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ScaredSacred Tell us your “Story of Hope” Contest
ScaredSacred is inspiring and moving audiences around the world. Now
it's your turn! Share
your own "Story of Hope" and win one of the great prizes
generously donated by our grassroots supporters. We'll keep the contest
going as long as we have prizes to give away!
Winning story for December 5, 2005
I see Canada/USA to be among the wealthiest countries in the world. However,
I also see much stress and unhappiness all around. I also see the world fractured
and fragmented. Everyday, there are violence and social injustice committed
around the world. Even the earth itself is being plundered. I decided to become
a peace and environmental activist to make a difference. In the last 2 years
I have met many people and organizations who are doing the same thing. I'm
not a voice in the wilderness. This gave me great comfort and hope for humanity
and for Mother Earth.
Winning story for November 28, 2005
Watching images of hurricane after hurricane slamming much of central North
America, the story became personal. A dear friend, who left Toronto to create
a new life in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, was in harm's way with the approach
of Hurricane Wilma. Thankfully, they were able to leave in time, her, her
Mexican husband, Charlie (lobstermen) and their 6 month old, Yelena. Amy was
relieved to discover her home still standing, heavily damaged by the winds
and storm surge. Many of the locals in the fishing village of Punta Allen
had it much worse. Disaster relief aid wasn't getting into the smaller less
accessible areas; something had to be done. I organized a FUNdraiser and was
overwhelmed at the response. This was VERY grassroots; no agency could guarantee
that any of the money raised would go specifically to the ravaged Mexican
Riviera region. With generous sponsor, and kind souls all who volunteered,
we had a lounge gathering in Toronto, some people had traveled 6 hrs. to come
to the event. To date, we raised about $2000 and the money is still coming
in. A carpenter has volunteered his time and will help reconstruct local homes
and businesses. People are shipping clothing, whatever they can. The money
went DIRECTLY to the people, with Amy purchasing food, medical supplies, whatever
was needed. Human generosity is one of our greatest virtues... and the love,
support, and hard work of like minded people has inspired me so greatly. By
giving just a little bit, I have received so much more in return.
Winning story for November 21, 2005
My father drowned with I was 23. It was the most devastating, shocking and
'emptying' experience I ever had. they didn't find his body for a day - we
had been vacationing in the states - so we headed home, without him. that
night I dreamed about him. He was standing in front of me waiting for me to
ask him a question. I wasn't afraid of him being dead but i was horrified
that the way he died might have been a terrifying experience for him. So I
asked him and he replied, 'no, it's just a transition.' I woke up,
my pillow was soaked in tears and the smell of his aftershave permeated my
whole apartment. I am sure he was there.
Winning story for November 14, 2005
My Story of Hope involves my husband. Two and 1/2 years ago, he became ill
with what we thought was the flu. After 3 months of going to the Dr. and ER
he was still ill and was paralysed. One ER Dr. told him to go home and exercise,
he was lazy. After finally getting a new DR., he was immediatley put in hospital
and within 3 days transferred to RCH. There not only was he bedridden but
conracted the awful Cdiff which caused him to lose 70 lbs. He never ate for
2 months. Thru all this, our son and daughter, grandkids, his mother in law
and all our wonderful friends and relatives helped us thru this, with words
of encouregment, phone calls, hospital visits. After being in the hospital
for 2 months and coming home bedridden we certainly had a new view of life,
IT WAS GREAT, we had feared the worst and here he was HOME. Our 4 and 2 year
old grandchildren soon learned how to push a wheelchair, bring a walker and
generally make us smile. After many long months, my husband is walking and
has returned to his "normal" life but with a new outlook and rejuvination.
We all are thankful for each and everyday.
Winning story for November 7, 2005:
“When tragedy hits and humans flood in to help those in need I realize
that the world is not as polarized as the politicians, media and analysts
would like us to believe. We have to learn how to break the boundaries of
state and institution in order to see the world as one. In the wake of natural
disasters I have seen just that. This gives me hope.”
Winning story for October 30, 2005:
“A few months ago I was sent the book "The Impossible
Will Take a Little While" by Paul Loeb. I started reading it
in fits and starts for the next month or more in between other commitments,
other books etc. But its message affected me a great deal and changed
the way I operated. I am a fundraiser (formally a botanist/ecologist)
in my fifth year with The Land Conservancy of BC. As the organization
grows and it is growing (40% a year) with all the joys and sorrows
that this brings, I have found as a fundraiser that it is impossible
to keep up with the insatiable demand for $$ for land (of course).
