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Magnificent Kids!

Harnoor Gill - Meet 17 year old Harnoor Gill. He founded a social justice group known as Peace Welcome Club (PWC) in Georgetown where he encourages and mentors other youth to volunteer and to sustain community projects. Harnoor has spoken on the power of volunteering at WE Day in Waterloo and on South Asian Focus. He has been recognised for his community services with Canadian Family magazine's Canada's Top 15 Under 15 Award, the Young Conservationist Award, the YMCA Canada Peace Medal, the South East Asian Teen of the Year Award, and most recently the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. Harnoor has also been recognised for the renowned International Diana Award as Canada's first Sikh youth who has made international headlines when he won the Internation Diana Award for his outstanding efforts to help the community in 2013. Read more about Harnoor!
Kanishq Verma - Meet Kanishq Verma, winner of the 2015 Peace Builder of the Year Award. Kanishq is an active supporter of sustainability, and his dedication has led to the creation of Birlasphere, an Eco Club within his school community which focuses on promoting sustainability events. Kanishq has also designed and created an influential poster campaign around his school to promote ideas on how to create an eco-friendly environment within the school. In the future, Kanishq plans on focusing his Eco Club on creating campus initiatives among students to integrate the values of respecting nature, culture and values within all students. He would like to spread the message that it is our duty to be the ones to take care of this planet and it is time to step out of the comfort zones and start taking actions.

Hannah Testa - Hannah Testa is a 13 year old student who lives in Cumming, Georgia (USA).  She is passionate about animals and environmental topics that have an impact on wildlife. As far back as kindergarten she has utilised her leadership skills to teach and influence others and has stepped up her efforts in the last 3 years to become a voice for those that do not have a voice, in particular, rhinos, elephants, horses, bears, dolphins and orcas. Hannah has presented to thousands of adults and children on plastic pollution and provides practical ways residents can reduce their "plastic footprint". Hannah has also won numerous service awards and continues to be an inspiration and determined advocate for a better world.

Melati and Isabel Wijsen - Bye Bye Plastic Bags is a social initiative driven by children, driven by the youth to get the people of Bali to say no to plastic bags. Founders and sisters, Melati (15) and Isabel (13) Wijsen started Bye Bye Plastic Bags 3 years ago when they were inspired by a lesson in class about significant people like Nelson Mandela, Lady Diana, Mahatma Ghandi. They went home that day and thought "What can we do as children living in Bali, what can we do NOW." Bye Bye Plastic Bags was born in 2013 and now has a volunteer team of 25-30 students from all schools around Bali, local and international. 
From winning awards, to working closely with the government, to a recent global TED Talk. Now, we have the support and commitment of the governor of Bali and the government to work towards a plastic bag free Bali by 2018. The team of Bye Bye Plastic Bags is proud and happy and cannot stop celebrating! BUT the work has only just begun! And we are motivated more than ever now as our story is becoming an inspiration to all around the world, empowering the youths to rise and go for their passions. We have schools lining up around the world to start similar projects inspired by Bye Bye Plastic Bags, are you next?!  "Us kids may only be 25% of the worlds population but we are 100% of the future." 


Jonah's Forrest Friends - Hello my name is Jonah, I am 10 years old. I am here to raise awareness for the Orangutans and their forest homes being destroyed by Palm Oil Plantations. My goal is to raise $10,000 to fund the release of an oranutan back into a safe forest through BOS-Borneo Orangutan Survival Donations can be made at https://www.mycause.com.au/page/68380/jonahsforestfriendscampaign. Recently the Italian magazine Grazia did an article about me helping orangutans. It is so cool that Italian people are helping save orangutans and the forest too, I want the whole world to help! I also have a lemonade stall to help raise money, and the The New York magazine One Green Planet did a story about my stall! That’s cool. I also have a stall where I sell donated goods to raise money. I recently had an article in Radiant Earth Magazine and they chose my campaign to raise $10,000 to release an orangutan as their charity, isn't that great! Oh and here's my Facebook page Jonah's Forrest Friends. Please come and like my page. Thanks, Jonah.

Adriana O'Sullivan - My name is Adriana O'Sullivan and I am 7 years old. My Mum reads me the stories in Magnificent Kids! and they make me realise I can make a difference. I painted this picture so I could raise money for Kaya's Mission to save the dogs, and so far the auction is up to $70 and I sell other things to get money for them. I know I can change the world and so I am going to keep trying.
Sarthak Sinha -My name is Sarthak Sinha and I'm a student with IB Diploma program in my graduating year at a Canadian high school who moved from India 6 years ago. I have worked for a professional laboratory since 14, researching in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine. I have represented Team Canada in 2012 and 2013 at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair where my project won 3rd place both years in the categories of Medicine and Health Sciences. I have also been an author on 9 international conference abstracts published in the field of neuroscience and peripheral nerve. I will also be an author on two peer-reviewed publications currently under preparation. I am also an ambassador for M.S Society of Canada, been recognized as "Top 20 Under 20" in Canada by Youth in Motion, "Under 25: One's to watch" by Maclean's Magazine, "Top 40 Under 40" by Avenue Magazine, “Famous 5” by Enbridge Foundation and “Top 25 Canadian Immigrants” by Canadian Immigrant Magazine. My hope is to pursue a career as an MD/PhD following my education at University of Toronto as an Arbor Scholar and work towards the common endeavour of motivating others to pursue their own journey.
Melissa Boyle - I change the world by making reusable glass drinking straws. I sell them to people all over the globe- there are now moxie glass straws on every continent ! You an make a difference without making a sacrifice, but by making small changes that make a big difference!
Ava McQueen - My name is Ava McQueen and I am now 9 years old. I live in Melbourne Australia and I am in grade 4. I have always loved animals and I take very special care of my dog, cat, 2 rabbits, Canary and goldfish. When I was 8 years I traveled with my family to South Africa and I was most lucky to experience Kruger National Park. What a wonderful place, it felt like there were no barriers between animals and humans, like WE CAN live together. Every day we saw the most wonderful things from the smallest creatures to the enormous Bull Elephants. On my return I did a special project for school on Lion bone wine and medicine which is a similar issue to Rhino horn. I think it is just crazy that this happens. I feel horrified and those people have no right to do that. In South Africa we stayed at Royal Kruger Lodge and I met Amber who is also working with the OMG (One More Generation) team. Recently Amber's dad kindly let us know what was happening since our trip to Kruger and we were shocked about the increasing rate of the poaching, it was really bad when we were there.  When I learned about OMG and I Skyped with Carter and Olivia, I knew I wanted to make a difference. Carter and Olivia have made me feel so welcome and they are very supportive. I am now an Australian Youth Board Member for OMG. For my birthday party I asked for money instead of presents so I could help OMG and the theme of my party was 'All I want for my birthday is a rhinoceros'. So far I have raised $317.50

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