Taking Care of Yourself This Valentine's Day

Mary Donohue | Posted 02.12.2015 | Canada Living
Mary Donohue

On the way to an appointment the other day I heard two teenage girls discussing Valentine's Day. One was distraught because her boyfriend had just bro...

You'll Never Regret Trying to Conquer a Fear

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 03.12.2015 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

I hesitated when 4th Quispamsis Guide leader Heidi Quinn asked me if I would help with the group this year. Girl Guide leader? Ha! I hate camping. I don't do crafts. I can't sew more than a button and badly at that. What could I possibly contribute? This was definitely out of my comfort zone. Guide meetings are now a highlight of my week.

Social Media and the Art of Giving Back

Marissa Nahirney | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada
Marissa Nahirney

Even if I am able to do something small, I think the outcome of a single action can have a huge, positive impact on an entire community. This is why I value volunteering. You can't be everything to everyone, but one, small action is all it takes to impact at least one person in a meaningful way.

What I Learned Spending Time with Orphans in Rural Uganda

Natalie Karneef | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Natalie Karneef

I spent May and June of 2014 in rural Uganda, volunteering as a blogger, videographer and teacher with the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, an organization...

Post-Secondary Education Also Means Learning Outside the Classroom

Melissa Jarman | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Melissa Jarman

One of the most fundamental aspects of a well-rounded post-secondary education is getting some life experience outside of the classroom. This past May, five deserving post-secondary students from across Canada travelled to Kenya to volunteer with Me to We.

Do Schools Need Record Checks?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Some schools and school boards have recently decided that, in order to protect children, everyone who is to spend any time with students must first have a police records check. On its face, this may sound like a good idea. In practice, it is fraught with many problems.

Volunteering Could Get You A Meeting With Tim Hortons' Co-Founder

CP | Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.23.2014 | Canada Impact

TORONTO - Ron Joyce, the co-founder of the Tim Hortons empire, isn't likely to take a meeting with just anyone.But spend 20 hours doing volunteer work...

10 Things I Learned From Travel

Daniel Baylis | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Travel
Daniel Baylis

I recently spent one year getting myself an informal education. I travelled to twelve different countries, and in each of these countries I attempted to find ways to be helpful. I assisted a raw vegan farm in Costa Rica. I tutored English in northern Laos. Here are some of the biggest takeaways from my journey.

Canada's Healthcare Prospers

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.30.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Last year the Canadian health care system managed to save $400 million. Sounds great, right? Now what if we told you that Canada did it by poaching trained doctors from the poorest and most vulnerable communities in the world? To prosper, Africa must keep her brilliant children home. And developed nations like Canada have a role to play here, too. For a start, we must address the issues in our own health care system that requires us to draw so many health professionals from developing countries where they are needed more.

How To Be Relevant in an Hour a Week

Elan Divon | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Living
Elan Divon

The average Canadian spends a whopping four hours and 20 minutes a day watching TV (5 hours in the U.S. for comparison), and that doesn't include social media time. That's 30 hours a week or 1560 hours a year in which the average Canadian sits on a couch. So here's my challenge to you: Give up one sitcom, one iffy reality show to free up an hour of your time each week.

Make Year-Round Volunteering a 2014 New Year's Resolution

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Eric Quon-Lee

As the dawn of a New Year begins, many of us are making New Year's resolutions both of a professional and personal nature. From eating healthier to taking steps to get that promotion, individuals around the globe are cleaning up the detritus from 2013 and making new resolutions for 2014. In the drive to create new personal and professional resolutions, we should not forget about resolutions to help those less fortune around us.

The Amazing Power of Giving Back

Hon. David C. Onley | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Impact
Hon. David C. Onley

Whether you're a billionaire, a small business owner, a student, or a retiree, I hope that you will make it a New Year's resolution to volunteer in your community. I can promise you that the personal benefits will be at least as great, and probably more long-lasting, than giving up chocolate or joining a gym!

Where To Volunteer This Christmas

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Looking to give back this holiday season? Good for you! It can be difficult to navigate the many volunteering opportunities that are available in a...

