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  1. 1. 2014
  2. 2. A NOTE FROM OUR LEADERS Dear Friends and Supporters, It’s hard to believe that this year marks our 20th anniversary. When we started Free The Children in 1995, we were just a small group of twelve 12-year-olds, eager to change the world. And while at first we weren’t quite sure how, we had the passion to know it was possible and the commitment to make it happen. It is this shameless idealism that has allowed us to build schools in Haiti, set up health clinics in Kenya and reach out to thousands of youth, educators and supporters who inspire us every day. Together, we’re leading a global movement that proves it’s cool to care. Our journey up until now has been an incredible one and we’re thrilled to share the achievements of the past year with you. In 2014, Free The Children’s Year of Education initiative exceeded its goal of fundraising to build 200 schools in developing communities! Riding high on this incredible feat, this past fall we launched the Year of Empowerment to equip 25,000 families with the skills and resources they need to take charge of their future. Through our educational program, youth in North America and the UK have been leading through service and action, making positive changes for themselves, their communities and the world. Entering into 2015, our movement for change roars even louder as We Day debuts in Illinois, expanding our reach to thousands more youth. From the entire Free The Children family, thank you for being a part of this exciting movement. We are sincerely grateful for your support. Be the change, Craig Kielburger Marc Kielburger Scott Baker A CHARITY UNLIKE ANY OTHER Our Model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Financial Responsibility . . . . . . . . . . 6 Shifting the World from Me to We . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 4 DOMESTIC PROGRAMMING Living We 365 Days a Year . . . . . . 25 We Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 We Act . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 We365 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 24INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING Adopt a Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Clean Water and Sanitation . . . . . . . 14 Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Alternative Income and Livelihood . . 18 Agriculture and Food Security . . . . . 20 Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 10TABLE OF CONTENTS
  3. 3. A NOTE FROM OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS Dear Friends and Supporters, We can’t think of anything more rewarding than children helping each other to live free and healthy lives. This message is at the heart of Free The Children and a movement that we’ve been honored to witness over the past two decades. From Craig and Marc’s living room to 13 offices around the world, Free The Children has grown into a community of millions of like-minded people that empower the Me to We generation—a movement of informed and compassionate global citizens motivated to shift the world from a focus on the individual to the power of the collective. We are grateful to the passionate youth, educators and trusted partners who have stood by us over the years. Your continuous support has allowed us to evolve We Day from a modest event in one Canadian city to a series of 12 stadium-sized celebrations spanning Vancouver to Atlantic Canada, Seattle to California, and even across the pond to the UK. With your help, our year-long educational programming encourages young people to discover their unique gifts and take action on issues they’re passionate about. This commitment to service among youth has led to tens of millions of dollars raised for local and global causes. Our holistic, sustainable Adopt a Village development model is breaking the cycle of poverty by providing education to children, clean water and health care to communities, alternative income programs for families and food security throughout the year. All of our achievements were made possible because of your generosity. On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you for your dedication and enthusiasm as we continue to grow our organization and venture into a new year of exciting opportunities. Eva Haller Michelle Douglas OUR TEAM Staff and Volunteers . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Celebrity Ambassadors . . . . . . . . . 36 Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Board of Directors . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 We Day Co-Chairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Outstanding Partners and Supporters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 34 More on p.25 OF YOUTH ENGAGED IN OUR PROGRAMMING BELIEVE IT’S COOL TO CARE ABOUT SOLVING SOCIAL PROBLEMS 91% DID YOU KNOW?
  4. 4. A CHARITY UNLIKE ANY OTHER OUR INNOVATIVE MODEL IS DESIGNED FOR SUSTAINABLE CHANGE, EMPOWERING YOUNG LEADERS EVERYWHERE TO ACHIEVE THEIR FULLEST POTENTIAL AS ACTIVE, COMPASSIONATE AND INVOLVED CITIZENS. THROUGH EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, WE SET OUT TO SHIFT THE WORLD FROM ME TO WE—FROM A WORLD FOCUSED ON THE INDIVIDUAL TO ONE THAT’S FUELED BY THE POWER OF COMMUNITY. 4A CHARITY UNLIKE ANY OTHER
  5. 5. OUR MODEL WHY WE’RE DIFFERENT When you give with Free The Children, you’re joining a movement to shift the world from “me” thinking to “we” acting. Our holistic and sustainable model is built on the belief that every community has the potential to lift itself out of poverty— children just need the chance to discover their gift to learn and lead. Our focus on empowerment sets us apart and also enables us to create unique impacts by providing cutting-edge service-learning programming to help youth build their skills and discover their passions. STEP 2 EDUCATE EMPOWER YOUTH STEP 3 TRANSFORM YOUTH COMMUNITIES STEP 1 REMOVE BARRIERS TO YOUTH SUCCESS A CHARITY UNLIKE ANY OTHER 5
  6. 6. SOURCES OF INCOMEEnding December 31, 2014 * FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Free The Children’s vision for sustainable change empowers young leaders at home and transforms communities overseas. It is reflected in all aspects of our work—and our fundraising model is no exception. By honoring every donation, from creative coin drives led by students to corporate partnerships, we have an industry-leading policy of financial responsibility that ensures all contributions are spent effectively to create meaningful change. 37%CORPORATE 3% GOVERNMENT 27%YOUTH 11% ADULT 21%FOUNDATION TOTAL INCOME $49,554,736 Imagine Canada works in partnership with other charitable organizations, companies, governments and individuals through programs that help strengthen charities and their operations. Its list of Sector Champions include some of the country’s most prominent charities and non-profits committed to advancing Imagine Canada’s goals of enhancing the sector’s impact and building a more robust Canada.6A CHARITY UNLIKE ANY OTHER
