In 2023, we celebrated five incredible years of passion2action INSPIRE

The INSPIRE celebration began in 2018 as a small event to showcase young leaders in the community and in the years since, has quickly grown into Saskatchewan’s largest celebration of youth leadership. Tickets to the in-person event in 2023 sold-out within 36 hours and we had over 7500 students from forty-six different communities registered to participate in the event!

Watch our recap video of the INSPIRE 2023 event >

INSPIRE 2023 Speakers & Performers

Building on our commitment to introducing students to new, local role models, we are honoured and excited to welcome a number of incredible community leaders to the INSPIRE 2023 stage.

Chief Cadmus Delorme

First elected in 2016, Chief Cadmus Delorme of Cowessess First Nation has demonstrated incredible vision and leadership over his tenure as Chief and helped draw global attention to unmarked graves at former residential school sites and the children who never made it home 

Andrian Makhnachov 

Originally from the Lviv region of Ukraine, Andrian came to Saskatchewan to flee the war and took to TikTok to share his journey exploring a new country and find support from the community

Find him on TikTok @makhnachov

Micah Walbaum

Micah grew up surrounded by music and has sang her entire life. In 2019 she started putting her music out into the world and released her first single, “Hard Enough”, in August 2022. She is a rising star in the country and folk music scene. 

Presented in collaboration with SaskMusic

Sean Bernard

From Waterhen Lake First Nation and attending high school in Meadow Lake, Sean’s passion for climate activism has taken him as far as Egypt to represent Canada at the COP27 conference. His story is about how he found his voice and the importance of finding yours. 

Shelby Newkirk

An accomplished Paralympian swimmer, Shelby holds over 20 Canadian Records, has broken multiple World Records, and is passionate about teaching others about the Paralympic movement

Presented in collaboration with Sask Sport and the Sport. It’s More Than A Game initiative

RaiseHER Community 

Co-founders Skylar Gerard and Talitha McCloskey have built the RaiseHER Community as an inclusive, intergenerational movement and community of people that aggressively supports the advancement of women into leadership roles with opportunities for guidance and collaboration

Brendan Dickie & Raylee Perkins

Brendan and Raylee are queer teachers committed to building community and fostering safe and inclusive spaces, whether through books, music, or Dungeons and Dragons. As leaders in their schools and the community, they support students in finding a sense of belonging.

The Whats

The Whats are an indie rock band (mostly) born and raised in the prairies. Their sound is fresh, energetic, and fast-paced, but the most apparent constant in their music is their fiercely feminist perspective and politically-inspired lyricism.

Presented in collaboration with the Regina Folk Festival

Holden Rogers

Growing up surrounded by hard-working people, Holden learned to get the most out of each day. His athletic experiences taught him the determination necessary to tackle any challenge and he applies this mindset to other aspects of life.

Presented in collaboration with Twelfth Year

Sophia Young

Through countless volunteer hours, Sophia found her love for sustainability, equity, and inspiring kindness in the community. She has contributed to Regina’s Energy and Sustainability Framework and serves as Regina Energy Transition co-chair. 

Presented in collaboration with Twelfth Year

DJ Hendrika

Hendrika, aka Amy Weisgarber (she/they) is a DJ from Treaty 4 inspired by house tracks from the 1990s of their youth. Hendrika explores modern and nostalgic electronic remixes borrowing from disco, funk, boogie and soul, and is sure to get you bouncing!

INSPIRE 2023 Content Partners

passion2action is proud to partner with amazing organizations in our province to help bring diverse and meaningful speakers and performers to the INSPIRE stage. We thank all of our Content Partners for helping to make INSPIRE 2023 so impactful and engaging.

INSPIRE 2023 Event Sponsors

The INSPIRE 2023 Celebration would not be possible without the financial support of a number of incredible partners.
We want to send a HUGE thank-you to all of our sponsors and granting agencies for INSPIRE 2023.

INSPIRE 2023 Production Partners

passion2action INSPIRE is made possible thanks to contributions from a number of incredible production partners. We owe a huge thanks to these incredible partners for supporting passion2action INSPIRE 2023.