Make It Count by Elizabeth Beintner (Holy Trinity Student)
On September 25th, I was lucky to be able to attend the first event of the 2014-2015 Enbridge Famous Five speaker series. Thanks to Suncor generously sponsoring a table, Holy Trinity’s equality club, “Club Unlabelled”, was treated to a wonderful guest speaker, Suzette Amaya.
Suzette’s achievements include playing as a contestant on Big Brother Canada, hosting her own radio show, and speaking at many events across the country. Suzette is an advocate of Aboriginal rights and body positivity. Her main messages of the evening focused on being happy and taking risks. Suzette was open with the crowd and shared her own personal struggles while inviting others to share as well.
Her speech had a special impact for my classmates and I as we progress through our final years of high school. This is an important milestone in our lives, and Suzette’s speech was incredibly empowering for us. The advice that resonated with me the most was that in order to take advantage of all that life has to offer, I must set goals and reach towards the future. As someone who has university and a new life approaching, setting goals can be daunting. Her presentation allowed me to realize the importance of constantly working towards what I want to achieve, while still enjoying the experience along the way.
Suzette Amaya was a wonderful speaker and presented a message that left a lasting mark on all who attended. Our group walked away with her memorable words echoing in our heads.
To paraphrase Suzette, At your funeral, no one thinks about what you’re wearing at your funeral. All they think about is the time you spent together. Make it count.
Attending the Enbridge Famous 5 Speaker Series is such a positive event for Club Unlabelled, and the evening was incredibly touching for me personally. I look forward to attending the next speaker event as I truly enjoyed the first.