Shelan Emre: care-packages for newcomer families

Shelan Emre provides care packages for newcomer families during COVID

What was the goal of your project?

After my project was adapted the goal was to provide summer essentials for 50 newcomer families in Winnipeg. I wanted to provide toys, games, snacks, toiletries, school supplies, and information about the city for newcomer families. I have accomplished my goal and I think by providing the families these baskets of goodies, they were able to explore the city and ease the financial stress that comes with having fun in the summer especially during this pandemic.

How many people were directly impacted by your project?

The response from my project has been overwhelmingly positive, not only from the families directly impacted but by my team and my families and friends. I made 50 baskets and provided them to 50 families. Those 50 families consisted of 98 adults and 205 youth.
All the families were gracious of the packages, but some showed it more than others. Roza was a 4-year-old girl and she was so excited to see the ABC Canada Book and couldn’t wait to learn how to read it! There was another family who received a rainbow loom kit and the 11-year old girl said, “thank you so much, I have always wanted a rainbow loom!”. Ali was a 6-year-old boy who was over the moon excited when he saw the giant colouring book and the plethora of Crayola supplies, he couldn’t wait to colour! Zachary was a 4-year-old boy who received a golf set and when he saw it he couldn’t help but immediately open it up and start playing! Seeing the excitement from the kids was so amazing and unlike anything, I had ever seen. Seeing the excitement the families showed was so rewarding, I could visually see myself making a difference in the community. These families have gone through so many struggles since being in a new country I was so glad I was able to provide them with these care packages.

How did the community receive your project?

My community has provided positive feedback and has shared my project on their website and there will be an article in the next newsletter, this is very exciting. I posted the project on my personal FaceBook and Instagram accounts and only got positive comments and messages about the impact I am making and encouragement to keep going on my path of making change.

What did you learn as you planned your project? Were there any changes you did not plan for?

I learned so much from this project. My original project was a full day event with newcomer youth and that was adapted due to the Coronavirus and the social distancing percasuions. Once I made my new plan of care packages for newcomer families, I had only minor hiccups. One of the hardest challenges I faced was regarding the shopping. Once I had my shopping lists ready with quantities and price-matches noted it and I went to the store most times I wasn’t able to purchase all the quantities I needed. I was able to get around this by ordering online, visiting multiple stores for the same items and returning to the same stores once they had more stock. Another challenge I faced was the language barrier, but I was able to overcome that by working with volunteers who spoke multiple languages as well as talking slowly. For safety reasons I didn’t want to delivery, the packages to the families by myself so I had to rely on others to come with me, coordinating times was a challenge that was easily overcome by first coordinating with the families followed by the volunteers.

What went well with your project?

I am so proud to say I learned so much about myself, my community and non-profit work from this project. I had so many successes and they have only motivated me more to continue making community impacts. My most successful accomplishment and moment from the project was delivering the baskets to the families and seeing the kids so excited and the parents so gracious!

If you could do things differently, what would you do?

Overall, I think my project was very successful and was executed smoothly. If I was to do this project again, I would have like to allow for more time to get to know the families on a personal level. I learned about the struggles specific families faced and the reasons they came to Canada, this was extremely sad in some cases and only makes me proud to be Canadian. I would have liked to hear from more families about their journey, and how they came to Canada. This was the biggest project I have been the lead for, and I continued to develop my skills as a delegator, leader and team member. I was able to use my problem solving skills during times of challenge.

Do you have any suggestion or advice you would like us to share with other youth who are accessing the grant program?

I am so proud of all the success and support the Award has provided and I am so grateful for the opportunity. My advice for anyone who is considering the grant would be to just go for it, although it can seem daunting and scary it is important to remember this is your passion and the impact that is made from the use of the grant is incredible. I would remind those who are accessing the grant program there is so much support all around you. For me, I had all my friends from the award as well as the staff who had amazing recommendations and were always there to help when I had questions. 


A struggle I faced during this project was finding myself comparing my project and my abilities to others. While I was happy and proud of the change my friends were making in their communities, sometimes I felt like I wasn’t doing enough. My recommendation to others starting projects would be to remember comparison is the thief of joy, we don’t need to compare ourselves to be happy for others or encourage others but rather be motivated by the success we are surrounded with. No change is too small, and our impacts are only going to get greater!

