It was a day to promote change and raise awareness in youth through music and talk at the 3rd annual Mighty Peace Day at Revolution Place.
Approximately 3,000 students got to attend if they made a difference in their community through volunteering. Caley Mizera was one of those students.
“I did the Festival of Trees and I’ve been running a social action club, I’ve done a bunch of bake sales,” explained Mizera.
The Founder, 18-year-old Tegwyn Curtis says the idea came from WeDay. She says the energy she felt from when she attended, it made her want the Peace Region to get a taste.
“We managed to get some funding and it was like okay we can do this, so it was mostly just born out of us wanting everyone to experience those goose bumps,” said Curtis.
Curtis says, it has only gotten better over the years.
“It is incredible, every year; I’m just amazed by how much it comes off… I don’t even have words to describe the energy you can feel when you’re in that room, the excitement, the inspiration, that you can almost just feel it…so it’s going so well and I’m really happy.”
And attendee, Santiago Zarcoalba says he definitely felt that uplifting vibe.
“I’m extremely excited; it’s a great opportunity to be here. It’s a great way of spreading a lot of positivity,” said Zarcoalba
This year’s event saw musicians like Grande Prairie’s own Tenille and NewCastle Kings and James Morrison Band. Other performers and speakers included Her Brothers, Tyler Shaw, Silken Laumen and the Rob Nash project. The event was hosted by Tenille and Ryan Blais.
“I’m so excited to be back in Grande Prairie, it’s a pleasure to be home. I love being a part of this event. They do such an incredible job bringing these kids together and just getting our minds and our hearts set in the right places to be thinking about the right things and it’s such a pleasure to get to co-host this with Ryan Blais and I’m thrilled to get to play some songs today… so I’m really excited about the energy in the room, it’s pretty incredible to witness the way that these kids are so excited about change in the world.” says Tenille.
Tenille tells students to work hard and follow their dreams.
“Just be fearless, do it because you love it, for no other motivation than because it’s what you want to wake up in the morning and do. It certainly isn’t always going to be rainbows and sunshine, but it’s always going to be the light in you that has nowhere else to go but to exist.”
It also featured speakers on anti-bullying, HIV awareness, Autism and many other world issues.