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.
Abbey Lee Hallett is from the small town of Bowmanville, Ontario, but currently resides in Kingston, Ontario, where she first began her mental health advocacy journey. As a former student at Queen’s University, Abbey Lee worked on campus as a peer supporter and shift leader at the Peer Support Centre, where she provided confidential, nonjudgmental support and resource referral to fellow students. This interest in supporting others led her to join her university’s Jack Chapter, where she then went on to volunteer and participate in Jack Ride 2020 and was hired as a Jack.org Network Representative from 2020-2021. Abbey Lee is particularly interested in advocating for equitable access to healthcare, intersectional mental health services, and mental health literacy. When she’s not working at Jack.org, Abbey Lee can be found trying to memorize the Hamilton soundtrack, watching Merlin or any movie/show with Tom Hiddleston, or tending to her dog Dez’s every need.
Braedon Auikla was born and raised in Prince George, BC, and is currently studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Northern British Columbia. Braedon has a passion for mental health advocacy and for normalizing positive conversations about mental health. As he believes this is the first step towards systemic change in our communities. In his spare time he likes to learn about film and the film making process, make ice cream (iSCREAM by Braedon *patent pending*), and play/watch a variety of sports. He is also the unofficial Global Ambassador for the Vancouver Canucks.
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.