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.
You are a true inspiration.
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 want to try and give back and help those in need as much as I can
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My name is Alex, and I am currently in grade twelve. One major thing about me is that I love to play golf and I actually work at a golf course right now. Something that I am very passionate about is giving back to the childhood cancer community and this is because I, myself was diagnosed with Leukaemia at 13.
As a result, I now dedicate and volunteer my time to a couple of different places. I volunteer at Dream Factory, which is a Manitoba organization that grants a wish to those suffering from life-threatening illnesses. I do this because I was fortunate enough to have one of my dreams granted. In 2014, Dreams Factory sent my family and I to Hawaii. This was a great experience and time to just relax and enjoy my family after all the craziness that cancer comes with. This is one of the main reasons why I got involved with this organization as my wish made me realize how important it is to give back. In reality, not everyone survives the battle of cancer and having done so and being able to have a normal life now, I want to try and give back and help those in need as much as I can. My friends and I have participated in the Relay for Life, raising over 45k for Canadian Cancer Society. While also working with Cancer Care Manitoba, being in some of their campaigns and videos highlighting the importance of paediatric clinic trials. As well as being fortunate enough to participate in the NHL hockey fight for Cancer event in 2015.
PK, I think what you do is so inspiring by using this unique platform to read and connect with the community. It makes me an even bigger fan of yours. You’re a great player and an even better ambassador for the NHL. There isn't very much to not like about you. You embody the game so well, what you do on and off the ice is amazing!
In the future, I will continue to donate my time and be part of the childhood cancer community as well as continue my studies into a business program. I have applied to a lot of schools across Canada and would like to go into finance.
It’s not an easy time and I just want to share how grateful I am to have been surrounded by friends and family during this period of my life and how grateful I am for your constant dedication to giving back to the community as well.
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!