Reset Zone’s Founder, Heather Skoll, has been a proud supporter and active contributor to the WE Movement. On September 19, 2019, the Reset Zone team took a trip downtown Toronto to attend #WEDay2019! She recounts her experience with the WE Movement organization with us today.
After attending 13 WE Days and 6 Me to We trips (3 to Kenya, 2 to India, 1 to Ecuador) it is amazing that within me the WE spark and inspiration just keeps glowing and growing!
The 2019 Toronto WE Day was a powerful event, not only because of the fantastic energy of 20,000 people mostly who are students who earned their way to WE Day, but because of the mission driven messages. Two of my top world priorities are Mental Health and Climate Change. I personally make it my mission to tackle the issues surrounding mental health by working diligently every day to improve the Reset Zone APP where students, parents, and teachers, and anyone really can find one minute interactive video tools that can help reduce the impact of emotions. I have been active in climate causes and in 2018, I hosted the film An Inconvenient Sequel with community climate champions in my town.
Speaker, actor, author, and activist Emilio Estevez touched a chord in me when he said that he is pushing himself through a fear of public speaking to speak out for a better world. He is doing this to speak up for climate change to make sure the world is one that his granddaughter can live in. He encouraged everyone to push past their obstacles and find their voice.
His message left every one of the 20,000 in attendance with the message “Your Voice Matters”.
One of my very favourite things is to witness someone having their very first WE experience.
On the Me to We trips in Kenya, my ultimate favourite moments were when someone saw a giraffe up close for the very first time. I love to watch the expression of “awe”. Kathie Weaver, Director of Operations at Reset Zone, joined me at just this past WE Day and it was her very first time. I loved watching her reactions of “awe” in response to the energy in the Scotiabank Arena and to the speakers, performances, and messages.
Reset Zone’s Director of Creative Operations, Kathie Weaver, also attended #WEDay2019! She recounts her experience with attending her first #WEDay.
First, I’d like to personally thank Heather for introducing me to WE in such a dynamic way. I had heard about the WE Day events but had no idea what to expect. I’ll do my best to describe my experience, but honestly, in many cases, words will never truly be enough.
As a first-time WE Day attendee I was utterly overwhelmed by the excitement generated by this event. As I walked closer and closer to the Scotiabank Centre, I could feel the powerful energy and hear the screaming crowds. I felt myself being caught up in the hype as my heartbeat started to match the booming music from nearby speakers.
Once inside the buzz didn’t stop, the energy continued to surge as group after group of high school students took to their seats. The lights dimmed, and the crowd went wild. The entire stadium packed with students who were fully engaged, actively participating, and using their skills to change the world. Tears came to my eyes as I thought of all the hard work these students have done to get to this place.
WE Day is a celebration of that hard work and an inspiration for the youth to stay motivated and drive change. Celebrity speakers divided into five (5) key categories celebrating and sharing stories related to each initiative: Mental Health and Wellness, Innovation, Environment, Community, Social Justice and Poverty Relief and Leadership. In addition to the guest speakers that Heather mentioned earlier, there were a few that resonated with me.
I sat riveted to my seat as I listened to Reina Foster from Lac Seul First Nation who spoke with such rawness and truth about resiliency in the face of adversity. She shared her story about being a ward of the Child Welfare System and some of the battles that she had to face and ultimately conquer. Reina is a true warrior and inspiration to everyone, motivating them not to give up but to persevere toward greatness. She is also a strong advocate for the rights and treatment of Indigenous children and youth, addressing pressing issues such as suicide and mental wellness. I believe that she will drive massive change for the First Nation peoples of Canada.
I was moved with emotion as I listened to Aiden Lee as he shared how he found his voice through art. Inspiring us to rethink our views on communication and look for creative ways to express how we feel when words cannot be found or articulated. He was vibrant in his speaking. He shares his passion with many students through his program Art From The Heart. I love his zestful quote found on his website: “I teach kids to take their emotions and throw them onto a canvas. It’s the first way I was able to communicate and I see how much it can change peoples lives.” — Aiden Lee
Wali Shah wowed me with his incredible spoken word skills. He tailored his performance to showcase the five key WE Day categories and weave them into a poetic masterpiece. The words flowed out of his mouth, skipping melodically and playfully yet still addressing important topics summarizing the whole event. I thoroughly appreciated his talent and the way that he uses it to help change the world.
I felt my WE spark ignite at WE Day Toronto 2019, and I too, am inspired to keep it glowing and growing. WE Day combined so many things that I have a passion for into a six (6) hour event; mental health and wellness, social justice, poverty relief, environmental stewardship, poetry, art, indigenous rights, public speaking, youth empowerment, education, and Reset Zone.
I’m glad to be part of the Reset Zone Team as we combine our passions to pursue change by helping one person, one minute at a time. Through our app we provide one-minute video tools, tips, and techniques to help our users manage through their challenging emotions and build stronger emotional health and resiliency. Strong emotional resilience will help to increase stamina, energy, and focus as our users pursue their passion for pursuing change.
I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to see WE at work locally, to witness youth succeed in their mission, and to learn what amazing things people are doing in their communities and schools. One day I hope to embark on a WE trip and experience it on an international level. Until then, I wear my newly purchased Rafiki bracelets in support of WE, I continue to help others through my involvement at Reset Zone, and I work at pursuing my desire to drive change in the lives of others and throughout the world.
What a great day it was for the Reset Zone team! Reset Zone looks forward to continuously supporting the #WEMovement and their mission.
As the Founder of the Reset Zone App, Heather brings together emotional wellness tips and tools. Heather’s dream is to build a Reset Zone team, culture, and community that supports the wellbeing of others while also supporting the practices of participating RZ Experts. She firmly believes in the power of youth to make a difference in the world. As the Founder of “We Can Change the World Day” in York Region, Heather is always interested in the energy of youth. She hopes that Reset Zone’s growing team will always have a team of dynamic young people both being given opportunity to shine and helping Reset Zone grow and expand!
Kathie Weaver is the Director of Operations at Reset Zone. She is a published poet who has a passion for writing and public speaking, along with her desire to help others. Kathie has worked in the corporate world for over 25 years in Payroll, Benefits, and Human Resources. She now finds herself in a new and exciting career at Reset Zone!