  7. 7. BREAKDOWN OF EXPENDITUREEnding December 31, 2014 * A UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP WITH ME TO WE Our unique partnership with Me to We Social Enterprise makes our fundraising model unlike that of any other charity. As an innovative social enterprise and Free The Children’s partner in changing the world, Me to We offers better choices for a better world, from international volunteer trips to socially conscious and environmentally friendly products. Even better, half of Me to We’s net profit is donated to Free The Children while the other half is reinvested to grow the business and its social mission. This partnership allows Free The Children to scale its operational capacity while keeping one of the lowest administrative rates of any charity. 42% INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS GLOBAL EDUCATION 49% DOMESTIC PROJECTS 9% GENERAL ADMIN TOTAL EXPENDITURE $48,166,521 TWO MILLION DOLLARS DONATED TO FREE THE CHILDREN DURING THE 2014 FISCAL YEAR. 8.5 MILLION DOLLARS DONATED TO FREE THE CHILDREN SINCE 2009. *All figures are consolidated for Free The Children Canada and USA. Free The Children is audited annually by Kestenberg Rabinowicz Partners LLP in Canada and Roy A. Pasieka, Certified Public Accountant in the USA. **Funding income includes cash and in-kind donations. *Me to We has a formal donation agreement with Free The Children. Drafted by Torys LLP, the agreement ensures that all cash and in-kind donations are being met. Cash donations and net income are independently evaluated by auditors Kestenberg Rabinowicz Partners LLP on an annual basis. A CHARITY UNLIKE ANY OTHER 7
  8. 8. HAITI ECUADOR NICARAGUA 15 COMMUNITIES engaged in Nicaragua, Ecuador and Haiti 7 ACTIVE WE ACT CAMPAIGNS in North America WE DAY in 11 major North American cities 8,500 SCHOOLS engaged in Canada and the U.S. SHIFTING THE WORLD FROM ME TO WE OUR IMPACT HAS LOCAL AND GLOBAL REACH We’ve all heard the age-old African proverb: “It takes a village to raise a child.” At the same time, it takes children to build community—a belief reflected in our work. In Africa, Asia and Latin America, we aim to establish a comprehensive, child-focused development approach that gives community members the education, skills and opportunities to lift themselves out of poverty. In North America and the UK, we engage youth through service learning and active citizenship so that they can be free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. Both our models are built on the understanding that the world we share unites us. Our domestic and international programming work together to provide young people with the tools and knowledge they need to lead meaningful action. MAP LEGEND ADOPT A VILLAGE COMMUNITIES WE ACT REGIONS 8A CHARITY UNLIKE ANY OTHER
  9. 9. INDIA KENYA RURAL CHINA GHANA SIERRA LEONE WE DAY in the UK 26 COMMUNITIES engaged in India and rural China 25 COMMUNITIES engaged in Sierra Leone, Ghana and Kenya 1,500 SCHOOLS engaged in the UK THE 2.3 MILLION YOUTH INVOLVED IN OUR PROGRAMMING CURRENTLY PROVIDE 60% OF FUNDING FOR OUR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORK. 60% A CHARITY UNLIKE ANY OTHER 9
  10. 10. INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING WE BELIEVE THAT THE KEY TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IS NOT ABOUT A HAND OUT, BUT A HAND UP. WORKING ALONGSIDE DEDICATED COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND DEVELOPMENT EXPERTS IN EIGHT COUNTRIES, WE OFFER A MODEL THAT ALLOWS COMMUNITIES TO LIFT THEMSELVES OUT OF POVERTY AND THRIVE FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. 10INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING
  11. 11. ADOPT A VILLAGE EMPOWERING SUSTAINABLE CHANGE Our Adopt a Village model began with a single pillar: education. We soon realized that poverty requires a holistic solution. Without clean water, health care, alternative income and food security, children would miss school due to illness, having to fetch water or support their families’ farms. The five pillars of Adopt a Village are not only owned and maintained by the community, but are also designed to keep children in school, as education is the road to opportunity. OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN UDAWAD, INDIA, REPORTED BEING MORE FOOD SECURE AFTER JUST ONE YEAR IN OUR PROGRAMMING SCHOOLS IN KENYA INVOLVED IN OUR PROGRAMS FOR AT LEAST FIVE YEARS HAVE SEEN ATTENDANCE RATES AMONG GIRLS INCREASE BY 67% 85% INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING 11
  12. 12. EDUCATION Our education pillar goes beyond school-building. We also provide teacher training, extracurricular programs, books and basic school supplies so that children can focus on their studies without worrying about absent teachers or a lack of learning materials. 12INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING
  13. 13. THE IMPACT OF EDUCATION OUR EDUCATION PROGRAMS HAVE RESULTED IN AN 85 PERCENT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF FEMALE GRADUATES WHO ARE NOW ABLE TO ATTEND SECONDARY SCHOOL. SINCE 2010, THE ATTENDANCE RATES AT MANAC PRIMARY SCHOOL IN HAITI HAVE INCREASED BY OVER 400%. SPOTLIGHT ON HAITI ATTENDANCE RATES MANAC PRIMARY SCHOOL INCREASED BY OVER 400% 85% INCREASE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING 13
  14. 14. CLEAN WATER SANITATION Without water, a community can’t grow. We help communities install hand pumps, boreholes, wells, pipes, washing stations, rain catchment systems and latrines. Clean water gives families the chance to raise healthy children, run sustainable farms and send their girls to school. 14INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING
  15. 15. THE IMPACT OF CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION OUR CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION PROGRAMS HAVE LED TO A 40 PERCENT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS ENGAGED IN SAFE WATER USAGE. IN THE COMMUNITY OF UDAWAD, INDIA, TWO WELLS WERE REHABILITATED IN 2014, PROVIDING CLEAN WATER TO OVER 800 FAMILIES AND ENSURING WATER IS ACCESSIBLE DURING THE DRY SEASON. SPOTLIGHT ON INDIA TWO WELLS WATER 800 FAMILIES 40% INCREASE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING 15
