Our team here at Welo loves celebrating kindness and community-- it's what makes the world go 'round! These three Canadian kiddos that are passionate about giving back to their communities and are changing the world on global scale.

 

 

Autumn Peltier

Photography by Linda Roy

Known as a "Water Warrior" in her community in Wikwemikong Unceded Territory on Manitoulin Island, Autumn Peltier is passionate about preserving Mother Earth. This young activist is known for her efforts to protect and provide clean water to all communities around the globe. She gained international attention when she spoke to the United Nations General Assembly in Paris in 2018, requesting the countries present to "warrior up". "One day I will be an ancestor," she said to the audience, "and I want my great-grand-children to know I tried hard to fight so they can have clean drinking water."

 

Xavier West

Photography by Linda Roy/Ireva Photography

After four years of fundraising, Xavier West was able to build a school in Kenya in partnership with WE Charity. The idea to fundraise money to build a school came to him when he was 10 years old; Xavier heard We Charity founder Craig Kielburger share a story of children in Brazil playing soccer with used water bottles for equipment, and it hit home. He had the opportunity to see the impact of his fundraising efforts when his grandfather gifted him and members of his family a trip to Kenya. He said to Canadian Living magazine, “I get a lot out of education, and I feel that other kids should have education as well."

 

Faith Dickinson

Photography by David Wile

After hearing cancer patients are often cold during treatment when she was nine years old, Faith Dickinson started "Cuddles for Cancer". Her goal was to fundraise money to support hand-made fleece blankets that were then given to patients to keep them warm during treatment. Cuddles for Cancer has also expanded overseas, sending blankets to Canadian soldiers serving in international waters. Her efforts earned her The Diana Award in 2017, as well as an invitation to the 2017 royal wedding. 

 

 

These three young Canadians are inspiring change in both their local and global communities. They're leading the movement to make the world a better place, and we can't wait to see what they do next.

 

 

 

Sources:

Buchner, J. (2016, September 19). Past Winners. Retrieved June 12, 2019, from https://www.metowe.com/about-us/our-partners/canadian-living-me-to-we-awards/past-winners/ 

Kent, M. (2018, March 23). Canadian teen tells UN to 'warrior up,' give water same protections as people | CBC News. Retrieved June 12, 2019, from https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/autumn-peltier-un-water-activist-united-nations-1.4584871 

Meet Faith Dickinson. (2018, May 08). Retrieved June 12, 2019, from https://diana-award.org.uk/stories/faith-dickinson/

Past Winners. (2016, September 19). Retrieved June 12, 2019, from https://www.metowe.com/about-us/our-partners/canadian-living-me-to-we-awards/past-winners/

Roy, L. (2017, December 31). Teen activist Autumn Peltier who scolded Trudeau to address UN. Retrieved June 12, 2019, from https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42358227