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Learn more about the "be revolutionary" icons, figure skater Elladj Baldé, singer/songwriter Shawnee Kish, and disability advocate Taylor Lindsay-Noel, and the organizations they are proud to support below.

Meet Elladj Baldé

Elladj Baldé is revolutionary. As a Canadian figure skating veteran with over 15 years of competitive experience on the world stage, he is now one of the most sought-after professional skaters in the world today, renowned for his innovative and soulful approach to his craft, dynamic infusion of dance, and his innate musicality and charisma both on and off the ice. Elladj remains the first Black male figure skater to join the cast of Stars on Ice Canada, and the first Black skater, male or female, to join since 1992. Elladj hopes young BIPOC skaters can look to him to feel like there is a place for them on the ice.

Stay tuned for Elladj's episode of Be Revolutionary to learn more about him, how he is paving the way for a more inclusive sport with his organization Skate Global Foundation, and what makes him revolutionary.


Skate Global Foundation

Skate Global Foundation is an impact-driven global not-for-profit organization founded by Elladj Baldé and Michelle Dawley, built on three major pillars: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), Mental Health, and Climate Change.  With each special project or initiative, Skate Global Foundation (SGF) engages and unites members of the communities at large to foster conversations and activate positive change within any and/or all pillars with which it was founded. To learn more and support the work of Skate Global Foundation, click the link below. 

Meet Taylor Lindsay-Noel

Taylor Lindsay-Noel is revolutionary. 15 years ago she was a Canadian national gymnast, but under the coercion of her coach she had a devastating accident that instantly paralyzed her from the neck down for life. Despite this setback, she persevered, and today, Taylor is not only the founder of the tea company, Cup of Té, but also a motivational speaker, disability advocate (@accessbytay) and proud board member of the Holland Bloorview Foundation. 

Stay tuned for Taylor's episode of Be Revolutionary to learn more about her, the essential role of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in her journey, and what makes her revolutionary. 


Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital believes in creating a world where all youth and children belong. It is the only children’s rehabilitation hospital in Canada focused on combining world-class care, transformational research, and academic leadership in the field of child and youth rehabilitation and disability. Holland Bloorview is guided by a goal to lead and model social change by eliminating stigma aimed at kids and youth living with disability. To learn more and support the work of Holland Bloorview, click the link below.

Meet Shawnee Kish

Shawnee Kish is revolutionary. As a Mohawk singer-songwriter, Shawnee was nominated for the 2022 Juno Award for Contemporary Indigenous Artist. Her debut EP was released in 2021. In the same year she was the creator of "Music Is My Medicine", a symphonic work which was performed by the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Shawnee is an outspoken advocate for her 2SLGBTQ+ and Indigenous communities and has shared the stage with some of the world’s biggest names — Lady Gaga, Madonna and Alicia Keys to name a few. 

Stay tuned for Shawnee's episode of Be Revolutionary to learn more about her, why she is lending her voice to amplify the work of music education charity MusiCounts, and what makes her revolutionary. 



MusiCounts, Canada's music education charity, believes music can transform the lives of young people. They invest in schools and communities nationwide through our granting programs, empower youth through scholarships and mentorship, educate through innovative teaching resources, hold national conversations about music education, and celebrate exceptional teachers and philanthropists. To learn more and support the work of MusiCounts, click the link below. 

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