  16. 16. HEALTH A healthy community is a sustainable community. When children are well, they are less likely to miss school or drop out. And when parents are free of illness, their family businesses are more likely to thrive. By offering health training, clinics, medical supplies and workshops to developing communities, we’re helping families grow to their fullest potential. 16INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING
  17. 17. THE IMPACT OF HEALTH OUR HEALTH CARE INITIATIVES HAVE HELPED SO MANY FAMILIES THAT THE BARAKA MATERNITY WARD IN KENYA WAS VOTED THE BEST MATERNITY WING IN ALL OF NAROK COUNTY. THE MATERNITY WING AT BARAKA HEALTH CLINIC HAS PROVIDED MORE THAN 3,000 MOTHERS WITH PRE- AND POST-NATAL CARE, INCLUDING ULTRASOUND AND DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES, AND HAS HELPED DELIVER 213 HEALTHY BABIES. BARAKA MATERNITY WARD 213 HEALTHY AND SAFE BIRTHS SPOTLIGHT ON KENYA 3,000 MOTHERS WITH PRE-NATAL CARE BEST MATERNITY WING IN NAROK COUNTY INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING 17
  18. 18. ALTERNATIVE INCOME LIVELIHOOD Entrepreneurship doesn’t just give parents the means to provide for their family—it empowers a generation to discover new skills. Free The Children works to help parents, especially mothers, create new economic opportunities through leadership sessions, financial literacy workshops and vocational training. 18INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING
  19. 19. IN 2014, OVER 160 WORKSHOPS WERE ORGANIZED FOR GIRLS’ CLUBS IN CHIMBORAZO, ECUADOR. THESE HAVE HELPED GIRLS DEVELOP LEADERSHIP, PUBLIC SPEAKING AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY SKILLS. 160+ WORKSHOPS FOR GIRLS’ CLUBS LEADERSHIP SKILLS ANIMAL HUSBANDRY SKILLS PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS SPOTLIGHT ON ECUADOR THE IMPACT OF ALTERNATIVE INCOME AND LIVELIHOOD IN 2014 OUR ALTERNATIVE INCOME AND LIVELIHOOD PROGRAMS HAVE LED TO A 20 PERCENT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS NOW EARNING A SUSTAINABLE INCOME. 20% INCREASE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING 19
  20. 20. AGRICULTURE FOOD SECURITY Nutritious food fuels growing minds and thriving communities. With support from our founding partner PotashCorp, we help provide school gardens, family farms, nutrition programs, agriculture training, improved seeds and irrigation projects so that communities can achieve long-term health and access stable food sources. 20INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING
  21. 21. THE IMPACT OF AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY OUR AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY PROGRAMS HAVE LED TO A 26 PERCENT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN WITH REGULAR ACCESS TO WELL-PREPARED, NUTRITIOUS FOOD. IN 2014, OLELESHWA FARM EXPANDED TO INCLUDE 250 ACRES OF LAND AND 12 GREENHOUSES TO INCREASE ITS CAPACITY TO SUPPORT STUDENT LUNCH PROGRAMS AND PROVIDE IMPORTANT AGRICULTURAL TRAINING FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS. TO DATE, IT HAS PROVIDED MORE THAN 2,000,000 MEALS. 250 ACRE EXPANSION 2 MILLION MEALS 12 NEW GREEN HOUSES SPOTLIGHT ON KENYA 26% INCREASE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING 21
  22. 22. The latest news from Terre Cassée is music to our ears. On evenings and weekends, you can hear the faint sound of violins, trumpets and other instruments drifting from inside the white and green school building. Students are eager to stay at school after classes to practice or even just jam with their friends. These developments are part of the school’s new program: the “Institut National de Musique d’Haiti.” Dedicated to teaching music to young people in Haiti, it offers students the opportunity to learn new skills and they are now regularly performing local songs like “Mèsi” or “Les p’tits oiseaux” in youth orchestras. The program is the brainchild of Haiti’s president, Michel Martelly. A musician himself, President Martelly was inspired on a recent diplomatic trip to South America where he attended a concert held by students enrolled in a special music program intended to encourage school attendance. We couldn’t be more proud of our partnership with Terre Cassée. The program has been so successful that it is now a permanent part of their curriculum and there are plans to expand it to other schools. Music lessons continue to make school fun and empower students with a new sense of confidence. Note by note, the song of change plays on. MUSIC EDUCATION UPLIFTS STUDENTS IN HAITI MUSIC LESSONS CONTINUE TO MAKE SCHOOL FUN AND EMPOWER STUDENTS WITH A NEW SENSE OF CONFIDENCE 22INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING
  23. 23. Daisy Barengetuny is surely the hardest working 23-year-old in Kenya. With eight children, her parents were too poor to send her to high school. She married as a teenager and worked as a farm laborer to survive. She seemed on track to live in poverty, like many child brides in her community. But when she was 20, Daisy joined a merry-go-round started in her community with the support of Free The Children. She and other women learned how to earn, save and invest money. Each member puts a few Kenyan shillings in a locked box each month, and once a year, each woman gets a pot of money to invest in something. When Daisy received her money, she purchased some tea and started making milky masala chai to sell to farmers working on nearby fields. With those small profits, she bought a small shop where she made even more money. Daisy didn’t stop there. She used the money she made from the shop to buy some goats, which provided milk that she fed to her baby, Michelle, and sold to members of her community. Her next big plan is to buy a plot of land to build a home on. But her ultimate dream? “I want to give my daughter the education I never had,” says Daisy. “One day, I will send my daughter to college.” HERDING CHANGE THROUGH ALTERNATIVE INCOME “I SAW THAT LIFE IS HARD. BUT IF YOU WORK HARD, YOU CAN END UP SUCCESSFUL.” – DAISY BARENGETUNY, 23 INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING 23
  24. 24. DOMESTIC PROGRAMMING WE OFFER A UNIQUE APPROACH TO LEARNING WHERE RESULTS ARE MEASURED NOT BY GRADES, BUT BY POSITIVE SOCIAL IMPACT. WHETHER STUDENTS ARE COLLECTING CANNED FOOD TO TACKLE LOCAL HUNGER OR SELLING BAKED GOODS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR EDUCATION INITIATIVES OVERSEAS, THEY’RE RALLYING FOR CHANGE WHILE GAINING VALUABLE VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCES. THESE EFFORTS ARE CELEBRATED AT AN ANNUAL STADIUM-SIZED EVENT THAT EMPOWERS A GENERATION OF COMPASSIONATE YOUNG CITIZENS TO ADDRESS THE PRESSING ISSUES OF OUR TIME. 24DOMESTIC PROGRAMMING
