Max Burris and teacher Jannah Bertin at Rogers Arena before WE Day. Photo submitted

Max Burris and teacher Jannah Bertin at Rogers Arena before WE Day. Photo submitted

Bentley student speaks at WE Day

Bentley school represented at WE Day

  • Nov. 7, 2019 11:30 a.m.

Max Burris stood on stage at Roger’s Place in Edmonton, looking out on 10,000 fellow students from across Alberta, and thought “that’s a lot of people.”

As a special guest at WE Day Alberta, Oct. 22, Max was there to speak about his school — Bentley School — and its efforts to raise money, promote and help others through WE Charity.

WE Day is an event put on by WE Charity, which promotes socially conscious living and implements development programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America, focusing on education, water, health, food and economic opportunity. WE Day, which is hosted at different locations on different dates around the world, celebrates the accomplishments of youth.

As a WE school, Bentley School has been dedicated to fundraising for the WE Walk for Water program, which has provided clean drinking water for people in Haiti. Max has been a very committed student in these efforts, so when Bentley teacher Jannah Bertin was asked for a student to speak at WE Day, she thought of Max right away.

“I chose Max for many, many different reasons. He was part of the leadership last year when we did the fundraiser, WE Walk for Water. He is the type of student that doesn’t just talk the talk. Max went and brought in money, and is consistently and actively involved in a lot of our fundraisers,” said Bertin. “He embodies what WE is. He is kind, compassionate and a super amazing and hardworking student.”

Part of Max’s involvement in WE Day was a speech about his school’s efforts.

“I didn’t think it would be that full. I thought it’s WE, I don’t know how many people know about that. Then when I got there on stage, I was like ‘wow,’ I had never seen this many people before in my life,” he said. “It was pretty important to me that I got to represent my school and the school was cheering me on. I like representing my school.”

It wasn’t all nerves and speaking in front of thousands, Max did have the opportunity to meet some of the celebrity guests as part of the event, including Canadian country star Brett Kissel.

“That was really cool, that is probably a once in a lifetime chance that you get to be there,” said Max, who admitted to having signed a number of autographs and delivering “a couple hundred high fives” since appearing at the event.

My biggest highlight was seeing all the people and all the people with leadership skills who participate and support WE Charity,” added Max. “I am going to keep doing that and participate for WE and if a kid comes along and says will you sponsor me for this, I’ll know that I too participated in it when I was younger.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said growing COVID-19 case numbers continue to be a concern in the province. (Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Alberta announces 1,077 new COVID-19 cases Thursday

There are currently 14,052 active cases in the province

File Photo
Sylvan Lake Town Council asks for a mask bylaw to be brought forward for consideration

The bylaw would require face coverings in all indoor Town-owned and operated facilities

The Sylvan Lake Food Bank with fully stocked shelves. File Photo
Sylvan Lake Food Bank to open for donations in lieu of Stuff-A-Bus

The annual stuff-a-bus event has been postponed until sometime in the new year

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said the 500 deaths from COVID-19 in the province are a tragic milestone. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Alberta hits ‘tragic milestone’ with more COVID-19 deaths

Province up to 500 COVID-19 deaths, adds 1,265 cases

The Red Deer Games Foundation has made changes to its grant program as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo supplied)
Red Deer Games Foundation adjusts grant program due to COVID-19 pandemic

The foundation postponed the spring 2020 grant program due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Alexandre Bissonnette, who pleaded guilty to a mass shooting at a Quebec City mosque, arrives at the courthouse in Quebec City on February 21, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mathieu Belanger - POOL
Court strikes down consecutive life sentences; mosque shooter has prison term cut

The decision was appealed by both the defence and the Crown

Gold medallists in the ice dance, free dance figure skating Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, of Canada, pose during their medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Charlie Riedel
Olympic champions Virtue, Moir and Tewksbury among 114 Order of Canada inductees

Moir and Virtue catapulted to national stardom with their gold-medal performances at the Winter Olympics in 2018

Shoppers line up in front of a shop on Montreal’s Saint-Catherine Street in search of Black Friday deals in Montreal, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Black Friday shopping in a pandemic: COVID-19 closes some stores, sales move online

Eric Morris, head of retail at Google Canada, says e-commerce in Canada has doubled during the pandemic.

skip2
Rimbey Christian School students experience the joy of giving

Grades three and four students raised $2,000 for Somalian children

The corporate headquarters of Pfizer Canada are seen in Montreal, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. The chief medical adviser at Health Canada says Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine could be approved in Canada next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Health Canada expects first COVID-19 vaccine to be approved next month

Canada has a purchase deal to buy at least 20 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine,

People wear face masks as they pose next to a Christmas display in Montreal, Sunday, November 22, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
How to tell family their Christmas gathering is too risky and you’re not going

Dr. Hurst says it’s best to frame the conversation from a place of care, stressing safety precautions.

Most Read