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

10/22/2014 06:29 EDT | Updated 10/23/2014 01:59 EDT
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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.

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    JLo was the surprise guest at We Day Vancouver on Oct. 22, 2014. Thousands of students attended the annual event organized by Free The Children at Rogers Arena. The campaign aims to inspire youth to change the world.
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    Singer/actor Selena Gomez with a fan
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    Singer Nick Jonas
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    MuchMusic host Liz Trinnear with rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis
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    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
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    View from inside the arena
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    Spee Chalkiotis of the band Neverest
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    Free The Children's Robin Wiszowaty
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    Entrepreneur/philanthropist Lorne Segal
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    Olympian Karina LeBlanc
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    The band Marianas Trench
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    Singer Shawn Desman and blogger/activist Hannah Alper
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    Musician Shawn Mendes
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    Activist Ashley Rose
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    Athlete Silken Laumann
  • "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
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  • "One in 3 Canadian teens are bullied. That's nearly 2 million young Canadians who are teased and excluded. Nearly 2 million who are silenced in the classroom, losing out on their education." -- Shawn
  • 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
  • "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
  • "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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  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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    Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a central figure in ending apartheid in South Africa, high fives a girl in Vancouver.
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    Archbishop Desmond Tutu laughs while being interviewed by Josh Ostoff, music editor for The Huffington Post Canada.
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    Christy Clark speaks at We Day Vancouver 2012.
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    B.C. Premier Christy Clark speaks at We Day Vancouver 2012.
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  • Megha Sandhu
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    Miss Teen World Canada 2012 speaks at We Day Vancouver 2012.
  • Megha Sandhu
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    Miss Teen World Canada 2012 speaks at We Day in Vancouver.
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    How some youth in the audience are experiencing We Day Vancouver 2012.
  • Gregor Robertson
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    The Vancouver mayor speaks at We Day Vancouver 2012.
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    Vancouver's mayor speaks at We Day Vancouver 2012.
  • The We Day Dance
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    Two We Day hosts lead a crowd of thousands in a dance.
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    We Day Vancouver 2012 host Jesse Giddings.
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    Marc and Craig Kielburger are the founders of Free The Children.
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    Craig Kielbuger is a co-founder of Free The Children.
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    Vancouver Canucks COO Victor De Bonis speaks at We Day 2012.

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