Community leaders were treated to inspirational speeches as part of a professional development day in the region. More than 260 corporate CEO’s, college and university students, service club members, small business owners and entrepreneurs participated in the Day of Hope and Leadership™ on Thursday.
The event, the idea of national speaker, author and television host Dan Carter and his partner Paula Beebe, strive to inspire leaders to tackle community issues like the economy and poverty, and also raise awareness of the Centre of Hope and Learning, housed in the newly opened Conant Complex.
“We wanted to create a day where we could bring community leaders and decision makers to the same room to not only motivate and inspire them but to challenge them to take on the big issues were facing right now, especially with the economy the way it is,” says Carter, “We wanted to get people thinking before the storm hits to say what can we do together to make it through the storm,” Carter was a featured speaker during the day, which also included authors Denise Marek and Ian Hill, both international speakers and Todd Skinner, business coach and speaker.
The centre is the lifelong dream and vision of Carter and Beebe and was built on the belief that people can do more to help themselves and others when they are educated.
The centre is for people of all ages to enhance their learning in a friendly, safe and encouraging place.
“The centre allows them to use new technology which is not used in the public school system or the high school system,” says Carter, “It’s also about surrounding them with positive things,” The centre will provide children and adults with the necessary means to expand their knowledge no matter what background they come from.
“If you don’t have school supplies, we’ll try and get them for you. If your dad can’t read, we’ll teach him to read. If you can’t read, we’ll teach you to read,” explains Carter, “But you must commit to become a community leader,” The centre is hoping to help 3,000 young people just in its first year of operation. The Day of Hope and Leadership™ is also about creating awareness for his campaign, according to Carter. “We’re visiting 30 communities in 30 months. Today we hope to raise about $50,000 for the Hope and Learning Centre at Conant Complex,” he adds.
The campaign is expected to raise about $300,000 for local community programs throughout Canada and the United States. “Our hope is that leaders will create positive change that everyone can benefit from. All it takes is one day,” adds Carter.
By Katie Strachan
The Oshawa Express
The Hope Partnership program was created as a system to help local businesses and members of our community donate to local charitable organizations. Together, we can help meet the demands of the various charities as they struggle to deliver services to those in need.
The Hope Partner might choose to provide backpacks and school supplies to children that come from economically challenged areas. The Hope Partner might want to contribute to a “wheels to meals” programs for seniors. This unique program helps mobilize seniors to interact with others by bringing them to the local senior centre for a meal. Hope Partnership programs can also be directed to help street youth, healthy eating programs or to the Durham Feed the Need. There are hundreds of local organizations that need your help. YOU can make an impact on your community! The main goal of the Hope Partnership is to help everyone give a gift in the amount that is comfortable to them. Together, we can meet the demands facing local charitable organizations now and in the years to come.
It’s easy! All you need to do is make a commitment to gift $25 a month (or whatever your comfort level is) for the next 12 months. Let us know what organization you would like to support as a family, a business or as an individual. Then send in your pledge card or email us at email@example.com and we will follow up with you. We would ask that you register your commitment online and tell us why your selection is important to you and to the community. In turn, we will help tell your story about how your commitment will make a difference in the next year.
When you become a Hope Partner we will provide a Hope Partner Decal for your home, office, business or vehicle to display your commitment. The Hope Partner decal will symbolize you local commitment. It will also encourage others to get involved in their own Hope Partnership.
Right here! Just e-mail us the details of your commitment (why it’s important to you). Once we receive your commitment we will send you a Hope Partner Decal and we will also add your family or company name (at your request only) to the list of those that have registered. Our goal is to have as many Hope Partners as possible because together we can do great things!
Dan Carter and Paula Beebe created the Hope Partnership Program in response to what they saw as a community need. As founders of the Hope Centre of Learning they wanted to find a way to make it easy for people to donate. Dan and Paula expanded the idea to include any and all charities. The goal is to inspire as many people as possible to help others in need and in turn, to create a healthier and more vibrant community. Hope starts with one person and one act of kindness; one impact at a time.
The goal in the upcoming year is to register 500 Hope Partnerships across Canada and to see over $300,000 raised for local charitable organizations that are in need. Each person, each business and every organization will see that because of this small commitment they will have a lasting impact on faces and people we do not know. By giving, we can all help meet the daily needs of those less fortunate and instill hope in everyone.
The mission is to inspire all citizens to make a commitment to the betterment of each community across Canada. By doing so, we will see our communities prosper in every aspect. As Canadians, we can create a new movement that cares for those that feel like no one cares and we can inspire others to feel like they can truly make a difference. Let the year 2008 be remembered as the year Canadians joined in a campaign of Hope and because of that commitment it changed a nation and its history.