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Introducing Samara O’Gorman: Inspirations’ Ambassador for Mental Health
Montreal - Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Inspirations and the English Montreal School Board’s (EMSB) School Climate team (Student Services Department) are pleased to introduce Inspirations’ Ambassador for mental health, Samara O’Gorman.

O’Gorman is an actress, singer and Irish Studies scholar and was the queen of Montreal’s 2023 St. Patrick’s Day parade.  She is recognized in Montreal as a community poet, having spoken and recited her poetry at schools, ceremonies and various public occasions. She donates a portion of sales of her debut poetry collection What if The Sun Died to youth mental health and suicide prevention.

O’Gorman will be presenting to EMSB elementary schools on Pink Shirt Day, on February 28, and throughout the rest of the academic year. Her presentations focus on kindness, leadership, community involvement, self-love and poetry. She offers poetry workshops as well.

Pink Shirt Day ( reinforces the message that we all have the power to create change by taking a stand against bullying and advocating for kindness and inclusivity. It is preceded by Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17. While acts of kindness and anti-bullying / anti-violence education and action take place year-round at the EMSB, these two occasions provide the space to reinforce kindness as an antidote to bullying and celebrate initiatives in place. O’Gorman is an excellent conveyor of these important messages.

For information or to book Samara at your school, contact

Introducing Samara O’Gorman: Inspirations’ Ambassador for Mental Health