Submitted by: Huguette Trottier-Frappier

Original article by Paul de la Riva, The Sudbury Star

Melanie We Day
Mélanie-Rose Frappier.

Métis youth Mélanie-Rose Frappier, a grade 12 student at Sudbury’s École secondaire du Sacré-Cœur, was one of the young leaders invited to share their passion and leadership at We Day in Toronto. During this national event that mobilized thousands of youths from across Canada at the Air Canada Centre on October 2, Mélanie participated in an Aboriginal Panel where she shared her pride in her Métis heritage.

We Day is a movement that empowers a generation of young citizens to change the world and become socially responsible. The movement provides tools and skills to youngsters, helping to turn the inspiration of one day into sustained action. It brings the biggest and brightest philanthropic minds of our time together with some of the most important cultural influencers to inspire kids to change the world and their communities around them. We Day is a free event, for which tickets cannot be bought. Students and their schools must earn their way into We Day through a year-long commitment to local and global actions.

Mélanie-Rose Frappier already has an impressive portfolio. Last year, she received the prestigious Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 Award, which recognizes the exceptional leadership, innovation and achievements of 20 young people under the age of 20 from across the country.

Further, she is a recipient of the National Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award and the Gathering Our Voices Aboriginal Youth Award both of which recognized her outstanding leadership qualities and her dedication to improving her community.

Mélanie-Rose’s community involvement includes countless volunteer hours and youth leadership roles in a number of organizations. She has also been a participant of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Infinite Reach March Break Camp two years in a row.