  25. 25. LIVING WE 365 DAYS A YEAR EMPOWERING A GENERATION OF ACTIVE GLOBAL CITIZENS Whether it’s our year-long educational program, series of events or mobile app, our domestic model is inspiring change. By awakening the spirit of volunteerism in young people, anything is possible—injustices can be stopped, our local and global communities can be transformed for the better and children everywhere can feel empowered to pursue their dreams. OF YOUTH ENGAGED IN OUR PROGRAMMING BELIEVE IT’S COOL TO CARE ABOUT SOLVING SOCIAL PROBLEMS OF YOUTH ENGAGED IN OUR PROGRAMMING FEEL EMPOWERED TO MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD 89% 91% DOMESTIC PROGRAMMING 25
  26. 26. WE DAY THE MOVEMENT Combine the energy of a live concert with the inspiration of hearing the remarkable stories of people leading change and you get We Day, a movement that brings together world-renowned speakers and performers with tens of thousands of youth to celebrate the power young people have to change the world. Students can’t buy a ticket to We Day—they earn it through service by participating in one local and one global action. 26DOMESTIC PROGRAMMING
  27. 27. IN 2014 THERE WERE 12 WE DAYS WHICH BROUGHT YOUNG PEOPLE TOGETHER FOR A DAY OF CELEBRATION, SERVICE LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP BUILDING. OF THE 179,000 YOUTH WHO ATTENDED WE DAYS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA AND THE UK THIS YEAR, 98 PERCENT SAID THEY BELIEVE THEY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. CELEBRATION, SERVICE LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP BUILDING 12 STADIUM-SIZED EVENTS 179,000 YOUTH ACROSS NORTH AMERICA AND THE UK PARTICIPATE IN WE DAY WE DAY IMPACTS BRINGING YOUNG PEOPLE TOGETHER 98% SAID THEY BELIEVE THEY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD DOMESTIC PROGRAMMING 27
  28. 28. Our program challenges apathy. It gets students off their chairs and out of the classroom. Through service- based learning, it engages students to develop the skills to succeed academically, in the workforce and as active citizens. Our program is more than curriculum, educational resources and action campaigns—it’s a movement of students and educators who believe that some of the most powerful lessons come from making a meaningful difference in the world. WE ACT 365 DAYS A YEAR 28DOMESTIC PROGRAMMING
  29. 29. IN 2014, 2.3 MILLION YOUTH WERE INVOLVED IN OUR PROGRAMMING, WITH A TOTAL OF 10,000 SCHOOLS ENGAGED IN SEVEN DIFFERENT CAMPAIGNS LED BY FREE THE CHILDREN. YOUTH INVOLVED IN WE ACT PROGRAMMING HAVE VOLUNTEERED FOUR MILLION HOURS TOWARDS LOCAL AND GLOBAL CAUSES. SEVENTY-SIX PERCENT REPORT HAVING A LONG-TERM COMMITMENT TO A SOCIAL CAUSE. 2.3 MILLION YOUTH INVOLVED IN OUR PROGRAMMING 10,000 SCHOOLS WE ACT IMPACTS 7 CAMPAIGNS 4 MILLION VOLUNTEER HOURS YOUTH ACROSS NORTH AMERICA AND THE UK 76% REPORT HAVING A LONG-TERM COMMITMENT TO A SOCIAL CAUSE DOMESTIC PROGRAMMING 29
  30. 30. What if everyone took one challenge, big or small, every day to make a positive difference? We365 is about doing just that, by encouraging young people to accept inspiring challenges that support hundreds of causes. Whether a child’s passion is the environment or human rights, We365 makes tracking and sharing impacts on social media easy so that youth can better themselves, their community and the world. A special thanks to our Canadian partner TELUS. WE365 THE APP 30DOMESTIC PROGRAMMING
  31. 31. NEARLY HALF OF YOUTH SURVEYED REPORT USING SOCIAL MEDIA AS A TOOL FOR RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT SOCIAL PROBLEMS. SEVENTY-NINE PERCENT REPORT HAVING A STRONG SENSE OF SOCIAL VALUES. WE365 IMPACTS 16,835 CHALLENGES NEARLY 1 /2 OF YOUTH SURVEYED USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT SOCIAL PROBLEMS 151,297 POSTS 65,253 VOLUNTEER HOURS LOGGED IN 2014, WE365 USERS TOOK PART IN 16,835 CHALLENGES, MADE 151,297 POSTS TO SOCIAL MEDIA AND LOGGED 65,253 VOLUNTEER HOURS FOR LOCAL AND GLOBAL CAUSES. 79% HAVE A STRONG SENSE OF SOCIAL VALUES “...” “...” DOMESTIC PROGRAMMING 31
  32. 32. With fierce determination to make the world a better place, Joelle Hoeflicher rallied her school and community to raise $5,000 for a clean water project in Ecuador through Free The Children’s Adopt a Village program. Stopping at nothing to achieve her goal, she and the Youth in Action group at her school spearheaded a series of fundraisers. The group organized a dance, hosted a BBQ, sold baking ingredients at an event they called “Mama’s Pantry,” and raised nearly a third of their goal by selling poinsettias during the holidays. This past summer, Joelle took the trip of a lifetime to India with Me to We, spending three weeks volunteering in a rural community. “It was an experience that’s so hard to put into words,” she says. “It made me a better person.” In April 2015, she’ll be traveling on another Me to We trip, this time to Ecuador. She’s excited about the possibility of visiting the very community where her team’s water project is being built. DRIVING CHANGE, ONE DROPLET AT A TIME “IT WAS AN EXPERIENCE THAT’S SO HARD TO PUT INTO WORDS. IT MADE ME A BETTER PERSON.” – JOELLE HOEFLICHER 32DOMESTIC PROGRAMMING
  33. 33. For the leadership team at Montera Middle School, a week of daily acts of kindness turned into a month-long campaign to pen personal letters of compassion and encouragement to every student in the school. “I knew it would make a difference in a lot of students’ lives,” says Sophia McDonald, a student on the leadership team. “I wanted to make them feel special.” There were 900 letters to write, but the group was determined to ensure that every student got one. “It took a lot more time than I thought it was going to,” laughs educator Kelly Quayle. “There was one day when I had collected 300 letters and then I realized we had 600 more to write! But they buckled down and they really pulled it off.” For Quayle, the best part about the initiative was seeing how the school’s culture became kinder and more collaborative. “Students appreciated the letters and felt that they were understood,” she says. “Caring about a cause really ignited in them a desire to change the world.” SPREADING KINDNESS, LETTER BY LETTER “CARING ABOUT A CAUSE REALLY IGNITED IN THEM A DESIRE TO CHANGE THE WORLD.” – KELLY QUAYLE, EDUCATOR DOMESTIC PROGRAMMING 33
  34. 34. OUR TEAM CHANGING THE WORLD ISN’T EASY. BUT WITH HUMILITY, PASSION AND COMMITMENT, OUR TEAM MAKES IT LOOK LIKE IT IS. FROM OUR TIRELESS STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS TO OUR INCREDIBLE DONORS, BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND CELEBRITY AMBASSADORS, OUR TEAM LIVES BY A SHARED SET OF VALUES THAT KEEP US MOVING FORWARD. FUELED BY SHAMELESS IDEALISM, OUR TEAM SETS OUT TO EMPOWER YOUTH TO CHANGE THE WORLD THROUGH “WE” THINKING AND “WE” ACTING. 34OUR TEAM
