Vancouver - Friday, October 18, 2013 at the Rogers Arena
-- Kofi Annan (@KofiAnnan) - Former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, who has recently launched the 'Kofi Annan Dialogues', a series of online conversations inspiring young people to lead-- Martin Luther King III - Human Rights advocate and eldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.-- Hedley (@Hedleyonline) - Multi-platinum, JUNO and MMVA Award-winning recording artists-- Craig and Marc Kielburger (@craigkielburger) - International activists and co-founders of Free The Children-- The Honourable Romeo A. Dallaire - Lieutenant-General and author-- Down With Webster (@DOWNWITHWEBSTER) - Five-time JUNO Award-nominated, platinum selling genre-defying band with new album, Party for your Life, coming out October 22nd-- Cast members from the Emmy-nominated TV series DEGRASSI (@Degrassi)-- MTV hosts Aliya-Jasmine Sovani (@AliyaJasmine) and Scott Willats (@scottywillats) (hosts for We Day Vancouver)-- Kenyan Boys Choir (@BoysChoirKenya) - Traditional African male choir, who sang at the 2009 inauguration of President Obama-- Youth speakers - Hannah Alper and Vishal Vijay-- Spencer West (@spencer2thewest) - Me to We inspirational speaker, Free The Children ambassador, author and double amputee who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro on his hands and in his wheelchair in June 2012-- Molly Burke (@mollymetowe) - Visually impaired Me to We motivational speaker who speaks out against bullying and the power of hope-- Robin Wiszowaty (@robininkenya) - Me to We motivational speaker, author and Free The Children Program Director in Ghana and Kenya-- Chris Tse - Me to We inspirational speaker, national spoken word champion and humanitarian-- More to be announced...
"I had the opportunity this past summer to participate with Free The Children's communities in Kenya, and see first-hand the lasting impact that youth in North America are making through their charitable work," said Joe Jonas from the Grammy® nominated, multi-platinum band the Jonas Brothers. "I understand what it means to these communities to have access to clean water and an education and I was thrilled to get involved by committing to help build two schools overseas with Free The Children. It may seem like a simple assignment to make one local and one global commitment, but these efforts fundamentally impact the lives of people around the world."
"We Day is a room that can transform people, where messages about bullying and social issues can resonate and a place where students can find people just like them," said Free The Children ambassador Demi Lovato. "Growing up I was forced to deal with many personal struggles and I craved a space where I not only belonged but felt powerful enough to make a difference. To me, that's what We Day does - it brings people together in a day of celebration for world change, showing them they aren't alone in their journey and that it is cool to care. And I am so grateful to be a part of that."
"As kids, we face different pressures all the time," said Austin Mahone, Award-Winning American pop singer. "You've got to surround yourself with positive people in your life, and that's what We Day does. It brings people together to celebrate the difference we can make for each other. I'm so excited to be a part of it for the first time this year!"
We Day is a stadium-sized educational event and a movement of young people leading local and global change. We Day is tied to the year-long program, We Act, which supports students and educators with free educational resources, student-led campaigns and support materials to help turn the event's inspiration into sustained activation. Since 2007, youth involved in the We Act program have raised $37 million dollars for over 1000 local and global causes and logged more than 9.6 million volunteer hours.