meet the individuals of
Role: Mia / Assistant Choreographer
Things that Help Me Shine: project ARC, spending time with family/friends, my photography business,
my job, my school, singing, acting, and volunteering,
Words that Shine: "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy:
They are the charming gardeners who make
our souls blossom." - Marcel Proust
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing's going to get better, it's not." - Dr. Seuss
People who Shine: JanJan Cruddas, my family,
my friends, Terry Fox, Mama Alice, K'NAAN, Mahatma Gandhi,
Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, Helen Keller and Mother Teresa.
I'm Grateful for: My family, the roof over my head, my friends,
gluten free food, the ability to receive an education,
freedom of speech, clean water, my family’s safety, my job,
the opportunities that I have received through project ARC,
strawberry lemonades, music, my camera and the optimism in my life.
Things that Help Me Shine: Board games, piano,
guitar, singing, reading.
Words that Shine: "When I was a kid, my teachers asked me
what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I told them 'Happy.' They told me I didn't understand the question.
I told them they didn't understand life."
- John Lennon.
People who Shine: My parents, Christina Grimmie,
uncountable TV and book characters, Emma Cruddas,
Freddie Mercury, John Lennon.
Things that Help Me Shine: Theatre, music, singing,
playing the guitar and piano, making people smile :)
Words that Shine: "I want you to do whatever makes you
happiest in the world" - Harry Styles
"The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands."
- Anne Frank
"The best way to predict the future is to create it." - Abraham Lincoln
People who Shine: My parents, my brother and sister,
my teachers, Jan Jan Cruddas, my project ARC family, Nelson Mandela, John Lennon, Ariana Grande
I’m Grateful for: Clean water, an education, food, a birth certificate, living in Canada, my dog, music, my family, my health, my home and all the overflowing positivity in my life.
Things that Help Me Shine: gymnastics, singing, dance,
Me to We, project ARC, family and friends.
Words that Shine: Why fit in when you were born to
stand out? - Dr. Seuss
“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.” - Divergent
People who Shine: Craig and Marc Keilburger, Bethany Hamilton,
Ellie Black and everyone who makes or has made a positive difference
in the world no matter how big or small.
I’m Grateful for: My family and friends, everything I have
and all the opportunities I’ve been given.
Things that Help Me Shine: Horseback riding, reading, volunteering, acting, spending time with friends and family, playing fiddle, writing.
Words that Shine: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. - Dr. Seuss
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone
across the waters to create many ripples.”
- Mother Teresa
“We must all face the choice between what is right, and what is easy."
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J. K. Rowling)
People who Shine: Janice Cruddas, my family and friends,
Malala Yousafzai, Terry Fox, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks,
Mother Teresa, Anne Frank, Jane Goodall, J. K. Rowling.
I’m Grateful for: Having a safe home, good food, safe water,
parents who love me, my education
Things that Help Me Shine: Dance, drawing, swimming, music, singing and acting.
Words that Shine: “Enjoy the little things in life for one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things.”
― Kurt Vonnegut
Don't worry be happy.
People who Shine: My family, my friends, my great grandmother.
I'm Grateful for: My family, my friends, food, water,
my wonderful bed, my home.
Things that Help Me Shine: swimming, singing, acting, Netflix, dancing, reading, and music.
Words that Shine: "We shall never know all the good that a simple smile will do" - Mother Teresa
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not" - Dr. Seuss
"Friends are people who know you really well and like you anyway"
- Greg Tamblyn
People who Shine: Among many, my parents, my family, Mother Teresa, my friends, and so many fictional characters
I'm Grateful for: my family, my friends, living in Canada, and too many more things to name.
Things that Help Me Shine: Acting, alphabetical order, carrots, logic, peace, project ARC, and reading.
Words that Shine: “It’s not that introverts are anti-social, it’s that
we’re differently social”- Dr. Marti Olsen Laney
“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies,
but even more to stand up to your friends”- J. K. Rowling
“Education is the most powerful tool you can use to change the world”
- Nelson Mandela
People who Shine: Bill Gates, Harriet Tubman,
my friends, my family, Terry Fox.
I'm Grateful for: Canada, lack of war, peace in Canada, the UN, and everything that helps me shine!
Things that Help Me Shine: Speed Skating, swimming, running, biking, acting with MITE and project ARC, reading, being outside, eating chocolate.
