Hannah Alper
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Hannah Alper has been called many things—an eco-warrior, a change-maker and an activist. She’s also been called the future of social media. At 12 years old, she is all of these things. And now, we can add Co-Host of Free The Children’s North American We Day Tour to her work.

Hannah created her blog, CallMeHannah.ca, at age nine to share her growing knowledge and concern for the environment. Always an animal-lover, she made the connection between animals and the effects of environmental destruction on their habitats and lives. Her blog began out of her desire to help and to inspire others to join her in believing that the little things that we all do add up to make a big difference.

Hannah has become an engaged global citizen seeking to deepen her understanding and connection to the world. Hannah’s journey comes to life in her blog as she explores eco-friendly living, fair trade, bullying, the importance of clean water and education and the devastation of child labour, among other topics. She seeks inspiration and motivation from those who have come before her and regularly features their stories on her blog.

Hannah also turns her written words into actions and is an impassioned public speaker. She organized a Shoreline Cleanup in her community; became a World Wildlife Federation (WWF) Earth Hour Team Captain and is the official “eco-blogger” for the JUNO Awards. In 2012 she was one of 24 students who received the Student Success Award from the York Region District School Board. She was also a judge in The City of Toronto’s first-ever Green Awards, and is currently filming PSAs with Earth Day Canada. Hannah was also named one of the 49 people who made Toronto a better place by Toronto's The Grid Magazine, was on the cover of Post Newspapers 20 People Under 20 issue, and Canadian Jewish News’ 24 People In The World Who Make a Difference.

Hannah has found power in using her voice to inspire, motivate and empower people of all ages to identify their passion and take action. She is a Me to We Motivational Speaker and Free The Children Ambassador. She is proud to have shared the story of one of her role models, Malala Yousafzai, throughout the 2013/2014 We Day season across North America. She joined Spencer West and Neverest as a feature speaker on the We Create Change Tour traveling from coast to coast across Canada. 10 weeks, 90 stops, 1 epic tour staging a show at schools and to celebrate with students and teachers the powerful change being made in communities and schools across the country.

In her spare time Hannah enjoys going to the movies and concerts, hanging out with her friends, riding her bike and playing with her dog, Indigo. She is an Honour Role student and has her Brown Belt in karate.

Through her own search for role models, Hannah has become a role model herself. In her quest to “be the change,” Hannah continues to demonstrate that when passion meets action, there is no such thing as “too young.”

Entries by Hannah Alper

Mike Downie: Let's Do More To Embrace Indigenous Canadians

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2016 | 2:18 PM

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Mike Downie, second from left; Pearl Wenjack, third from left; and Gord Downie, fifth from left, participate in WE Day Toronto on Oct. 19, 2016 at the Air Canada Centre. (Photo: Vito Amati)

Gord Downie was a special guest...

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A Letter To Everyone Who's Freaked Out By Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 3:46 PM

One of my favourite magazines is Girls' Life. They have great style, reviews, interesting articles and inspiring girls' empowerment inspiration! I was so excited to get the March-April issue because one of my role models and favourite actresses, Rowan Blanchard, is on the cover.

She had some...

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What We Can All Do For Pink Shirt Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 29, 2016 | 9:18 AM

This week marked the 8th annual Pink Shirt Day and I am proud to have been able to mark it in a really meaningful way. I spent the morning with the students, teachers and parents at Montcrest School in Toronto as part of their first ever Pink Shirt Day celebration.

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Our New Year Tradition: A Year In A Jar

(1) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 12:01 PM

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Photo by Hannah Alper

On New Year's Day last year, my family and I started a new family tradition that we have been working on all year. My mom, dad and I each decorated our own jar that we would spend the...

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Today Is World Kindness Day!

(3) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 9:40 AM

#WorldKindnessDay is a top trending hashtag all over social media today and I wanted to take a moment to explain. World Kindness Day was first introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement.

The World Kindness Movement (WKM) is an international organization that has no political or...

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Terry Fox's Legacy Proves One Person Can Make a Difference

(2) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 12:18 PM

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On September 20th, people came together all over Canada to honour and continue Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope. Diagnosed with cancer when he was 18, Terry's right leg was amputated just above the knee in 1977. While in hospital, Terry was so overcome...

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Kindraising Allows Daily Actions to Create Change

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 5:21 PM

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Photo: Lisa MacIntosh

You might be wondering what Kindraising means.

Well, fundraising is when you work toward making a difference for a cause or issue through collecting money to donate to help.

Kindraising is all about changing our communities and...

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7 Back to School Tips From a Kid Like You

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 5:52 PM

A new school year is just a few days away and while I love summer (and I had a really great one) I'm really looking forward to going back to school. A new year at school is when you get a fresh start. You can put last year behind you...

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5 Inspiring Quotes from 5 Inspiring Women

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 5:35 PM

This week, I'm celebrating Women's Equality Day -- which happened on Wednesday, August 26th -- and continuing the conversation when we not only talk about the issue of women's equality but how we can reach equality for all. This is also a time when we highlight some amazing women who...

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This 12-Year-Old Paid It Forward for Her Birthday - 12 Times!

(2) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 12:20 PM

This is Maya. Her 12th birthday was this month.

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To celebrate, Maya decided that she was going to do 12 random acts of kindness in one day. She organized a race between three teams trying to do the acts as fast as they...

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Stand Up to Bullying With Kindness

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 5:56 PM

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I am so excited to share the news that I am a now Youth Ambassador for Bystander Revolution! Bystander Revolution is an anti-bullying organization founded in April 2014 with a mission to inspire and motivate people to take the power out of bullying...

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It Takes More Than Money To Change The World

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 11:53 AM

On Monday, I joined Pinball Clemons and his team at The Michael Pinball Clemons Foundation to kick off their week-long campaign #JustGive. This campaign not a fundraiser, it's what I like to call a "kindraiser." All week Pinball, his team and volunteers will be at different locations sharing...

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10 Tips For Nervous Kids Going To Summer Camp

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 5:46 PM

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I'm getting ready for my third summer at overnight camp for three weeks and I can't wait! All year long I look forward to seeing my "camp" friends, the lake and sleeping on the top bunk in a cabin full of girls. When...

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Let's Empower Girls and Women With the #WithStrongGirls Movement

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 11:53 AM

ONE launched their new campaign, #WithStrongGirls. It is all about empowerment and the belief that if we empower women in developing communities, they will be able to sustain themselves and break the cycle of poverty.

To give a really big voice to #WithStrongGirls, ONE brought together nine of the most...

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Twenty Years Of Children Freeing Children

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 4:47 PM

Whenever I encounter people who are skeptics or people that are surprised at my passion, interest and my age, I think about my friend, Craig Kielburger.

Twenty years ago this week, on April 19, 1995, Craig was searching through the newspaper for the comic section on a Saturday morning...

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