Filling bellies

Filling bellies

My incredible friend in Tagum City has devoted his life to alleviating the suffering of malnourished children in the Philippines. And I’m always thinking of ways to support his work and provide more good food to children in need. This morning, I discovered an old stash of fabric that I no longer needed. I felt the urge to help each […]

Celebrating little milestones

Celebrating little milestones

I remember when this little one came over to our booth to make bracelets. After carefully braiding the threads together, their father came over and exclaimed, “You did that all by yourself? That’s incredible! Can you teach me how to make one?” I loved this moment and have always thought of it as a reminder to celebrate the young people […]

Community champion feature

Recognizing individuals and groups making our communities better In 2020, people across the greater Toronto area faced unprecedented challenges like never before. In a year like no other, our community also rose to the occasion and helped one another in unexpected ways. CBC Toronto and its roster of local programs invited you to nominate individuals or groups that are making […]

Storytelling on TV

Storytelling on TV

Last night, I was invited to share our story live on Canada One TV! I spoke on meaningful service and community engagement.    Near the end of the interview, the host asked if I had any final words to share. I encouraged any parents listening to turn to their children with opportunities to contribute to the work that they do. […]

What would bring you happiness?

I asked a a mom in need what would bring her happiness during this time. Despite her financial and other challenges, she is certain that a teddy bear for her kids is all she needs to lift her spirits.   Her message: I am a single mother of 3 disabled children with autism and global development delay. The pandemic has made […]

What do Toronto homeless shelters need most this winter?

What do Toronto homeless shelters need most this winter?

New socks are the most needed but least donated item of clothing at many homeless shelters Thanks to @thecozytoesies we’re including a new pair with every donation that goes out this week! According to a 2018 census, there are over 8,700 homeless people in the city of Toronto. Foot problems account for 20% of their medical conditions. The pandemic has made being homeless in […]

Mental health matters

Are we prepared? I think about this post often because it perfectly encapsulates how necessary it is to match our words with our actions. 1 in 4 people in the world will struggle with their mental health at some point in their lives. Despite this, stigmas and discrimination are ever prevalent. This post reminds me to1️⃣ Reflect on internalized biases […]

Winter Wellness Kits with SMILE Canada

Winter Wellness Kits with SMILE Canada

Hundreds of books and teddies for children in need of some joy this season! We collaborated with @smilecan, an organization on a mission to provide support to youth with disabilities and their families. Our contributions to their winter wellness toolkits included teddies for 230 children and books for many of their siblings. Check it out: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKFFNWfjVxn/