Vancouver

We Day Vancouver

October was a busy month for us. We got back from We Day Toronto and were behind in our coursework from school. Then I got sick. I’d had a bad cold the whole time we were in Toronto but it got a lot worse when I got home. I didn’t have any seizures but my doctor put me on bedrest for a week.

Luckily, I was all better by the time We Day Vancouver rolled around!

I’ve been to We Day Vancouver every year since Grade 8. I love it. This year was extra special because Dan and I were able to bring special guests with us AND we were invited to the Evening of Champions. Since we missed this night in Toronto we were even more excited.

We were also pretty excited to bring two younger YEP members to We Day. My little brother, Matt, and my cousin, Kenz, were totally stoked to come with us.

We stayed in the official We Day hotel, the Sheraton, in beautiful downtown Vancouver. The first night we had the Evening of Champions. This was such a great event. Craig Kielburger was there and so was Spencer West. Hannah Alper was there and spoke. And Neverest played unplugged. We had such a great time and got to see a lot of the people we’ve met through Me to We.

We Day Vancouver was so much fun. The performers were awesome. The speakers were inspiring (as always). But I think the best part was seeing the spark to BE THE CHANGE ignited in the younger kids we’d brought to the event. ๐Ÿ™‚

Updates from the EAS!

Dan and I did so many things in 2014! I haven’t been very good at updating our website though – we were just too busy.

I’m creating a series of photo-stories to share with you about all the great opportunities we had last year. From hosting our own gala to attending the Pipeline Conference to presenting at the Canadian Student Leadership Conferences to attending We Days Toronto & Vancouver to Epilepsy Awareness Day in Disneyland to doing my first TedX Talk, it was an amazing fall. And that fall just ended an amazing year in general!

It was also pretty tough juggling school work and all that travel (and I’ve been trying to catch up every since). But we had so many amazing opportunities to talk about epilepsy with so many different people. It was really inspiring to talk to others who are dealing with epilepsy in their lives.

We also got to see a lot of new places and learn how to travel together! Don’t worryย we are still best friends. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We also started a new initiative in September of 2014: the Youth Empowerment Project. The goal of that group is to help other young people use their passions to make positive change in the world! You can keep up-to-date on that project at http://yepnow.org.

I hope you enjoy seeing all the amazing things we did last year. 2015 is going to be just as awesome!

EAS Gala – February 2014

Penticton Markets – Spring 2014

Epilepsy Pipeline Conference – June 2014

Canadian Student Leadership Conference – Sept 2014

We Day Toronto – October 2014

We Day Vancouver – October 2014

Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland – Nov 2014

TedX Kids BC 2014 – Nov 2014