“A lot of people often say that I am well-rounded. But it’s funny because NO FUNDS NO FUTURE grew out of not being very well-rounded. I haven’t been in the best place mentally. I’ve been reminiscing the past, that’s never too good. And because of that, I needed something to distract myself with. I have a lot of hobbies. I like art, singing, writing songs and stories. All of these hobbies need you to be immersed in them completely. So, it’s easier to distract yourself with these hobbies.
When I first heard of how Doug Ford was increasing students per class, banning cell phones, cutting free tuition for low-income families and making it difficult to receive grants I thought I wanted to support this cause. I think this all started over a button. I wanted a button that said ‘NO CUTS to EDUCATION’ so I went to the office to ask for one. I was then told I wouldn’t be given one due to the lack of them. The teacher union was behind the making of the buttons and only small amounts were given to each school in Peel. However, NO FUNDS NO FUTURE has made about 200 in the process of spreading awareness. I soon discovered that all my frustration had built up, and then was let out by starting something so constructive.
During this time I discovered, I’m afraid of disappointing my parents. I don’t want to disappoint my parents because they’ve sacrificed a lot for me to be where I am. I don’t live with my actual dad, I have a step-dad. Past August, was when we started living with him. I don’t know him that well, but he’s still my step-dad. Because of that, I saw how difficult it was for my mom to adjust. We could have been one of those low-income families who no longer have free tuition because of Doug Ford. But thank god, I have my step-dad and he can still support us.
I am open to other’s perspectives, on the NO FUNDS NO FUTURE Instagram account a young man commented on one of my posts saying “This is a consequence of kids always using their phones in classes, deal with it.” So, I messaged him expressing that I didn’t agree with him, but he had a point and I saw what he was trying to convey. I was open to his perspective, yet didn’t agree with it.
I think this is the biggest risk I have taken to prove myself. At first, I didn’t really care about what Doug Ford was doing but then the whole low-income thing hit me. It hit hard, close to home. It may have started over a pin but now I am passionate about this cause and truly believe in this movement.”
– Brenda Duong
The brains behind NO FUNDS NO FUTURE