RCI Recognized on Stage at National WE Day

Posted on Thursday April 02, 2015
We Day
We Day

A senior Renfrew Collegiate Institute student was acknowledged in front of a crowd of 16,000 students from across Ontario at National We Day on Thursday April 1st, 2015 in Ottawa.

Megan Bulmer, currently in Grade 12, received the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award for her volunteer efforts and contributions to the community.

"It was almost surreal to stand in front of a group of people who share the same passion to change the world as you do," she said. "Receiving an award for all the work that you do, over all of the other students who deserve it too, was really amazing."

Bulmer was not the only Raider to be on stage at We Day. Teacher, Michael Wright, and grade twelve student, Mitchell Hanniman, stood in front of the crowd and shared their experiences with EF tours in Kenya.

"It was inspiring to be able to speak in front of 16,000 young people who want to make a difference in the world," said Hanniman.

RCI also had 63 students in the audience who earned their way in to the celebration by supporting one local and one international cause. Their causes vary; some are members of the Interact Club, some are part of the Relay Committee, while others will be attending the 2016 Kenya trip.

"It was a very impactful experience," said Robbie Inglis, a grade 12 student at RCI. “It really was overwhelming to see the number of students that want to be the change."

The students had the pleasure of listening to a wide range of speakers from actress Marlee Matlin to author Amanda Lindhout. They also enjoyed performances from Scott Helman and Neverest.

National We Day was the 50th We Day since it started in 2007. It is the last event of the Canadian portion of the 2014-2015 Empowerment Tour. It was held at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.

Writer: Taylor Virgin
Photo Submitted by Charlene Nolan
In the photo are: (L to R) Rachelle Fortier, Megan Bulmer, and Cricket Guest