Families, Parenting and Children
(National Volunteer Week - April 22-26)
Volunteers across the country are being recognized this week as National Volunteer Week kicks off. From Goose Bay to North Bay, Canadians who donate their time and talents continue to be a driving force in Canada's economy.
Erica Thompson spends her days coordinating the cross-country Conservation Volunteers program for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). She sees the positive impact Canadians make every day on the environment.
In February 1971, 17-year-old Ruth Roberts and 14 friends staged a "starve-in" in a church basement in Calgary to draw attention to the struggle of African children suffering during a continent-wide famine. "We chose to stop eating for a day and a half so we could understand, even in a small way, what those children were experiencing," recalls Roberts.
For many it's bigger than prom - a night where kids get to take over their schools, walls come down between cliques and everyone has a giant party to celebrate the change they are making in the world. The World Vision 30 Hour Famine (famine.ca) is the largest youth fundraising event in the world to fight poverty and hunger. It's also a fun night, and a social highlight for schools and youth groups across Canada. Every group gets to plan a unique event as they go without solid food for 30 hours.
Students are savvier and more globally minded than ever -- in many households they are the ones inspiring families to get involved. It does not take much to encourage and motivate today's students to take action on things like volunteering, advocating or rallying for change. This biggest challenge is how to connect students with issues they are most passionate about. It can be a great way for them to feel good about themselves, improve a university application or resumé and to build friendships.
By Laura Mousseau, Nature Conservancy of Canada
If you haven't been enjoying some winter skiing or snowshoeing, then surely spring's arrival means it's time to hit the trails! Across Ontario, many Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) properties are open and accessible to hikers, and I've got some tips to help you enjoy nature while keeping yourself and wildlife safe. Here are five great hiking DOs for any trail:
If one good turn deserves another, then potentially 100,000 good turns deserve the same.
Scouts Canada's annual Good Turn Week will take place April 13-21, spreading goodwill to Canadians from coast to coast. The community is encouraged to participate by performing their own good deeds -- joining Scouts Canada's roughly 27,000 volunteers and 74,000 youth members.
Girl Guides around the globe connect for World Thinking Day
As parents, we're hyper aware of the importance of giving girls a global perspective. Our world is more connected than ever - news from around the world reaches us in a nanosecond and what happens in one corner of the globe can impact our daily lives. So it's important to give girls the tools they'll need to make sense of it all. That's where Girl Guides of Canada comes in.
Newspapers Canada and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities are pleased to announce the launch of a new partnership and charitable writing competition for Canadian journalists. Staff writers at daily and non-daily newspapers are invited to enter the Jumpstart Awards for a chance to win a community grant worth up to $5,000 to donate to their local Jumpstart chapter.
By Deborah Wolfe, World Vision
As immigrants to Canada, my brother and I learned a lot about our new country through retail catalogues. I remember our first Christmas so clearly. In the bright pages of the Sears Christmas Wishbook, every child had a present, no matter what the colour of their skin.
By Deborah Wolfe, World Vision
A poll for World Vision Canada indicates that 63 per cent of Canadians plan on giving to charity this holiday season. But many also want to buy gifts for loved ones. Learn how you can do both at the same time -- even with limited funds.
Anita Colley of LaSalle, Ontario, is a retiree living on a fixed budget. And she's no stranger to need.