To help mark Canada Reads 2017, Cardinal Carter CHS students participated in a writing contest about their favorite spots in Toronto. Parmis Parsamanesh, a Grade 10 pre-IB student was selected to read her entry on CBC radio, where she also spoke about her love for reading. The entire Grade 10 pre-IB English class, accompanied by Cardinal Carter's Hooked on Books Club was also awarded the opportunity to visit the CBC studio on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 to watch the Canada Reads debate live.
Parmis' classmate, Sheetal Kapadia submitted a reflection on Toronto's Union Station and won the contest! As part of her prize, she earned her school a chance to host a special CBC session with Ali Hassan and Humble the Poet in conjunction with the annual Canada Reads book club campaign. The session took place on Friday, March 24, 2017 at the Aurora school.
Sheetal's story was about a day at Union Station and the kindness of strangers that resonated with her.
Kanwer Singh, a.k.a. Humble The Poet, is a Toronto-bred MC and spoken-word artist. #LEH and #IVIVI, his collaborations with YouTube star Lilly Singh, have collectively drawn over 15 million YouTube views to date. Humble The Poet has been featured in numerous publications including Buzzfeed, Rolling Stone, MTV, Huffington Post (Canada), The Times of India and WorldstarHipHop. Humble The Poet defended the book, Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis during Canada Reads.