Shelan Emre, Award Participant, Passion to Purpose Scaleup Participant

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Lauren Wong: Ice Skate Workshops

Lauren Wong provide free ice skate workshop for disadvantaged children

What was the goal of your project?

Our goal was to provide an opportunity for disadvantaged children to learn to skate for free. The program was very successful! All of the participants exhibited incredible growth in their skating skills and confidence on the ice.

How many people were directly impacted by your project?

We had 6 participants this session, and all of the children were very excited about the program and the opportunity to try skating. Most of them had never been on ice before, and although they were nervous at first, they improved over the weeks and became more confident and independent on the ice.

How did the community receive your project?

Most of these families did not have the resources or financial support to provide their kids with skating lessons. Because we received sponsorship to cover the cost of skating equipment and ice, each family was really grateful for this free program. Parents were amazed at how much their kids learned, and the participants were eager to come to each session.

What did you learn as you planned your project? Were there any changes you did not plan for?

I found it difficult to find ice and book a venue. In the planning stage I had to call all the ice rinks in Calgary, only to be left with one that had availability. Due to COVID and the new social distancing restrictions, it was a challenge to find appropriate ice times and ensure that all participants followed the regulations. I persisted in checking the ice times and directly calling the rink to secure ice time. The skating rink also did not allow spectators, so we had to adjust and have parents watch the sessions online. We made sure to communicate effectively with parents so they felt reassured that their children were safe.

What went well with your project?

We successfully equipped all participants with skates, helmets and gloves from our partner, Professional Skate. By the end of the sessions, all of the participants were able to move on skates by themselves, including skating forward, backwards, turning, stopping and jumping on the spot. It was so rewarding to see how each child improved! They are eager to continue skating, and I aim to run another session in the Fall to offer previous participants to return and build on their skills while expanding our reach to new participants.

If you could do things differently, what would you do? What were the opportunities for learning you experienced?

I would have recruited more participants. I think I could have taken on more participants and it would have been fun to do group activities with more people to allow the children to benefit more socially. I learned how to manage the administrative aspects of the program, including coordinating the budget, communicating with sponsors and families, and securing ice. I also became more comfortable working with children and taking leadership on the ice to help them develop skating skills.

Do you have any suggestion or advice you would like us to share with other youth who are accessing the grant program?

I would advise others to take advantage of resources and connections they have. It can be very helpful to have support or alternate opinions as you go through your project, and you can learn from others.

Lauren Wong, Passion to Purpose Participant

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Hanna Wang: Zero Waste Packages

Hannah Wang encourages community to use zero waste products

What was the goal of your project?

The goal of my project was to provide zero waste packages to my community to encourage and help support people in my community to live a more sustainable lifestyle along with education on sustainability. I was able to provide the packages and resource brochures to Ecosource, and in doing so I believe this can help more people in the community start their journey towards an eco-friendly lifestyle.

How many people were directly impacted by your project?

At least 100 people were directly impacted by my project through ZWP’s Instagram account which serves as the education and resource platform for the project. The number will increase by at least 50 people and (potentially more) when the resource brochures and zero waste packages are distributed in the community.

How did the community receive your project?

The community will receive my project through the zero waste packages I put together from Ecosource. Ecosource has provided positive feedback of the eco-friendly kits, and I hope to hear more feedback from the people who will use the actual packages.

What did you learn as you planned your project? Were there any changes you did not plan for?

There were definitely changes that I did not plan for. Initially I planned on doing a workshop to educate the community on sustainability, provide resources and hand out the zero waste packages. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and public health concerns, I was unable to hold a workshop. I adapted to these changes by donating the packages and resources directly to Ecosource. They will distribute the packages on my behalf once it becomes safe enough to do so. Since Ecosource is a non-profit organization focused on the environment and being eco-friendly, I am confident in their ability to provide education of the packages and resources to the community.

If you could do things differently, what would you do? What were the opportunities for learning you experienced?

The zero waste packages are the biggest success of this project as they provide sustainable alternatives to the everyday items we use, and I am also very pleased with the resource brochures as they are easy to access and I believe they can help the community with finding easy ways to live a sustainable lifestyle.

 

If I could do things differently, I would have planned an online workshop for my project due to current circumstances. I am very pleased with how the packages turned out and I am confident they will make a positive impact in the community. I believe this experience taught me a lot about communication, planning, and research.

