About Me


Hello! Thank you so much for taking the time to come to this page and learn a bit more about me! I’ve included a mini intro video, bellow. I’ve also outlined some of the key causes and initiatives I’ve been involved in. However, if you want the more recent info… I’ll try to quickly put myself into words for you up here!


Now, if you want the true me, I feel that I have to state some hardcore facts about myself first. You see, I am unhealthily obsessed with Harry Potter, would do just about anything for a bar of dark chocolate, and will only run if Godzilla himself is chasing me. I’m a bit quirky, but when it comes down to it, I’m human. Just the same as everyone else. 

However, one thing that does makes me… Me is the fact that I realized early on the impact of kindness. I think that one of the most impactful kindness I’ve received was a buffalo finger puppet. It sounds kind of silly, but I got it on my way out from a very unfun visit to a doctor. Someone must have done a toy drive for Sick Kids Hospital, and I remember thinking how cool it was that someone had taken time out of their lives to brighten a stranger’s day with a little piece of kindness. 

I can’t recall if it was a conscious decision or not on my part, but from that day on, I tried to take the time out of my life to give others pieces of kindness. I did this not just through fundraising, but by smiling at people who walked by, opening doors, offering words of encouragement-something I see so many amazing people around me do for others every day.

I have always been influenced by the things others do around me, learning what they have to teach me. And so, I was so thrilled when I had the opportunity to travel to Kenya a couple summers ago, thanks to the support of so many awesome people. There I learned so much from the community, my fellow youth, and some remarkable role models.

I am currently involved in my community through Curtain Call Players, a GTA arts charity, and WE Charity. Through WE I’ve been able to do some really awesome things, like talk to two thousand youth in a WE Global classroom! So cool! I’m also the President of the Best Buddies Canada chapter at my school, and love to do garbage cleanups with the amazing group Pickwaste. Community is so, so important to me, so it is a privilege to say that I have received the sovereign’s medal for volunteers (picture of
Craig Kielburger giving it to me on the left – I’m still freaking out over it!!!!) and two civic awards in recognition of my involvement with my community.

Okay, so enough with all this unbroken up text! If you want to know more about my past fundraisers, I’ve outlined most of them below. And, here I’ve imbedded the foretold of inro video someone at WE awesomely put together for me, when I did a mini-talk. Hope you enjoy it!

My First Fundraiser

When I was six years old, I found out about how purchasing small items such as a goat or chicken – or a stable, on a bigger scale – could empower a community in a developing country, and decided I wanted to do that. Shortly after, I read about my school’s craft sale and decided that I wanted to be a part of that, too. When I told my mom I wanted to both, she generously said she would help me do one of them.

Now, if you know me, you probably know that once I sink my teeth into something, I’m as stubborn as a bull… This was still true when I was six. So, after a true eureka moment, I declared that I would do both – that I would raise money for a stable at my school’s craft show.

My mom consented to this but tried to talk me into fundraising for an alpaca, a much smaller donation, rather than a full stable of animals. My stubborn streak still in full effect, I declared that I would aim for no less than a stable.

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Thankfully, there was an outpour of support that did not end at my school’s craft show, as a booth at Pickering’s Flea Market was donated, and public support overwhelmed. In the end, $7 640 was raised, enough money for six stables plus several other supplies and animals – including an alpaca for Mom.

I am so unspeakably grateful for all of the individuals who contributed what they could, with astounding generosity. I am also grateful for the absolutely amazing media coverage that enabled my fundraising, with segments on TVO Kids and CTV News, as well as an article from the Toronto Star and several amazingly supportive articles in the Pickering News Advertiser, such as that on the third page, January 6, 2008.

I was also privileged to receive the City of Pickering’s Individual Volunteer Award, as documented by the Pickering News Advertiser and Snapd.

It was such a magical time in my life!

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But it didn’t stop there!

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After my first fundraiser, I continued to pounce on opportunities to help make the world a better place, one little bit at a time. One such opportunity that I retroactively find really cool is a fundraiser I was involved in for a couple years, to raise funds for education in Kenya with beautiful, handmade jewlery. Having traveled to Kenya now, and having seen the impact of education, I am so happy that I was able to play a little part in that change.

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But how else could I help?

As I grew up, I began to want to do something more for my birthday than just getting gifts I loved but didn’t need. And so, on my eighth birthday, I held a toy drive, donating to Sick Kids, the place I’d been inspired by years before. After deciding that no matter how good a cause, handing toys over wasn’t the most fun way for an eight-year-old to spend a birthday, I in later years began to collect supplies for a local cat sanctuary through annual Halloween parties with my brother! I did this for three years, in addition to selling calendars to fundraise for the sanctuary, as documented here. Pickering News Advertiser was once again amazingly supportive, writing articles to publicise the events, such as this one. As a serious cat (and Halloween!) lover, it was a very fun cause to contribute to!

