18,000 Young People Will Honour Gord Downie's Legacy with Moment of Silence at WE Day Vancouver

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — This morning at approximately 9:30 a.m. PT over 18,000 young people will come together to honour Gord Downie’s legacy with a moment of silence at WE Day Vancouver. The youth empowerment event will pay tribute to Gord Downie, his commitment to reconciliation, and his work through The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund.

Gord Downie’s words are a lasting and important challenge that we have much work to do.  “I believe that each of us has a unique story to tell, and am honoured to have the opportunity to share a meaningful message with thousands of young Canadians and their families, who like me, believe that change is possible,” said Downie, speaking to thousands of people at WE Day Toronto, October 2016. “Today’s youth have the power to build a stronger nation—they have the potential to be a generation of leaders who lead us on a path toward change.”

Gord Downie shared his message of reconciliation with tens of thousands of young Canadians by offering his time to WE Day stages across Canada in 2016 and 2017. Gord performed a song from his Secret Path project, a grouping of tracks paired with a graphic novel inspired by the story of Indigenous youth Chanie Wenjack, in support of The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. Gord also took to the WE Day Canada stage on Parliament Hill on July 2, 2017, and was surprised by a 100 person youth choir, who shared a moving performance of Downie’s Secret Path, bringing him, and thousands in attendance, to tears. Gord’s hope for building a more caring and compassionate future Canada is part of his significant legacy.  

Gord Downie moment of silence and tribute:
Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Time: approximately 9:30 a.m. PDT
Location: WE Day Vancouver, Rogers Arena, Gate 10 (Expo Blvd)
800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1

Media are invited to attend and capture the moving moment live on stage – please arrive at Gate 10 for media accreditation. Limited live lines are available for use (but be used in conjunction with a wireless backpack device)

Media Contact:
Kendra Thompson, 1-647-607-9564

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About WE Day
WE Day is part of WE – a family of organizations making doing good, doable. WE is made up of WE Charity, empowering domestic and international change, ME to WE, a social enterprise that creates socially conscious products and experiences to help support the charity, and WE Day, filling stadiums around the world with the greatest celebration of social good. WE enables youth and families to better the world – supporting 2,500+ local and global causes by volunteering millions of hours of service, shopping daily with an impact, and raising millions of dollars that directly benefit their local communities and the world. Globally, our teams in Asia, Africa, and Latin America have provided more than 1 million people with clean water, built 1,000 schools and schoolrooms overseas, and empowered more than 200,000 children with access to education. WE was founded more than 20 years ago by social entrepreneurs, brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger. Join the movement today at WE.org.

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