Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker
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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

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Why I Give: Volunteering Is A No Brainer

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2017 | 4:41 PM

Being Thankful

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." People like to...

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Youth Leaders Are Helping Cambodian Children Grow Up Healthy

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2016 | 5:27 PM

Photo: World Vision

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 also the first time I took my sons to...

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How Canadians Are Making A Difference In Cambodia

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2016 | 12:55 PM

I got to meet eight-year-old Sileap and his family in their home. Photo: Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

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...

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Caring For Cambodia's Youngest Citizens

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2016 | 3:09 PM

When it comes to malnutrition, babies are among the world's most vulnerable people. In places like Cambodia, World Vision's Starting Strong program protects little ones from life-long stunting and death. Photo: World Vision

As a child advocate, I recently...

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All People Living With ALS Deserve A Standing Ovation

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2016 | 12:22 PM

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...

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How To Embrace Conscious Fashion And Style

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 6:40 PM

There nothing like a change of season to make you rethink your wardrobe. To find out what to wear this spring and summer 2016, I spoke to Molly Fitzpatrick, the Chair of Scrubs in the City, a Sick Kids Hospital Foundation, who also happens to be a respected trendsetter and...

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Racing Toward The Day All Kids Have Access To Clean Water

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 4:12 PM

The Boston Marathon has always been one of the most prestigious of the major marathons since it began, April 19, 1897. This year, runners from all over the world stepped their way along the same winding, 42.2km course the marathon has followed for many decades.

Race day April 18...

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Juno Contenders The City Harmonic Live What They Sing

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 4:41 PM

Eric Fusilier (Bass, Vocals) Aaron Powell (Guitar, Vocals) Elias Dummer (Lead Vocals, Piano) and Josh Vanderlaan (Drums) are contenders for a Juno this Sunday night. Photo courtesy of The City Harmonic.

The 45th annual Juno Awards will be broadcast this Sunday,...

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How A Couple In Their 90s Is Helping To Care For The World's Children

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2015 | 3:20 PM

Dani and John with pictures of the children they sponsor through World Vision. Photo courtesy of the Gattinger family.

There's nothing I admire more than a couple with an enduring love and a commitment to giving back. Such is the case of John and Olga Gattinger. They are in their...

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How Your Morning Coffee Can Change Someone's Life

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 4:57 PM

What's a cup of coffee anyway? Well in Canada, adults drink 2.8 cups per day on average. Worldwide, coffee is a multi-billion dollar industry that supports the livelihood of countless families.

To actor Hugh Jackman, perhaps best known for his role as Wolverine in the X-Men franchise,...

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Finding Laughter in the World's Toughest Places

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 11:24 AM

Canadian funny couple Colin Mochrie (left) and Debra McGrath (far right) share more than world-class comedic talent. They love spending time with some of the poorest children on the planet. Joan Kelley talked with them recently.


Joan: The two of you...

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How the Property Brothers Use Their Fame to Help the World's Poorest

(3) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 9:45 AM


JD, Drew and Jonathan Scott on a World Vision trip to India.

They're known on television as the Property Brothers. Drew scouts neglected houses and negotiates the purchases, while twin brother Jonathan works magic through renovation. But there's a lot you may not...

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Canadian Country Music Superstar a Bright Light for Children in Need

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 9:11 AM


Author Joan Kelley 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...

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Canadian Dynamo Emerges from Refugee Camp Childhood

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 4:03 PM


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, Jennifer Moonfoxy.

Today, Jennifer is a successful...

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How I Remember Rwanda

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 5:16 PM

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...

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The Power of Kids

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 2:18 PM

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Joan Kelley Walker with Todd Bender, founder of City Kidz in Hamilton

Growing up in small town Saskatchewan, I never really knew what bullying was. Our town was made up of around 200 people. I went to school with 36 kids and that...

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How We Can Take Action Against Child Labour

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 5:43 PM

It's been some time now since the factory collapse in Bangladesh, a devastating and needless tragedy for countless people. The only good thing to come of it is that more people around the world have started to realize the price of cheap goods. This disaster that killed more...

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Creating Triumph in a Tragic World

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 2:15 PM

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 the aftermath of decisions made by people who seem to think differently from the...

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Checkout Aisle Mama Drama

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 10:51 AM

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. She was aggressive and abrupt to the sales person and her children. She appeared...

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A Humanitarian in High Heels

(2) Comments | Posted February 10, 2013 | 7:33 AM

Ladies, I want to talk to you about your feet. Where they take you, and how the journeys you encounter all come down to how you got there.

I have the privilege of authoring a chapter of the latest book in the series Making it in Heels. I write about...

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