ORANGE DAISY PROJECT
Tour Speaker, Consultant
MAXINE GIBSON BRUCE
Maxine Gibson Bruce is a high school student who is dedicated to living life to the fullest despite the mental illness she faces every day. Chosen as a finalist for CBC’s Annual General Meeting in 2015 to serve as an inspiring youth panelist, Maxine also won Virgin Radio/ReMAX’s Future First Award, raising money for D’Arcy’s A.R.C., a no-kill animal shelter, and MacDonald Youth Services.
Having grown up in the theatre and on film sets, Maxine played Jack Layton’s daughter in the award- winning CBC film Jack; “Martini”, a child prostitute, in the award-winning film H&G; roles in the feature films The Exorcism of Molly Hartley and Steel; and the lead role of an outcast skateboarder in The Devil You Don’t Know. Maxine won a Joey Award (Canada’s “Oscars” for youth) for her role in Hard Way Girl, a film that has played around the world, including Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Russia, Israel, and more.
Maxine has been a Provincial All-Star in water polo, is a scholarship-winning percussionist, and an animal lover. From a young age, Maxine has done fundraising for animals and humans in need. She was chosen by her high school to attend the L.E.A.F. Conference for equality. As part of her school’s Student Alliance,Maxine won the YM/YWCA Peace Medallion Award for social activism accomplishments. She holds a certificate from the Rainbow Resource Centre in Awareness Training that addresses the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, and queer individuals, families, and communities.
Maxine is an integral member of the Orange Daisy Project as a speaker about her own experiences as a teen girl living with mental illness, and a consultant on the project, going with her mom, Rebecca Gibson, for long walks to talk about the potential of what this project could and should be.