I have a dream…

logo-1I have a dream to be a MetoWe Ambassador. Actually, I’d like my whole family to be. This year, my friend Tara, my 10 year old Zac, and I had the privilege of attending WeDAY. Click and read all about it, it’s definitely worth the read.

Our friend who works with MuchMusic, and produced the incredible 1 hour segment on the show, invited us to this huge event at Rogers Arena in November. I knew I was expecting greatness, but never in my life had I seen so much world change going on in one big room – of highschoolers. Young people. It was an invite only event, and the arena was packed with 20 000 or so students who were changing their communities and their world. The artists that was there – One Republic, Demi Lovato, Shawn Desman, Cody Simpson, and others. The speakers – Desmond Tutu, Dr. Holly Branson, Spencer West. The list goes on, but the highlight were the stories of the local students who have changed their communities with their ideas and efforts. It was just an honour to be in the room.

111123 We Day 1433.jpgI left changed. Moved. Called to act. After that day, my son for his class wrote about MetoWe speaker and his Canadian hero – Spencer West who has no legs, and yet climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with his friends to raise awareness and money for clean water in Africa. Zac then went on to rally his school for the campaign WeCreateChange WCC-Banner-Videoand his school has raised a few hundred dollars so far of pennies to provide clean water to a person for life. I watched first hand how this organization inspired my 10 year old to create real world change. I am so blessed to see it.
Since then. Tara ( who is also a hero to me – but I’ll save that for another blog ) and I both have had this huge passion to be a part of this amazing organization that is Free The Children and MetoWe. It’s part of our DNA. We’re joining the movement, and I am so excited.

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Raising little world changers.

This is what I call standing up for something: I was truly astounded when my 10 year old Zac said he wanted to speak at the town hall meeting for the BC film industry and We Create BC last week. I don’t think he realized that there would be 2000 or so people looking in, and one of his biggest challenges is doing anything in front of lots of people. But, he had something to say about an industry that he is passionate about and he believes in. Our whole family works in this industry, and it means a lot to us. From when the Q & A started I could tell he was so nervous. I reassured him he was so brave but didn’t have to speak if he didn’t want to, but he wanted to. This was live, uncut and highly publicized. I was so proud of him. He took the mic like a pro and read off a piece of paper that he had prepared beforehand, ” ….I am here to make a difference in this industry…together we can create change and our voices can be heard! ” In this wonderful chaos that I call parenthood, there comes moments like this that bring me to tears, that we get to see the positive difference and lasting impact we make in our kids lives. Zac got a standing ovation, and I was truly just humbled and blessed to be his mom. Please check out what’s going on in the BC Film industry. Our hope is that the public would really see the lives that are being affected, as well as dispel myths about what the public may think the local Vancouver industry really is about. To watch the live presentation of  Zac’s speech you can go to this SaveBCfilm link. Zac speaks at 1:11:00.

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Photo Credit: Tina Lovgreen BCIT Journalism Student.

Just days after this one, Zac and my second son – 8 year old Jaedon – got their “WE DAY” Free the Children kit out, and one of the campaigns is to raise $25 in pennies to give one child in a third world country fresh water for a lifetime. It’s a great cause because the pennies are going out of production, so Free the Children and RBC Bank are helping them go to good use. The boys took them to their classes to get their classmates involved and the whole school ended up wanting to get involved. Now all 18 classes in a small elementary school in the suburbs are doing the campaign and impacting lives and my 5 year old Zoey is on board too! My kids really are changing the world. It’s proof that little people can do big things, even in this day and age of technology and distractions. Truly remarkable!

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Photo Credit: Shari&Mike Photographers