Dr. Dave Williams must be the consummate Canadian -- humble and quick to deflect praise despite everything he's accomplished -- in outer space, no less. Williams has piloted jets, saved countless lives as an emergency-room physician, and plunged to the depths of the sea as an aquanaut. And that's just on Earth.
Because of the huge influence our upbringing had on our values, we often ask our We Day speakers about what they've learned from their parents. We found this video of Martin Sheen in our archives, sharing fond memories of his father.
There's more to MC Hammer than the neon harem pants christened in his name. The hip-hop icon of the '80s is making his comeback in unexpected places: he's an ordained preacher, an angel investor, and a Silicon Valley mentor to minority-led tech start-ups.
When we first met the guys from Hedley, the band wanted to embark on a Me to We Trip to Kenya. When their tattooed limbs touched down in the rural Maasai Mara, we wondered how the community would react to the Canadian rockers. Turns out the local chiefs were fascinated by the band's markings.
If there is one person in this world we truly envy, it's Victor Chan. For more than 40 years, Chan has had the incredible opportunity to accompany one of our heroes--His Holiness the Dalai Lama--on his world travels. In a new book, Chan shares stories about the Dalai Lama's encounters with world leaders, children living in poverty, activists, and scientists, among others.
In 1990 when Quebec Mohawks were protesting plans by the community of Oka to build a golf course on traditional Mohawk burial grounds, a Canadian soldier thrust his bayonet into the chest of Mohawk teenager named Waneek Horn-Miller, nearly killing her. In the years that followed, Horn-Miller used sports to help overcome her trauma and anger.
"Never give up when things look the bleakest. There will always be a tomorrow and when I look back, the biggest worries I had weren't that test on Monday, that girl who didn't return my phone call, that sad day my team lost."
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has shown us that his football philosophy changes lives. Earlier in his career, Carroll couldn't sit back and watch as kids in L.A.'s inner-city schools succumbed to pressure to join gangs. He created A Better LA in 2003, an organization that works to reduce gang violence by offering skills training and resources for people looking to get off the streets.
Mikhail Gorbachev initiated the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of communism and the end of the Cold War. At the heart of all his actions has been compassion for his fellow human beings. We had a chance recently to sit down with Gorbachev.
As Molly Burke went blind, her world shrunk. Her best friends were supposed to walk her to her lunch period, but instead eight girls led her into a wooded area behind the school, snatched her crutches and smashed them against a tree. They laughed, taunted her, then left her in the woods, disoriented and scared.