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Hayley Wickenheiser among special guests speaking to Upper Grand students at Empowerment Day

For Immediate Release
April 8, 2019

GUELPH, Ontario – Thousands of Upper Grand students are getting ready to show the world their passion and their resolve, as the board’s annual Empowerment Day fast approaches.

This year’s theme for the inspiring event is I CAN. I WILL. WATCH ME.

Five thousand students in grades 5 to 8 from all across the Upper Grand will come together on May 2 for a powerful day of inspiration and empowerment. One of the key parts of Empowerment Day is that the students then take that passion back to their school communities and beyond.

Empowerment Day was created in 2015 by two students from the Drayton Heights Public School Student Council. DHPS Student Council decided to continue this annual event and each year invites students in grades 5 to 8 from all over the UGDSB. 

World-renowned motivational speakers, presenters, and performers are brought together to share inspiring messages with youth. Through this experience, students within the UGDSB learn that they can make a positive difference in the world, both locally and globally.

Special guests this year include:


Media are invited to attend. Interviews with students involved in organizing Empowerment Day and special guests speakers can be arranged by request.

Follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #EmpowerUG.

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