Meet the heroes and heroines...


Learn more about the hero or heroine chosen by each student for the 2018 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! 

See previous year's hero/ines: 2015, 2016, 2017

Daniel as:
George Orwell

English Novelist,

Essayist and Critic

"In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

Carter as:
Edward Snowden

Former CIA Operative, Whistleblower

"Sometimes the scandal is not what law was broken, but what the law allows."

Veronica as:
Malala Yousafzai

Pakistani Education Activist and Youngest Nobel Prize Laureate

"When the whole world is silent even one voice becomes powerful."

Neo as:
Paul Watson

Canadian Environmentalist Activist

"I do what I do because it is the right thing to do."

Lola as:
Rosa Parks

African-American Civil Rights Activist

"You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right."

Matthew as:
Ai Weiwei

Chinese Activist and Artist

"A small act is worth a million thoughts."

Roan as:
Alexander Hamilton

American Statesman, Founding Father of the

United States

"Those who stand for nothing fall for everything."

Ravi as:
Che Guevara

Marxist Revolutionary

"Better to die standing than to live on your knees."

Hayden as:
Gloria Steinem

American Feminist, Journalist, and Social Political Activist

"A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle."

Jamie as:
Nellie McClung

Canadian Suffragette, Women’s Rights Activist

"The world is suffering... from too much masculinity."

Skylar as:
Ellen Degeneres

Comedian, TV Host, and LGBT activist

"Do things that make you happy, within the confines of the legal system."

Stella as:
Cassidy Sheng

Paralympic Swimmer and Cancer Amputee

"I was thrown into the deep end, it was sink or swim, I swam."

Ani as:

Singer, Dancer, Activist

"Freedom is knowing who you are, and then being it."

Rebecca as:
Emmanuel Jal

Former Child Soldier, Rapper and Activist

"I'm still a soldier, fighting with my pen and paper for peace till the day I cease."

Eli as:
Nick Vujicic

Motivational Speaker Born with Tetra-amelia Syndrome

"If you can’t get a miracle, become one."

Olivia as:
Michaela DePrince

Sierra Leonean War Orphan and Ballet Dancer

"The older I got, the more I noticed, there aren’t any dancers that look like me."

Cecilia as:
Jan Carew

Guyanese Novelist, Playwright, Poet & Educator

"We are the people of this land, and we will never die."

Ella as:
Antonina Zabinski

Jewish Protector during the Holocaust

"You do not have to be a hero to do your moral duty."

Nora as:
Buffy Sainte-Marie

Singer-songwriter, Pacifist and Social Activist

"Indigenous people never have had the relationship with Canada that we thought we had."

Caitlan as:
Pierre Dulaine

Dancer and Founder of Dancing Classrooms

"It doesn't matter what color or creed you are, dance is an international language."

Avery as:
Rachel Carson

Author of "The Silent Spring", Conservationist and Marine Biologist,

"Can man escape a pollution that is now so thoroughly distributed throughout the world?"

Carolina as:
Wangari Maathai

Kenyan Environmental, Political Activist and Nobel Laureate

"We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve the environment."

Rowan as:
Jane Jacobs

Journalist, Author and Activist

"We expect too much of new buildings, and too little of ourselves."

Graeme as:
Shane Koyczan

Spoken Word Poet

"This is my voice. There are many like it, but this is mine."

Lucas as:
Ishmael Beah

Sierra Leonean Child Soldier, Author and Activist

"I was one of those children forced into fighting at the age of 13."

Edward as:
Nelson Mandela

African Freedom Fighter

"We have waited too long for our freedom."

Randy as:
Nina Simone

American Singer-songwriter and Civil Rights Activist

"It's an artist's duty to reflect the times in which we live."

Ian as:
Barack Obama

Past President of the United States

"We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."

Addy as:
Mariatu Kamara

Civil War Survivor and Activist

"I may not have hands, but I have a voice."

Wole as:
Julius Nyerere

First Prime Minister of Independent Tanzania

"There is no time to waste. We must either unite now or perish."

Joby as:
William Wilberforce

Politician, Philanthropist, Anti-Slave Trade Movement Leader

"You may choose to look the other way but you can never again say that you did not know."

Joe as:
Jesse Owens

Olympic Track & Field Athlete

"One chance is all you need."

Evan as:
Desmond Doss

American Conscientious War Objector

"I’m a conscientious cooperator"