In 2012, a group of high school friends attended an event in Vancouver set to inspire young people who are interested in social change to make a difference in their community.
These teens were so inspired that they brought their enthusiasm back home and decided to create a similar event for the Grande Prairie area, from this Mighty Peace Day was born. The first event in the Peace Country was hosted in 2013, a total of four events were held up until the last one in 2019.
Mighty Peace Day has seen guests that include: Rob Nash, Spencer West, Zach Ingrasci, Tenille Townes, Tyler Shaw, Her Brothers, Anthony McLean, Michel Chikwanine, Karina LeBlanc, Sonja Baikogli and Komal Minhas, along with countless other artists and motivational speakers. The presenters have brought forth education on topics that affect youth both locally and globally including; poverty, slave labour, bullying, suicide, overcoming adversity, the power of working together, and many different focus areas of philanthropy. Mighty Peace Day welcomed over 4000 youth at each event, serving as a space to be inspired to continue to engage in social change.
Since Covid struck in early 2020, the Society has had to continually cancel the event. After much consultation with their board along with local school districts, it has become clear that they don’t know when another event of that capacity may be held.
The Society still wishes to see youth reap the same benefits that have always been offered through Mighty Peace Day, and as such, have decided to create a fund within the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta that will see this continue to be available.
Donations can be made by calling the Community Foundation at (780) 538-2820 or visit CanadaHelps at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/74192.
If you are an organization, group, school division, or individual who wish to engage youth learning about issues that effect young people both locally and globally, to encourage them to become change makers, and to engage in philanthropy, please reach out to the Community Foundation to learn more about the funding available and how to apply.