In Canada there are only 3 foundations that give money for land in
BC and then the commitment is not every year or even every other year.
The Land Conservancy relies heavily on major donors which is very
new to most conservation groups and donors. I have tried working harder,
longer hours, more desperately until exhaustion, burnout made me realize
that I had to work in a different way. This book helped me see that
I needed to step back and approach my work differently. I have been
writing to a potential donor for 4 years. We have never met. This
year once again I wrote to explain about the properties that TLC was
pursuing throughout BC and this year the donor responded. I replied
with more information and spoke from my heart (not as a fundraiser)
but as a mother, botanist, ecologist and now grandmother why this
land was important. The donor gave us $190,000 and we were able to
complete the deal. Now you can say that this is a coincidence- the
donation has nothing to do with my shift in attitude and work ethic
but I feel it does. When you stop trying so hard you leave an opening
for the possible.”
By Lynne M.
Tibet Committee - Toronto branch
The Toronto Tibet Film Festival is organized by the Toronto branch
of the Canada Tibet Committee (CTC), a non-profit advocacy organization
dedicated to promoting respect for human rights and political
freedoms in Tibet.
Women Organization (National Afghanistan Women's Organization)
The AWO is a non-profit organization committed to assisting Afghan
women and their families successfully settle in Canada. The AWO
also provides assistance and protection to refugees and to internally
displaced and vulnerable people in Afghanistan.
of Women for Peace, Afghan Support Group
Since its foundation in 1960, the Canadian Voice of Women for
Peace has worked on issues related to peace, social justice, human
rights and development, always seeking to promote a woman's and
a feminist's perspective. The Circle of Support for Women in Afghanistan
is one of their national Circles to assist in the struggle to
gain full human rights and recover from over 20 years of war.
Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR)
CPAR works in partnership with vulnerable communities and diverse
organizations to overcome poverty and build healthy communities
Since 1978, Conscience Canada has dedicated itself to giving all
Canadians the right to conscientiously object to military taxation
and defend freedom of conscience. They believe taxes and resources
should be used to build a just world and not to pay for war.
Coalition to Stop the War
TCSW is Toronto's city-wide anti-war coalition, comprised of more
than fifty labour, faith and community organisations, and a member
of the Canadian Peace Alliance. TCSW has been mobilizing tens
of thousands of people to oppose the forces attempting to build
a global empire.
Founded in 1999, War Child Canada is an independent charitable
organisation working to assist children whose lives have been
torn apart by war, and to raise awareness for children's rights
everywhere. They engage North American youth to play an active
role in creating a more just future and have successfully organized
benefit concerts, albums and documentaries.
Resisters Support Campaign
The War Resisters Support Campaign is a broad-based coalition
of community, faith, labour and other organizations and individuals
that have come together to support U.S. soldiers seeking asylum
in Canada because they refuse to fight in the illegal war in Iraq.
Formed in 2003, AAW is a Toronto based collective of artists of
all media and disciplines who are dedicated to peace and justice
English Catholic Teachers Association
OECTA represents 36,000 men and women who teach in the publicly
funded English Roman Catholic schools in Ontario. Their association
is committed to the advancement of Catholic education and values.
Secondary School Teachers' Federation
OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 50,000 members across Ontario.
They include teachers, teaching assistants, psychologists, secretaries,
speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel,
attendance counsellors, and many others in education.
Greenpeace is an independently funded organization that works
to protect the environment. We challenge government and industry
to halt harmful practices by negotiating solutions, conducting
scientific research, introducing clean alternatives, carrying
out peaceful acts of civil disobedience and educating and engaging
Founded in 1975 with 12 million members worldwide, SGI is devoted
to peace, culture and education based on the humanistic Buddhist
philosophy of Nichiren Daishonin. They believe that the process
of self-reformation radiates outward to rejuvenate family, community,
and society to create a peaceful world.
The Interfaith Unity Newsletter is a free newsletter of interfaith
activities, news, and resources, in Toronto, southern Ontario,
Ontario Consultants for Religious Tolerance
An agency that promotes the freedom of individuals to follow the
religious path of their choosing, without discrimination or oppression.
