November 1, 2018


339 Queen St East

Toronto, ON

M5A 1S9

Dear WE Schools,

I love the WE schools program! As a Youth and Family Worker for the Community Schools Team in Vancouver, this program has been the best way for me to facilitate Leadership skills to my grade 7 students. One teacher is also using the novel “Iqbal” who was the child who first inspired Marc and Craig Keilburger to start “Free the Children”. I find that throughout the year, the many activities we undertake truly create an intrinsic motivation in each of the students that they will continue with throughout their lives. We belong to an inner city school in east Vancouver so the parents don’t have a lot of money. We already have a hot lunch program and send home food packages to the students, so there are a few standard WE fund raisers that we can’t do, such as the We Scare Hunger canned food collecting project. However, we find innovative ways to increase awareness and through assembly presentations throughout the year, and we still raise money for local causes and one global WE Village. My trip with the WE Educators Program to Ecuador/Amazon this summer was the most inspiring experience. One of the highlights was meeting the Cichwa indigenous people and learning about the natural ways of living and farming. We also learned how they have suffered under Spanish colonization. We visited Bella Vista village and saw the work of previous WE students where they have helped to build a school, and we joined in by building a community kitchen. I truly witnessed first hand how the WE program operates globally and I respect their model of Equal Partnership agreements that precipitate any global village projects. I am busy this year passing on all that I learned to my students here at my school. And meeting all those fabulous dedicated teachers, and the WE facilitators! They are all amazing and I will never forget them.


Patti McVey

Youth and Family Worker

Vancouver, BC

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