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Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

Former Model, Avid Fashionista and World Vision Ambassador

Joan Kelley is a Toronto based writer, humanitarian, producer, model and TV Host of Red Carpet Diary among others. She loves to write in a heartfelt manner, telling stories that mean something. Follow Joan at joankelley.ca
World Vision

Why I Give: Volunteering Is A No Brainer

It seems like a no brainer. Supporting charitable organizations and doing acts of kindness is the right thing to do. Most people get that. My family and many Canadians are very privileged. I feel we have an obligation to give back, to "pay it forward."
04/27/2017 04:41 EDT
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How Canadians Are Making A Difference In Cambodia

As a child advocate, I recently had the opportunity to travel to Cambodia to see some of the work World Vision is doing to make a difference. It was the first time I took my sons to see how many people in developing countries live. I tracked my experience in this travel journal. This is the second of three parts.
09/28/2016 12:54 EDT
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Caring For Cambodia's Youngest Citizens

As a child advocate, I recently had the opportunity to travel to Cambodia to see some of the work World Vision is doing to make a difference. It was the first time I took my sons to see how many people in developing countries live. I tracked my experience in this travel journal.
09/26/2016 03:09 EDT
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All People Living With ALS Deserve A Standing Ovation

Mauril Bélanger, MP, was recently named Honorary Speaker for a day in the House of Commons. He had put his name forward for the official position of House Speaker before his diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. He withdrew after learning of his illness. The House of Commons gave Bélanger a standing ovation for his courage, dignity and pride. And they were right to do so.
06/02/2016 12:22 EDT
The City Harmonic

Juno Contenders The City Harmonic Live What They Sing

One of the contenders in this category is Hamilton, Ontario's own band The City Harmonic. The band is composed of four worshipers from four small churches who began by singing hymns and spiritual songs. Since then, The City Harmonic is no stranger to success, having won its first Juno in 2013.
04/01/2016 04:41 EDT
Michelle

Canadian Country Music Superstar a Bright Light for Children in Need

Author Joan Walker and Canadian country superstar Michelle Wright have something in common: in the midst of busy lives in the public eye, both women volunteer with World Vision Canada. Joan's recent conversation with Michelle sheds light on many aspects of the world renowned singer-songwriter's life, including her deep love for children overseas in desperate need.
10/10/2014 04:34 EDT

Canadian Dynamo Emerges from Refugee Camp Childhood

Jennifer Moonfoxy (right) with the author in Canada. Canada is home to people from all over the world, each with a unique story. Many have endured and sacrificed to be here including my dear friend, J...
08/28/2014 04:03 EDT
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How I Remember Rwanda

Ten years ago at the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide I went to Rwanda with World Vision. I knew it would be a difficult trip, but I had no idea the impact that trip would have on me going forward. Now, as we near the 20th anniversary of the horrific Rwandan genocide, my heart is still broken by the meaningless killing.
04/10/2014 05:16 EDT

The Power of Kids

I recently spent a Saturday at City Kidz in Hamilton. It's a role-modeling project operated by World Vision Canada made up of children from the lowest income neighborhoods of Hamilton. This is a program that has taken root.
10/11/2013 02:18 EDT
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How We Can Take Action Against Child Labour

Isn't it our responsibility to try to help, to protect youth, to afford them some level of hope so that they may have opportunity for health and happiness in their lives? After all, a child is a child no matter where you go and they are all precious. No child should ever be for sale.
06/27/2013 05:43 EDT
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Creating Triumph in a Tragic World

It is a sobering realization that not a day passes when we are not assaulted with tragic events that happen in the world. Some are natural and cannot be avoided, like earthquakes or floods. Others are...
05/29/2013 12:18 EDT

Checkout Aisle Mama Drama

The other day, I observed a mother obviously frazzled in a line at a store. Her three young kids were demanding of her attention and her hands were full, including the smartphone ringing in her hand....
03/01/2013 11:51 EST
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A Humanitarian in High Heels

The straw hut in which they lived was smaller than my closet at home and full of leaks and holes in the walls and roof. The NGO I was travelling with had stepped in to help and had built the family a new home with luxuries like a cement floor, a door, screen windows and mosquito nets.
02/09/2013 11:51 EST