Hannah Wang’s Zero Waste Package

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Leah Davidson: Online career workshops

Leah Davidson organizes online career workshops for underprivileged high school and university students during COVID

What was the goal of your project?

The goal of the project was to help provide career exposure and guidance to underprivileged high school and university students through talks, online resources, mentorship, etc. We were able to achieve a lot of the goals and expand a website focused on project-based learning to add additional features/tools for students (video conferencing, project management tools, job search coaching, etc.) and we are still continuing to work on the project and expand to reach a wider audience. We are hoping to raise additional funding and recruit more volunteers moving forward to meet the needs of high schools and universities continuing with remote work-integrated learning.

How did the community receive your project?

The community was very receptive and interested in participating. At first, high schools and universities were going mostly virtual, which made it hard to reach students, as the schools were so overwhelmed with the transition. We started then reaching out to students directly through social media and forming a Facebook group to keep in touch. The students gave us input on what kind of topics they were most interested in hearing about and we were able to directly learn about their needs through online surveys.

What did you learn as you planned your project? Were there any changes you did not plan for?

We had to adapt to COVID in the middle of everything, so we transitioned everything online, offering webinars and virtual panels instead of going directly into the schools. We had to transition our budget in order to hire a developer to build the website to host the projects and webinars, and we had to move quickly to get resources up-and-running for students who had lost summer jobs/internships.

If you could do things differently, what would you do? What were the opportunities for learning you experienced?

I think I would have leveraged social media and digital marketing earlier. There are new emerging channels to communicate with youth like Tiktok, Instagram Stories, etc. to spread messages and build communities that I had never thought of exploring, but would be open to looking into in the future, for other social projects.

Do you have any suggestion or advice you would like us to share with other youth who are accessing the grant program?

I would highly recommend giving it a shot. The P2P team is always eager to help and the process is straightforward and well-organized!

Leah Davidson, Passion to Purpose Participant

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Katherine Qin: STEM Competition

Katherine Qin organizes STEM competition for high school students

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This event allowed high school students the opportunity to dive deep into the STEM fields that will drive our world forward. For many participants, STEMComp was their first high school science competition, a special and unforgettable experience. We hoped to inspire students to be curious and further explore the field of STEM out of their own interest.

 

This year, we challenged students across Ontario to explore their passion for STEM through creative problem-solving. Due to COVID-19, we ran a remote competition. Students needed to think of a problem, think of a way they could use STEM to solve the problem, create a project that put their solution in action, and make a 5-minute (maximum) video that presents their project.

TELL US HOW YOU RECRUITED AND INVOLVED YOUR PEERS IN THE PROJECT

All of the organizers of this event attended the same high school and were executive members of the SJAM SS Science Club. It was decided that hosting this event would be one of our responsibilities as leaders of a STEM youth group. Each organizer had unique skills that would be used to make this event a success. Due to the pandemic, engaging and bringing together all of the organizers was a bit of a challenge. To overcome this challenge, we held weekly stand-up meetings to discuss any issues or concerns we had. There, we also discussed the next steps and delegated the work.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BIGGEST SUCCESS ACHIEVED THROUGH YOUR PROJECT

We feel that this project’s biggest success was the achievement of our three goals that we outlined at the beginning of the event: to encourage students in high school to get involved in their local STEM community; to raise awareness within the region’s STEM initiatives and programs; and to promote equality within the STEM community. Through the completion of this event, we were able to engage students from Ontario and encourage them to familiarize themselves with current relevant issues in STEM and local STEM opportunities.

WHO DID YOUR PROJECT ENGAGE AND WHAT IMPACTS DID YOU AND YOUR TEAM ACHIEVE?

STEMComp 2020’s target audience was all high school students in Ontario. This event allowed students interested in STEM to gain experience in various related fields through the means of a competition. We were able to impact and inspire students from all backgrounds to explore and pursue careers in the expanding field of STEM. This event provided an opportunity for curious students to experience all of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in further depth than in a regular high school curriculum.

Tell us about the lessons learned through your project. If you were to start your project today, would you do anything differently?

