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National We Day: April 1st, 2015.

This was my 2nd year photographing the National We Day event in Ottawa at the Canadian Tire Centre, April 1st, 2015.

What is We Day?
We Day is the movement of our time, empowering a generation of young global citizens through an inspirational event and a year-long educational initiative.

You can’t buy a ticket to We Day—you earn it through service. Through the year-long We Act program, schools and groups take on one local and one global action and report back to Free The Children to earn their way to We Day.

The energy and motivation in the arena just makes me want to come back every year. Seeing kids support each other, in their communities and globally, is definitely a refreshing change.1 MelanieShieldsPhotographyOttawa-1551
There were over 16’000 people at this, The 50th, We Day event!
Kardinal Offishall and JRDN opened the performances with their song “Freedom”
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Ambassadors Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Heyman
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Canadian Recording Artist, Andee, had everyone dancing
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5 Untitled-1On the left we have an excited volunteer whose job is to ‘Pump the crowd’ 
Right, Mia Farrow Award Winning actress and activist imparts her wisdom

Marlee Matlin; very inspirational Academy Award-Winning Actress and devoted social activist.
7 MelanieShieldsPhotographyOttawa-16316 Untitled-1Neverest, Canadian band,  performed again this year! Last year they had a very high energy performance which was amazing and had me singing “Rewind” for days but this year they performed “Someday”
Neverest teams up with RBC for this new song “Someday”. RBC is donating a portion of the proceeds from every download to the We Create Change campaign.

Spencer West, Me to We Motivational Speaker
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Jonathan Pitre, joined by Craig Kielburger, was very inspirational and had such a positive message about being different and how it shouldn’t stop you in anything you do. The crowd rose to their feet!
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More of Mel’s coverage of the event here

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