No matter when you find yourself reading this letter, I will have been alive for at least 11,912 days. It is a funny thing, to think of your life in days. While I was finalizing my year and getting in shape for the new year, I began to look at the dates on the calendar in a different way. I was able to relive almost any day last year, based on a few pieces of available information. That got me thinking about every day, every day I was around and what I did to make an impact on myself and that which was around me, accounting for how every moment had led me to this moment. Building a life from these moments, being able to experience and participate in my community, leading me to become the man I am today.
Day 11, 912. As I look forward to the days ahead, I am humbled by the fact that I have a plan for the future. I haven’t always had a plan, and I know that things do not always go the way you want, but the excitement I get from the idea of the idea is very addictive. I’ve readjusted some goals and tightened the ropes on a few concepts. I still have a lot to learn and many mistakes to make, but I am confident in my endeavours. My abilities are being pushed further as I am immersed in some of the most exciting work I have ever created, and I cannot wait to continue on this privileged adventure.
I say privileged, because while my life is not without hardship, I have been very fortunate to grow up and be supported in a way that has fed my talents and revealed my purpose. Everyday there are so many reasons why someone’s chance at that same privilege is taken away. I want to combine my poetic license with something of substance, an actual chance for us all to be a bit more conscious and concerned. Let us not take our adventure for granted but build a secure and sturdy bridge for the future of our great nation.
It is my honour to help to introduce a way for all of us to help our city’s children keep that privilege of having a life full of support, adventure, and purpose. Recently, I joined up with the Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC). It is our goal to create a contemporary nationwide watch for missing children. They have named this project Milk Carton 2.0. This is the easiest way you have ever seen to make a difference. In the first technological innovation of its kind, individuals and institutions are able to donate their social media feeds to MCSC. MCSC then posts on your behalf, if and only when a child in your direct area goes missing. This is not spam. This is not alerts for all missing children. This is for local specific and immediate response, making your space a safe zone – online and IRL (in real life).
This letter begins my fight with the MCSC to sign up every social media feed in my city. Every child whose potential is stripped and whose life is stolen affects not only their immediate family, but their community and our city, which loses out on the contributions that potential would have made. You’ve taken a moment to read what I have written. I now ask you to take a brief moment to go online to valuableproject.ca and sign up your Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare feeds. Join me and our city on this, The World’s Most Valuable Project.
We can be heroes, not just for one day but for every day, every one of our futures.
WORDS: KYLE KOFSKY
PHOTOS: ANDRIJA DIMITRIJEVIC
HAIR & MUA: MEHNAZ KAHN, JORDANA SAVARD & MIKE FRESH
STYLING: NATALIA ZUNIGA & FASHIONSOCIETY.CA
ASSISTANT STYLING: GEORGE FU & AMANDA FAUBRUJON
CLOTHING: ON ISABELLE & ANA: SS14 COLLECTION OF TORONTO LOCAL DESIGNER ELAN + CASTOR,
ON MELISSA: SS14 COLLECTION OF MONTREAL LOCAL DESIGNER “MARIGOLD” BY MARILYNE BARIL
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