If I were to start my project today, I would put more emphasis on marketing. Due to the sudden switch to a remote competition, most of the marketing for the original event could no longer be used. With the change of plans and environment, we had limited time to do a wide variety of tasks. While it was difficult to attract a large number of participants in a small amount of time, our marketing team did a fantastic job of attracting a fair number of participants in the end. Through this event, I learned the importance of having a good communication system where the roles of members could be clearly defined. With better communication, not only would the sudden transition from in-person to remote work be much smoother and more efficient, but it would also make marketing the event much easier.

Katherin Qin, Passion to Purpose Participant

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Amy Skinner: Summer Camp in a Box

Amy Skinner from Alberta created 'Summer Camp in a Box' for Kids Cancer Care in the midst of the pandemic

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Using my Passion to Purpose Grant, I created Summer Camp in a Box for Kids Cancer Care, an Alberta organization which supports families affected by pediatric cancer diagnoses. Initially, I had hoped to donate through the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, however they were not taking donations at the time I started my project due to COVID-19. I chose to work with Kids Cancer Care because I was personally familiar with some of their activities and community involvement. After emailing Kids Cancer Care, I was made aware that their summer programming for families at Camp Kindle was cancelled due to COVID-19 so they were in need of summer activities for their families. This was a wonderful opportunity to create Summer Camp in a Box so families could have something to enjoy together whether they are outside or hospitalized. The camp director was wonderful in explaining a few items they really wanted inside the packages and I chose the remaining items based on what I would have wanted as a child on the hematology and oncology unit to enjoy with my family.

TELL US HOW YOU RECRUITED AND INVOLVED YOUR PEERS IN THE PROJECT

I started talking to my friends and family about this project and was very grateful that they supported it right from the beginning. The youth who helped with assembling these care packages were close family friends who are in our bubble of families due to COVID-19. Since we had contact with them throughout the pandemic and were seeing few people outside of our families, it was safe for us to come together to build the care packages. The volunteers ranged in age from 14-20. They were recruited because I had discussed the project with them and they expressed interest in helping with it.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BIGGEST SUCCESS ACHIEVED THROUGH YOUR PROJECT

Overall, I found the project to be really successful. I was worried that the youth might not rally around my project, but found that if you portrayed your excitement for it, the youth would pick up on it and support it. The youth made the project really enjoyable because they recognized its importance while also interacting with each other to build the packages. It was a good reminder that though society has primarily used technology for interaction in recent months, nothing can fully substitute working alongside someone in person to build each other and the community up.

WHO DID YOUR PROJECT ENGAGE AND WHAT IMPACTS DID YOU AND YOUR TEAM ACHIEVE?
I think there were three distinct groups which benefitted from the project, the families who receive the Summer Camp In a Box Packages, the youth volunteers and myself.

Firstly, the families who receive this care packages will positively benefit from the project. Due to cancer treatments, their kids are often immunocompromised, which means even as society starts to reopen these families are still vulnerable to any form of infection let alone COVID-19. These Summer Camp in a Box packages were created so they would have some fun activities they can do as a family throughout the summer, but also versatile enough that if their child is hospitalized throughout the summer, they are still able to make use of the activities. After talking to the Camp Director, Ben Pointer, he said that the families would be able to use many of the supplies we provided both at the camp since they are hosting two families at a time on camp property as well as in their homes. Despite Alberta being in phase two of reopening, the families are still unable to go to restaurants and other typical social outings because any potential risk of exposure to the virus could be detrimental to their immunocompromised child. As a result, they rely on volunteers from Kids Cancer Care to help with grocery deliver, food service and any activities that are brought into their homes. These care packages were intentionally donated to Kids Cancer Care because of their reputation for high standard of care toward families and diligence to ensure they stay safe from exposure to COVID-19.

The next group who benefitted from the project is the youth team I put together. They were really excited to be a part of creating something exciting for families this summer. It gave them the opportunity to come together to help their community which was really exciting for the youth. It was so much fun putting the packages together because I explained the purpose of the care packages and how many of each item went inside the boxes, but they turned it into a fun game where they were working together to be most efficient and still accomplish building the care packages. It was encouraging to see the youth really engaged with the project and excited to contribute to my passion project.

