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#1176 Second grader’s lesson in compassion

By Cathryn Wellner / December 12, 2014

Caiden Perez wanted to make homeless people happy. At first the 7-year-old figured a pizza party would be a good idea, but he talked it over with his dad. The two of them came up with a better idea: “blessing bags”. The second grader and his dad put together bags filled with items such as […]


#1168 Gratitude for a cracked skull

By Cathryn Wellner / November 24, 2014

With no ice to slip on, no major trip hazard to catch my foot, I took a head-splitting tumble…literally. The crack in my skull is small. My brain appears to be fine. The bruises in various parts of my body are already healing. But the unexpected blessings keep rolling in.   The sun broke through […]


#1163 New immigrant women transform a neighbourhood

By Cathryn Wellner / November 12, 2014

If you love the taste of naan baked in a traditional tandoor oven, be sure to stop by R.V. Burgess Park next time you visit Toronto. The city’s first public tandoor oven will likely be surrounded by community people enjoying the aroma and waiting for the next round to come off the sides of the […]


#1153 Muscular dystrophy slows their bodies but not their love

By Cathryn Wellner / October 20, 2014

They were both in wheelchairs when they met. Muscular dystrophy had weakened Margaret “Muffi” Lavigne and Chris Plum. The incurable disease had put them both in wheelchairs and in hospital. But in the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, Connecticut, they found love. Thanks to Good Night Margaret, a New York Times documentary, we […]


#1132 The neighbours love him so they set out Chairs for Charlie

By Cathryn Wellner / September 26, 2014

Charlie George has been walking his dogs twice a day in the decade since he moved into the Houston, Texas neighborhood. People look forward to chatting with the friendly guy. Three years ago he was diagnosed with leukemia. That started to slow him down. So his neighbours started “Chairs for Charlie”. A dozen homes put […]


#1130 Kelowna food bank leads a movement to transform the community

By Cathryn Wellner / September 24, 2014

My friend Lenetta Parry recently became executive director of the Kelowna (British Columbia) Community Food Bank. She had worked there for years before being recruited to head the one in West Kelowna. Now she leads the two of them, and both food banks are lucky. So is our community. Lenetta has a big dream that […]

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