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It’s snowing cats and dogs

Yesterday was the very first day my parents and I began volunteering at the animal shelter. We walked 3 dogs, Sprite, General and Dakota. It was fun, but it was really cold. I got to walk Sprite all the way around. She was a husky mix.  It was really fun.  Sprite cuddled with me a lot!!

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Sprite and I, Buddies til she gets adopted

When we got back we needed to warm up, so we went to see the cats and kittens. I felt bad for them being in those cages, especially the family of cats.

It was time to leave the cat room, so we went to see if we needed to walk another dog and we did. I was not allowed to walk him though, he was too energetic and all muscle. I was sad, but I also did NOT want to be a human parachute. So I let my parents take turns.

After the walk, my mom said I did so well that I could play with the cats in the glass room. They were flocking around me. I felt so LOVED!!!

I still don’t really like being in Saskatchewan.  I still want to go home. I realized I should be glad that I’m helping the poor animals though here.  By doing this I realized all animals are not being treated the way they should be.  People are dropping them off at animal shelters and leaving them.  I hope people become responsible going to buy or adopt an animal.  There were too many of them there.

There is also a benefit to  volunteering at the animal shelter- KITTY-KAT HEAVEN.

Cat Heaven. Benefits of volunteering

Cat Heaven. Benefits of volunteering

We Day And Sask. Sleepovers Number 1

Two things I am going to write about today: We Day and my first EVER Saskatchewan sleepover with my good friend.

We Day- We Day was the most awesomest thing I have ever been to in my entire LIFE!!!

In case you did not know what We Day is you can read my previous blog post called We Week.

We had to be at a high school to catch a bus to Saskatoon. I had to get there by 5:45am or I would miss it. The bus we were on was a charter bus and the seats were so comfortable!!! It took about 3 hours and when we got there it was a big relief to stretch my legs. We were there for the whole day!!

We got inside and my jaw just dropped. It was the coolest stage I’ve ever SEEN! Sadly, our seats were way at the top so we couldn’t see that well. There was bag on all the seats.  All the kids got a We Day Kit to help us help our communities.

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I’m pretty sure the pencil was made from a straw wrapper and the bracelet was one of my favourites. It lit up like a flashlight.

The show started and immediately I hear 15,000 people SCREAM. The performers included people like Shawn Desman, Spencer West, Craig and Marc Kielburger and so much more.

My mom gave me money so I could buy this cool shirt that had ALL the performers on it and where We Day Takes place on certain days in different places.

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My favourite part was the youth speakers Vishal Vijay and Hannah Alper. Hannah talked about a girl  named Malala and Vishal talked about Iqbal Masih. Both Iqbal and Malala were fighting for something they believed in.  Malala fought  for the right of girls getting an education, and Iqbal fought against Child labour. Both were either killed or almost killed, but that did not stop their legacy.  If you click on their names, I have linked it to their stories.  Read them – they are inspirational.

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National Chief Shawn A-In-chut Atleo – national Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

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Vishal Vijay – 12 year old youth speaker. Hannah Alper – 10 year old youth speaker was on the stage with him. I have a picture of her but it’s blurry.  It was cool to see kids my age being youth speakers in front of so many.

All the people inspired me to help be the change.  Meaning I can help make a difference in the world by doing things like raising money and helping people.   It felt good to know there was a way to help.  My family will start volunteering this Saturday at the local SPCA (animal shelter).  I want to look at other things to.

The other thing is I had my first Sask. sleepover.

It went on like any other sleepover would, but the fact that it was my first one in the new province I live in, makes it a special one. Plus it was a great boredom killer for a day.

We Week

This upcoming week (Wednesday November 6) I have been chosen to go to We Day Saskatchewan.

We Day is a concert and public speaking event that inspires young people like you and I to help change the world. It was founded by Craig and Marc Kielburger, co-CEO’s of Free The Children.

