Let’s all be kind!

28 Feb

You may have noticed that I haven’t been around the blogosphere for a while. The last couple of weeks I’ve been busy working towards Kindness Week and participating in Kindness Week. For the past five years Rabbi Bulka, community volunteers and staff from United Way Ottawa have been trying to encourage Ottawa to be a kinder community. The goal of Kindness Week is to encourage community members to choose to be kind and recognize those who engage in everyday acts of kindness.

This past week I’ve seen all kinds of amazing acts of kindness happen. Some have been small and some not so small but all of them have been meaningful.  While my blog is mostly about food and food culture here in Ottawa, I thought I should help pay it forward by highlighting a couple of kindness stories that I got to hear about because of my work with United Way Ottawa.

Every year, the kindness committee, the people who organize Kindness Week, try and encourage local business to get involved in Kindness Week. This year there was one local hotel that I think took Kindness to the next level. They did this by inviting two families to stay for free for two nights during the last weekend of Winterlude. What made this even more special is that both families had children who are being treated at CHEO. A weekend at the Marriot was a great chance for both the children and the parents to get away from the hospital. That’s not all the Marriot did for Kindness Week, they also publicly recognized their co-workers and helped out with the Kindness Week Tweet Up. (For more about Kindness Week at the Marriot checkout their blog http://ottawamarriott.wordpress.com/)

For the past two years, a group of volunteers have come together to make change happen for community agencies.  Sonya Kinkade and her team of volunteers have come together to run Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition. The gang from Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition take uninspiring rooms at community agencies and make them amazing. This year they worked with Foster Farm Family House to makeover their homework club and computer room. I was there on Saturday morning for the big reveal and the rooms look like they are straight out of the TV show Extreme Makeover Home Edition. The difference they have made on the people who use that space will be felt for years to come.

While these are two of my favourite Kindness Week events, there were many more that took place, everything from a bloggers carnival to raise awareness about the Youville Centre to a Blood Donor Clinic. There are so many things that you can do to be kind, now that Kindness Week is over for another year we should make sure to keep the kind acts happening, we want Kindness to stay alive!

Did you take part in Kindness Week? Did someone do something kind for you? Let me know, leave a comment!

Kind Ottawa on Facebook

Kind Ottawa online: www.kindottawa.ca

Kind Ottawa on Twitter: @kindottawa

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4 Responses to “Let’s all be kind!”

  1. Lisa Goulet February 28, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    Thanks so much Stuart for your kind words. As one of the volunteers for the Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition it warms my heart to see the community come together to support worthwhile causes. I’m sure I speak for all involved when I say, “It is our pleasure”.

    • stuie86 February 28, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

      As someone who has worked in a community house, I know the difference that the makeover will make. It is truly inspirational to see the community coming together to make a project like this possible. I can’t wait to see what the Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition accomplish next year!

  2. Kelly @ JAX does design February 29, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing our Extreme Makeover with your blog readers 🙂 It was an honour to be part of the team that worked on this project at The Homework Club. Not only were we able to give the kids a beautiful place to do their homework, we also met some wonderful people who work at The Homework Club and share the kindness every day. People like Mary Lou and Mike are truly heroes in our community for doing the work they do to help people who are less fortunate.

  3. Donna Hargrove February 29, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    Thanks for sharing! We look forward to this project and the reactions we get from the community groups involved. As Kelly says above, the true heroes are Mary Lou, Mike and all others involved in providing community services such as the Foster Farm Family House.

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