Sick Children before he was able to come home. Doctors believed that Tai wouldn’t be able to sit, stand, or walk due to a spinal cord injury.
This did not slow Tai down! At only 12 years old, Tai has accomplished a lot such as being an ambassador for Holland Bloorview and Easter Seals, a model, a filmmaker, and a TVO Kids reporter. Tai was also a medal runner for the Rick Hansen Man in Motion Tour in 2011.
Tai is fearless at trying new things and possesses an infectious positive attitude. He competes in vocal competitions, plays the drums, and enjoys musical theatre. He hopes to be on Broadway one day! On the athletics side, Tai enjoys wheelchair fencing, wheelchair tennis, mono-skiing and swimming.
Tai believes that you can do anything you set your mind to, and encourages kids of all ages to be active!
Spoken Word Poet
Seleted as one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 in 2014, Wali Shah is one of the top Canadian youth speakers & is currently a student at the University of Toronto. He is a poet and musician. He combines social issues, experiences, comedy, and his South Asian and Muslim background to bring his work to life.
From featuring on MTV with Selena Gomez, being a TEDx speaker, performing at the Air Canada Centre, and even freestyling with Kendrick Lamar — Wali has inspired countless people through his work as an Artist-Educator.
United by the same passion, the Sem brothers – Geoffrey and Matthew, formed The Rising Suns dance crew. They first discovered dance during a medical mission to Mexico in 2011 when a fellow volunteer showed them some breakdancing moves. Since then, the brothers have evolved into competent dancers, especially in hip-hop and breaking.
Throughout the past 5 years, The Rising Suns have performed for organizations including UNICEF, A1 Radio, and One Silver Lining, competed against other crews during UNITY Charity events, dedicated their skills to charity work at several nursing homes, and taught dance workshops at various community centres throughout Richmond Hill. Currently, their journey is far from over as they continue to explore different choreography styles, create new routines, and push the limits of their creativity.
SONSHINE & BROCCOLI
Brock Burford is a graduate from the Sheridan College Musical Theatre Performance Program. He is one half of the successful children’s entertainment duo Sonshine and Broccoli; who have recently signed with one of the biggest agencies in Toronto JMA talent. They just filmed eight music videos submitted for the Juno’s this year and finished a two week 26 performance contract at the Royal Ontario Museum. Brock was recently featured in Post City Magazine in an Article about the beginnings of Sonshine and Broccoli. Brock is delighted to be a part of We Can Change the World Day 3 and dedicates his performance to his friends and family.
Lisa Sonshine is a graduate from the Musical Theatre Performance program at Sheridan College. After graduating she started Sonshine and Broccoli; one of Canada’s most sought after Children’s Performers. Lisa also sings Jazz, Broadway and pop professional and catch her in the musical revue Campfire Songs this April. She would like to dedicate her performance to the Bearster.
The duo have just finished a two week performance at the Royal Ontario Museum and preparing for their March Break and New Brunswick tour. Off the heals of being signed with the same agency as Sharon and Bram (JMA Talent) They are preparing for their eight music videos to be released.
Speaker and Musician
Delicia‘s journey with volunteering and WE began nearly 7 or 8 years ago. Delicia is now a speaker, and spoken word artist on social and global issues. Her passion for travelling to change the world has taken her to Africa 3 times, the borderlands of Arizona once and the Amazon Rainforest coming up! Delicia is determined to create change by using her passions as fuel and is a 15 year old performing arts student. Her passion for the arts ignited at a very young age as her journey as a vocalist began at the age of 3. The piano, violin and cello soon followed. Delicia picked up dance at the age of 8 and music theatre and the theatrical arts merged into her passions along the way. Delicia’s love for the arts is deeply rooted in singing and music theatre but has a fervor for the various parts of the performing arts mentioned above. This has also lead to her performing travels across the globe from the US to Africa! Delicia wholeheartedly believes in the power of every individual and their power to change the world.
Mark William Pezzelato is owner and operator of Pezmosis Music Productions in Richmond Hill. He is a professional musician whose instruments include drums, guitar, bass, piano, and vocals. Mark has many acts and aliases: as a children’s performer he is known as Marky Monday; he writes rock songs under the name Vanek, funk music as Brother Levon, and adult comedy as BS101. Mark uses his full name when releasing inspirational books, of which he has written three. Mark has produced and collaborated on hundreds of songs in the studio and has performed all across Canada.
Ayaz V. is an emerging singer-songwriter from Toronto, Canada. He delivers a soulful voice with stripped down guitar melodies displaying many genres including pop, reggae and R&B. A Toronto native but innate wanderlust, his sound is diverse and his writing is inspired by his own life experiences.
Today, the singer-songwriter is gaining the attention of a wide array of social networks and was recently crowned the grand prize winner of Canada’s Walk of Fame Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program. When pressed about the purpose behind his music, Ayaz V.’s response is always “So people never feel alone”. No matter what someone is going through, whether it be heartbreak, infatuation and even jealousy, there will be an Ayaz V. song for that.
ISABELLA ELISE TOMASO
Isabella Elise Tomaso was born March 29, 2006 and started to display a passion for both music and dance at a young age. Isabella has been studying at the Royal Conservatory of Music for piano and vocals at the age of four. Isabella was inspired in singing opera music at a young age by listening to her grandfather singing operatic pieces of Luciano Pavarotti. She has performed in several singing solo events displaying both modern and soft soprano talent and has participated in several music recitals including acting, singing, and dancing.
Michael is a grade 8 student who was born and lives in Aurora Ontario. Since he was just five years old he learned to play the drums and continues to study percussion. With a great passion, love and interest in music he has also begun to learn guitar. Michael is compassionate, caring and a great role model for his younger siblings. He also enjoys drawing manga, science, riding his bike and spending time with friends. He looks forward to starting high school in September to meet new people and wants to find a job to start earning his own money.