“You Never Know Unless You Try…”

10/08/2018 Posted by admin

by Joanne Stone-Campbell

When I saw the announcement on all notes at work to submit your name to become a torchbearer, I said, “You never know unless you try.”

So when I received an email to notify me that I was selected to carry the flame, I was in shock! I dedicated this to my late dad, Chief Francis Stone. He was my strength and hero. He taught me to always be proud of who I am, a strong Anishnabe women. He gave me the strength and courage to push beyond my limits and never to settle for less than.

A couple days before the run, I was very emotional and when it was time to run, I was so excited.

On the bus, we had a chance to share our feelings. I said I was running because I am proud of who I am. I also said that when I was about 10 years old, I came out of the bedroom on Halloween dressed in my regalia. My dad was shocked and hurt! He said, “You go take that off… What are you doing? Halloween is about being scary… You should be proud of who you are and you are never to wear that again unless you’re dancing or in a ceremony!”

I realized that I was almost transformed into being something I am not. From that moment on, I have tried to teach people to be proud of who they are and to find out about their own identity and history.

Holding that torch on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 9:03 AM and wearing number 060 on my uniform was the greatest feeling in the world. I felt like a hero! A winner! Strangers, the community – they looked at you like you were their champion. They made you feel welcome and wanted to touch you like you had healing powers. When I had the flame I felt like an eagle – light and free; like nothing else mattered in life but finding your true passion and enjoying life’s precious moments and you are doing what you’re supposed to be doing…


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