2013 National We Day

We are Change
Free the Children is one of Aeroplan’s Beyond Miles founding partners.  Their mission is to create a world where all young people are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. The organization couldn’t have a better blueprint for success: it was founded by Craig Kielburger in 1995 when he gathered 11 school friends to begin fighting child labour. He was 12. Craig’s brother, Mark, later joined as co-founder.

One of the many amazing initiatives introduced by Free the Children is We Day. We Day is an educational event—a movement of young people leading local and global change. We Day is tied to the yearlong We Act program, which offers curricular resources, campaigns and materials to help turn the day’s inspiration into sustained activation.

Craig and Mark Kielburger generously invited us to attend National We Day in Gatineau, QC on April 29th; we were so humbled by the experience that we wanted to share it with you, our members.

We Day_Martin Sheen
The event took place at the Robert Guertin Centre in Gatineau, QC.  More than 4,000 youth, educators and friends gathered for a day filled with motivational speeches from Martin Sheen, Spencer West, Jennifer Botterill, Chief Shawn Atleo, Rob Stewart and many more; as well as musical performances by Karl Wolf, Kardinal Offishall, Neverest, Shawn Desman and others, not to mention an acrobatic performance by Cirque du Soleil’s ONE DROP.  We spent the day celebrating the incredible efforts of thousands of youth from all-over Canada who strive each day to make a difference in the world.

Minshull family with Degrassi

As an Aeroplan Member, you can redeem miles to attend various events and adventures relating to Free the Children. Aeroplan Members, including a family of five, redeemed some of their miles to attend National We Day.  They were able to meet several cast members of Degrassi: The Next Generation, as seen in the photo above.

The most memorable moments for us were the speeches given by Molly Burke and Hélène Campbell. Molly Burke is an anti-bullying activist who is visually impaired – her speech left us with tears in our eyes. Hélène Campbell, a young woman in her early 20’s, was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in 2011 and required a double lung transplant. This inspired Hélène to launch #BeAnOrganDonor, a viral campaign on Twitter raising awareness for organ donations. Her viral campaign attracted the attention of Justin Bieber and Ellen DeGeneres and has helped to drastically increase the number of registered organ donors in Ottawa.

Helen Campbell

Since her double lung transplant, Hélène launched the Give2Live campaign to help raise money for the Transplant Patient & Family Support Fund at Toronto General Hospital. This fund will help patients and their families across Canada who are on the organ transplant waiting list and who must live within a 2 hour zone of the hospital.

You can donate Aeroplan Miles to the Give2Live campaign through Beyond Miles to help contribute to this great cause.


2 Responses to “2013 National We Day”

  1. Jessica September 17, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    I have a few questions as an aeroplan member…who can I EMAIL with my questions, as I am trying to get a bunch of physicians that I work with connected with your program. Unfortunately your website does not let me connect with anyone directly who I can email with questions regarding points.
    Could you please get back to me with a contact email
    thanks so much
    Jessica Mitchell

    • Aeroplan September 23, 2013 at 11:11 am #

      Hi Jessica,
      Aeroplan does not have a customer service email at the moment, however as a member you do have access to email us through your account. You can do so by clicking on this link: http://bit.ly/ContactAeroplan and then logging into your Aeroplan.com account.
      This will send us a secure email from your account.
      Otherwise the best thing would be to call us at 800-361-5373
      Thank you