It’s time for girls and women of all ages to come together and make a difference in each other’s lives. We’re happy to have influential Canadians join the BeYou movement. Hear directly from them why this campaign matters and why we need you on board:
Television Personality and Reporter for Entertainment Tonight Canada
Erin Cebula has been a fixture on Canadian TV since landing the coveted role of Community/Arts Reporter for BC’s #1 station in 2000. Her compassionate approach to entertainment reporting has graced the likes of Vancouver talk show Urban Rush, Canucks Pay-Per-View and HGTV Canada’s feel-good hit, Makeover Wish. Erin has been the West Coast Correspondent for Entertainment Tonight Canada since 2005, a gig that allows her to do what she does best – laugh, explore, and engage with the biggest names in entertainment. This former farm girl and undercover jock is also an active advocate for the BCSPCA, the Spokesperson for BC Children’s Hospital Lottery and the proud new Program Ambassador for BeYou.
Erin will be on location for several launch events, will appear in the BeYou video plus provide extensive social media involvement. We believe Erin will connect with both the mothers as well as the girls that our initiative is geared towards and ultimately will encourage girls to get involved in this positive empowerment campaign.
Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger, Deya.ca
Kannesha Suresh is a fashion and lifestyle blogger based in the Greater Toronto area. After graduating on the dean’s honour roll with a degree in accounting, she quickly landed a corporate job in Toronto’s financial district. In May 2016, she launched deya.ca – a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blog. Her blog is her creative outlet that she uses to share her thoughts and personal style. She hopes to provide inspiration to her readers through her blog. Gaining over 20k followers on Instagram in a little over a year, she believes that she has come this far due to her hard work and a genuine love for what she does. In between attending meeting for work, pursuing her CPA designation, and blogging she enjoys designing clothes that her mum brings to life, partaking in photoshoots, and recently stepped into the world of YouTube. She hopes to create a career where she can combine her love for fashion and blogging with her love for numbers and balance sheets!
Speaker, Writer and Spoken Word Poetess
Alyestal Hamilton is a speaker, writer, and spoken word poetess. Her work has been seen on the stages of London, England, the walls of Uganda, and the pages of North American literary journals. As the 2014 recipient of the Harry Dale Literary Award, Alyestal has since opened for the likes of Lawrence Hill and is one of the top 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada. Alyestal is continually looking for opportunities to share spoken word to bring both entertainment and empowerment to every performance.
Little Sister and High School Student
Rhea joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel when she was 12 years old and was matched with her Big Sister, Nanci. They have shared a very close friendship since then and enjoy spending time together.
Rhea recently passed Grade 10 with 96% overall aggregate, and in the fall, Rhea will continue into Grade 11 as part of the SciTech North Regional Program, with a Specialist High Skills Major in the Health and Wellness Program. Rhea is an excellent student and has demonstrated tremendous initiative and leadership. She is very involved in several extra-curricular activities as member of the School Council, Athletic Council, School Library Council, Integrated Arts Council, Audio-Visual Team, Science Club, Robotics Team and the “Me to We” Team, with active involvement in the community.
Rhea has received several certifications for consistently meeting the criteria for “Community & Citizenship Achievement”, “Academic Achievement”, “Arts & Technology Achievement” and “Excellence in Music Achievement”. She is the proud recipient of two Principal’s Awards, for “Academic Excellence” and “Achieving Honors”, leadership certification from Future Leadership Development Academy and Vice-Principal’s Award for “Achieving at least 5 Excellent Learning Skills”. Besides this she is the Link Crew Leader for 2016-17, holds the rank of 5th KYU as certified by the International Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate-do Federation and lead Flutist in the Concert Band.
Rhea aspires to be a part of the Healthcare Sector and hopes to join McMaster University after graduation. Based on her excellent academic standing, involvement in extra-curricular activities, leadership skills and future aspirations, Rhea has been proudly chosen as the winner of the CIBC Youth Vision Scholarship, in which she has been selected to receive $4,000 per year for 4 years towards her post-secondary education.
Jade Jager Clark
Owner and Artistic Director, Jade’s Hip Hop Academy
Jade Jager Clark is the Owner and Artistic Director of Jade’s Hip Hop Academy (JHHA). The only ALL Hip Hop and street dance studio in Toronto, the GTA and one of the few of its kind in Canada. Established in Brampton in 2006 the school’s impressive reputation build from outstanding competition results and numerous electrifying performances in the Brampton community and around the province attracts students from as far as Guelph, Barrie, Oakville, Orangeville, Milton, Malton, Toronto, Vaughan, Mississauga, Ajax, Hamilton, Woodbridge, Scarborough, Pickering and Georgetown, to train in JHHA’s highly acclaimed programs. Jade has successfully managed to raise the profile of authentic hip hop and street dance and created a successful Performance Company and student teacher program that continues to build, develop, educate and drive the next generation of creative thinkers, performers and community leaders. Jade is the secretary on the board of Directors on Dance Ontario and Chair of the Dance Ontario Youth Board. She is also the founder of Street Dance Canada Inc, organizer of the Canadian Street Dance Championships bringing Canadian street dancers to compete at the UDO World street Dance Championships in Europe. Her list of clients include Microsoft, Bombardier, Wrigley Canada, Free the Children Foundation, CIBC, Scarborough Hospital Foundation just to name a few and she just choreographed 15 performances for 5 GOLD MEDAL games during the Toronto 2015 PAN AM & PARA PAN AM Games.
Singer and Songwriter
For Kalie Shorr, hard work and music have always gone hand-in-hand. Kalie’s steady rise has elements that harken back to another era: growing up in Maine the youngest of six children raised by a single parent; falling in love with music watching her mother sing church hymns and national anthems; winning over rowdy Portland crowds as a country-inspired teenager opening up for pop punk music bands.
Today, Kalie’s hard work has paid off with the success of her hit song “Fight Like A Girl” which has taken over the airwaves on Sirius XM, CMT and Radio Disney Country. With over 1 million streams on Spotify, “Fight Like A Girl” is the definition of “girl power”. “I am so excited to be a part of the BeYou Girl campaign. I think empowering girls at a young age is so important, and music is such a great way to do that. When I was a little girl, the strong women I heard on the radio like Dolly Parton, Alanis Morissette, and the Dixie Chicks really instilled confidence and bravery in me. I’m really looking forward to meeting all the girls in Brandon and paying it forward the best I can!”
Founder and Managing Editor, Bramptonist.com
Nikita Brown is a Communications professional specializing in PR, social media management and all things digital. In early 2015, Nikita successfully launched Bramptonist.com, a website engaging millennials in arts, culture food and politics in the Brampton area.