I am starting to build my future and face my fears
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Hello. My name is Leila, I'm 16 years old and I live in Toronto, Ontario.
For about 6 years now I have been struggling with major anxiety and depression. Due to this, I have missed out on so many incredible opportunities throughout the years. I have lost a lot of friends because of my withdrawal from society.
I've experienced so many dark and hopeless times where I just felt like a failure. Every one of my days I felt miserable and I was alone. I felt like nobody could ever understand me.
Luckily, I pushed through. I distracted myself with the few things that made me happy. One of the things being hockey. I don't play but I enjoy watching it. The feeling I get when I'm either watching it on TV or live is an absolute comfort.
Due to my anxiety, I used to have panic attacks in crowds because I was overwhelmed by everything. I avoided any kind of concert, games, and events solely because of that reason. Therefore, It has kept me back from doing the things I loved.
It has been a huge obstacle in my life. However, it has made me a better person. I feel more empathy for those who struggle with any mental or physical illness. I am also a stronger person.
I still struggle with it to this day, but I'm in a better place now. Already, I am starting to build my future and face my fears. I am determined to achieve my goals and to finally overcome my mental illness.
I've always seen P.K. Subban as an inspiration of mine since I've been a fan of the Habs. What I love about him are the endless beautiful qualities he has. I admire how much he cares for people around him and I want to thank him for always being such a compassionate, motivational and humble role model to me.
I am a firm believer that every kid should do at least one hour of physical activity each day.
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My name is Marie Anne Portelance. I am a teacher at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School. Over the span of my teaching career, I’ve come to understand how important physical activity is for children’s growth development, mental health, and overall well-being.
I am a firm believer that every kid should do at least one hour of physical activity each day. As a teacher, I see the direct correlation between physical activity and improvements in concentration levels in the classroom. Therefore, in the last couple of years, I have been trying to integrate more physical activity into my teaching regime.
Last year, my class ran every day. This year, I thought it would be fun to give my students some incentive. As a class, we decided to ‘run to Nashville’ for P.K. Subban. You are an important public figure and a great role model. So far, we’ve run almost 550 kilometers, making us a third of the way to Nashville!
When our story was picked up by the news, the kids became even more dedicated to reaching their goal. They even made the upcoming book fair a P.K. Subban/Nashville theme.
P.K., your acknowledgment has definitely motivated the kids and they are even more enthusiastic about reaching their goal now. Thank you for playing such a huge role in their lives and being a positive example for them to look up to.
My friends and I call ourselves the “Good Vibe Tribe”
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My name is Kami. Since the age of 15, my whole life has revolved around philanthropic work.
My parents sent me on my first humanitarian trip when I was 16 and since then, I’ve been on two others and plan on continuing to do more. My last trip afforded me the opportunity to take kids to Armenia, which was a great experience.
While studying paralegal technology, I realized that while I like the corporate world, I was missing that social aspect. I was a scout leader for 6 years in the Armenian community as a way to keep myself close to my roots. Initially, I never thought I would have an impact on the lives of the kids that I was leading, but as time went on, I recognized the impact that I had on them. It became a way of reuniting people because there aren’t a lot of us.
My next venture is going to be in the culinary arts. Being Armenian, I grew up around food and as a huge part of our culture; it became a passion of mine. I want to give youth the opportunity to try workshops in a restaurant setting. If you think you might be interested in the restaurant business, you would get to be in a space where you could work a part time job and at the same time, have access to a workshop of a different theme each month. The first theme could be “how to access local produce”, which there is a huge lack of in Montreal. Then, the second month we would offer access to an accountant, in order for them to learn how to start a business plan.
P.K. Subban stands out not only as an athlete but also as a philanthropist; I think we need more people like that.
My friends and I call ourselves the “Good Vibe Tribe” because they’re the ones that keep me going. If I could ask for one thing, it would be to just help me spread the love and positivity. We all live through tragedies in life, which I’m sure P.K. has seen through his countless visits to the Children’s Hospital. Let’s spread love and good vibes together!
With a lot of love and light,
My philosophy is to turn everything into something positive and continue spread the enthusiasm
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My name is Charice. I work as a teacher and as a hockey coach. I coach in a neighborhood where there aren’t many rinks nearby. The rink that I have worked at for nearly twelve years is extremely male-dominated and unfortunately, I’m the only female hockey coach.
When I first started working here, I recognized that there was a very limited girls program. So, I started one! My program focuses on getting girls to be more passionate about hockey, to empower them, and to help them feel more self-confident.
My childhood is what really inspired me to do all of this. I grew up playing and loving hockey. I started when I was in third grade and immediately fell in love with the sport. In the fifth grade, I came home from school and my grandmother noticed that I had a big lump under my right arm. I quickly found out that it was a cancerous tumour. My doctor told me that I would never be able to play sports again; more specifically that I would never be able to shoot a puck. I remember telling myself that there was no way a doctor was going to tell me what to do or define who I was. I went through the necessary treatments with the thought of getting back on the ice motivating me.
My childhood taught me how to be strong, both physically and mentally. It was a time where I was motivated to recover and get back on the ice, which is what I did. Something that is so magical to me is positivity and enthusiasm. That’s what I try to translate to all of the kids at the rink.
P.K. is someone who is always smiling, who is always positive, and who always remains enthusiastic. He gets ripped apart by the press all the time, but he never lets any of that define him, just like I never let my cancer define me.
Thank you P.K. for always reminding me to keep a smile on my face!