Community Service

We Day: An Inspiration For Change

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.23.2013 | Canada Impact
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Inspired and compelled by celebrity luminaries including The Barenaked Ladies and Serena Ryder, as well as some particular youth favourites such as Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers, the feeling at We Day 2013 in the Air Canada Centre was electric.

What We Would Change About Education in Canada

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

2013-06-21-blog_canada_day_v02.gif This is what we would change about Canada: Compulsory volunteer hours as part of a holistic service learning model -- in every classroom in the country. Formal instruction should help students learn the root causes of whatever social deficit their volunteer hours help fill. Every school should be granted funding and the resources needed to adapt their own service-learning model.

A Film Festival First for Montreal

Jon Paul Fiorentino | Posted 04.20.2013 | Canada
Jon Paul Fiorentino

This spring, one brand new film festival is using Montreal's cultural benefits to highlight issues of accessibility and inclusion. Regarding Disability: A Film Festival will make its debut in Montreal on March 21 and will run in various locations until the 28.

Can Compassion Be Taught?

The Huffington Post Canada | Maya Hamovitch | Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada Impact

While many people believe that kids these days are lazy and self-obsessed, there is reason to believe that they are becoming increasingly empathetic a...

How We Treat Refugees Says A Lot About Who We Are

Bhanu Bhatnagar | Posted 12.13.2012 | Canada
Bhanu Bhatnagar

Uprooted from their lives, sometimes in a violent manner, many refugees find themselves in alien lands with little or no knowledge of the local language or culture and (generally) without friends or family to help a lending hand. Most western governments refer to refugees as "clients" or "customers" when processing their applications. There's little or no recognition of the person behind the paperwork. That's where Canada's Romero House comes in.

When Community Service Is Merely Self-Serving

Barbara Frum | Posted 11.21.2011 | Canada
Barbara Frum

Why are student volunteers in Africa being tasked to do physically exhausting and challenging labour when there really wasn't a purpose to it -- except as some kind of "hardship lesson" for "spoiled youth?" I also began to wonder if we weren't taking work away from locals.

Volunteers Everywhere!

Larry Leach | Posted 09.18.2011 | Canada
Larry Leach

In your community, as many others, everywhere you turn there are volunteers. Whether it be at the community association or town, in one of the many ...