Tribute Award for Advocacy
The next time you have a moment of self-doubt, Monika Myers can help you.
She wants everyone to believe in their worth. Not long ago, she
started an initiative to empower us all to take a big step forward. She
created “wishlets” that say “I AM BRAVE AND BEAUTIFUL.” She has given
away more than 700 of them. And with the wishlets Monika sells, she
donates part of the proceeds to support local communities.
The maxim on her website expresses her belief perfectly:
Remind yourself often that YOU are BRAVE AND BEAUTIFUL. Believe in yourself. Pursue your own dreams.
The campaign spreads a message about inclusivity, being confident,
and true to yourself. It is a message that resonates with everyone.
Monika has Down syndrome. That doesn’t define who she is. She lives
life to the fullest. She loves skiing and cycling and is a proud gold
medalist in synchronized swimming. She sings in a choir and is an active
Monika is a confident young woman who has progressed impressively in
both the academic and social sides at her Toronto school. She has a wide
circle of friends and loves the arts. She’s played an important role in
helping to organize social events with her fellow students. As her
principal has noted, “Monika goes out of her way to greet everyone with a
Now the rest of the world is getting to know Monika.
She recently began modelling and was the first model with Down
syndrome to walk many runway shows in Canada and
internationally—including Toronto Kids Fashion Week, Fashion Art
Toronto, and New York Fashion Week. She’s already captured the attention
of famous designers who ask Monika to model their designs.
She’s been featured on TV and in newspapers and magazines around the
world. This past year, she was awarded Youth Day Global Down Syndrome
Ambassador and is honored to have been chosen as the guest speaker for
the 2023 Down Syndrome Association conference in Trinidad & Tobago
to encourage the inclusion of people with Down syndrome into the
Monika has accomplished all of this as a teenager. It’s not hard to
imagine the tremendous good she will do in the decades to come.
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