Two brothers demonstrate how Torontonians are changing the world.
Toronto has a reputation for creating some of the most influential and inspiring innovators across the country and the world. And nowhere is that more true than in brothers, Craig and Marc Kielburger.
They are the founders of Free The Children, an international NGO designed to help kids help other kids. Through programs like Adopt a Village, We Act, and We Days, more than 8,000 schools and youth groups in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. have partnered with the organization to end global poverty. We chatted with them about how Toronto inspires them and what they love about the city!
Cabbagetown has a special place in our hearts. Our grandfather immigrated to Toronto from Germany during the Great Depression, and after working a number of jobs, he and my grandmother saved enough money to open a small grocery store in Cabbagetown. They were open for 23 years and only closed for one day, to take the family to Niagara Falls.
Now the city is growing in amazing ways, which makes it an exciting place to grow an organization like Free the Children—we’re in fantastic company here. Torontonians love their city and are engaged on so many different levels. Whether it’s a neigh-bourhood issue or something that spans the entire city, Toronto’s citizens want to be involved.
Toronto is a city of neighbourhoods. You can go from one end of the city to the other and feel like you’ve travelled the world! I love how easy it is to connect with the entire world from our office in Toronto.
Research shows that people—especially young people—care about their communities and about making a difference in the world. The way we see it, our job is to provide them with the tools, resources and platform to make a difference.
Now that we have We Day events across North America and in the U.K., we spend much of our time working with teams across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. We are so proud to live and work in a city as vibrant and diverse as Toronto, where we have the opportunity to meet and learn from people from all around the world.
Find out how you can get involved with Free the Children.