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Meet our Outstanding Canadians: Elsie Morden

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Growing up, severe and relentless school bullying became a regular occurrence for Elsie Morden. Despite the overwhelming hard times, an ongoing battle with depression, and an anxiety disorder, she refused to bow to defeat. Elsie gained the strength to pull through only to become more driven than ever to rise above it all.

During her senior year of high school in November 2012, Elsie created the "No Time for That" Tour presentation, which is still offered to schools across Canada free of charge. Through these school presentations, Elsie tells her stories and experiences, and performs the songs that she has written which all relate to bullying, mental health awareness, and how to overcome tough times.

Elsie talks about what it's like living with mental illness, explaining that it doesn't define her. "I've learned that it's okay not to be okay. Yes, I have some really bad days, but I also have really good days, and those good days are the days worth fighting for.”

She stresses that positivity is key and so is self-love, explaining to kids the importance of focusing on the positive and to not let people or things bring you down. So far, Elsie has visited almost 500 schools across Canada with the "No Time for That" Tour.

She says, "I know how alone, misunderstood, and hurt I felt when I was being bullied, and I also know that there are thousands of others feeling the exact same way I did. No one deserves to feel that way." 

"Every person has the potential to offer something great to their community and to the world, which is why it's so important to not let bullying and the stigma surrounding mental illness prevent them from making a positive contribution," says Elsie. "Thank you Shaw for helping the No Time for That Anti-Bullying Society continue to make a difference, change the lives of Canadian youth, and create more outstanding Canadians."