Grade 8 student competing for national award with ABW project

Mia MacInnis, a grade 8 student from École William McDonald Middle School in Yellowknife, has taken her inspiration to a new level of excellence. Just last month, Mia won the NWT Commissioner’s Medal for the top project in the NWT Territorial Historical Fair. Mia, having just returned from a Journeys of Inspiration trip to Kenya, put together an extensive research project/presentation featuring A Better World, our vision, and our work. Now, that project is taking her to a national level of achievement! The top students across Canada will take part in a week long conference in Ottawa as part of History Week in the fall. Click here to see the video portion of her project—and vote for Mia!

Canada’s History (CH): What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

Mia: People today need to recognize the opportunities they have in their daily life and cherish the small things. I learned how other people who have next to nothing are still very appreciative and happy for what they have. I also would like to inspire others to believe they can make a difference, because no matter how old or young you might be, you can always put in efforts to make the world a better place.

CH: How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

Mia: I know now how lucky I am for everything in my life. People from Kenya or other countries in poverty that A Better World Canada works with go through struggles every day but me on the other hand, will have many chances during my entire life.

Way to go, Mia!