Lastly, I really benefitted from this project. As a child, I spent a significant time on the hematology/oncology unit at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and Kids Cancer Care had many programs on the unit which made the long hospital stays more enjoyable. It was amazing to have access to the Passion to Purpose Grants as a resource to give back to this organization which helped me as a child. This project challenged me to think about what would be useful for families who often deal with hospitalizations and the logistics of navigating the world while immunocompromised. I reflected on my experience receiving care packages and decided on what made hospitalizations and times of isolation more fun while also making them practical for families to enjoy things together in the summer months. This was really rewarding because it felt like I was truly making a difference for these families who did not have the option of going to camp this year due to COVID-19.

As a child, I spent a significant time on the hematology/oncology unit at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and Kids Cancer Care had many programs on the unit which made the long hospital stays more enjoyable.It was amazing to have access to the Passion to Purpose Grants as a resource to give back to this organization which helped me as a child.

Tell us about the lessons learned through your project. If you were to start your project today, would you do anything differently?

I learned that it can be a great conversation starter with people I didn’t know. When making my purchases, often the cashier would ask about what I was doing with such a large quantity of items. Through explaining I received a grant to create Summer Camp in a Box packages for Kids Cancer Care, they seemed very interested and inspired to do something similar. While I may not know if they ever complete a project of their own, I am encouraged that other people are supportive of these community projects and would be willing to assist people in their community in doing something similar. 

 

Surprisingly, I also learned that it can be difficult to spend your entire budget. Initially, I budgeted everything at full price and found I could only afford to create 21 of these packages. However, I found most of the items I had budgeted for full price on sale, so I ended up saving a lot of money. In the end, I ended up creating 24 packages with more items in it than initially planned for. It was a new experience doing so much math in the store to ensure I was using my grant to its fullest potential and adjusting my budget accordingly so it tracked all of my purchases. 

 

I hope to do a similar project in the future and use what I have learned to make any kind of care packages very meaningfully for the families. I think I would still create a budget based on fully prices, but also create a list of potential additional items in case I find my core package items on sale so I can continue to be intentional about the items in the care package. I really like giving back to families with children in the hospital because I have been in their shoes and recognize some of the needs they have. It helps me to reflect on my experiences as a child and also feel like I am contributing to a community which has positively impacted me.

Amy Skinner, P2P Acadia 2019 Alumni

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Kartik Gupta: StudentCareerHub.com

Kartik Gupta builds a career and degree pathways resource website for highschool students

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Studentcareerhub.com is a website for high school students allowing them to share information regarding careers and post-secondary pathways. 

 

Overall, the impact I hope this project has is for students to be able to make more informed decisions on their future careers, and find a way to be the most productive with their time from an early age. Entering a post-secondary program without a clear goal insight can lead to financial loss and also considerable stress down the line, especially considering the increasing cost of living (e.g. rising rent prices in the GTA) and how much more difficult it is to get a job out of school.​

 

At the moment, I am still working on growing the project. I hope the website is eventually able to be a spot where students can discuss future career paths with each other while sharing resources to help them along the way.​

StudentCareerHub.com by Kartik Gupta

TELL US HOW YOU RECRUITED AND INVOLVED YOUR PEERS IN THE PROJECT

Initially paired up with a friend who aspires to be a teacher. For volunteer recruitment to help moderate and grow the site, I am recruiting through personal connections and online boards such as “Charityvillage” and local Peel-region volunteer boards. Currently have 1 new volunteer, and looking to grow the team to 5-6 people.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BIGGEST SUCCESS ACHIEVED THROUGH YOUR PROJECT

So far, through volunteer recruitment, seeing that there are people out there that share my vision for the idea.

WHO DID YOUR PROJECT ENGAGE AND WHAT IMPACTS DID YOU AND YOUR TEAM ACHIEVE?

Target audience is still high school to post-secondary students. Impacts can be discussed after website gains some usage and traction.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BIGGEST SUCCESS ACHIEVED THROUGH YOUR PROJECT

So far, through volunteer recruitment, seeing that there are people out there that share my vision for the idea.

Kartik Gupta

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Sophie Cervera: Care Packages and Pet Grooming Kits

Sophie Cervera from Alberta distributed care packages and grooming kits for pets for the homeless in her community

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I have two parts in my Passion to Purpose project. First, I distributed care packages (according to the essential needs listed by the facility) during my volunteer time at the Calgary Drop-In Centre for the Valentine’s Day dinner service.  