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Equally fun? Haircuts!

Another cause I’ve contributed to throughout my life is cancer research. I’ve done so through smaller fundraisers such as lemonade stands and selling bracelets through Lisa’s Beads. I’ve also cut my hair to make wigs for persons fighting cancer, and turned one of my big hair cuts into a party to raise funds and awareness.

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Then I decided I needed to increase my own awareness

The year I started high school I decided that I would travel to Kenya the following summer. The trip cost well over six thousand dollars, and I set out to raise enough money to pay for the whole trip. I did so collecting donations, selling African Bronzed Honey, and doing bake sales. I received amazing support from the community once again, with coverage from the Pickering News Advertiser. My school was also amazingly supportive, tweeting out information about my efforts, and giving me two student awards during my fundraising. Thanks to the support of so many, I was able to fundraise all of the money for my trip!

Another way I fundraised for my trip was through a fundraising event including a barbeque, bake sale, and silent auction, to celebrate my birthday. However, shortly before the BBQ, Fort McMurray was hit by a terrible wildfire. Feeling that it was important to give back within my own country, too, I split the focus of the fundraiser, dedicating the bake sale to my volunteer trip, and the barbeque to relief for Fort McMurray. Thanks to the government doubling all contributions to the Red Cross’ relief efforts at the time, over twelve-hundred dollars were sent to aid in for McMurray. This was made possible largely by Allan’s Your Independent Grocer’s amazing donation of all of the food for the barbeque, and several local businesses’ donations of silent auction items. Our MP, Jennifer O’Connell, generously sent me a certificate of achievement, in recognition of my “Fundraising Efforts Benefitting Fort McMurray”, thanking me “on behalf of the Government of Canada”. Form all the quotation marks, you might have picked up that I’m still freaking out about this!!!

Perhaps one of the greatest highlights of my life, however, has been my volunteer trip to Kenya, through the company Me to We. I’d traveled to South Korea and Indonesia with my family before, but this was my first time traveling without anyone I knew – I would be meeting up with the other youth going on the trip at the airport. In addition to all of my amazing experiences, several of which I’ve shared on my About my Adventure page, I also received some invaluable training regarding leadership, teamwork, and action planning. I took these lessons home, to continue to further my impact after the trip! 

Before returning from Kenya, I made the goal of doing ten speaking engagements, to raise funds and awareness for clean water projects in Kenya, specifically highlighting the community I’d traveled to. I raised funds as a part of the group Drop by Drop, putting all funds towards We Charity’s clean water projects in Kenya. I’m proud to say I surpassed my goal, speaking at locations such as at Chalmer’s Tasteful Topics Luncheon, as documented by their newsletter, and at my school, as documented by their wonderfully supportive tweet! If you missed it, I actually have a recording of one of my talks here!

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I also did another BBQ for clean water…

I celebrated my sweet 16 with a little twist, doing another joint barbeque-bakesale fundraiser. I once again put the funds raised through the bake sale towards an international cause, this time for clean water in Kenya, as a part of the Drop by Drop initiative! I had so much remarkable support from friends and neighbors, and so many businesses came forward to donate silent auction items, including Millenium City Vet, the local First Choice Haircutters, and Valentino’s Grande Salon. This allowed me to raise $1 150 for clean water projects in Kenya through this event!

I also raised $387 for Kids Against Hunger Canada through the barbeque, which Allan’s Your Independent  Grocer once again generously supplied. KAH Canada helps fight

hunger internationally and locally, including locations in Canada such as northern Ontario. I felt that, especially on the year of Canada 150, it was important to also contribute to a cause that makes a tangible impact where it is needed most in Canada. Pickering News Advertiser was once again wonderfully supportive, writing this article to help spread word of the event!

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I wasn’t done with clean water projects, though…

I also had the remarkable opportunity to be a part of the absolutely amazing initiative in 2018, WE Walk for Water! I went on a ‘water walk’, carrying 20 pounds of water for 2 kilometres, to raise funds and awareness for international water projects. Thanks to so many awesome people, including the astoundingly generous cast of CPP, almost a thousand dollars were raised, enough to give 35 people clean water for life! I’ve continued my passion for clean water projects, and just recently had the opportunity to be interviewd for a WE global classroom shared with two thousand students!

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And now…

I am doing another BBQ Fundraiser! Benefiting not only clean water projects through WE Walk for Water, but also Curtain Call Players, an arts charity that has been so supportive of my fundraisers. Everyone is welcome! Find out more here.

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