I'm so excited about the opportunity to be recognized as a "Leading Girls Building Communities" award recipient for Waterloo Region. MPP Catherine Fife has been such a terrific supporter and I'm thrilled to have been nominated by Christine Tolton and to have the support of my family and my community.
Susan Cook-Sheerer interviewed us on Rogers TV daytime a few weeks ago and I am so happy to be able to talk about my passion for planet preservation and my support for AfriOceans Conservation Alliance.
I never dreamed I would win this award or appear on TV to talk about being an ocean warrior, but here I am!
My message to you is to believe in yourself even if you feel afraid and even if you have hurdles or obstacles. They are just opportunities to challenge you and help you stretch and grow in ways you never thought possible.
For our oceans and endangered marine animals and all the moms in the ocean and on land - Happy Mother's Day!
Since I won't be home to celebrate Earth Day at my school, I arranged to have a bake sale in advance of April 22.
On April 15, I held a bake sale at my school with all proceeds going to AfriOceans Conservation Alliance. I had help from some amazing friends in my Grade 5 class. Together, we sold cookies, cupcakes, licorice, pencils, Rainbow Loom jewelry and dolls and raised over $400! I'm so excited about the success of this event.
It is just another reminder of what can happen when you have an idea and share it with friends who support and believe in you and things that are important to you.
Most people know how much I care about protecting our oceans and the animals that live in it. With the education we share during the bake sale and all other times too, I feel every little thing we do makes a difference.
I love talking to people about the positive changes we can make and I'm always so happy for any and all support.
Our planet is so beautiful. We need to protect it and I'm so grateful that so many people understand that they can make a difference even by just making one small positive change each day.
I am so excited to be presenting at the first ever Count Me In Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is being held on February 24 at the Centennial Concert Hall. There are amazingly talented speakers lined up for this event including my very dear friend, Scott Hammell. He is "paid to breathe" and is a four time Guinness World Record Holder. He is one of the nicest people I know and has a great message to share with everyone.
I'm really thankful to the founder of Count Me In, Shane Feldman for inviting me to present at this event. Kids like Shane remind us that we're only limited by the size of our dreams and that we can make a difference if we believe in ourselves and we tell someone about our dream. When we do this, it is really cool how people want to help!
As an ambassador for AfriOceans Conservation Alliance, I spend a lot of time thinking about ways to help save our oceans and our planet. There are lots of little things you can do every day that don't take much time or effort at all, but these little things add up. If we all believe our efforts can help, we'll be amazed by the positive difference we'll make for each other and for our world.
Please follow me on Twitter @sharkwarriorjr for water saving tips, shark awareness info and cool facts about our planet.
Me in Grand Bend, Ontario * photo by Deb Schwedhelm Photography
I love the beach. I love being near water and feeling sand on my toes and enjoying everything about spending a day making sandcastles and jumping in the waves. Our lakes and oceans can be a great way to relax and enjoy the summer break from school or a vacation from work.
We need to keep focused on protecting our lakes, rivers and oceans. If we don't, we'll lose the chance as the water just will be overwhelmed with pollution.
My friend, Scott Hammell sent me another great video to watch. I just had to share this video of Pacific White Sided Dolphins.
Imagine if the ocean was so murky from pollution that we couldn't see the dolphins? No one wants this. They are beautiful and so playful. I hope you enjoy this video and will be inspired to keep our lakes, rivers and oceans clean. Every little bit helps. All you have to do is try. I hope you'll help me...
For our oceans and endangered marine life.
How big is the ocean?
Photo of me taken by Hilary Camilleri, owner of One for the Wall Photography
My dear friend, Illusionist and Communicator, Scott Hammell, sent me a great link to a TEDEd video that I just have to share with you!
If you've ever wondered why I am an ocean warrior and why I care so much about saving it from harm, you'll know a lot more about why it is so important to me once you watch this video.
Even though people believe there are five oceans (Pacific, India, Atlantic, Southern, Arctic) in reality, they are all connected and make up one BIG body of water that takes up 71 percent of our planet. If you look at our planet from space, what do you see? The ocean. That's why the Earth is called the Blue Planet.
The ocean holds 91 percent of Earth's biosphere - that means all the life that lives in the ocean - planet and animals too. There are so many reasons to love our ocean and so many ways we can help protect it. Can you think of something you can do to conserve our ocean?
Here are some helpful tips:
1. Try to stop using plastic products as much as possible. If you've heard me speak at an event, you know this is a passion of mine - talking about reducing the use of plastics. Why? Plastics kill thousands of marine animals every year. Carry a reusable water bottle and keep food in a container you can bring home and reuse.
2. Take care of the beach, lake or rivers near you
If you see pollution, pick it up and place it in a recycle bin or garbage container.
3. Don't buy things that cause harm or kill marine life
Don't buy shark products or eat shark fin soup. Shark fining has caused the death of millions of sharks every year. Don't buy hair accessories made from turtle shells.
4. Support organizations that work to save the ocean
I'm an ambassador for AfriOceans Conservation Alliance and I know they do amazing work to help raise awareness and educate children to influence change and help save our ocean. There are other organizations like Oceana and National Geographic and lots more that do wonderful work. Please help support their efforts.
5. Learn about the ocean
There are so many great websites to help you learn about our planet and the ocean. There are great videos and ways to stay connected to the ocean and the animals that live in it. Stay educated and share what you learn; it is a great way to inspire others!
You have the power to save our ocean and save our planet. How will you use your power today?
"We never know the worth of water till the well is dry." ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732