 

Second, I distributed grooming kits for pets who are owned by homeless people across the streets. I connected with my local animal welfare organizations to help me distribute these kits. I wanted to make the pets feel loved, cared and pampered.

TELL US HOW YOU RECRUITED AND INVOLVED YOUR PEERS IN THE PROJECT

There were 3 people that helped me from my Alumni group at YMCA Community Action Network (YCAN) where we meet and hang out outside our YCAN sessions. They were mostly involved in creating the infographic for SOGI. 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BIGGEST SUCCESS ACHIEVED THROUGH YOUR PROJECT

Planning and doing a service project was harder than I thought. I have been going around circles with my project and how to spend my grant. I have finally completed it which catered to communities I care about – animals and homeless people. The grant was not divided equally, mainly focusing on grooming kits for animals. The biggest success achieved was the appreciation received when the care packages were handed out to people, pets (low-income/homeless, given out to streets) and various non-for-profit organizations. During Valentine’s Day, I volunteered for the dinner service at the Calgary Drop-In Centre where I donated the remaining care packages for the homeless people. About 50 packages were distributed for pets and the homeless people.

TELL US ABOUT THE LESSONS LEARNED THROUGH YOUR PROJECT

There are many lessons that I have learned through this project. Mainly, this was my first service project grant request. My initial visualization of my service project did not align with the reality of having a concrete idea and plan first. With school, part-time jobs and other activities, these things made it hard for me to do so. In attending the P2P Bootcamp, watching Duke Den made me appreciate the hard work and effort poured by fellow participants into their projects despite having multiple commitments. If I had to do this again, I would make a solid plan first before asking for the grant money. I would make sure to allocate enough time to do my plan on schedule and submit the report as well.

Sophie Cervera

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Shawna Narayan: Women in STEM Conference

Shawna Narayan from British Columbia organizes a STEM conference for women

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We hosted a conference where students learned key information about STEM fields and how to find support and resources for their education journey. We had 8 rapid style presentations from women in stem in BC programs or women advocacy groups and 4 workshop sessions (science demos, skill building, etc).

The Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Conference aims to build connections and encourage inner-city female students in STEM careers to limit gaps in their transition to higher education. Female students are invited to help support their education and career development in STEM. Students engaged in presentations and activities in each of the following fields: (1) Chemistry and Engineering, (2) Biology and Medicine, (3) Mathematics and Technology. Each discipline has specific information for admission to programs, challenges as a woman in non-traditional careers, community-specific support, and inspiring women who practiced in the field. Furthermore, students and presenters will be involved in a conversation regarding the importance of mentorship and finding a mentor who identifies as the same gender, culture, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. To build on the topic of mentorship, students will be connected with female undergraduate students and professionals in various fields in a low intimidation environment to provide further insight into prospective STEM fields. As the first conference of its kind in Surrey, the Women in STEM conference will develop meaningful connections with female prospective students in STEM and provide motivation and support for pursuing higher education. ​

TELL US HOW YOU RECRUITED AND INVOLVED YOUR PEERS IN THE PROJECT

We involved community organizations and youth members from Empower The Future, post-secondary institutions and woman-focused organizations. ​

WHO DID YOUR PROJECT ENGAGE AND WHAT IMPACTS DID YOU AND YOUR TEAM ACHIEVE?

Our project engaged female students in high school to motivate them towards STEM fields.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BIGGEST SUCCESS ACHIEVED THROUGH YOUR PROJECT

We were able to organize a unique event (one of the first in Surrey).

TELL US ABOUT THE LESSONS LEARNED THROUGH YOUR PROJECT

The issue with free events is that sometimes students won’t show up. We had this issue since we had students register through Eventbrite. Our conference was “sold out” (105 students registered but only 36 showed up) and had a waitlist for students. Since the event was on Saturday some students didn’t attend as compared to an event where tickets have a cost, we did not have a “sold out event”. This meant that those who didn’t show up potentially took up a spot for a student who really wanted to be there.

Shawna Narayan speaks during the conference.

