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

Generosity Is An Attractive Quality Anyone Can Fall In Love With

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 11:42 AM

I fell for my husband the day he took a homeless man to lunch. Before then, my future mate had been a smart, funny, slightly older guy in the CBC newsroom where we both worked. But when I learned about his kindness to someone in need, David became "the one."

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How Canada Is Helping Women Overseas Deliver Their Babies On Time

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 12:25 PM

In Canada, many pregnant moms have the excitement of tracking their baby's development in the womb week-by-week. With joy, they might tell their friends that "his spine is fully formed now" or "she has fingernails this week!"

In Canada, women are...

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5 Ways To Plan Early For A Meaningful Valentine's Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 3:00 PM

There are several theories around who St. Valentine was, and how he got his reputation for love. According to one story from the third century, the roman emperor Claudius II tried to bolster his army by forbidding young men to marry. Valentine, it is said, performed marriages in...

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Syrian Refugees Experience 'The Psychological Warfare' Of Winter Cold

(6) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 12:42 PM

In my third year of university, the only apartment I could afford had ice on the inside walls. The winter temperature in Kingston, Ontario, regularly plunged to -20 C. The bedroom had no insulation.

Each night, I slept in sweats, heavy socks, a hat and mitts. Even with a...

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Make A Bolder, Colder Resolution to Give Clean Water

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 2:59 PM

Sitting around the fire with my family this week, warm and contented and full of mince tarts, I proudly announced one of my New Year's resolutions:

"I will enter a five-kilometre run this spring to raise money for charity." I declared. It felt good to get it on the...

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How To Connect With Faraway Loved Ones This Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 11:01 AM

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I've missed the overseas mailing deadline for a Christmas package to Singapore. I was hoping to send a package to my brother, one of my best friends in the world.

It's not like I just missed the deadline...

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6 Myths About Modern-Day Child Slavery

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 8:13 AM

The little girl walked into the huge factory for the first time, leaving her childhood outside forever. "'I was too small,' she remembers of that day. "And I cried.'"

On International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, the quote is both heartbreaking and appropriate. Three guesses where...

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Which Child Are You Important To This Universal Children's Day?

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 10:00 AM

When I tell you today is Universal Children's Day, what comes to mind?

I remember how my hard-working Dad used to groan that "every day is children's day!" I admit that with all the cooking, driving and shopping I do for my kids, it's easy to feel that...

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5 Ways To Love Halloween While Caring For Child Labourers

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 2:40 PM

When I was a kid, I used to love flopping down on the living room floor after trick-or-treating, to sort my candy into piles. There was one pile for chocolate, one for licorice and one for lollipops. And one for those chewy molasses things with orange and black wrappers --...

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Aid Agencies Race Winter's Arrival in Nepal

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2015 | 9:39 AM

Just when it seemed things couldn't get any worse.

Six months after the Nepal earthquake, the country's people have endured realities most Canadians can't even picture. Try to imagine losing family members, your house and your business all at once. Now think of hundreds of thousands of your fellow citizens...

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The Odyssey of Syrian Children Heading for Europe

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 1:18 PM

The summer my younger brother was two, he often awoke screaming in the night. His little body was stiff with fear. Graham believed he saw white snakes slithering around the floor by his bed.

We were on a summer holiday at the time, clattering around Europe in a rickety trailer....

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Finding Innovative Ways to Teach the World's Children to Read

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 6:59 PM

My 10-year-old son Gavin has a variety of intense interests, some of which have made their way into his desk at school. One of his recent fascinations was creating Star Wars characters out of origami paper. (The amazing book series which inspired him is called Origami Yoda, if...

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What Age Is Best for Kids to Walk to School Alone?

(3) Comments | Posted September 7, 2015 | 8:59 AM

"But all my friends walk to school without their parents!" I've heard it at least a dozen times this week. With school just a few days away, my 10-year-old son Gavin has been relentless in his pleas for greater freedom.

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Life Threatening Temperatures Are Putting Iraqi Children At Risk

(6) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 1:13 PM

Temperatures in Iran and Iraq were predicted to hit an apocalyptic 70 degrees Celsius this week. Such weather would be considered unbearable anywhere in the world, even for people with air conditioning, shady gardens, and plenty of water to drink.

But for Iraqi families who've been forced to...

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Breastfeeding Can Be a Struggle No Matter Where You Live

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2015 | 11:01 AM

I wasn't producing enough breast milk to fill my newborn baby's tummy. The doctor was reluctant to release us from the hospital, so he called for the big guns. I watched in trepidation as the nurse wheeled it into the room: a state-of the-art, hospital grade, electrically powered, double breast...

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Kids Are Still Recovering From the Nepal Earthquake

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 9:20 AM

Children are often able to draw traumatic experiences before they can talk about them. Nine-year-old Sanjeev shared his memories of the earthquake with staff at one of World Vision's child-friendly spaces. All images are World Vision photos.

Three months ago this weekend, the ground in Nepal shook so hard that...

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How Children's Sense of Fairness Can Change the World

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 6:34 PM


The new Hugh Jackman documentary "Dukale's Dream" is a great way to explore the idea of global fairness with children.

"That's just so unfair," moaned my adolescent son last Sunday night. He had just received a last-minute sleepover invitation, the night...

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Sports Can Give Girls Around the World the Chance to Succeed

(2) Comments | Posted July 12, 2015 | 10:22 AM

There's no question that sports can play a critical role in boosting girls' self-confidence and determination. Many of us have known the girl who claims to be "totally uncoordinated," only to score the winning point for her basketball team. Or the shy, uncertain child who had trouble speaking up in...

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How Kids Can Make a Difference

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 6:28 PM

Both of my sons have raised funds for several excellent organizations. As Beavers and Cubs, they've peddled apples outside the grocery store on Apple Day, to collect coins for Scouts Canada. Both sold magazines to friends and relatives, to help buy new computers for their school. On at least one...

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Five Ways to Honour That Special Teacher This Week

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 2:22 PM


My son's face was as bleak as the February afternoon, as he picked his way across the icy playground toward me.

"She's leaving!" he blurted out, his face incredulous. "And school is never going to be good again."

Gavin and his Grade...

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