Cheryl Hotchkiss
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Cheryl Hotchkiss is World Vision Canada’s Senior Manager of Advocacy and Public Engagement. She works with a team to involve Canadians in activities that change and challenge the causes and consequences of child poverty overseas. Cheryl has two children, a 13-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl, who spend their non-school time at hockey rinks and a dance school in Waterloo, Ontario.

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Helping Child Labourers Who Hike for Their Lives

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 6:21 PM


In Guatemala, eight-year-old Luisa hikes through the coffee fields carrying heavy bottles of water to hydrate the coffee plants. Each two-hour journey takes care of just four plants, then she starts all over again.

As the Canadian weather turns glorious,...

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My Prayer for Moms Around the World on Mother's Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 8:45 AM

When my kids were little, Mother's Day was all about presents lovingly crafted at school -- or home-made cakes with way too much icing. Now that they're teens, my children know I'll be just as happy with a quiet cup of my favourite coffee. There's nothing like watching it steaming...

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Canadian Retailers Must Put Child Labour on the Agenda

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 1:46 PM

Coltan (used in cell phones) and gold are just two of the raw materials mined by children in Africa, and used in products for sale in Canadian stores.

If you visit the websites of companies doing business in Canada, you'll see...

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Let's Not Forget the Mothers of Child Labourers This Weekend

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 1:23 PM


Many moms are wakened on Mother's Day by an ominous clattering in the kitchen: your loving-hearted children preparing to surprise you with coffee or hot chocolate in bed. There's also that cinnamon toast or oatmeal positively doused with sugar.

What many moms don't...

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The Scary Truth About Halloween Candy

(2) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 2:56 PM

Halloween is a hoot for Canadian kids, but a closer look at how candy is made could reveal a scary truth.

Two key ingredients in Halloween treats -- chocolate and sugar -- might contain disturbing amounts of child labour in their supply chains.

Thousands of children work in 3D jobs...

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Give Ethically This Valentine's Day

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 5:51 PM

Canadians clearly love chocolate. Each of us consumes an average of 5.5 kg of chocolate per year, the equivalent of 2,600 M&Ms. It's fairly easy to conclude that much of that blissful consumption happens on holidays like Valentine's Day, when many surprise their sweethearts with something sweet and...

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How to Back-to-School Shop -- Ethically

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 12:25 PM

Every single day, we make decisions about what we buy to feed and clothe our families -- not to mention the many products we both need and want to support our busy lives here in Canada.

As a mom starting to equip two children for back to school, the shopping...

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