By guest blogger Kathy Wong, CARE Canada’s Ambassador Relations and Events Manager. Kathy leads a team of dedicated CARE staff who manage fundraising events and campaigns, as well as the CARE Ambassadors of Change program.
I often tell friends and family that I have an amazing job. Not only am I part of an organization doing good work, which gives me a sense of purpose, but I’m in the company of passionate people who inspire me to be a better person. As the Manager of the Ambassador Relations and Events team at CARE, one of my roles is to seek out and form partnerships with powerful Canadians. Our new CARE Ambassador of Change, Kim D’Eon, is one of those amazing Canadians.
Kim is an award winning reporter who is currently enjoying her sixth season on Entertainment Tonight Canada. Over the past few months I’ve had the chance to get to know Kim personally. I asked her why she decided to partner with CARE and she pointed to two aha moments in her life. The first happened at the age of 12, when Kim tackled a fairly hefty subject for a school project – violence against women. This experience opened her eyes to a world of injustice – she was outraged and felt compelled to share her knowledge. This led her to a public speaking competition, and eventually a degree in journalism and a career as a reporter. The second moment happened on the other side of the world. Watch Kim describe it herself:
Kim is passionate about spreading the word about empowerment, in particular to young girls across Canada. Through her partnership with CARE, Kim has been given the opportunity to do just that. She is a spokesperson for CARE’s signature campaign Walk In Her Shoes. Last week, she made a special appearance at Elmwood School in Ottawa to officially kick off Elmwood’s 2012 campaign efforts. Speaking at a school assembly, Kim inspired the girls to think big, to embrace who they are and to realize that at no matter their age they have a voice and can make a difference.
To learn more about CARE’s ambassadors and the Walk In Her Shoes campaign visit www.care.ca.