2014 – A Year of Increasing Impact
What a year 2014 has been for HOPE worldwide Canada! It has been a year of increased local, national and international impact, as well as a year of growth in our unity, focus and in numbers of volunteers and chapters. Even as I write this, all seven chapters are actively engaged in multiple efforts to touch the lives of those who are needy in our cities – people who lonely, elderly, orphans, refugees, homeless, and living in poverty in one of the richest countries in the world.
The Montreal chapter continues to spearhead our focus on and funding for the Abidjan School Project and our work with HOPE worldwide Haiti. The Winnipeg chapter has continued to champion our support of the great work being done by HOPE worldwide Philippines. They have gained the confidence and support of the Winnipeg Filipino community and thus are leading the way for all of our chapters to do the same. The Vancouver Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Kingston and Halifax chapters have focused intensely on the needs of their cities and are drawing attention, raising funds and material contributions to feed the hungry, shod the feet of the poor, improve the lives of women and children living in shelters, bring encouragement to sick kids and their families, connect with the aboriginal community, and meet the needs of those who are homeless.
There are some great stories on our home page. Toronto East’s “milk bag mats” project not only meeting the needs of refugees from the Syrian conflict, but is bringing scores of caring people together in east Toronto. The youth movement in HOPE worldwide Canada is strong, under Chris Jung’s mentoring. See the stories “Halifax Youth…” and “Java for Change” to see what our NYAC council is doing.
Excitingly we are developing stronger and more consistent partnerships with Canadian Blood Services and the Canadian Red Cross as well as many local charities, school boards and hospitals. We believe that the best and most impacting efforts still lie in our future. I am so grateful to be partners with all our tireless, determined and humble volunteers from coast to coast.
– Brian Felushko, Country Director