I’m happy because this event is going to inspire me to help make a bigger change in the world.  I may not be able to make a huge contribution the way the speakers do, but I can still contribute to my community and help the world in other ways.  Some ways to help the world is to raise money to help a less fortunate girl get an education.  Maybe I can get my school to raise money for a well.  I don’t know.  The people who are going to speak have a lot of experience with making a difference and that will make it all the more inspiring. 🙂

I’m excited because my family has decided to volunteer at the animal shelter.  I’ve volunteered at Big Brothers Big Sisters once.  I’ve donated things to a shelter.  Back in Ontario my mom and dad used to be in social services and use to take me to a couple of things.  I realized since then I want to help make a difference.  Not everybody has had the experiences I’ve had.  We always have done little things to help.

People who are speaking include

Hannah Alper- child blogger and youth speaker for We Day. You can follow her adventures at http://www.callmehannah.ca

Spencer West– We day ambassador and double amputee

Craig and Marc Kielburger- We day founders an co-CEO’s of Free the children

And so much MORE!!!!!!

I will be posting pictures on my instagram and twitter the day of!!  I hope you follow me and see what I have learned about making a change at We Day.  A band called Neverest will be playing!!  Who knows maybe one day I will have worked enough and be privileged enough to help in the way the speakers have been able to.

Kids N Kops with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Ever since I moved to Saskatchewan I felt uncomfortable with the changes in my life.  One organization is helping me get over those changes and that is Big Brothers Big Sisters. What is BBBS you ask? Well my fellow readers, read on!!

BBBS is an organization that helps kids across Canada in different circumstances.  Some are from very busy families with one parent, some are poor or some come from bad neighbourhoods.  One program that I’m in is the Big Sister program.  It helps the kids to know that they are really important and are apart of the world.  I’m in BBBS because my mom works and my dad is really  sad and can’t do that much with me.  I’m really looking forward to getting a Big Sister.

One of the things I got to do this summer is a camp called Kids n Kops. It’s a program where 12 kids ages 9-12 learn what it’s like to be an RCMP Cadet.  One of the funders is Sask. lotteries.  I did a lot of pretty amazing things like: going to the Regina Science Centre, staying in a hotel with a water slide and a pool,  RCMP heritage centre and parade, and meeting the Yorkton mayor.  I learnt new and very interesting things about Saskatchewan and the national police service.

At the end of the week we had a big award ceremony with the other kids.  I got the title ‘Cadet of the week’ which I was very proud of myself. After we went bowling to celebrate.

BBBS is a really great organization that has soooo many different people giving up their time to help kids feel special.  My mom and I are helping the organization clean flowers this week.  How in the world do you clean a flower?

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Constable Taylor, me, Kaylee and Amanda. My cadet of the week picture.  I asked for everyone’s permission to put this pic up.

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My certificate hanging on my wall. I’m very proud of it.

 

Donating For A Great Cause

This weekend we had a garage sale. We had a lot of clothes and other things leftover. What did we do with it you ask?

Well I’ll tell you…

We found out about a shelter that houses abused women and children.  They help them feel better.  My mom called the shelter to see if they wanted donations.  We were in luck that they were accepting donations.

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Packing my still usable clothes. There were two pairs of pants with the tags still on….I think I have toooooo many clothes.

I have never been to a Shelter before so for me it was a first-hand experience. When we got there it was way more different then I had imagined.  We went inside and I got a little uncomfortable.  I didn’t know how to act.  We stood in the main hall way with a staff member.  My mom did the talking while I looked around at what I could see.  I saw down the hallway toys for the children living in the shelter.  It made me sad that they had to be there and not have their own toys.  They had to share with kids they didn’t even know.   I also felt good to know that I was supporting the women and children who had to leave their homes and lives and start over because of how the men were treating them.

It sickens me to know that the men are not treating women and children the way they want to be treated.  I looked on the internet and found out that this situation happens all around the world.  They have to flee their homes and possibly their town , city or Province.  I understand what it’s like to leave home and your family and friends behind.  I miss Ontario.  But I’m glad that that my family is happy and together.

One of the things I learned on the internet is that  50-70% of kids are abused when one parent is abusing the other.  It made me feel sad.

If you read this post, I encourage you to help abused women and children feel better. Donating things, even small things like us, can make a big difference in their lives.

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