National Storybook

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With a Jamaican heritage, I know what extra fight I must put in to succeed.  
Mariba Douglas
2018 DAREarts Patina Prize
Presented By:
Judy Patina and Family
DAREarts Toronto
My long term goal is to simply think positive. I’ll keep replacing a negative thought with a reassuring thought.
Sandy Amador-Olarte
2018 DAREarts Leadership Award Recipient
Presented By:
DAREarts Vancouver
DAREarts provided me with a supportive environment where I could use my arts skills in fun ways plus learn important life skills such as confidence and communication.
Emilie De Caen
2018 DAREarts Leadership Award Recipient
Presented By:
DAREarts Toronto

My goal is to be an architect or work in construction or the military.
Omar Hafidh
2018 DAREarts Leadership Award Recipient
Presented By:
DAREarts Toronto
I grew up held to impossible standards, and I was scared to admit that the closest people in my life may not have been the best people.
Sylvia Prodhan
2018 DAREarts Leadership Award Recipient
Presented By:
DAREarts Toronto

DAREarts really helped the youth in Webequie who were disrespecting me and other people.
Tyler Shewaybick
2018 DAREarts Leadership Award Recipient
Presented By:
DAREarts Indigenous First Roots

Having a learning disability doesn't mean I'm not smart. I learn differently.
Aidan Soostar
2018 DAREarts Leadership Award Recipient
Presented By:
DAREarts Toronto

I used to be shy, but here I am. Look at me now!
Amal
DAREarts Toronto
I am proud.
Kaitlyn
DAREarts Indigenous First Roots
I had trouble finding my voice in a large class surrounded by outspoken females and enthusiastic male athletes.
Joey
DAREarts Vancouver
With support, I overcame the challenges of meeting new people, trying new art forms and visiting new places to grow into a more courageous leader, artist and person.
Griffin
DAREarts Toronto
My teachers and guardians are now seeking art therapy for me, after witnessing the power of art in healing my emotional issues.
Elijah
DAREarts Halifax
I showed my principal what I was learning at DAREarts and now I have all the right qualifications!
India
DAREarts Atlantic
I really didn’t think that I was able to be self-disciplined. I surprised myself… and my mom!
Jeffery
DAREarts Toronto
I know now that I am Excellent.
Brenda
DAREarts Toronto
I found a way to express myself and had the chance to feel valued and powerful.
Justin
DAREarts Toronto
Through DAREarts, I have discovered that I am a leader.
Charlie
DAREarts Toronto
Because of DAREarts I am more of a leader and more confident in myself. Learning how to be a leader was great because I finally got pushed to my limit. The most interesting part of it for me was the support coming from the DAREarts teachers. In one word, DAREarts is outstanding!
Rosa
DAREarts Vancouver
At DAREarts, I found courage, hope and a place to belong.
Javier
DAREarts Toronto
At DAREarts, I found the strength to share my sense of humour and a community of other kids that accept me with open arms.
Michael
DAREarts Toronto
The skill that I think I will use most in the future is interacting with other people. Because of DAREarts I’m not that silent around strangers anymore. I learned that by being a leader I can help a lot of people. Everything at DAREarts is very interesting, especially making new friends.
Morgan
DAREarts Vancouver
DAREarts has shown me that the potential to be a leader resides in everyone.
Jante
DAREarts Toronto
At DAREarts, I was a great participator but a speech impediment made me hesitant to speak.
T-Rence
DAREarts Toronto
Through inner discipline and self-regulation I found a means to be able to learn and experience what previously was a daily struggle.
Tai
DAREarts Toronto
What I like best about DAREarts overall was when we would go over the DARE values: Discipline, Action, Responsibility, Excellence!
Jasper
DAREarts Toronto
With DAREarts, I shone on stage and voluntarily took on leadership roles that celebrated my voice.
Irene
DAREarts Vancouver
I continue to show leadership through my actions and allowing my peers to step up to the plate.
Vikesh
DAREarts Toronto
We learned the difference between being a loud leader and a leader that leads by example. We learned how to be both. DAREarts shows you all the steps to being a leader and they help you through them. It was an amazing adventure.
Britannia School Gr. 7 Class
DAREarts Vancouver
I was uncertain about speaking out loud at first.
Bery
DAREarts Toronto

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Being a leader made me feel like a king!
Alex
DAREarts Toronto
Because of DAREarts I am different. I am more focused on my work and I am disciplined. My heart feels full.
Eden
DAREarts Vancouver
I learned that friends should value who you are.
Gabriel
DAREarts Toronto
In five days, the children sketched and painted; created their own puppets; brainstormed a collaborative story, “The Nothing Man;” composed and recorded their own song, “MelKiknoti, Courage;” and proudly showcased their creative works for their community.
Rhonda
DAREarts Atlantic
At DAREarts I could make new friends and this is like my dream vacation.
Nikolaos
DAREarts Toronto
We are able to tell our own stories.
Jack
DAREarts Indigenous First Roots
I felt a sense of belonging at DAREarts.
Ariel
DAREarts Montreal
DAREarts has made me step out of my comfort zone and be a confident person. I like that I’m not afraid to be myself and am able to open up to new experiences.
Chloe
DAREarts Vancouver
I stepped out of my shell with my head held high, guitar in hand.
Evan
DAREarts Indigenous First Roots
DAREarts makes me want to be a better leader.
Machyi
DAREarts Toronto
I learned how to be more of a leader by helping, taking charge, going where I’m needed etc. I got to draw and I like to draw; and I also got to work with people I’ve never worked with before.
MARK
DAREarts Vancouver
Oh boy, I can’t even imagine never being in DAREarts.
Neha
DAREarts Toronto
The values of DARE were held up as a map to make his “superstar comeback,” after which he rose to every occasion. Taran spoke on behalf all 50 students about DAREarts being “an awesome mother.
Taran
DAREarts Vancouver
If you fall down you can always get back up stronger.
Trenton
DAREarts Indigenous First Roots
They had to learn patience, concentration and respect for each other
Jocelyn
DAREarts Indigenous First Roots