THE 2021 LINEUP
Co-Founder of the WE Organization
Co-founder, WE Organization: WE Charity, WE Day, ME to WE
NY Times best-selling Author, Humanitarian, Social Entrepreneur
Craig’s incredible journey started in his parents’ living room. From visiting the most poverty-stricken and war-torn parts of the world to sitting on Oprah’s couch to building a global organization, Craig has helped change millions of lives and inspired millions of others to make a difference.
Over the past two decades, he and his brother, Marc—fellow WE co-founder—have grown the WE global community to engage over 4 million people in service, including 250,000 students who volunteer to earn their ticket to WE Day, the greatest celebration for social good in the world.
Their innovative social enterprise model, ME to WE, sustains the work of their charitable mission with socially conscious products and experiences. Their work has resulted in a holistic development model, WE Villages, to empower more than one million people in developing communities.
Craig is also the youngest-ever graduate of the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program and has received 16 honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in education and human rights. He is a social entrepreneur, a powerful and internationally acclaimed speaker, and has authored 12 books, including his newest, WEconomy: You can find meaning, make a living, and change the world.
Today, he continues to inspire and empower people of all ages to take steps toward making a meaningful difference.
Payton is a grade seven student at Hampton Middle School. She is passionate about helping others through her many hours of volunteering. She is an active member of the Me to WE team, which promotes volunteering both locally and globally.
During her free time, Payton loves to play sports. WE welcome her to the WE Believe stage as one of our co-hosts for the day.
Emma Jeapes is a 19-year-old Carleton University student who is double majoring in French and English. Emma loves sports and working out. She has participated in several varsity teams in high school including Cross Country Running, Track and Field, Downhill and Nordic Skiing, and swimming.
Emma is passionate about her community and giving back. She continues to spend much of her free time volunteering with any activity that involves her passion, children. Once completed school, Emma plans to teach children in less fortunate communities giving them opportunities that they may not otherwise have!
Sara is 19 years old and will be attending college in the fall. In 2018 Sara attended WE Day while competing in the Maritimes Pageant, where she won the title of Miss Teen Prince Edward Island. This is where Sara decided she wanted to be an advocate for children, just like herself with learning disabilities, and like her younger sister who is deaf.
Sara is passionate about sharing her story and spreading a message of love and acceptance for one another. She understands the struggle of being considered “different” or not “fitting in” and she hopes that her story will inspire others to fully embrace their differences! We are honoured to have Sara join us at WE Believe - she is an amazing person with amazing talent.
Haley Collicott is 24 years old and is a recent graduate of St. Thomas University. She focused her studies on Science and Technology as well as Cultural and Forensic Anthropology. She is heading to York University in the fall of 2020 to complete her Masters in Humanities.
She has a wonderful family, a loving boyfriend, one adorable guinea pig, and some fish! She is passionate about ending the stigma surrounding mental illness and loves sharing her story with others in the hopes of helping those living with mental illnesses feel a little less lonely. She cannot wait to be a part of WE Believe 2021!
At the age of four, Anthony was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), which is on the Autism Spectrum (ASD). Specialists told his parents that he would barely graduate high school, would never finish college, would never have a shot at being an athlete, and would likely live in a group institution with other Autistic kids for his adult life.
Despite adversity, bullies, and numerous personal challenges Anthony worked hard and never gave up. Not only did he earn his Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University in Sociology he is the first known athlete with autism to play NCAA Division One College Basketball. Today, Anthony is one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in the country.
Tom Dahlborg is a husband, a father, and a coach.
Initially having no intention of becoming a coach, he eventually did so to help his son, and other children who have been bullied by coaches or other trusted adults.
He is the author of the book,
"The Big Kid and Basketball ... and the lessons he taught his Father and Coach".
He now speaks throughout the United States and Canada about the short and long term impacts of bullying and what we can do together to make a difference for others.
Jenna Lawrence is a grade nine student at Hampton High School. She is passionate about helping others be the best they can be. She enjoys spending time with her friends and encouraging others. WE welcome Jenna to the WE Believe stage with her powerful message of supporting others.
