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Empowerment Day 2019
Hayley Wickenheiser among special guests speaking to Upper Grand students at Empowerment Day, May 2nd

For Immediate Release - April 8, 2019

GUELPH, Ontario – Thousands of Upper Grand students are getting ready to show the world their passion and their resolve, as the board’s annual Empowerment Day fast approaches.

This year’s theme for the inspiring event is I CAN. I WILL. WATCH ME.

Five thousand students in grades 5 to 8 from all across the Upper Grand will come together on May 2 for a powerful day of inspiration and empowerment. One of the key parts of Empowerment Day is that the students then take that passion back to their school communities and beyond.

Empowerment Day was created in 2015 by two students from the Drayton Heights Public School Student Council. DHPS Student Council decided to continue this annual event and each year invites students in grades 5 to 8 from all over the UGDSB. 

World-renowned motivational speakers, presenters, and performers are brought together to share inspiring messages with youth. Through this experience, students within the UGDSB learn that they can make a positive difference in the world, both locally and globally.

Special guests this year include:

Hayley Wickenheiser – A titan of sport and a leader both on and off the ice. Haley Wickenheiser is an Olympic gold medalist, author and motivational speaker, and is considered one of the best female hockey players in the game.

Leon Logothetis – A global adventurer, motivational speaker and philanthropist, Leon is the host of Netflix’s The Kindness Diaries. He had a big life in the city, but was uninspired and chronically depressed. So he gave it all up for a life on the road. Leon has travelled the globe spreading kindness to unsuspecting strangers.

Patrick Anderson – As arguably the best wheelchair basketball player in the world, Patrick’s talents on and off the court have garnered him international fame. Patrick grew up in Fergus, Ontario. After losing his legs in an accident, Patrick discovered wheelchair basketball and after years of hard work got to the stage where he was instrumental in propelling Team Canada to four Paralympic championships.

Trisha Prabhu – As a teen, Trisha Prabhu wanted to make a difference in the lives of youth and started a quest to end online hate at the source. Prabhu is the inventor of ReThink technology, which works to stop cyberbullying at the source, by helping youth see a better way and to think before they hit ‘send’.

Stacey Kay – Stacey Kay was born and raised in Cambridge, Ontario, and over the years has received rave reviews for her musical talents. Her unique and powerful voice have been featured on America’s Got Talent and Canadian Idol. Stacey has been touring schools in North America spreading her messages of confidence, positive body image and more. She released her first full length album this year.


DATE: Thursday May 2, 2019
TIME: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
LOCATION: Sleeman Centre, 50 Woolwich St, Guelph

About the Upper Grand District School Board 

The Upper Grand District School Board serves more than 35,000 students through 65 elementary schools and 11 secondary schools in the City of Guelph, County of Wellington and County of Dufferin. The UGDSB covers the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Six Nations of the Grand River, and Saugeen Ojibway Nation Territories. Student success is the goal of over 3,000 dedicated teaching and support staff who are aided by the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners. 

Learn, Lead, Inspire…Together 

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