• Events

    Community champion breakfast

    A heartfelt thank you to everyone who put their love and trust into our little nonprofit. Bringing peace, justice and healing to the lives of children is an honour and I am so grateful for this life of service! I spent this morning alongside incredible co-champions and participated in a panel discussion led by CBC Toronto News @ 11 host, Kelda Yuen. A big shoutout to some new friends and incredible activists whose stories and selfless endeavours warmed my heart this morning: @torontoindigenousharmreduction @thestopcfc @olmcblackfutureslab @youthprofessionals & Helen Watling from @mackenziehealthSo much gratitude x Thank you! @cbctoronto Previous Next

  • Donations

    100 meals

    This weekend, our incredible friends in Pakistan turned our donation from a small-scale fundraiser into 100 meals for 100 people in need. I was on a walk when I received photos of the food distribution and I was overcome with emotion. Last week, a feeling in my heart told me that I had to fill some bellies with good food. When I stumbled across a stash of old fabric pieces that I no longer needed, and posted them for sale for a small donation online, I did not anticipate the overwhelmingly positive response I would receive. Individuals were sharing all of their sewing projects with me. A health care worker…

  • Donations

    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 piece find a new home. I posted the materials online for a small donation, not anticipating the special conversations I would have with so many community members. One woman mentioned that she was going to use her purchase to make scrub caps for her coworkers. A nurse candidly shared that…

  • Events

    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 in my life. I encourage you to do the same! Your confidence and belief in them during these incredibly formative years will last a lifetime 💫

  • Events

    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 your community better. You answered! Check out this year’s finalists for Community Champions and cast your vote today This community was shortlisted as one of 15 @cbctoronto Community Champions but we need your help to share our message of peace, justice and healing for all children with our nation at large. I…

  • Events

    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. With a lack of extracurricular activities, now more than ever, students learning remotely need the chance to explore their passions and contribute to something greater than themselves. These years are critical to their development, so please do what you can to celebrate the potential of the young people in your…

  • Reflections

    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 things difficult. I have trouble going out because they are still in diapers and everything is expensive. My greatest goal right now is to make my kids happy. They are all under 8 years old and I know a teddy bear would make them feel so loved.   Note: Posted with permission

  • Donations

    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 Toronto even more difficult. Staying safe and finding shelter is increasingly challenging. Help them take the first step in getting back on their feet! (Read more here)

  • Reflections

    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 and examine my thinking2️⃣ Educate myself on mental illnesses and substance use disorders3️⃣ Be conscious of my words and behaviours4️⃣ Focus on the positives and offer support & encouragement5️⃣ Support transformative organizations like @hopefortheday@cmhanational@youthmentalhealth@kidshelpphone@justiceforsoli@mentalhealthcoalition

  • Donations

    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/