Passion to Purpose Virtual
Take action in the new normal
Olympian and Founder of Believe Initiative
Obstacles don’t scare Sarah Wells. As a 400m hurdler, this Olympian’s reputation was forged through overcoming challenges and achieving the incredible. Take her debut at the London Olympics in 2012, which came despite an injury that had sidelined her for months just the year before. Outside of competitive sports, this athlete is coaching people to pursue their goals through the Believe Initiative, an organization founded on—fittingly—a message of resilience. Most recently you would have seen Sarah pushing her limits on the latest season of the Amazing Race Canada, where she got to push her boundaries in a whole new kind of way! Evidently someone who understands the importance of self-belief and the power of purpose, you’ll want to listen-up when this Olympic semi-finalist and Pan Am Games silver medallist takes the virtual stage.
Grant manager, Passion to purpose
Jeevana Rajkumar is the current Grants Manager for the Award’s Passion To Purpose Community Service Grant Program. Coming from a immigrant family that fled from civil unrest, she understands how lived experiences, socioeconomic privilege and access to platforms can heavily influence the way young people interact with their environment. Believing firmly that no single approach is right for every young person, she works with each application to support their application through the process. Her background in grants administration and youth support roles guide her relationship with each young person that she works with. Her goal is to support each young person through their change journeys, in ways that best fit their needs.
Jeevana earned degrees in psychology and human resources, focusing on social interaction and social justice.
Elora Watson is a recent Bachelor of Social Work graduate from King’s University College at Western University. She is currently the Be Safe Coordinator for mindyourmind, a youth mental health program situated in London, ON and online at mindyourmind.ca. Elora is passionate about mental health advocacy and her lived experience allows her to bring a unique perspective to the work mindyourmind does.
Canada Service Corps is a federal program that is being developed by youth, for youth. The program aims to support young Canadians to get involved in their community through service opportunities, while at the same time gaining valuable skills that will benefit them in life and work.
Thank you for taking your time to join us today! Hope everyone was inspired to go out in their communities and start the change!
Additionally, I wanted to show you a few of the student projects we have featured. Each student takes a passion they have and a problem they want to solve, and they find a way to connect that passion to a problem and therefore fulfill our mission to help others build self belief through action.