They disseminate accurate religious information to dispell myths
and untruths and increase tolerance and understanding.
Scarboro Missions is a Society of Canadian Catholics, priests
and laity, motivated by the Spirit, who dedicate themselves to
the person, teaching and mission of Jesus Christ as expressed
in his words: "I have come that they may have life and have it
to the full." (John 10:10).
World Religions Centre
Encounter World Religions Centre offers educational, spiritual
and cultural encounters with the world's religions and their communities.
The Centre promotes interreligious peace and understanding through
experiential learning such as workshops, tours and sharing rituals.
Landmine Foundation (Adopt A Minefield)
The Foundation is a registered charity with a mission to raise
awareness and funds to end the human and economic suffering caused
by anti-personnel landmines. Adopt-A-Minefield is a global partnership
for mine action with campaigns in Canada, the U.S., the U.K.,
Landmine Museum Relief Fund (CLMMRF)
The mission of the CLMMRF is to decrease land mine casualties
and contribute to survivor rehabilitation in Cambodia. It's goal
is to further develop the existing Land Mine Museum in the city
of Siem Reap founded by ex-child soldier Aki Ra (and featured
Peacemaker Teams - Canada
CPT arose from a call in 1984 for Christians to devote the same
discipline and self-sacrifice to nonviolent peacemaking that armies
devote to war. Canadians were among the founders of CPT who seek
to enlist the whole church in an organized, nonviolent alternative
Unitarians for Social Justice (CUSJ)
CUSJ works to to develop and maintain a vibrant network of Unitarian
social action and proactively represent Unitarian principles and
values. They aim to combat injustice, discrimination, and abuses,
and promote peace, security, environmental protection, education
Joy Kogawa wrote Obasan, the story of the Japanese Canadian internment
through the eyes of a child. It was named the eleventh most influential
novel of the twentieth century by Quill and Quire.
Against Nuclear Arms (VANA)
VANA's goal is to ensure a secure future for the human race by
working for the total abolition of nuclear weapons and war by
strengthening and renewing the United Nations, supporting the
U.N. in peacekeeping operations, achieving a global common security
under international law, and by joining with veterans and others
in a global quest to end the arms race.
Women for Women in Afghanistan
CW4WAfghan began in 1996 as a small volunteer solidarity network
of women in Canada committed to supporting the empowerment of
Afghan women and girls, their rights and opportunities. The organization
has now grown to sixteen chapters & affiliated groups across the
WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre is a non-profit organization that has
been providing sexual assault support services to women aged 14
and older in Greater Vancouver since 1982. We operate within a
feminist and anti-oppression framework, and are committed to non-violence.
International - Vancouver | Amnesty
International - Seattle | Amnesty
International - Toronto Organization
A worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally
recognized human rights. Amnesty
International's mission is to undertake research and action
focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to
physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression,
and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work
to promote all human rights.
An organization of bereaved families supporting peace, reconciliation
and tolerance. They operate a Families Forum whose members include
hundreds of Israeli and Palestinian who have lost loved ones to
the Israeli-Arab conflict and act to prevent further bereavement.
(Featured in ScaredSacred.)
Olam, InterSpiritual Centre
The InterSpiritual Centre of Vancouver is working to create a
shared space of worship which will be used, God willing, by a
wide variety of religious and spiritual communities in Vancouver
and serve as a centre for inspiration, learning and action for
Creative Peace Network is a diverse group committed to fostering
a culture of collaboration and justice through creativity and
dialogue. We engage communities in new possibilities for change,
provide forums for dialogue, and act as a catalyst for creative
The Raging Grannies are caring older women who endeavour to raise
awareness of issues relating to peace, the environment, and social
justice through satirical songs and skits. We sing for women's
rights, a clean environment, better education, and an end to military
spending. We dedicate our efforts to the children of the world.
Founded in 1972, Multifaith Action Society of BC is a registered
charity dedicated to bringing together different faith groups
and promoting interreligious understanding and cooperation.
Poets Against War continues the tradition of socially engaged
poetry by creating venues for poetry as a voice against war, tyranny
and oppression. Starting as a protest to the Iraq War in 2003,
we have since grown to include 20,000 poems from poets all across