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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.
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: 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: 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: 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.
Things that Help Me Shine: Spending time with friends, my ukulele, reading, project ARC, math, singing and acting.
Words that Shine: "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light.”- J.K Rowling
"We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same" - Anne Frank
People who Shine: My family, Harriet Tubman, Anne Frank, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie, Terry fox, My friends, Hundreds of fictional characters.
I'm Grateful for: My family, my cats, music, Broadway, clean water,
the ability to get an education, my teachers and
all the opportunities I’ve had in my life.
Things that Help Me Shine: Musical Theater, My friends and family, dancing, singing, acting, the band Queen, project arc, and youtube.
Words that Shine: "Remember to breathe" - Megan Batoon
"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light" - Albus Dumbledore (J.K Rowling)
"whatever you're doing, its working sista" - Harry Styles
"Boredom is the biggest disease in the world, darling" - Freddie Mercury
People who Shine: My friends and family, Emma Watson, Freddie Mercury, my mom, my dance teachers, and J.K Rowling
I'm Grateful for: My parents, a house to live in, the opportunity to travel, my right to education, music, and so many more things that I can't possibly list.
Role: pARC perk/Taylor Understudy
Things that Help Me Shine: Playing my instruments for my family, my friends and other community members, singing, acting, being in the student advisory council, volunteering at school and in the community, spending time with family/friends, and, of course, project ARC.
Words that Shine: “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” -Helen Keller
"Flops are a part of life's menu and I've never been a girl to miss out on any of the courses." - Rosalind Russel
People who Shine: My family, my friends, Stephen Hawking,
Malala Yousafzai, Nelson Mandela, Helen Keller and Viola Desmond. .
I'm Grateful for: My family, my home, my friends, artificial colour free food, my supportive school, the medical system that has given me the opportunity to walk unassisted, having a safe place to live, access to clean water, project ARC, strawberry Frappuccinos, music, and the people who make me laugh until I cry..
Role: pARC perk / Jordan Understudy
Things that Help Me Shine: Teaching, singing, dancing, writing, learning, storytelling, painting, doing crafts, and cooking.
Words that Shine: “Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” -Amelia Earhart
People who Shine: Ellen Degeneres, Rosa Parks, Marsha P. Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., Princess Diana, Marlene Dietrich, Freddie Mercury, Vivian Maier, Gilda Radner, Jane, Mom and Dad.
I'm Grateful for: My family, my pets, my house, living in Canada,
good food, good jokes, rainbows, hugs and smiles.
Role: pARC perk / Jess Understudy
Things that Help Me Shine: My school, paddling, playing the piano, soccer, singing, hanging out with family and friends, having a goal and working towards it.
Words that Shine: “Don’t worry, be happy.” - Bobby McFerrin
“You don’t lose until you quit”
People who Shine: My family and my friends, Gandhi, Malala, my athletic coaches, my educators, anyone who has helped the world in any way, shape, or form.
I'm Grateful for: Supportive family and friends, my education, paddling, singing, soccer, piano, knowing that when I wake up tomorrow, I will be safe
Role: Swing / 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: 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.
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 my amazing roadie husband, Jim) 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.