Maddison Tory is a 16-year-old motivational speaker, health advocate, and change maker. She jokes that her biggest accomplishment to date is becoming a HUG Dealer and founder of her own social enterprise called Maddi’s Mission: HUGS, a social enterprise dedicated to improving the quality of life for kids in hospital. She uses her HUGS initiative to show other youth how easy it is to make a difference in the world. Her message is “you are never too young and there is no idea too small to make a difference.” This year she was a youth motivational speaker with ME to WE and went on the Canadian WE Day tour. In addition, Maddison has spoken at dozens of schools and youth groups across Canada about the importance of students being global citizens, volunteering and how you can make an impact in the world. She teaches the importance of looking beyond yourself and giving back.
In addition to HUGS, Maddison spends her time volunteering towards causes that impact children with illnesses. She is currently a board member and co-chair on the Children and Youth Advisory Council at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. She is a youth coach for the Special Olympics Rhythmic Gymnastics team and a student teacher for a dance class called Dance Without Limits, for children with Cerebral Palsy. She is an active volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House of Southern Alberta and is the 2020 Alberta Health Services youth health advocate. Currently starring in their youth talking to youth Tik Tok series in an effort to get correct information to Alberta youth regarding Covid-19 and mental health issues.
Maddison has been recognised with the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action for humanitarian efforts – The Diana Award 2020.
Sarah M. Pennington is a 21-year-old college student attending the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. She is pursuing a BFA in Film & TV with a minor in Business Management and Entrepreneurship with the hopes of becoming a film director. In addition to her academic endeavours, Sarah spends much of her time involved with motivational speaking.
She is a passionate advocate on behalf of mental health and invisible disabilities and enjoys sharing her story of courage and self-love with the hope of inspiring others. Sarah loves to travel with her service dog, Daisy, across the United States and Canada as she speaks to groups of all ages and sizes. One of the highlights of Sarah’s career thus far has been her appearance on the Megyn Kelly Today Show where she discussed breaking barriers as a pageant girl.
Brianna Jack is a 15-year-old student from Nackawic Highschool. In 2018, Brianna spoke at WE Believe Saint John in front of 8,000 students and over 90,000 watching a live-stream about her passion for literacy and how it changed hers, and the life of others. She has two organizations: Brianna's Bookworms and Maine Books for Maine Kids. Through these, she has donated over 10,000 books in the United States and Canada.
In August 2019, Brianna took her first ME to WE Volunteer trip to Ecuador. We are excited to have her share about the impact this trip has had on her life and the lives of others. We happily welcome Brianna back to the WE Believe stage.
THE MIMIGES DANCERS
Our Mimiges (butterfly) dancers emerged from a community project initiated by our local sewing/quilters group. They wanted to make every girl in our school a shawl and dress for our end of the year celebration and annual Pow wow. The group keeps growing every year and we now have dancers from the community who have taken on the leadership of teaching our students!
Our students get invited to local events, Pow wow’s at other schools, and more. They are an amazing group of girls who have strong spirits guiding them. They can’t wait to perform at WE Believe 2020, Saint John!
Alex is a grade 9 student who attends Hampton High School. She is passionate about supporting our troops through Operation Santa Claus.
Alex has had numerous opportunities to talk to audiences of varying sizes about supporting our troops and on May 17, 2018, she spoke at WE Believe in front of over 90,000 people. In May 2019, Alex competed in the Miss Teen New Brunswick Pageant in Moncton, NB winning first runner up. Alex's life long dream is to become a doctor. We welcome Alex, for the second time, to the WE Believe stage.
Elsie Morden is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and speaker. She
has performed at Canadian Country Music Week and her debut, self-titled
album has more than 500,000 streams on Spotify.
Elsie is a national ambassador for Kids Help Phone and the Founder and CEO of
Canadian charity No Time for That Anti-Bullying Society. She has visited
over 600 schools across Canada sharing her story and songs about
LGBTQ+ visibility, bullying prevention, mental health awareness, and
youth empowerment - directly impacting over 150,000 students.
Overall, Elsie Morden serves as an ideal role model, and there is no doubt she will continue to inspire all!
Married and father of two, Cory Nowell will be retiring after 22 years in the Canadian Armed Forces with the idea of being more present for his family.
He was selected as a member of Team Canada for the 2018 Sydney Invictus Games, focused on supporting veterans and serving members to adapt and overcome permanent physical or mental issues through the power of sport.
Diagnosed PTSD and Anxiety, he has openly spoken about his mental health issues with the hopes of helping those around him that may be struggling.
Currently transitioning to small business entrepreneurship. He plans to work with the Canadian Forces Transition Group in order to help others on their transition to civilian life after the military. We are excited to welcome Cory to the WE Believe stage on October 8, 2020