  35. 35. STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS CORE VALUES WE LIVE BY Free The Children is staffed by a group of young professionals who share the belief that you can never be too young to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. Displaying gratitude and appreciation in all endeavors, we get the job done…period. Day after day, we work with youth from every corner of the world to empower the next generation of global citizens to turn inspiration into action. WE ARE FAMILY. AND TOGETHER, WE LOOK OUT FOR OTHER FAMILIES ALL AROUND THE WORLD. OUR ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE IS FOUNDED ON INNOVATION AND TEAMWORK. WE HAVE MORE THAN 300 EMPLOYEES AND NEARLY 8,000 VOLUNTEERS!SARAH OUR TEAM 35
  36. 36. CELEBRITY AMBASSADORS We are deeply grateful to our celebrity ambassadors who bring the message of Free The Children and We Day to life through their thought-provoking words and skilled performances. Not only have they lent their time and talent, they have also proven by example that changing the world is just about the coolest thing anybody could ever do. DEMI LOVATO MIA FARROW KOFI ANNAN QUEEN NOOR OF JORDAN PROFESSOR MUHAMMAD YUNUS MALALA YOUSAFZAI ORLANDO BLOOMKARDINAL OFFISHALLTHE TENORS 36OUR TEAM
  37. 37. ELLIE GOULDING MARTIN LUTHER KING III JRDN JESSE GIDDINGS NELLY FURTADO HOLLY BRANSON KARL WOLF PETE CARROLL HANNAH SIMONE MAGIC JOHNSON NINA DOBREV JOE JONAS ED ROBERTSON DEVON BOSTICK SIR RICHARD BRANSON NEVEREST HEDLEY KWEKU MANDELA OUR TEAM 37
  38. 38. When Grace Pere Nashipae took the podium, she was met with roaring applause. Twelve hundred close friends and family were gathered on the school’s soccer field to celebrate the remarkable achievements of the 12th grade class at the first-ever Kisaruni All Girls Secondary School graduation. As valedictorian, Grace spoke about the past four years as a transformative journey. She had come to Kisaruni as a shy girl and was leaving as a confident young woman, ranked among the top public speakers in the country. “I am convinced that my fellow learners and I are ready to lead today,” Grace told the crowd. “This school has built us to lead. Thank you for joining us in celebrating this important milestone in our lives.” At the end of the ceremony, Carol Moraa, the school principal, addressed her students one last time. She let loose a flock of white doves and told the graduates, “We have given you wings to fly. Go out there and fly.” Now we just have to wait and see where their wings will take them. LOOKING BACK ON 2014 CELEBRATING OUR INCREDIBLE KISARUNI GRADUATES 38OUR TEAM
  39. 39. Free The Children is deeply humbled by the Peter Gilgan Foundation and their support of our holistic and sustainable Adopt a Village development model. Their commitment to our international programming has allowed us to achieve tremendous heights. As we look to expand our international programming and strengthen our partnership with the Maasai people, the Peter Gilgan Foundation is enabling us to work on both sides of the border, crossing into Tanzania’s Arusha region. Over the coming years, we aim to transform the lives of thousands of community members in rural Tanzania and build a community leadership center that will support our development projects. Without the support of the Peter Gilgan Foundation, a trusted friend and founding partner, none of this would be possible. We are profoundly grateful to them for their visionary commitment, which is allowing us to expand our programming into this new region. A LOOK FORWARD AT 2015 THANKING THE PETER GILGAN FOUNDATION OUR TEAM 39
  40. 40. 2014 BOARD OF DIRECTORS CANADIAN BOARD OF DIRECTORS Michelle Douglas Board Chair; Department of Justice Canada Kannan Arasaratnam Senior Manager, Deloitte Chris Besse Senior VP and Managing Director, School Division, Nelson Education Andrew Black CEO, Brand Project LP Susanne Boyce Former President, Creative Content and Specialty Channels, CTV Inc. Gerry Connelly Director of Education (retired), Toronto District School Board Mary-Eileen Donovan Superintendent of Education (retired), Toronto Catholic District School Board Charlotte Empey Principal, FYI Media Richard Beaven Worldwide CEO (retired), Initiative Media David Cohen President, David Cohen Consulting Josh Cohen Hedge Fund Manager Craig Heimark CEO, Cohesive FT Libby Heimark Director, The Chapin Foundation Heidi Hopper Philanthropist Aleen Keshishian Partner and Manager, Talent, Brillstein Entertainment Partners Mary Lewis Assistant to Dr. Jane Goodall DBE and VP of Outreach, Jane Goodall Institute Ernan Roman CEO and President, Ernan Roman Direct Marketing Hal Schwartz Fine Arts Photographer and Graphic Designer Dick Simon CEO, RSI Inc. Gisela Voss Founder, B Toys Dr. John Gaither Secondary School Principal (retired) Adrian Horwood Vice President (retired), Corporate Partnerships, SickKids Foundation Eric Morrison Former CEO, The Canadian Press; Founder, epicshare; Executive Producer, The Disrupters Linda Rosier Partner, Concept 3 Advertising Richard Rousseau Senior VP, Raymond James Neil Taylor President and Chairman, Investors Group Securities Inc., Investors Group US BOARD OF DIRECTORS Eva Haller Board Chair; Philanthropist Jim Baller EVP, Global Partner, Operations, Universal McCann Dr. Jonathan White Director, Bentley Service-Learning Center; Professor of Sociology, Bentley University Shelley White Professor of Sociology and Public Health, Simmons College UK BOARD OF DIRECTORS Lord Rumi Verjee Board Chair; Founder, The Rumi Foundation; Lord Rumi of Portobello Holly Branson Trustee and Founder, The Big Change Charitable Trust; Chair, Virgin Unite Craig Burkinshaw Founder, Audley Travel Marianne Fallon Partner, Head of Corporate Affairs, KPMG Hamish Jenkinson Director, Old Vic Tunnels; Trustee, Kevin Spacey Foundation Pauline Latham Member of Parliament for Mid-Derbyshire Graham Moysey Head, AOL International Neil Roskilly CEO, Independent Schools Association INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS Michelle Douglas Board Chair; Department of Justice Canada Eva Haller, Board Chair; Philanthropist Dr. John Gaither Secondary School Principal (retired) Craig Heimark CEO, Cohesive FT Heidi Hopper Philanthropist Neil Taylor President and Chairman, Investors Group Securities Inc., Investors Group Dr. Jonathan White Director, Bentley Service-Learning Center; Professor of Sociology, Bentley University FINANCE COMMITTEE Kannan Arasaratnam Senior Manager, Deloitte Chris Besse Senior VP and Managing Director, School Division, Nelson Education Dick Simon CEO, RSI Inc. 40OUR TEAM
