DAREarts D2A's at Ripley's Aquarium

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This year, our Leadership Award Gala theme will be SEA2SEA2SEA. How fitting that these DARE2act youth gathered at the Wripley’s Aquarium in Toronto on February 7th!

D2A’s  are highschool youth who have graduated from our DAREarts program. They choose to gather, to catch up, stay connected and support each other. They are our future leaders, including Garland Xie, a Leadership Award recipient. These teens are being treated to cultural opportunities to which they normally wouldn’t have access, due to personal circumstances that range from travel restrictions, finances and other limiting factors.

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29 DAREdelegates  from all over the GTA were at the Aquarium, learning about the “other world” we don’t think about very often. The awareness of Earth’s ocean environment and the creatures who live there is compounded by information  about pollution, about having a wider sense of responsibility for our oceans and the impact of climate change.

It was a fun and inspiring evening, led by Lead Teacher Laura MacKinnon.

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Andy Dale’s energy and generosity continues to keep our little ship afloat. “The goal of our D2A program is to find teaching moments in the midst of fun. The aquarium was an opportunity to provide program members with a fun, interactive experience they may not have otherwise had the opportunity to have. It was a resounding success for the program.”


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DAREarts acknowledges the support of: our lead sponsor, Northbridge Insurance, BMO Financial Group, Guy Carpenter, Scotiabank, CIBC Children’s Foundation, HUB International, Noront Resources, Telus Toronto Community Board, TDSB, TD, Ontario Arts Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Government of Ontario.

Visit www.darearts.com for information on how you can get involved.

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