We Day 2015

      • Capilano University is proud to be the exclusive post-secondary education partner of We Day Vancouver, which will be held at Rogers Arena on October 21, 2015.

        We Day is an educational event held in cities across North America and the U.K. focused on inspiring youth to lead global change. Participants can’t buy a ticket to the event. Instead, it must be earned through the year-long We Schools service learning program in high schools. 

        Why We Day

        Cap’s partnership with We Day reflects the university’s commitment to educating, engaging and empowering students. We want youth to know that the energy and great work of We Day doesn't have to end at high school graduation. The culture of changemaking is fostered and built into many Capilano programs and initiatives, helping students reach their fullest potential as agents of change and lifelong, active global citizens. Learn more about Cap's partnership with We Day in the President's Why We Day blog post on Your Daily Cap.

        We Schools Entrance Scholarships

        Attracting youth leaders who are committed to social change is a priority for Capilano U. To support this goal, the university introduced the We Schools Entrance Scholarships: up to two full ride scholarships for high school graduates who participated in the We Schools educational program. The scholarships provide the opportunity for engaged high school students to continue their education as well as their social action in the community while their tuition fees are covered.

        'Cap U We Do' campus event

        To celebrate We Day on campus, we invite the Capilano community to participate in CapU We Do and be part of this movement to change the world.

        On October 16, join us in the Birch Lower Cafeteria for an hour of music, performances and inspiring speakers.


        • Date: Friday October 16th, 2015
        • Location: Birch Lower Cafeteria
        • Time: 12:45 to 1:45 pm

        Featuring performances by CapU’s Musical Theatre & the Kenyan Boys Choir; presentations by Trula Fountaine (Empowering Women in India), Chris Carnavale (Project Change), current and alumni students' not-for-profit (Make a Difference or Dye Tieing); Musical Therapy with Kristie McCracken; and Julie Vanderyagt and Stephanie Wells (Me to We).

        Student Involvement: We Day 2014

        Last year's We Day Vancouver event, held on October 22, 2014, was a tremendous success.

        Capilano U Musical Theatre student, Kaitlyn Yott had the incredible opportunity to speak on stage at We Day Vancouver, sharing her inspiring story of triumph over adversity. She was joined by fellow Musical Theatre students in an energetic and acrobatic performance of You Can’t Stop the Beat from the musical Hairspray that had the We Day audience on their feet and singing along. Learn more about Kaitlyn's story in this video.

        The university’s commitment to We Day created the opportunity for dozens of Capilano U students and employees to volunteer at We Day. It also inspired an exciting student changemaking initiative. A dedicated group of Cap U students calling themselves the EmPower Rangers brought the spirit of We Day to campus with their campaign to raise $20,000 for the Take a Hike Foundation, an organization whose mission is to enable at-risk youth to positively change their lives. After several successful events, including a live stream of We Day Vancouver in the Capilano Students’ Union Lounge on October 22, they are getting close to their goal.

        Capilano University also celebrated We Day on campus with Justice High, a series of workshops for high school students that are designed to educate and inspire youth to become changemakers in their communities. Organized by Capilano U Global Stewardship students and a group of international student leaders, the event included inspiring speakers and interactive workshops by organizations such as Oxfam, Amnesty International, Check Your Head, and Stratosphere. Topics included: Climate Justice; Behind the Brands - A look into local farming and food sources; and Careers in the International Development Sector. Students also had the opportunity to sit in on university classes from a variety of Faculties, tour the university, and network with a dozen non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who set up booths at Cap. More than 65 secondary school students from five schools were expected at this invitation-only event. 

      • We Day 2015


        “When you inspire young people to become agents of change, they become global citizens. When they become global citizens, they are more engaged, more active, more academically successful and they’re less likely to make destructive decisions and go awry. When you invest in young people, you invest in a generation, you invest in the future.”

        —Marc Kielburger, co-founder of Me to We and Free the Children (the organization behind We Day)

        Capilano U supports the movement of changemakers on our campuses, within the community and across the globe. In spring 2014, Capilano University awarded Marc Kielburger with an honorary doctorate degree for his outstanding work empowering youth to be agents of change.