“I wanted to show that there’s a lot of artists out there making dope art. I don’t see enough of it at school.”— Ashelita Shellard, fine arts student, host of Your Art is On Fire.
“It’s the best thing that I’ve done this year. It’s been the most rewarding and inspiring experience.”—Brooklynne Eeuwes, SwimAbility instructor.
The event, called Tell Me Your Story: Leaving Home, saw students take to the stage in poetic or storytelling fashion to share their transitionary tales of leaving home behind to find a new one in Canada.
Zein Ahmed, a fourth-year biomedical sciences student at the University of Ottawa, wants to make a difference in the lives of Yemeni refugees settling in Djibouti.
Shannon Fournier, the organizer of Rise Up and a former criminology student at the U of O, explained that through her own experiences, and during her time at the university, she learned about the holes that exist in the criminal justice system for victims of sexual assault when reporting crimes.
Event organizers Rebecca Klaassen, Benjamin Stiver, Katie Redwood, Shevaun Ensor-Harrison, Laura Feltham, and Emilie Carriere were inspired to “raise funds and awareness” for this issue while on a field research course in Bangladesh researching gender-based violence. The group worked under Professor Nipa Banerjee and the Bangladesh-based NGO, BRAC.
The queen of R&B Jully Black stops by Ottawa for a night of fun while raising money for an important cause.