We Day Vancouver 2014: 11 Powerful Quotes That Will Inspire You

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When you're enrolled at We Day Vancouver, your teachers are celebrities like Selena Gomez and Orlando Bloom, and your classroom is filled with 20,000 students.

Empowerment was this year's We Day theme at the Rogers Arena, filled with students from across British Columbia who completed a year of service to raise money and awareness for causes they're passionate about. In addition to some powerhouse speakers like Silken Laumann, Mustafa the poet and Free The Children co-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger, performers included Nick Jonas, Shawn Mendes and a surprise appearance by Jennifer Lopez to close the show.

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Just like We Day Toronto earlier this month, We Day Vancouver didn't dissappoint its young pupils. Check out these 11 inspiring quotes from the event.

  • Toronto-born rapper Kardinal Offishall opened the show with fellow Canadian artist JRDN, to talk to students about the importance of freedom.
  • "We have to make good use of the time we have. That simple. We have to wake up every day, knowing that it's not just an ordinary day. We have to take the moment, seize each day." -- Orlando Bloom
    Actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom discussed the realities of falling down and picking yourself back up. Bloom gave a powerful speech about a personal injury that had doctors convinced he would never walk again.
  • Author, activist and motivational Spencer West gave his insight on the power of technology and how fortunate we are to be connected to the rest of the world.
  • "One in three Canadian teens are bullied. That's nearly two million young Canadians who are teased and excluded. Nearly two million who are silenced in the classroom, losing out on their education." -- Shawn Desman
    Toronto singer Shawn Desman spoke to the ongoing issue of bullying in Canada, and how millions of students are suffering in silence. Accompanied by 11-year-old blogger and activist Hannah Alper, the two talked about anti-bullying campaign Pink Shirt Day.
  • Motivational speaker Robin Wiszowaty went over the harsh realities of people all over the world who continue to live in poverty, and the small steps we can take to help.
  • Joan, a student from the Kisaruni All Girls Secondary School in Kenya, told us her personal story about the importance of getting an education.
  • "You can't do everything, but you can do something. Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." -- Travis Price
    Meet Travis Price. He was once bullied for wearing a pink shirt, but now has a North American-wide movement called Pink Day which encourages students to stand up to bullying.
  • Paige Hunter is a student and mountaineer who has big dreams to head to Mars.
  • "Accept yourself. Often we shrink away from having those difficult conversations. We don't talk about eating disorders or the reality of disease or mental health issues. But they're a part of life. We have to tackle them head on." -- Ashley Murphy
    Motivational youth speaker Ashley Murphy told the audience her story about being born with HIV, and how she now spends her time raising awareness about living with HIV and diminishing the stigmas against it.
  • Silken Suzette Laumann is a Canadian rowing champion who even after a severe leg injury, worked her way towards representing Canada at the Olympic Games.
  • "You are not defined by an Instagram photo, by a like, by a comment. That does not define you." -- Selena Gomez

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