Debbie Wolfe
Debbie Wolfe worked as a journalist with the CBC for 10 years. She now works for children, through international aid and development agency World Vision. Debbie helps convey the stories of girls and boys around the world who are battling poverty and injustice. She has two sons of her own, and lives in Toronto.

Entries by Debbie Wolfe

Planting Seeds Of Hope This Easter Weekend

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2017 | 2:16 PM

The garden can be heaven for children. There's nothing more joyful than mucking about in the soil and saying "hi" to the worms. It's miraculous to see tiny green shoots poking up their heads, and that first tiny tomato on the vine.

My sons have sprouted up now, just like...

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Here's Photographic Proof That Clean Water Changes Lives

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2017 | 3:54 PM

Each year on March 22, UN-Water calls on people everywhere to help tackle the global water crisis. It's a great goal -- but can feel like a pretty tall order.

More than 663 million people have no safe water supply close to home. That's way more people...

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6 Years Into War, Syria's Children Are Still Dreaming

(3) Comments | Posted March 14, 2017 | 10:13 AM

"My biggest fear is the airstrikes," says 10-year-old Hamza, a refugee from Syria, now living in Jordan. "But I dream of becoming a pilot, so I can see the world."

What are Canadian children afraid of? When World Vision surveyed them recently...

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Freeing Girls From A Deadly Tradition In Kenya

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2017 | 7:22 AM

Millions of girls and women around the world are unaware that it's International Women's Day. It doesn't tend to come up in places where females have little voice or choice.

But it's for these girls and women that World Vision does much of its work.

I wanted to...

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Turning Roadside Stalls Into Booming Businesses

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2017 | 2:25 PM


This International Development Week, World Vision salutes small business people all over the world. Here's one way that Canadians can help their ventures grow.

"Pull yourself up by your bootstraps" refers to the imagined feat of yanking yourself off the ground...

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Somali Children Need Our Immediate Help To Weather Looming Famine

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2017 | 10:20 AM

(Photo: Steph Glinski/World Vision)

By Debbie Wolfe, World Vision Canada

"I'm starving!" wail my kids when I'm taking too long with dinner. Funny, it also happens whenever we pass McDonald's. Uncanny how our driving routes so often align with their...

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Having The Courage To Hurt At Christmas

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2016 | 6:43 AM

With files from Megan Radford

Stock photo

No one wants to think about difficult things so close to Christmas. On a festive canvas of red, green, gold and silver, the darker colours just don't 'fit.' Ask anyone...

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Is It Possible To Do Christmas Without Gifts?

(2) Comments | Posted November 25, 2016 | 9:16 AM

One month until Christmas -- and the countdown begins! November 25 is when I typically shift into full tinsel mode. The decorations come out, and the kids make their wish lists. I begin searching for the ultimate shortbread recipe to unveil at the annual cookie exchange.

This year, the...

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Let's Remember The Child Survivors Of War

(4) Comments | Posted November 11, 2016 | 7:16 AM

Syrian children wait out the years at this makeshift refugee camp in Lebanon. (All photos by World Vision)

At precisely 11:11 a.m. today, Canadians observe a minute of silence for those who stepped forward to serve during wartime. My grandad, Alan...

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'Location' Really Matters When Natural Disaster Strikes

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2016 | 9:20 AM

We've all heard the real estate mantra: "Location, location, location." It means that two identical homes can have completely different value, depending on where they're situated. Location is everything.

Millions of the world's poorest children know this all too well -- especially when natural disaster strikes. When the ground...

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Carve Some Love Into Halloween This Year

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2016 | 3:38 PM

World Vision is asking Canadians to help farmers overseas to feed their families this Halloween. "Carve a Heart" in your pumpkin, and post to social media using hashtag #carveaheart. Photo: World Vision

Our Toronto neighbourhood goes big on Halloween....

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To All The Girls In The World - Including The Daughter I Never Had

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2016 | 10:34 AM

On International Day of the Girl Child, I think about a little girl I used to know. She was the daughter I imagined I would have.

I said goodbye to that girl on a cold, February afternoon, in an ultrasound lab in downtown Toronto. I learned that...

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5 Ways To Take The Stress Out Of Thanksgiving

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2016 | 3:42 PM

Ah, Thanksgiving. A time of peace, serenity and gratitude, right? Well let's see...

There's the peace of debating about which relatives to spend it with. The serenity of packing, driving, cleaning and cooking. And the gratitude of knowing you can go back to the office on Tuesday.

I hope this...

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Breaking Through the Hunger Barrier So Kids Can Learn

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2016 | 1:51 PM

There's an Olympic event in which athletes race cross-country on skis, then shoot a rifle at a target. I've always marveled at their combination of precision and speed.

Most mornings at home, I feel like those athletes. My challenge: getting breakfast into our 14-year-old son. Derrick appears in the kitchen...

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What's To Be Done About The World's Refugees?

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2016 | 12:01 PM

"Would you care to fill out an application?"

My husband and I have a small apartment on the main floor of our home. We're currently in the process of showing it to prospective tenants eager to move in next month.

It's unbelievably hard to find a reasonably priced apartment...

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How To Build A Reading Corner In Your Home

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2016 | 9:52 AM

Thursday is International Literacy Day, a chance to celebrate the power of reading in children's lives. If you're a book-lover yourself, you may remember curling up with your latest childhood treasure (it was Anne of Green Gables for me!)

With your kids back in the classroom, processing new...

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Remembering Alan Kurdi In My Own Way

(5) Comments | Posted September 2, 2016 | 7:51 AM

This summer, my family lost someone very dear to us. Everything is different now. The first year, I'm told, will be especially tough. We'll be feeling our way through the first Thanksgiving, the first Christmas, the first anniversary of his death.

My dear one was an elderly gentleman, full of...

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Consider Thrift Shops For Back-To-School Outfits

(3) Comments | Posted August 30, 2016 | 5:18 PM

My sons as a family event this summer, with clothes from our local thrift shop. Check out the younger one's $15 Italian suit! Photo/Debbie Wolfe

The two teenage boys eyed one another with a knowing wink. They had spent two weeks...

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Are Your Kids Ready To Read Again?

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2016 | 2:42 PM

Two weeks from Tuesday, millions of Canadian kids will head off to school. Are your kids ready for reading? Many children start the year at a deficit, battling to regain what some educators call the "summer reading loss."

"We know that students do better in school when keep...

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How Tree-Planting Brings Life To The World's Children

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2016 | 11:08 AM

Each summer, Canadians longing for a break flood north to our country's forests. I am one of them. Sitting silently among the trees, I can practically hear them breathing. Whether spruce, maple or aspen, the trees inhale the carbon dioxide threatening our planet, and breathe out life-giving oxygen.


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