Words that Shine: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, things aren’t going to get better. They’re not.” -Dr. Seuss
“We’re all mad here. I’m mad, you’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat. “Or else you wouldn’t have come here.” -Lewis Carrol, Alice in Wonderland
People who Shine: My family, my friends, my cats, and anyone who offers me chocolate.
I'm Grateful for: Chocolate, speed skating, books, peace, clean water, good food, a warm house, and (almost) everything else on the planet. :)
Things that Help Me Shine: project ARC, Acting, school, reading, writing, music, art, playing basketball, spending time with my friends + family and helping others.
Words that Shine: "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
- Dr. Seuss
"You have to be odd to be number one" - Dr.Seuss
"Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary" -Oscar Wilde
"If my life wasn't funny it would just be true, and that is unacceptable."-Carrie Fisher.
"Be crazy, be stupid, be silly, be weird, be whatever. Because life is too short to be anything but happy." - Unknown
People who Shine: My friends, My family, everyone in project ARC and anyone who ever tried to make a difference.
I'm Grateful for: Food, water, to live in a safe country like Canada, freedom of speech, school, my friends, my family, books, project ARC and being able to do what I love.
Things that Help Me Shine: Dancing, Music, acting,
kayaking, project ARC.
Words that Shine: Don't worry be happy.
"Life is making a impact, not an income." - Kevin kruse
People who Shine: Anne Frank, Malala Yousafzai, Terry Fox,
Nelson Mandela, family and friends, the cast of project ARC.
I'm Grateful for: Clean water, a safe place to live, clothing, etc.
Role: Understudy: Riley
Things that Help Me Shine: Spending time with friends, singing,
music, acting, hockey, sailing and football.
Words that Shine: "It always seems impossible until its done."
- Nelson Mandela
"Keep the ones who heard you when you never said a word." - Unknown
"Impossible spells I'm Possible." - Unknown
People who Shine: My family, my friends, Nelson Mandela,
Martin Luther King Jr., Iqbal Masih.
I'm Grateful for: My family, "The Bare Necessities", food, safety,
Things that Help Me Shine: Swimming, music, photography, singing, reading, acting, project ARC, spending time with my family, school.
Words that Shine: "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." - Anne Frank
"The flower that blossoms in adversity is the most rare and
precious of all." - Mulan
People who Shine: My parents, my brothers, my friends, Anne Frank, Helen Keller, Jim Elliot, Gladys Aylward, Janice Cruddas,
I'm Grateful for: My family and friends as well as all the opportunities and privileges that have come my way.
Role: Writer / Director / Choreographer
Things that Help Me Shine: Life-long education, human rights, being responsible, singing, writing, baking, playing guitar, the library, trying.
Words that Shine: "You're the voice, try and understand it.
Make a noise and make it clear." - from "You're the Voice" by John Farnham
“In spite of everything, I still believe that people
are really good at heart.” - Anne Frank
"There's a dream in the future. There's a struggle that we have yet to win.
Use that pride in our hearts to lift us up until tomorrow, 'cause just to sit still would be a sin." - from "I Know Where I've Been" from Hairspray
"Your right to swing your arms ends just where the other man's nose begins."
- Zechariah Chafee
People who Shine: My fellow project ARC peeps (especially my amazing, devoted girls: Emma and Amelia) and every person who makes good choices in the face of insecurity, cruelty and despair. In some way, we can grow from all people but we can grow the most from the people who shine brightly, sharing their light.
I'm Grateful for: The 5 people who are my dawn, my sunset,
and everything in between - my family; too many other people and things to list; and, the presence, that is always with me, guiding me to try my very best.
Role: Choreographer / Swing
Things that Help Me Shine: theatre, writing music and poetry,
volunteering, reading, the inspiration that is my family,
spending time with friends, making others smile.
Words that Shine: "Be who you are and say what you feel
because those who mind don't matter,
and those who matter don't mind." - Dr Seuss
"Happiness is not attained through self-gratification,
but through fidelity to a worthy purpose." - Helen Keller
People who Shine: Janice Cruddas, my family, Mahatma Gandhi,
Harriet Tubman, Julia "Butterfly" Hill, Spencer West, The Lorax,
Nellie McClung, Nelson Mandela, Mama Alice, Mattie Stepanek,
Malala Yousafzai, Iqbal Masih, and Terry Fox.
I'm Grateful for: family, safe water, education, health, living in Canada,
the beautiful Earth, having a place to call home,
food, friends, amazing opportunities like project ARC,
hope, and the greatest gift: love.