A lot of hearts touched our soul today. First, Globe and Mail reported another miracle in Port-au-Prince — A 16-year old rescued 15 days after quake. Then we got introduced to Vaden, one of the co-founders of Absolute Leadership Development in Hamilton, Ontario. We were absolutely moved after we saw his video clip from Port-Au-Prince updating us on the relief efforts in Haiti. We also ran into Spencer’s website. After hearing about the earthquake, Spencer, a high school senior, started a campaign to provide tents for the displaced In Haiti.
We think there is hope, and the hope will come from Toronto’s small business community. Let’s make it happen. Let’s do this for Haiti. It’s time to huddle closely together with our arms around each other’s shoulders. The Guardian reported today that Canadians have given the most towards the Haiti relief effort.
Business-wise, today was a day of matchmaking. First we matched up our new client, Jon Sowerby, a Toronto mortgage broker with a local graphic designer. Jon will get a fresh set of direct mail marketing materials and signage artwork for his new location. Then, thanks to Sophie Bifield, we got connected to @BrynaJones, a local Communications Specialist at Engine Communications. She wrote a beautiful article about why businesses should join TW4H. We encourage you to take a look and let us know what you think about what we’ve been doing so far.
And it’s time for some face time! We are planning our first Happy Hour Meet and Greet next Tuesday in the downtown core. It will be a great chance for the volunteers to network with each other and we will all get to meet our core team. Details to come soon! Hope to see you guys there.
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Tagged Absolute Leadership, Bryna Jones, Happy Hour, Heart, Jon Sowerby, Meet and Greet, Port-Au-Prince, Small Business, Soul, Spencer, Toronto, Vaden
Note: We have moved our website to www.TorontoWorksForHaiti.com
Ever since the earthquake, it has been quite easy to find media coverage about the orphans in Haiti. We hear about the ones who were going to be adopted as well as the ones who just lost their parents by the quake. Here in Toronto, it’s easy to find kids on the subway heading home with their parents – kids naturally cling to their parents’ arms and legs, look into their eyes with trust and lean on them to feel the warmth. So, let’s put it this way – you lose all of that one day, all of a sudden. If you can understand what that would mean to a child, you know why our help is urgent.
This past weekend, we spent most of our energy discussing our identity as a group and ways in which it will be communicated. As we grow into a more mature and experienced group, we know things may change a bit. However, our goal to help the Haitians in need and the grassroots approach will be here to stay.
We’re excited to have Kathy, Kim, Jennifer, Yolanda and Michael on board! Kathy is a fellow Torontonian who will be helping us out with her excellent writing skills. She’s already started writing up some pieces about us to be posted on the web. Kim and Jennifer are donating life coaching services. Their specially discounted package will help you with the perpetual question of the human race known as a work-life balance. If you are in a different kind of dilemma with numbers called statistics and surveys, Yolanda can help. She offers assistance with research design, stats analyses, and survey design through her firm Inquirus Research Design. She also tutors statistics course. And we have Michael who just may be an answer to your prayers when it comes to website design and IT consulting.
As you know, TW4H has been featured at several media outlets and it looks like that will continue in coming days. We’re very grateful for the interest in our work and always happy to answer any questions you may have. Don’t hesitate to let us know.
Finally, just because we’re 8 days old, doesn’t mean we can use some facelift action here and there. We’ve already done some – if you noticed a few additions to our sidebar – and more is happening behind the scene. We should be ready to get it up and running soon. We hope you like what you see and as always, look forward to your thoughts and comments. Wish you a happy Tuesday!