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The Joy of Presence

by Ed Temple

As I anticipate the upcoming holiday season, I am excited! One of our family traditions is to celebrate Advent by planning a special family “experience” each day for the 24 days leading up to Christmas. We plan things from going to the new Star Wars movie to making homemade perogies. I love the family experiences of December! It is the quality of our relationships and not the stuff we have that brings joy and contentment so I hope you will find time to enjoy your family, your friends and your…

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Thank you Winnipeg

by Marian Deegan

On October 21, 2017, our International Visitors Jim Frantz,from Colombia and Oricel Caminero, from the Dominican Republic, together with newly met friends, shared an insightful afternoon together at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. As we ascended the walkways together through this magnificent tribute to both the suffering, hope and resilience of humanity on an expertly guided tour, our souls were stretched and further awakened. All agreed that an opportunity for another visit would be welcomed…

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Alberta we are Better Together!

by Opportunity International

Thank you to so many that joined our events in Alberta for our annual IVT (International Visitors Tour). It was an amazing week of celebration and storytelling about how our partnerships are creating lasting change in the lives of thousand’s. Lives like Samantha! We learned that Samantha is a young girl who has learning challenges and may not be able to remain in school because of these challenges. Jim Frantz, and our partner Investing Hope Foundation in Colombia, told us the story of Samantha’s…

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New Partnership Announcement

by Opportunity International

October, 2017   Global Affairs Canada (GAC) has made a $19.9 million commitment to Opportunity International Canada (OIC) to promote Financial Inclusion for Enterprise Development (FINEDEV) in Ghana.  The Project aims to increase access to formal financing, financial literacy, business training, and gender-equity strategies, with a focus on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), women, and vulnerable groups throughout Ghana.  In collaboration with OIC’s implementing partners in Ghana, the FINEDEV…

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September 2017 Newsletter

by Opportunity International Canada

September is here and with that are crisp mornings, shorter days and a flurry of activity around Opportunity as we ramp up for our fall events. This month is also the start of another school year. A time when kids file into classrooms across the country to prepare for a future during these formative years. Unfortunately for 263 million youth, they are unable to experience this opportunity. This is why one of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals is to \"Ensure inclusive and quality education for…

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December 2017 Newsletter

by Opportunity International Canada

December is a month with all kinds of celebrations and in this issue, we have a number of things to celebrate.  This past week we were pleased to hear that Opportunity International Canada was chosen by the Financial Post in their Charities of the Year: Our annual picks of Canada’s most efficient and accountable charities. After analyzing various ratings on Charity Intelligence, we were chosen along with 23 others as one of the most accountable, transparent charities in the country. A huge…

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Hopes and Dreams

by Ed Temple

\"It doesn't get more Canadian then to get on the road and drive across a province (or two) for vacation.\" We just returned from a west coast trip (Calgary to Victoria). On our trip, we headed up the island and drove the Malahat Highway. A highlight was we stopped to take a selfie where Hannah and I got engaged! It was a great opportunity to share with our kids about our life before them and to talk about our hopes and dreams at that time and how they have been fulfilled, not yet fulfilled and…

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Accessible, High-Quality, Sustainable Education for All: Exploring SDG 4

by Allison Kooser

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals Accessible, High-Quality,Sustainable Education for All August 24, 2017 // by Allison Kooser Our Secret Weapon | What Happens When Children Are Educated | Accessibilty, Quality and Sustainability | Ensuring Access, Improving Quality and Seeking Sustainability | Ensuring Education for All Imagine, for a moment, kindergarten. Your days are full of finger painting, imagination and writing your letters and numbers. You learn to share, work with others and…

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Promoting Peace Through Community and Opportunity

by Allison Kooser

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals Promoting Peacethrough Community and Opportunity July 28, 2017 // by Allison Kooser Seeking Peace | Escaping the FARC and Escaping Violence | How Opportunity Promotes Peace and Justice | Entering into Violent Communities to Promote Peace | Moving Forward in Peace Yaneth’s entire childhood was plagued by violence. As a young girl growing up in rural Colombia, her family struggled to make ends meet. When she was eight years old, she learned that the man…

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Partnering for Health and Well-Being: Exploring SDG3

by Allison Kooser

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals Partnering for Healthand Well-Being June 20, 2017 // by Allison Kooser Good Health and Well-Being | Child Health | Maternal Health | HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases | Partnering to Save Lives For the past few months, we have been exploring the Sustainable Development Goals—the set of benchmarks the UN created as global guidelines for development and poverty alleviation. These goals are inextricably linked with one another. Like the body described…

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