I am a 12 year old student of Mar Jok Elementary. I enjoy singing, dancing and being involved with the Kelowna Actors Studio. I have recently started learning how to code / program and find that pretty fascinating. And when I do have free time, I enjoy spending it with my friends and family. My favourite musical is Alexander Hamilton because the music engages me and its saying that anyone, even an orphan immigrant can leave their footprints and rise up. I live in a family of 6 people my three sisters my mom and dad and me. My family has been so helpful and I am so lucky that I have the opportunities that I have. I feel very fortunate to have been chosen to share my idea with all of you today.
I am a kind person and I never give up. I love to sing and be close to nature and find them both calming. There are a lot of physical activities that I have enjoyed. The ones that have been the most fun participating in are: Irish dance, golf, horseback riding, baseball, tennis, musical theatre, springboard diving and swimming.
Learning new things, reading and creative writing are ways I spend my spare time. Like most kids my age, I include time for computer games too. People close to me are my Mom and Dad, they support me and who I am. My contribution to society is that I always smile at a person as they walk by, it can make their day and inspire them to make someone else’s day better too.The most important Value to me is to always be kind, that goes a long way!
For three years I've been involved in politics in one way or another. I've had the privilege of job shadowing former Minister of Education Peter Fassbender, MLA Eric Foster and MP Mel Arnold. Out of these experiences I now sit on the BC Liberal riding Association for Vernon-Monashee. As well as the Advisory Planning Committee for the City of Vernon.
Greta is a 10th grade student at KSS. She has lived overseas from ages 3 to 12 in Azerbaijan, China, and Saudi Arabia, and has spent the last few years trying to integrate back into her own culture. On the weekend, you could find her sitting at the kitchen table doing art, testing out new recipes in the kitchen, or lying in her bed with a migraine watching Netflix. In the future, if being a crazy cat lady doesn’t work out, Greta would like to teach art or theater to kids or become an art therapist.
Hannah Aubichon was born in Edmonton, Alberta and moved to Kelowna, BC in 2015. She is a die-hard Harry Potter fan, and also just loves reading books of all kinds. She is actively involved in her church community and loves to serve others. Hannah enjoys writing fiction, drawing, and days at the lake.
I think I'm funny sometimes and I do A LOT of thinking. I'm a pretty creative person and play a few instruments but not very well. I'm involved in leadership and theatre production at school. I enjoy solving/reading mysteries and I'm a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes. I love making new friends and meeting new people but I always end up in the comfort of my own home with a hot cup of tea and a good book. My Instagram feed has become an “accidental aesthetic” due to my growing interest in photography.
I recently just moved here from a farm in Peace River Alberta. Even back in Peace River I was interested in creating a positive impact. I’m in grade 9 now and continue to volunteer and such. I spend most of my free time either studying or bringing characters to life by drawing. I love sports and am a competitive person, so I always strive for the best. My main sport is figure skating, but I’m not afraid to break a nail, as I like to ride dirt bikes and just be a farm kid.
Keneisha Charles is an advocate and activist with a passion for social justice and sustainability. As a queer woman of colour, she holds an especial passion for human rights and supporting marginalized communities. She channels this passion by helping to promote inclusion and acceptance with the Diversity Club at Rutland Senior Secondary school. Her other involvements within the school district and community include the Central Okanagan Public Schools District Student Council, Foundry Kelowna’s Youth Advisory and Action Council, the RSS Wellness Team, and the RSS Interact Club. When she is not busy volunteering, she enjoys reading, writing, and making music.
Lauren Moody is a passionate forward-thinker that strives to create meaningful change in her community, and to inspire others to do the same. She is the co-founder of OKM Sustainability Club and the sustainable social enterprise Mission Roots Cafe, a not-for-profit school coffee shop that embodies the values of consumer choice and individual impact. Lauren is able to draw inspiration and worldly knowledge from her many travels abroad, and is able to implement her learnings at the local level through various different initiatives. She is most passionate about working towards solutions for both environmental and social justice issues, and finds her idols in the likes of Malala Yousafzai and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, two youth activists that personify her core values and interests. In her free time, Lauren enjoys going for runs with her dog and spending time outside in the beautiful Okanagan Valley.
I have always been a very active person, I have been on a jump rope team for the past 7 years, which is my favourite thing to do. We go all over British Columbia for provincial competitions, workshops and demos. I also I came 3rd in the Kelowna Apple Bowl competition for high jump and I love snowboarding. I love to be out with my friends in the summer and working at my job at Loco Landing. I have always had a passion art. I have won art competitions and even created a mural for my school last year at Skaha Lake Middle School!
Skye Noh is a driven change-maker in her community, and aspires to be not only a determined and involved environmental activist, but also a leader who inspires and motivates others. Her past background as a competitive volleyball player has allowed her to heavily value the power of teamwork and connectivity on a grassroots level. Skye is driven by her passion for sustainability and her undying curiosity to solve issues as inextricable as climate change. She is the co-founder of OKM’s Sustainability Club, its subsequent social enterprise Mission Roots Cafe, and is also involved in numerous other youth-led initiatives in and around her community. Skye hopes to pursue a career in business, where she can harness the power of consumer choice to create the change she wishes to see in the world.
Teagan is an entrepreneur, CEO, public speaker, and soon to be author. At the age of 9 he raised enough money to build a school in Africa, which sparked his passion for doing good. This passion, combined with his love of Pokemon cards, is what inspired his mom, Chantelle Adams, to challenge him to come up with his own card game with the positive twist of doing good. Teagan was on the national tv show Dragons Den with this card game at the age of 10, and has since sold 650+ decks of cards to families, as well as started doing assemblies at schools. He is now 16yrs old and just launched another business of his own where he is teaching his fellow youth how to achieve success in their lives, and is currently writing a book about the 10 universal principles that anyone can follow to achieve success in all aspects of their lives. He is also starting a program to teach kids how to be successful and make/manage money and be happy/grateful and all around more responsible and better all around!
My names Tor and I’m 12 years old. I love football, doing math, solving Rubik’s cubes, playing the piano, and flipping! Oh ya, and I’m transgender.