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Making a Difference: In Haiti and Closer to Home

The crisis in Haiti has elicited an extraordinary response from governments, non-profit organizations, corporations, and individuals. This is long overdue.
The context, however, is also extraordinary. In addition to, and perhaps because of, the financial impact of the recession, we have developed a need to understand and embody our social purpose which is palpable: people are questioning the value of their work, looking for ways to strengthen relationships with their families and communities, and supporting charities to a degree that is unprecedented.
Would the response to Haiti have been the same two years ago? I hope so but I also think our collective need to make a difference has made us much more receptive and generous.
Closer to home, I had a remarkable meeting a few weeks ago with Kelly Lendsay, the President and CEO of the Aboriginal Human Resource Council, a Saskatoon-based organization who’s mandate is to advance the full participation of Aboriginal people in Canada’s labour market.
I heard first hand about the unacceptable lack of education and related barriers to employment faced by most Aboriginal people. I hope that our new found spirit of altruism will also bring more attention and support to the people that are living in third-world conditions right in our backyard.