  41. 41. FREE THE CHILDREN PATRON His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston Governor General of Canada GLOBAL CO-CHAIRS David Aisenstat President and CEO, Keg Steakhouse and Bar and Chairman of the Keg Spirit Foundation Jeffrey Latimer Jeffrey Latimer Entertainment Dave I. McKay President, Royal Bank of Canada Hartley Richardson President and CEO, James Richardson and Sons Sheryl Sandberg COO, Facebook NATIONAL CO-CHAIRS – CANADA The Honourable David C. Onley Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Jennifer Tory Group Head, Personal and Commercial Banking, Royal Bank of Canada Bob Silver President, Western Glove Works Ltd. WE DAY ALBERTA Neil Gaydon President and CEO, SMART Technologies Rob Geremia President, Boardwalk Rental Communities Gregg Saretsky President and CEO, WestJet WE DAY ATLANTIC CANADA Roger Howard Regional President, Atlantic Canada, Royal Bank of Canada Ken Power Director, Atlantic Canada, TELUS Doug Reid, FCA Managing Partner, Atlantic Canada, KPMG LLP Canada WE DAY MONTREAL Catherine Turner Entrepreneur and Philanthropist NATIONAL WE DAY Yves Desjardins-Sicilano President and CEO, Via Rail Patrick Mullins Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Dundee Goodman Private Wealth Bill Thomas CEO and Senior Partner, KPMG LLP Canada NATIONAL CO-CHAIRS – U.S. Steve Robinson CEO, Reimagine Janet Crown Founder, Burn 60 WE DAY TORONTO Kim Mason Regional President, Greater Toronto Region, Royal Bank of Canada WE DAY VANCOUVER Lorne Segal President, Kingswood Properties Ltd WE DAY MANITOBA Mark Chipman President, True North Sports Entertainment Ltd. Hartley Richardson President and CEO, James Richardson and Sons Jeff York President and CEO, Farm Boy Inc. WE DAY MINNESOTA Dean Phillips Philanthropist, Edward J. Phillips Family Foundation Hutton Phillips Philanthropist, Edward J. Phillips Family Foundation WE DAY CALIFORNIA Gavin Newsom Lieutenant Governor of California Jennifer Siebel Newsom Filmmaker and Philanthropist WE DAY SEATTLE Connie Ballmer Pete Carroll Head Coach, Seattle Seahawks Ray Conner CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Jolene McCaw WE DAY ILLINOIS Tom Wilson Chairman and CEO, The Allstate Corporation and Allstate Insurance Company Common Award-winning hip-hop artist, actor Founder, Common Ground Foundation WE DAY UK Holly Branson Trustee and Founder, The Big Change Charitable Trust; Chair, Virgin Unite Lord Rumi Verjee Founder, The Rumi Foundation; Lord Rumi of Portobello WE DAY CO-CHAIRS OUR TEAM 41
  42. 42. OUTSTANDING PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS 60 million girls Foundation A Better Seattle The Abboud Family Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada Accenture Achievers Adobe Foundation Adventure Learning Experiences Aeroplan Aimia Canada Robert Alain Alberta Education Algonquin College The Allstate Foundation Allstate Insurance Company Al Saunders Contracting and Consulting Inc. Vito Amati Mark Ameerali Animal Jam Aziz Ansari AOL Canada Apex Foundation Apotex The Appleton-Benko Family Tali’ah Aquilini and Family Aquilini Investment Group Ariad Communications Mary-Anne Arnoldo Artbound The Bigue-Tuli Foundation The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation The BJH Family Foundation BlackBerry Stuart Blumberg Boardwalk Rental Communities Bogani Family Coalition Anita and Henry Boger Borders, Perrin Norrander Bosa Properties and the BlueSky Properties Foundation The Boot Family Boston Pizza Winnipeg The Bozdog Family The Branson Family Bremer Bank Brooke N. Wade Charitable Foundation Paul Brum The Budheo Family Foundation Building Walls of Wisdom Craig Burkinshaw and Joanna Le Bon The Bush Foundation CAA Manitoba CAA Ottawa CAA Saskatchewan CAA South Central Ontario The Caldwell Family Foundation Caldwell Securities Ltd. The Calgary Flames Hockey Club ASDAN Aspen Properties The Asper Foundation Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) ATB Financial ATCO Structures and Logistics Atlantica Hotel Halifax Julia Austin Baby Girl Project Inc. Akhtar and Alka Badshah Ballmer Family Giving The Banks Family Baraka Incubator Fund Barbara Ann Cowie The Barbara Family Barclays Michael Barnello The Barnes Family The Barrett Family Foundation The Barton Family Foundation Battat Co. BCAA BC Hydro The Beck Family The Beecham Family Benevity Community Impact Fund - American Endowment Foundation The Beverly Foundation Big Change Charitable Trust The Calgary Foundation Canad Inns Canadian Chamber of Commerce Shanghai Canadian Museum for Human Rights Canucks Sports Entertainment Capilano University Capital One Carlson Companies The Carlson Family Foundation Danilo and Fabio Carlucci The Carnegie Family Pete and Glena Carroll Castlepoint Investments Catholic Curriculum Corporation The Chad Family Craig David Chambers Change Heroes Change the View Project Chegg Charitable Gift Funds Canada Foundation Juliana and John Chen and family Chicago Bears Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Bulls The Chicago Community Trust Chicago Cubs Chicago White Sox The Chris Krywulak Family Foundation Greg Christie The Church Family CIBC Children’s Foundation Cineplex Entertainment Cintas Cisco Systems, Inc. Clean Water Works Inc. Clearwater Seafoods Club Penguin The Clunie Family Coast Plaza Hotel Conference Centre Coastal.com College Track Comfort Suites COMO Hotels and Resorts Richard Conlin Ron Conway The Conway Family Peter Cordy Coril Holdings Ltd. Crown Family Philanthropies Crown Plaza St. Paul Riverfront Current D. Keith Macdonald Foundation Dairy Farmers of Manitoba Lynn D’Albertanson Daniel et Daniel David Aplin Group David Baum and Associates Hunter Davis The DeBode-Gottesman Family Degrassi/Epitome Pictures Deliberate LIFE Eduardo della Maggiora Delta Airlines Delta Barrington and Halifax Delta Bessborough Delta Bow Valley The Deubler Family 42OUR TEAM
  43. 43. DHL Express Canada Dr. Walinder Dhol and Family Dior Disney’s Friends for Change The Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation The Dobbins Family DocuSign The Doke Family Donnelly Automotive Group Mary Eileen Donovan The Duffy Family Reunion ECHOage Ecojot Judy and Gary Edwards EF Educational Tours Albert El Tassi Elizabeth Watson Foundation Erica Shuttleworth Fund The Evelyn Walter Haas, Jr. Fund The Everson Family Expedia Facebook Canada Fairmont Palliser Fairmont San Francisco Farm Boy Inc. FASNA The Felesky Family The Feltch Family Anne Ferguson The Ferriman Family Firezza Pizza Jonathon and Christine Fischer The Flatley Family Foundation Focus Grafoid Jason Green Walter and Lola Green Grill Forty One Grocerygateway.com Grouse Mountain Resort Ltd. Polly Grow Chris Hadfield Lina Haglund Halifax Regional Municipality The HAND Foundation Harrison Steans Alastair Hart Haywood Securities Inc. Craig and Libby Heimark and Family The Henry Family The Henuset Family The Hershlag Family Fund