October 1rst, 2015 was the day that students from the Toronto area filled the Air Canada Centre during school hours to enjoy the WE Day celebrations that included some incredible stories of personal achievement despite incredible challenges interspersed with some amazing musical performances.
On a day when the headlines are more concerned with a 29 year old "alleged" drunk driver who killed three children and their grandfather, as well as, a 26 year old gunman that invaded a college campus killing nine people in Oregon, WE Day should have been headlining the evening news.
Instead of glamorizing the demons in our society it's high time we shine a bright spotlight on the heroes that have surmounted impossible odds to achieve some incredible goals. To have their accomplishments highlighted at a WE Day event just doesn't seem to be enough.
In the meantime, let me give you some homework. Here are some names for you to research: Annaleise Carr (the youngest person to swim across lake Ontario), Silken Laumann (winning an Olympic bronze medal weeks after a leg shattering injury), Marlee Matlin (the only deaf performer to earn an Academy Award for best actress), Toni Morgan (from homeless to Harvard), Henry Winkler (from lifetime of dyslexia to accomplished author), and Joseph Boyden (living with depression). Their stories are in the minds of every student that attended WE Day.