Inspirational Speaker, Producer, Philanthropist
"Turn your wounds into wisdom."
"How am I to be, how are we to be in relation to the suffering of others?"
Canadian Doctors Without Borders in Rwanda
"It does not matter how long you live for, but what you live for, what you stand for and what you are willing to die for."
Canadian Environmentalist Activist
"When the whole world is silent even one voice becomes powerful."
Pakistani Education Activist and Youngest Nobel Prize Laureate
African American Freedom Fighter
"Respect me or put me to death."
"When one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.
African-American Civil Rights Activist
Meet the heroes and heroines...
Learn more about the hero or heroine chosen by each student for the 2017 Courageous Voices production. In addition to researching and building a performance around their hero/ines words the students create a unique art piece using cross-hatching. These "busts" are used throughout the production to great effect!
"White people scare the crap out of me."
"We have to retreat into our own cocoons and come face-to-face with who we are."
Julia Butterfly Hill
Deaf-blind author and disability activist
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
"I believe freedom is on the other side of truth-telling"
Dr. Naila Keleta-Mai
Mental Health and LGBTQ Activist
South African Anti-Apartheid Activist
"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed."
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
Second World War Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Disability Rights and World Visionary
"Life would be tragic if it weren't funny."
"For evil to flourish it only requires good men to do nothing."
Austrian Nazi Hunter
Child Soldier, Rapper
"I'm still a soldier, fighting with my pen and paper for peace till the day I cease."
"Are all humans human or are some more human than others?"
Canadian Humanitarian, Child Soldier Activist
American Feminist, Black Activist, LGBT Activist
"Your silence will not protect you."
"I have witnessed the decimation of shark populations within my lifetime."
Shark Girl, Environmental Activist
African American Women’s Rights Activist
"Truth is powerful and it prevails."
"Speak softly but carry a big can of paint.."
Activism through Graffiti
Kenyan Environmental, Political Activist and Nobel Laureate
"We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve the environment."
"Tragedy cannot be the end of our lives. We cannot allow it to control and defeat us."
Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish
Palestinian Doctor in Gaza
Spoken Word Poet
"This is my voice. There are many like it, but this is mine."
"The greatest way to defend democracy is to make it work."
Canadian Health Care Activist
"Our world doesn't need a small change, it needs a massive change."
Rachel Lauren Clarke
Transgender Rights Activist
American Gospel Musician and Civil Rights Activist
"Every concert I do today, I’m still singing freedom songs."
"We must reinvent a future free of blinders so that we can choose from real options.."
Canadian Environmental Activist
Sierra Leonean Child Soldier, Author and Activist
"How many more times do we have to come to terms with death before we find safety?"
Civil War Survivor and Activist
"I may not have hands, but I have a voice."
German Industrialist, Protector and Saviour of Jews in the Holocaust
"I was now resolved to do everything in my power to defeat the system."
Dr. Peter Bryce
Canadian Doctor, Worked to Stop Abuse in Residential Schools
"The mortality rate in the schools often exceeds fifty percent. This is a national crime."
"I had to sit in front of a panel and I had to tell them why I was relevant and why I should have the opportunity to compete."
Canadian LGBT Activist
"I thought I was the only person like this."