More than 4,000 people gathered at the Langley Events Centre on Friday for an afternoon of inspiration and empowerment at the Be the Change Symposium.
The free event, marked as a day of personal and professional development, was held on a Pro-D day in the Langley and Surrey school districts, so that hundreds of students could also attend.
The afternoon included presentations from Craig Kielburger, co-founder of Free the Children and We Day, Michael Smull, a developer of planning for individuals with developmental disabilities, Dr. V. Mark Durand, a psychologist working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dr. Victor Rios, a former L.A. gang member, and the stars from the television show and New York Times bestseller The Buried Life.
Also, in a special presentation, Wind & Tide Preschools presented a cheque for $70,000 to Kielburger for Free the Children. All the money was raised by families and staff at the centre’s daycares in Langley and Surrey.
And for those who felt inspired to start making a change in their communities, there was an opportunities fair, with more than 20 non-profit organizations set up to promote the work they do to help others.
For more information, visit the Be the Change Symposium Facebook page.