Shawn Desman with fans during We Day 2011 Toronto Event.© Julia Pelish Photography
Free The Children’s Toronto We Day 2011 was amazing. Here are a few photos from the day long celebration held on Tuesday, September 27th at the Air Canada Center.
Waneek Horn-Miller at the We Day 2011 Toronto Event. ©Julia Pelish Photography
I heard that around 18,000 students were in attendance from schools all over the Ontario region. Students even came from as far away as the US from Connecticut and Texas schools. The arena was packed.
Mary Robinson, first female President of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. ©Julia Pelish Photography
I arrived sleepy eyed at 7 am as one of the many shooters who were dispersed throughout the venue to record the day. My post was in the ‘Meet and Greet’ room and my assignment was to photograph the talent who participated in the event as they stopped by to meet some very lucky fans waiting for them.
Two members of Toronto's band Neverest in the Meet and Greet area. ©Julia Pelish Photography
For most of my day, I was a quiet background player busy shooting in my designated room. The talent lineup at the Toronto event this year was amazing. I got to witness the gracious side of many public personalities: Waneek Horn-Miller (Canadian Olympian), Rick Hansen (Canadian Paralympian), Nelly Furtado (who doesn’t know of Nelly?), Dallas Green (aka City and Colour), Shawn Desman (what a dancer and charmer, the kids loved him!), Neverest (Toronto group and crowd favorite), Spencer West (inspirational speaker) , Dr. Patch Adams (well known Medical Doctor and commedian), Mary Robinson (former president and first woman leader of Ireland) as well as Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor David Onley. They all spent time posing for photos with their delighted fans.
Spencer West autographing his book "Standing Tall" for fans. ©Julia Pelish Photography
I had never heard of We Day or Free the Children until last year. I have since learned that this amazing organization runs on the energy of self motivated youth dedicated to taking action . I encourage you to visit their online sites of Free the Children and We Day to learn more about this organization. It is the movement started by brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger and they have inspired throngs of young people to become deeply involved and committed to becoming activists for local and global change.
Dallas Green aka City and Colour at Toronto's We Day. ©Julia Pelish Photography
Ontario Lt. Gov. David Onley and Canadian Paralympian Rick Hansen. © Julia Pelish Photography