Calgary French & International School

Calgary French & International School

May 02, 2014 06:45 ET

Mini We Day: Three Schools, 1000 Students Join to Take Action on Bullying, Human Rights

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - May 2, 2014) - The Calgary French & International School (CFIS) will host speakers from throughout Alberta and Canada to inspire students to take action on bullying, human rights and oppression.

The event follows a year of seminars, events and fundraisers by student and faculty volunteers within CFIS to educate and support students to inspire projects that effect global change.

This second annual CFIS Mini We Day conference, held by the school on Friday, May 2nd, 2014, was inspired by the Canada-wide Me to We conferences that bring thousands of students together each year to move from a selfish mindset towards one of unity with other people and nations.

"Empowering students to make changes in our world is a duty of education. At CFIS we take that responsibility to heart," states Mme. Margaret Dorrance, Head of School at the Calgary French & International School. "This year we have had a sustained focus on bullying and human rights awareness at our school. Our Mini We Day will be a time to deepen our knowledge and celebrate what we have learned as a community."

The school has expanded the event in its second year, inviting neighboring schools Calgary Connect Charter School and École Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys to their Mini We Day conference.

Mini We Day guests include:

Scott Hammell, the school's headlining guest, is an illusionist that uses his passion to teach students how to follow their own passion, and how they can use their talents to create change through thinking creatively about solutions to local and global issues.

"Our students came back from We Day this year in Calgary and have put on numerous fundraising and awareness-raising events. Our Mini We Day is the pinnacle of all we have done this year," states Mme. Jennifer Connolly, one of the faculty organizers. "The school has been buzzing with anticipation around Mini We Day, and the speakers this year are fantastic."

The guest speakers, teachers, students and the Head of School will be available for interviews. Please visit for updates and photos. Media-affiliates are asked to please bring appropriate photo identification, such as photo ID and a business card, to the school.

For more information, or high resolution photos, contact: Theresa Gerritsen, CFIS communications:, 587-885-1067 or 403-240-1500; Chantalle Bourque, CFIS faculty member,, 403-466-5119.

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