Attending WE Day in Vancouver is one of the highlights of the year for our grade 7s and this year was no exception. I had the pleasure of chaperoning 17 students to Rogers Arena this past Thursday for a day of motivation and provocation and WE Day did not disappoint! From speakers Sophie Trudeau to Peter Mansbridge, and performers JRDN to Shawn Hook, we were inspired and entertained all day.
My personal highlight for the day was listening to Noor Fadel share her story and take ownership of her healing process. Noor was the victim of an anti-muslim brutal assault while she was riding the skytrain home from work in December 2017. The train was packed with people, and yet only one man came to her defence, while the remaining passengers sat and did nothing. The attacker later pled guilty to charges of sexual assault and uttering threats, receiving a suspended sentence and 2-years probation for his actions.
Fadel took the stage at WE Day and publicly forgave her attacker, taking ownership of her own body and refusing to let the event define her or slow her down. "Because of you, I grew, I forgave and I began changing the world one person at a time. Because of you, the world knows my story, my resilience. Because of you, the world knows I am going to be OK," she told her attacker in court. Such a brave and outspoken young woman!