Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

Former Model, Avid Fashionista and World Vision Ambassador

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 joankelley.ca
Why I Give: Volunteering Is A No

Why I Give: Volunteering Is A No Brainer

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."
04/27/2017 04:41 EDT
Youth Leaders Are Helping Cambodian Children Grow Up

Youth Leaders Are Helping Cambodian Children Grow Up Healthy

One of the mothers said to me, "As a mother of a malnourished baby, I am so thankful to be learning how to make this porridge!" She was not embarrassed, nor was there stigma, rather, she was thankful that World Vision was there to help.
09/29/2016 05:27 EDT
How Canadians Are Making A Difference In

How Canadians Are Making A Difference In Cambodia

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 the first time I took my sons to see how many people in developing countries live. I tracked my experience in this travel journal. This is the second of three parts.
09/28/2016 12:54 EDT
All People Living With ALS Deserve A Standing

All People Living With ALS Deserve A Standing Ovation

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 illness. The House of Commons gave Bélanger a standing ovation for his courage, dignity and pride. And they were right to do so.
06/02/2016 12:22 EDT
Racing Toward The Day All Kids Have Access To Clean

Racing Toward The Day All Kids Have Access To Clean Water

This is a running program that helps train people through supportive groups and provides a common goal for us to run, for clean water for kids. Water fundraising also makes a lot of sense to me as a runner. Runners are so aware of how much they depend on water, so it seemed like a natural fit.
05/06/2016 04:12 EDT
Juno Contenders The City Harmonic Live What They

Juno Contenders The City Harmonic Live What They Sing

One of the contenders in this category is Hamilton, Ontario's own band The City Harmonic. The band is composed of four worshipers from four small churches who began by singing hymns and spiritual songs. Since then, The City Harmonic is no stranger to success, having won its first Juno in 2013.
04/01/2016 04:41 EDT
How A Couple In Their 90s Is Helping To Care For The World's

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

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 90s and are soon to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary! Perhaps the best part of the story, like most, is the journey.
11/27/2015 04:20 EST
How Your Morning Coffee Can Change Someone's

How Your Morning Coffee Can Change Someone's Life

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. Our choices affect real people.
07/21/2015 04:57 EDT
Finding Laughter in the World's Toughest

Finding Laughter in the World's Toughest Places

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.
02/19/2015 12:24 EST
How the Property Brothers Use Their Fame to Help the World's

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

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 know about Drew and Jonathan Scott and their older brother, JD, including their passion for helping the world's poorest children.
11/16/2014 09:42 EST
Canadian Country Music Superstar a Bright Light for Children in

Canadian Country Music Superstar a Bright Light for Children in Need

Author Joan Walker 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 the world renowned singer-songwriter's life, including her deep love for children overseas in desperate need.
10/10/2014 04:34 EDT
How I Remember

How I Remember Rwanda

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 horrific Rwandan genocide, my heart is still broken by the meaningless killing.
04/10/2014 05:16 EDT
The Power of

The Power of Kids

I recently spent a Saturday at City Kidz in Hamilton. It's a role-modeling project operated by World Vision Canada made up of children from the lowest income neighborhoods of Hamilton. This is a program that has taken root.
10/11/2013 02:18 EDT
How We Can Take Action Against Child

How We Can Take Action Against Child Labour

Isn't it our responsibility to try to help, to protect youth, to afford them some level of hope so that they may have opportunity for health and happiness in their lives? After all, a child is a child no matter where you go and they are all precious. No child should ever be for sale.
06/27/2013 05:43 EDT