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Deon Feng: Passion Conference

Deon Feng from British Columbia organized a​ Ted Talk in their school community

TELL US ABOUT THE ACTIVITIES AND IMPACT OF YOUR PROJECT

The activities involved with our project were organized and submitted in a proposal format to our sponsor teacher, Mr. Hayes, at the beginning of September. As a team, we were flexible to change and shifted our proposal as need arose. Activities included, but were not limited to, permissions and application for an official TEDx license, securing the food catering company, gathering resources such as goodie bag items through sponsorships, borrowing tech equipment, securing the multi-purpose room as a venue, pre-planning speaker workshops, inviting community representatives, setting up and taking down the event, and executing the TEDxGleneagleSecondary event to the highest quality.

 

TED is something that has impacted us in the past and TEDxGleneagleSecondary is the opportunity for us to facilitate this same impact to our community. We also wanted to organize this event to discover and voice some hidden gems within the Coquitlam area, to not only inspire change in audiences but to empower people who have ideas to share. The committee aimed to create a platform to exchange these stories, encourage open, honest, and vulnerable dialogue on the world we live in, and empower individuals about their potential in life through newfound connections.

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Everyone in the 6-member committee chose TEDxGleneagleSecondary as our leadership project because we believed in the power of a TED talk in sparking inspiration, conversation, and action. A good speech can change lives, and just as our lives have been subtly changed by all the TED talks we’ve watched growing up, we saw TEDxGleneagle Secondary as an opportunity for us to facilitate this same impact to our community. With these intentions in mind, we came together in late August to start planning for this event. Throughout the event, we had great alignment within the committee to make this event possible.

 

Potential speakers were invited to apply through personal connections or social media platforms and posters. Upon completing the application, which included an one minute introduction to their prospective talk, the committee chose six speakers and informed them of the Toastmasters workshop dates. The speakers composed of students in the SD43 school district as well as young professionals in the community. With the help of Devin Bisanz, who is a public speaking trainer, the speakers enhanced, practiced, and perfected their TED talk for the event.

 

Furthermore, there were many volunteers who helped support the set up and execution of the event who were recruited from Con-X, a leadership course in Gleneagle Secondary School.

Lucas Hung, an Award participant, was also a active member of the team. 

WHO DID YOUR PROJECT ENGAGE AND WHAT IMPACTS DID YOU AND YOUR TEAM ACHIEVE?

An approximate of 100 guests attended TEDxGleneagleSEcondary including, but not limited to, school trustees, former mayors, school councillors, principles, students, teachers, community members, and volunteers.

 

The event was be tailored to inspire the students, educators, and entrepreneurs around the Tri-Cities, a diverse community of many backgrounds, interests, and experiences. Through TEDxGleneagleSecondary, my team and I were able to discover some hidden gems within the local area, to not only inspire change in audiences but to empower people who have ideas to share. The committee created a platform to exchange stories, to encourage open, honest, and vulnerable dialogue on the world we live in, and to empower individuals about their potential in life through newfound connections. We’re happy to report that in our post-event survey, many individuals felt inspired by the leadership and talks that were shown at TEDx. Our speakers have also expressed gratitude for this opportunity to voice their lessons with the public. In likeness to the theme of our event, TEDxGleneagleSecondary acted as fuel to many people’s individual fires.

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TELL US ABOUT THE LESSONS LEARNED THROUGH YOUR PROJECT

Before the event began, our committee came up with three ways to measure our success achieved through the TED project. After the event ended, I believe that all three goals can be considered our biggest successes by both attendees and members.


Firstly, we strived to have a maximum capacity of 100 people attend the event. This was met with various members of the community including teachers, principals, guests of speakers, community members, and invited guests. We wanted to reach maximum capacity so that the ideas generated through the TED talks outreached as many people as possible.


Secondly, our committee strived to give six speakers from our community a meaningful opportunity to share their ideas on the big stage. This was achieved extremely well and all the speakers shared that their experience on the TED stage was positive and was thoroughly inspired by the other speakers presenting their innovative ideas as well.


Thirdly, our goal was to impact others by sparking inspiration and dialogue in the community during and after the event. We met this goal by measuring the impact of the event through conversations the committee members had with attendees, as well as through the survey that was sent to everyone in the audience.

Overall, we were received by positive feedback and constructive criticism. Furthermore, the social media outreach through the event was incredible and we had many of our invited guests share their thoughts of the event through platforms such as Facebook.

TEDx Gleneagle Secondary is fully organized by students and volunteers.

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