HMI Holiday Inn Kitchener-Waterloo Holiday Inn St. Paul Downtown Holt Renfrew The Hooks Family Hope From the Heartland The Hopper-Dean Family Adrian Horwood Hotel Indigo The Housenbold Family HUB International Insurance Brokers Hudson Youth Leadership Academy Humber Valley United Church Amer Hussain Imagine Educating Everyone Fondation René Malo Ford Motor Company of Canada Fossil Foundation Four Points by Sheraton Cambridge Kitchener Fillippo and Dolores Franco Marc-Maurice Frankson Freshii Friends of Iqbal The Frink Family Frontline Asphalt General Mills Foundation The Geremia-Kowaliuk Family Gerry and Barb Price Family Foundation Sanjay Ghemawat The Gordon Family Government of Alberta, Alberta Education Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Education Government of Canada, Canadian Heritage Government of Manitoba, Ministry of Education Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Education and Early Childhood Development Government of Nova Scotia, Education and Early Childhood Development Government of Ontario, Ministry of Education The Gray Family Great Escape Foundation Greater Kansas City Community Foundation The Great-West Life Assurance Company Independent School Association Indigo Love of Reading Foundation In Memory of James Skehan In Memory of John Howard Swartz Initiative Media Intel Investors Group iQmetrix IWK Health Centre The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation The James Hotel James Richardson Sons Ltd. JeffreyM Consulting The John and Nancy Sabol Foundation The John D. Brule Family Johnson Waste Management The Jolene McCaw Family Foundation Jonathon D. Fischer Foundation Jones DesLauriers Insurance Management The Joseph Segal Family Foundation Journey of the Yogini Jugo Juice Courtney Kagan Lily Kanter and Marc Sarosi Kardinal Offishall Renee Keenan The Keg Spirit Foundation The Keg Steakhouse Bar Keith MacDonald Kellogg-Schulich ‘09 Lisa Kelly The Kennedy Family Kerry and Mandy Shapansky Foundation The Keywell Family The Khosrowshahi Family Kingswood Properties Ltd. William and Leanne Kinkelaar Kirlin Charitable Foundation The Klamar Family Klick Health Kobo KPMG LLP The Krysko Family The Krywulak Family Foundation KTVU-TV The Kurylowicz Family The Kurz Family Foundation L’Actualité Lafarge The Landry Family Foundation The Latimer Family Christine LeLacheur Glory Leung Heidi Levine Holly Levine The Levy Family Liberty Carton Company The Lisa Wade Family The Little Family Lloyd A. Fry Foundation London Drugs Longo’s OUR TEAM 43
  44. 44. Longo’s Family Charity Foundation Ricky Lopez The Lord Elgin Hotel The Losani Family Love Quotes and Phyllis Wiener The Lusk Family Mad4Maddie Magic Johnson Foundation The Mah Family The Mallett Family Manitoba Public Insurance MapleLeafSportsEntertainment Marathon Drilling Marco Group of Companies Paul and Yaffa Maritz Glenn and Nathalie Marr Margaret and David Foundation Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative Marty Stanley Mattamy Homes Maxim Truck Trailer Janine and Troy Maxwell The McCaig Family The McCarthy Family The McCormick Foundation McInnes Cooper McIntosh Perry The McKay Family Joanne McLaws The McPhedran Family Me to We Social Enterprises Me to We Style Mediabrands Nelly Furtado Nelson Education Ltd. NetApp Nick and Leslie Hanauer Foundation The Norcliffe Foundation Nordstrom The Norvig Family Karolina Nowak The N.R. Harris Family Foundation The Oakland Athletics Oakland Marriott City Center The Oakland Raiders The O’Brien Family THE One One Water Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Foundation Orion Trading Company Ottawa Senators Otto Bremer Foundation Our Generation Outnumber Hunger The Overly Family PacSun Pamela Puri Participant Media Partners In Health The Patel Family David Paul The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation William Pearson Eva Lorena Perez The Peter Gilgan Foundation The Meehan Family The Meldrum Family The Mele Family Mentor Educational Inc. The Merrifield Family Merrill Corporation Metromedia Marketing Michael Girgis Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundation Michael and Karen Stone Family Foundation James Michels Microsoft The Miller Family John and Kathleen Miller Minnetonka Moccasin Miss Teenage Canada Mission Measurement Modulo Moksha Yoga Don and Debbie Morrison Mount Royal University MTS Sports and Entertainment Multi Media Stewardship Manitoba Music for Change The Myhrvold Family Namaste Foundation Reni and Shantanu Narayen and Family Halleemah Nash Nathan M. Ohrbach Foundation National Bank National Speakers Bureau NCM Media Networks Phase 4 Films Phileona Foundation The Phillips Family Foundation The Picao Family Pizzaville Pledge to Humanity The Polansky-Flomen Family Karen Poon PotashCorp Michael Potter and Family The Prentice Family Price Family Foundation The Priebe Family Foundation The Priestner Family Project A.W.O.L. The Prosser Family Qualico Queens Silver Jubilee Trust Kennedy Elizabeth Quigg Dee Raffo Raikes Foundation Rainbow Scott Ramsey Raymond James Foundation RBC Foundation RBC Insurance RBC Royal Bank Resource Integrated Ltd. Rick Penny Skehan The Riddell-Rose Family Edna Rintou The Rittweger Family Ed Robertson and Family Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi Steve Robinson Janet Crown Mario Romano Caroline Rossi The Rothney Family The Royal Ottawa Golf Club The Rubino Family Ryerson University Sabey Corporation The Saint Paul Foundation The Saint Paul Hotel Jasdeep and Shaleen Saluja Samuel, Son Co., Ltd. Sheryl Sandberg, Dave Goldberg and family The Sandell Family The San Francisco Giants The San Jose Sharks Foundation The Schwartz Family Lorne Segal and Family The Seiler Family School Sisters of Notre Dame Jos Schmitt and Tanya Hagen Scott Van’t Foort Memorial The Screpnechuk Family The Scudamore Family The Seattle Foundation Seattle Seahawks Seattle Storm The Second Cup Ltd. The Shapiro Family Shayam Kaushal Charitable Foundation Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon Sheraton Centre Montreal Sheraton Centre Toronto 44OUR TEAM
