This past Thursday I had the most amazing experience at We Day!

The excitement started off with a pre-reception dinner the night before We Day that my family and I got invited to. There I met a few speakers and performers, and what was really special for me was that I got to meet my hero Spencer West. If you’ve been reading my blog, you probably know that Spencer is a guy who had a genetic disease, and had to have his legs amputated at the age of 5. Despite having no legs, Spencer managed to climb Mount Kilimanjaro! It was so cool for me to talk to him for a few minutes, and get his autograph.

After, I also met some inspiring youth including Hannah Alper, Vishal Vijay, and Sydney Brouillard-Coyle.

You probably know that over the summer I fundraised for the Kisaruni All Girls Secondary School, and one of the girls from that very school was at the event! It was really awesome to be able to see who the money I raised is going to.

Later, Craig Kielburger spoke about We Day and about the Governor General Awards that some people at the reception recieved. Also, Hannah Alper spoke about finding your spark, and the band Neverest performed a few songs.

The next morning, after getting up really early at 5:30 we went down to the ACC to go to the FanZone where Etalk was interviewing some of the speakers and performers. Spencer West, Craig and Marc, R5, and Shawn Desman were just a few of the people who were interviewed.

Then we went into the ACC and we were brought to our seats in the third row! Having seats really close to the stage made the experience even better because we could see everything that was happening on stage.

All the speakers and performers were amazing and made me, and everyone else in the audience want to make a positive impact in our world.

Some of the performers included Hedley, Kardinal Offishal, Kendrick Lamar, Neverest, and Lights. One performance that stood out for me was Hedley, because they really got the audience excited.

Almost all of the speakers spoke about empowerment because that is what this year’s theme is. They spoke about economic, social, technological, and educational empowerment.

Some of the speakers included Natalie Panek, Chris Hadfield, Ashley Murphy, and Katie Couric. One of the speakers that stood out for me was Natalie Panek because she talked about how girls and women should be more involved with science.

Craig and Marc Kielburger spoke so amazingly because they got everyone excited about taking action. The passion that they spoke with was unbelievable to hear. They spoke about empowerment, taking action, We 365, and much more.

But the best part of We Day was just feeling the energy of 20,000 youth all passionate about changing the world! Not everyone always understands my passion, so it was pretty cool to be in a room where everyone believed in the same things I do.

The cool thing for me was that Liz Trinnear and Ed Robertson gave me a shout out during We Day! Here is the video of me getting a shout out:

I really had such an amazing experience at We Day and I feel so empowered to make a difference in our world!

Thanks for joining me on my journey to change the world!

-Diviya

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