Elisa Birnbaum is a freelance writer, communications consultant, producer & the publisher and editor-in-chief of SEE Change Magazine.
Her portfolio includes articles published in the Globe & Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, CBC.ca and Zoomer Magazine. For over eight years, she’s been covering issues in the nonprofit sector as a freelance reporter for an online site. President of Elle Communications, Elisa helps her clients tell their stories effectively and with impact. As a producer, Elisa worked on documentaries and current affairs programs at History Television, Discovery Health, TVO and the CBC. Elisa holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Concordia University and a law degree from Université de Montréal and Osgoode Hall.
Dreamers yearn for a better world, a better life. They infuse our possibilities with colour, awe and wonderment. Dreamers believe in something bigger than ourselves, even when it's deemed impractical, unrealistic.
Here's the thing: social change is not an easy process. It takes effort, stubbornness and the ability to persevere in spite of all obstacles and opposition. Once achieved, social change and any newfound rights and freedoms should never be taken for granted, yet they often are.
Yet, it's the luxury liner that brought them here, the beautiful Aquitania, that uniquely captures my attention. Like my family, the ship was tired, battle-weary, but she pushed ahead nonetheless, navigating her way through rough seas, a turbulent winter and plenty of unknowns to reach the final destination. As a proud Canadian and daughter, I'm terribly glad she did.
Having opened its doors in September 2014, CMHR is not your typical museum, nor was it intended to be. CMHR's mission isn't to commemorate a specific event or group. It's about creating a safe, inclusive space to learn and engage in dialogue about human rights.
Bell Let's Talk Day inspired active online engagement, attracted celebrity endorsements and the attention of media, all the while raising vital charitable dollars. But a one-day social media event is not enough to significantly move the needle away from ignorance, fear and silence. After all, what happens the next day, and the day after that? Social change requires more than a social media plan. It requires a long-term sustainable strategy. Because in our content-rich, highly distracted world, passion is sometimes overrun by profit, causes are sidestepped by things like limited overhead and the desire to stay current fuels an unyielding need to move onto the next big thing.
While out shopping the other day, I came across a t-shirt that gave me pause. A long, hard pause. Hanging a few feet from the store's entrance, the shirt had the following words emblazoned in big, bol...