  45. 45. Sheraton Seattle Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Joel Sherlock SHOP.CA Sigma Systems Silicon Valley Community Foundation Silver Jeans Co. The Sirchio Family Avery Skog The Skoll Family Skoll Foundation The Slaight Family Foundation SLO Foundation SMART Technologies ULC Sean Smith Smuckers Canada Sobeys The Solo Family Sporting Life Sprott Foundation St. Francis Xavier University St. John’s-Kilmarnock School St. John’s United Church of Georgetown and Glen Williams Staples Billie Stapleton The Stein Marsh Family Sterling-Hoffman Stewardship Ontario Kevin and Margie Stineman Garry Stratychuk Still Media Photography The Stillman Family Foundation True North Sports Entertainment Unilever United Learning Universal McCann Universal Music Canada University of British Columbia/ Simon Fraser University Sikh Student Association University of Waterloo University of Winnipeg Unstoppable Foundation Valeant Pharmaceuticals Valley Utilities Ltd. Vancouver Board of Trade Vancouver Foundation Betty Ann Vandermay Veritaaq Mark Verwey VIA Rail Vipond Family Trust Virgin Atlantic Airways Virgin Unite The Viviani Family The Voss-Kernan Family Vretta Inc. V. Tony Hauser Photography Walgreens Jill Walsh and Family The Walt Disney Company The Wenman Family Western Glove Westin WestJet Wheeler Foundation Whistler Water Co. Sudbury Minga for Maasai Sugar Mill Sullivan Entertainment SVQF The Swidler Family T. Rowe Price Foundation Taggart Parkes Foundation Tannis 21 Foundation Team London Teck Resources Ltd. Teekay Corporation Tellabs Foundation TELUS Terence and Svea McKillen Foundation Tether The Tetreault Family Think Human First Times Educational Supplement Titan Century International TMX Tom, Allyson, Jordyn and Kaylee Hickey Torcan Lift Equipment Toronto Star The Tory Family Elizabeth Tory Torys LLP Trafalgar Transcontinental PLM Transcontinental Western Media Group Inc. Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba Louis Trepel and W.T. Grogan Tridel The Whistler Water One Climb The Wiley Family Win Forever The Winnipeg Foundation Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation WomenOne World Medical Relief World of Children The Wynen Family Xerox Canada The York Family The Young Family Foundation Young Presidents’ Organization MEDIA PARTNERS 99.9 BOB FM 101.3 the BOUNCE 101.5 KooL FM 103.1 Virgin Radio 103.5 QM/FM 104.5 CHUM FM 105.3 KOOL FM 106 KMEL 106.1 KISS FM 95.7 KJR 99.9 Virgin Radio ABC7 The Beat 94.5 FM Bell Media C100 FM C95 FM Calgary Herald Canadian Living Chicago Tribune The Chronicle Herald CTV The Globe and Mail iHeart Media iHeart Media Chicago KDWB 101.3 KFUN 99.5 FM Kinetic KJR 950 AM KTVU FOX 2 KUBE 93 FM Kurtis Productions Majic 100.3 FM Metro News Mpls. St. Paul Magazine MTV Newstalk 1010 Ottawa Citizen OWL Magazine Participant Media Pattison Onestop Q13 FOX San Francisco Chronicle The Seattle Times The StarPhoenix The Vancouver Sun Virgin Radio 96 Waterloo Region Record WCCO-TV WiLD 94.9 Winnipeg Free Press OUR TEAM 45
  46. 46. WE ACT OFFICIAL SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE PARTNERS ALBERTA Alberta School Board Association Alberta Teachers’ Association Calgary Board of Education Calgary Catholic School District Chinook’s Edge School Division Edmonton Catholic Schools Edmonton Public Schools Fort Vermillion School Division Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools Lethbridge School District Livingstone Range School Division Medicine Hat School District Northern Lights School Division Parkland School Division Red Deer Public Schools Rocky View Schools St. Albert Public Schools Tribal Chiefs Education Foundation Wild Rose Public Schools BRITISH COLUMBIA Alberni School District Burnaby School District Cariboo Chilcotin School District Central Okanagan School District Chilliwack School District Coquitlam School District Delta School District Fraser Cascade School District MANITOBA Archdiocese of Winnipeg Catholic Schools Beautiful Plains School Division Border Land School Division Evergreen School Division Fort La Bosse School Division Frontier School Division Hanover School Division Interlake School Division Lakeshore School Division Lord Selkirk School Division Louis Riel School Division Park West School Division Pembina Trails School Division Portage La Prairie School Division Prairie Rose School Division Red River Valley School Division River East Transcona School Division Rolling River School Division Seine River School Division Seven Oaks School Division Southwest Horizon School Division St. James Assiniboia School Division Sunrise School Division Swan Valley School Division Western School Division Winnipeg School Division SASKATCHEWAN Christ the Teacher Catholic School Division Good Spirit School Division Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division Greater Victoria School District Kamloops/Thompson School District Langley School District Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows School District Mission School District Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District New Westminster School District North Okanagan School District Okanagan Similkameen School District Okanagan-Skaha School District Peace River South School District Quesnel School District Richmond School District Sea to Sky School District Sunshine Coast School District Vancouver Island West School District Vancouver School Board West Vancouver School District CALIFORNIA City of Richmond Interact District 5170 Jefferson Awards Foundation Los Altos School District Oakland Unified School District San Francisco Police Department Sure Fire West Contra Costa Unified School District Holy Family Catholic Schools Horizon School Division North East School Division Prairie South School Division Prairie Spirit School Division Prairie Valley School Division Regina Catholic Schools Regina Public Schools Saskatchewan Rivers School Division Saskatoon Public Schools Sun West School Division WASHINGTON Bainbridge Island School District Bellevue School District Bellingham School District College Success Foundation Enumclaw School District Federal Way School District Franklin Pierce School District Grandview School District Highline School District Mabton School District Mercer Island School District Northshore School District Orting School District Peninsula School District Renton School District Selah School District Tacoma Public Schools Tukwila School District Union Gap School District Washington State School District Association Yakima School District Zillah School District MINNESOTA Anoka-Hennepin School District Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District Duluth Public Schools Edina Public Schools Farmington Area Public Schools Fridley Public Schools Hopkins Schools Maple Lake Public Schools Minneapolis Public Schools Minnetonka Public Schools National Youth Leadership Council Roseville Area Schools St. Cloud Area School District Saint Paul Public Schools South St. Paul Public Schools South Washington County School District White Bear Lake Area Schools NOVA SCOTIA Annapolis Valley Regional School Board Chignecto-Central Regional School Board Halifax Regional School Board South Shore Regional School Board Strait Regional School Board Tri-County Regional School Board NEWFOUNDLAND Newfoundland and Labrador English School District 46OUR TEAM
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