Ceilidh Millar isn’t your stereotypical mob member. She doesn’t speak in a bad Italian accent, for one thing. She isn’t handy with a gun. She doesn’t wear suits and ties, and doesn’t have too many enemies to worry about. On a Sopranos set, she’d stick out like a sore thumb.
Fortunately, Ceilidh is involved in a mob of a slightly different nature.
As one of the core-team-leads of the Vancouver chapter of Me to We’s (Mob)ilizers (aka the MOB), Ceilidh is a girl on a mission: to spread Me to We’s message of social change.
As a member of this MOB, she speaks out against injustice. Her weapon of choice is her words. She wears jeans and ethically manufactured Me to We t-shirts. And forget about enemies – her friends will be quick to let you know those are in short supply. She may not fit in on a Sopranos set, but she feels right at home filming segments for Shaw TV.
After discovering the MOB while speaking toÂ Free the Children co-founder, Marc Kielburger, Ceilidh took her social activism a step further and immediately applied to be part of the 2010/2011 MOB year. Her involvement withÂ Free the Children and commitment to change impressed the Mob members, and she was asked to become a core-team leader, and offered a summer trip to Toronto for MOB Boot-camp.
In Toronto, Ceilidh had the opportunity to meet other (Mob)ilizers from each of the 24 Canadian MOB cities, and learn about the MOB’ grassroots approach to social activism. She returned home to Vancouver ready to change the world, and, perhaps more importantly, help other youth do the same.
With footage from her week in Toronto, Ceilidh plans to put together a story on the organization to be broadcast on local Shaw TV, to raise awareness for the group that has changed her life and is changing the world.
With the Vancouver Mob kicking off their year of activism on Saturday, the 25th, Ceilidh is in for a busy year. But she’s ready.
Armed with media connections, a friendly smile, and a dedication to creating change, Ceilidh Millar is out to change our perceptions of just what it means to be part of the MOB.
Each chapter of the (Mob)ilizers is run by youth, and supports a different village in Haiti, India, or Ecuador, and hosts local and global events to raise awareness and funds. You can find out more about the MOB athttp://www.metowe.com/mobilizers/.