The other day, I went to Congregation Machzikei Hadas to meet with Rabbi Bulka to talk about all things kindness. While in the office, I noticed that our Kindness Painting was on display front and centre – the first thing you see when you walk in. Rabbi Scher, pictured here, explained to me that this painting gets so many compliments and starts so many conversations.

This lovely Kindness Painting, which has the words “we are all flowers from the same garden” was painted by the amazing kids in the Canterbury Community Association After School Program as part of our Pink Shirt Day presentation two years ago.

The words send a message to the world that we are all part of one big human family, that we are all interconnected, that we are all beautiful and unique and we all belong together.

This message is so much more important today, in light of the terrible event at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh this past weekend.

Let’s raise this generation of world-changing kids to know in their hearts that we are more the same than we are different. Let’s teach them that we cannot be divided by religion or skin colour or country of birth. Let’s teach them to look out for one another. Let’s teach them to be the helpers.