Toronto was hit with some frigid temperatures this past week. It felt like -40°C at one point. If you are reading this, you are probably privileged - you have warm homes to go to, warm clothes to layer. But many of our city's residents don't have what we consider basic necessities. The homeless, and those… Continue reading Signs of Hope #8: Winter Warm Up
A good friend posted a Facebook event for her birthday. It wasn't the traditional "come out and celebrate me" kind of event. It was way more than that. She wanted to help others. The plan - buy 29 Subway sandwich meals, get together some friends (I think there was 6 of us), and some stuff… Continue reading Signs of Hope #7: Birthdays are for giving
I just watched what is now probably one of my favourite films. I AM, a documentary written, directed and starring Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura, Nutty Professor, and many more) takes us on a journey into who we, as human beings, truly are VS what we've become. It is a reminder that no deed is too small and… Continue reading Signs of Hope #6: I AM – The Film
This might not be like the other Signs of Hope I have posted, but it's a miracle that shows a mother's love as well as the power of thoughts, touch and pure love. It was a final chance to say goodbye for grieving mother Kate Ogg after doctors gave up hope of saving her premature… Continue reading Sign of Hope #5: Jamie lives!
In April 2013 an innocent family lost everything in a devastating house fire. News of this story came from a musician friend of mine, Greg Barry, who had just returned from doing some work in western Canada. He had met this family on his travels. When I heard about the fire, I wanted to do… Continue reading Sign of Hope #4: Strangers can be angels
The simple reminders that even amongst evil and violence there is still so much good
The concept that started in Italy and gone viral via Facebook, has now made its way to Canada. The idea is that customers pay for coffees which are "suspended" then someone who can't afford a coffee can come in and ask for a suspended coffee. I've shared this story with a few local cafes and… Continue reading Sign of Hope #2: Suspended Coffee
The Soul Kitchen is a Community Restaurant, a non-profit community program run by the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. They serve fresh, healthy, sometimes even organic, meals. There are no prices on the menus, everyone is welcome. Customers pay a minimum donation of $10 for a full meal or volunteer in exchange for the meal.… Continue reading Sign of Hope # 1: JBJ Soul Kitchen