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
I want to give gifts that will help others, and show love to people in need in Canada and around the world.
Only with awareness will there be change, and I applaud these filmmakers for shedding light on these stories and issues.
09/18/2017 15:00 EDT
We often have little or no idea about the manufacturing chain a given product passes through before it reaches our country.
07/19/2017 10:52 EDT
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
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
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
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
If your love for style is only matched by your love of making ethical and conscious purchasing decisions, we have some advice for you!
05/16/2016 06:40 EDT
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jennifer as a little girl. Our dangerous plan was to try and escape to Thailand. We knew that if we were caught, it would
08/28/2014 04:03 EDT
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
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
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
It is a sobering realization that not a day passes when we are not assaulted with tragic events that happen in the world
05/29/2013 12:18 EDT
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