S: Megan Donn
BC: See you in May!
FC: COLS 2011 JL APPLICATION
1: Megan Donn
2: Step Two - The Boring Stuff Full Name - Megan Mary Donn Address - 21 Deerfiled Parkway, Thorold ON Contact Information - firstname.lastname@example.org (905)-227-1985 Attended COLS Three Day - May 2009 I did not attend Club training in November because I had a cheerleading competition that day, and I had already made the commitment to my team.
3: My Involvement with COLS -JL at Niagara Play day -Attended various meetings -Executive on COLS Niagara -Attended numerous events including: Clifton Hill, Wonderland x2 and bowling!
4: What makes a leader? And at that, what makes a powerful, life changing leader? For me, a leader isn't just someone who stands up for something or someone (although those are important traits). To me, a leader is a person who has the ability to start a movement for a greater good. Founder of Free the Children | and Me to We, Craig Kielburger, is a prime example of a good leader. Craig began his leadership and the young age of 12 when he decided he would stand up and help put an end to child slavery and poverty. I find this inspiring as he was only 3 years younger than the age at which ambassadors attend COLS. FTC believes the youth of our generation will be the ones to finally end poverty, which is refreshing as most organizations do not share the same belief. One of Craig's most admirable traits is his ability to mould new leaders. He has mobilized thousands of students into | Craig Kielburger
5: action which goes back to my opening statement about being able to start a movement. Craig has destroyed all stereotypes surrounding youth which is what inspired me to get involved so heavily with different organizations. Craig was able to show that youth are just capable as adults, which goes hand in hand with the COLS mentality. I like to think that I share various traits with Craig. I believe I am also a very driven person; I always stand up for what I believe in and disregard all discouraging comments. I am also a positive and personable | individual. I can only hope to achieve a fraction of what he has accomplished in life and I will continue to look at him as a role model.
6: Cheerleading has, without a doubt, made the most significant impact on my life. Originally, I was the girl in the bleachers that made fun of cheerleading despite having many friends on the team. | When girls had to quit the team due to injury, the team was suddenly one member short of being able to compete. I was somehow forced into joining with the intent of only staying until the injured | girls returned. I can honestly say that I hated cheerleading until my first competition, but once I was exposed to the adrenaline and feeling of accomplishment that comes with being on
7: those mats, I instantly fell in love. I found myself inspired and motivated, I began to dedicate more and more time to improving myself and my team. Within a year I noticed invaluable changes within myself. I was now confident and driven, but most importantly, a leader. I decided to join student council which ultimately led to my nomination to attend COLS 2009. Cheerleading changed my entire perspective of myself which consequently changed my perspective of life. I joined youth for change, became a Me to We ambassador and found my passion for helping others, inspiring other youth and being a leader. I stopped caring about what other people thought and started caring about what actually mattered. Cheerleading has taught me teamwork and pride and that hard work pays off. It has also taught me how to push myself and how to motivate others to do the same. I wouldn't trade it for anything. I will forever carry the lessons learned and the memories gained from cheer with me.
8: I HATE dill pickle chips. This picture was taken on the way to the Ontario Student Leadership Conference in 2008. I cannot recall the exact reasoning as to why I was eating this chip; although, I am positive that I was forced. We may have been fighting over who got to choose where we ate that night, or even who got the better bed, but I know that it's not the reasoning that matters. This picture makes me laugh for several reasons. Firstly, my expression, not because it's unflattering or even because this is out of the ordinary - it is actually the opposite. This is my default facial- I even wake up like this. Not to mention I look hot in this picture. All you have to visualize is the “naaaa” sound that Snooki from Jersey Shore makes and you will have me in a nutshell. The second reason why this picture makes me laugh is the memories. This picture was taken over three years ago and although the details from that weekend are vague I remember having the time of my life and meeting people that I continue to keep in contact with. Now why is laughing important? Well, bear with me, but the science nerd inside me is dying to answer - "Laughter decreases stress hormones and actually increases immune cells and
9: infection-fighting antibodies, which helps your body fight of diseases. Laughter also causes your body to release endorphins which can provide temporary relief of pain." Now that I got that off my chest, it is a known fact that laughter is 'the best medicine.' Humour is infectious, it can bond people together. Nobody wants to be around someone without a sense of humour. You are more likely to make friends if you are smiling as opposed to frowning. You are also more likely to be an effective leader if you can inspire your intended pupils through use of humour. I actually own a keychain that says, “Smile! It’s contagious.” This is an important quote to live by as it allows you to enjoy life fully.
10: This picture was taken just before We Day 2010. I chose this picture because it completely displays my personality. In this picture I was jumping up and down due to my excitement. This is evident in my daily life - I can never sit still. I am always moving and making a spectacle. This is partially because I always need to feel like I am doing something, but mainly because I am an insanely energetic, in-your-face person. This picture obviously also displays my genuine passion for Me to We along with my humanitarian endeavours. The main reason why I chose this picture is because it shows my over the top personality. I love being the center of attention and I also love making other people laugh. For all these reasons and more, I believe that I would make an excellent addition to the COLS 2011 Junior Leader staff. As an ambassador, I experienced the most moving three days of my life and now I would be honoured to have the opportunity to help provide the same experience to a new group of student leaders. What made COLS so special was seeing the junior and senior leaders just as, if not more, excited than the rest of us. I am highly enthused at the thought of being a JL.
11: I believe my over-the-top yet friendly personality would allow me to brainwash my prospective ambassadors with PMA the way my SL and JL brainwashed me. Not only would I be able to re-experience COLS but I would also get to | give back to the organization that changed my life through inspiring others. I would even pick up garbage the whole weekend if that was all that was needed! In short, I am highly enthusiastic, friendly and motivated to provide these kids with the best possible experience.