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Creative • Authentic • Kind

Her Story

Norah Appleby

Norah's Story :

“The answer is to try and help others ” – Terry Fox

I am truly honoured to be nominated to INSPIRE’s Day of the Girl Celebration.  But, to be hones, I was a little surprised.  There are so many young people doing amazing things in our community and I was humbled to know I inspired someone else – even if in some small way.

I wasn’t really sure what to say about myself, so I decided to talk about some of the ways I’ve been inspired to help others.  Instead of accepting gifts for my birthday, I’ve had some amazing friends help me collect donations and supplies for various charities over the years.  Friends and family have helped me raise funds and awareness for charities like:  Blessings in a Backpack, Canadian Red Cross, Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW), Warming Room, New Canadians Centre and more.

Since I was very young, I always enjoyed helping my mom bake.  Now that I’m older, I enjoy baking food on my own to give to friends – for their birthdays, when they have lost a family member, when their favorite dance studio shut down, or just because I wanted to make them smile.  I had so much fun doing surprise porch drop-offs to friends and family during the early COVID phases.

I love turning my passions into ways of helping others; whether through sharing my homemade pretzels and cheesecakes, volunteering to assist in classes with young dancers, or sewing bandanas for new puppies.  I have recently turned my love of sewing into a way to give back locally.  I started making masks and for every two masks I sell I plan to donate one to the YES Shelter here in Peterborough.

I want to let other young people know that if you are ever not sure what to do with your free time; “the answer is to try and help others” – Terry Fox