My Boyfriend is Alive Thanks to a Complete Stranger's Generosity

Jordan Hartkorn | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Impact
Jordan Hartkorn

I will never forget the horrible feeling of having his life depend solely on a stranger's actions. Why would anyone do something without reward or recognition? We may never have the opportunity to thank this person, but their selfless act should serve as a lesson for us all. It is important to volunteer because you never know who it will help- a stranger, a loved one or even yourself.

Why Millennials Are Ideal Leaders of Change

Kelly Lovell | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Impact
Kelly Lovell

What society doesn't realize is the very traits we try to condemn our young generation for is exactly what makes them ideal leaders of change. Rather than self-centred, youth are individualized and are not afraid to break the norm and be their own person.

How Tragedy Inspires Young People to Help

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

If you're incredibly lucky, you've never had a friend or family member fighting for his or her life, or stolen by tragedy -- be it cancer, HIV/AIDS or a drunk driver. Such luck, we suspect, befalls very few. Sometimes, however, tragedy opens a door. In helping a loved one, some people -- especially youth -- discover a world bigger than themselves, and a desire to make that world better for others.

Can Online Petitions Change the World?

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Skeptics take heed: to dismiss online activism as mere slacktivism is to ignore one of the very real positive social benefits of the internet. But a warning to activists as well: e-petitions can help you change the world, but only when mixed with a little old-school elbow grease.

Beyond Certification: B Corp is About Community

Aaron H. Emery | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Aaron H. Emery

At the risk of sounding a bit existential, B Corps are businesses, fundamentally bent toward a greater purpose. They recognize that degrees of intentionality go a long way when it comes to making employees' lives a little bit better.

How to Make Friends and Inspire People

Tanya Raheel | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Impact
Tanya Raheel

It all starts with a conversation. A real, open and honest conversation about something that really lights you up. When you speak up and share that, you just never know who you might inspire. Here are three easy things you could consider doing today or this week to create something new:

Changing the World One "Vacation" at a Time

John F. Gray | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

We're spoiled. Face it, when the days monumental decision is about which foamy coffee to order, which patio has the best WiFi, or choosing a playlist for a run around False Creek, we're really agonizing over a collection of serious first world problems. Building communities, and supporting the people directly takes boots on the ground, a willingness to get your hands dirty, a get-it-done attitude, and maybe a little voluntouring.

How MC Hammer and Others Found Their Sparks

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Most people know Burrell as MC Hammer -- the man in the neon parachute pants who helped bring rap music into the mainstream in the early 1990s. But we also know him as an ordained preacher, devoted to raising awareness of the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that ravage impoverished communities in the developing world.

10 Questions to Ask Before Joining a Non-Profit Board

Greg Vermeulen | Posted 10.23.2013 | Canada Business
Greg Vermeulen

Here are 10 Questions you should cover off before signing up as a Director with a non-profit Board. As a Director, ignorance is not bliss; it is your job to know about risks. You will demonstrate a lot of sophistication if you ask these questions before agreeing to join.

Building Nation-to-Nation Relationships by Bicycle

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.29.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

"Otesha" means "reason to dream" in Swahili -- a word chosen by founders Jocelyn Land-Murphy and Jessica Lax after meeting in Kenya. After 10 years and dozens of tours, this is Otesha's first "nation-to-nation" tour,in collaboration with the ecumenical justice group KAIROS, to nurture the connection between aboriginal peoples and non-aboriginal Canadians.

It's Time to Celebrate Everyday Political Citizens

Alison Loat | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Alison Loat

Given political goings-on it's no wonder people are checking out of the political world and channelling their energies elsewhere. But imagine if, in the same way we celebrate volunteers, we celebrated people who take the time to be political.

Ritu Bhasin on Social Change and Diversity in Toronto

Samuel Getachew | Posted 09.16.2013 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

Ritu Bhasin is a noted Diversity specialist based in Toronto. With an LL.B. and an MBA, Bhasin has spent a decade in the legal profession and almost two decades volunteering in many areas. I recently chatted with Ritu Bhasin about her work within the community, and her views on social change and diversity in Toronto.