Lindsey Barr is an author, speaker and founder of World-Changing Kids (WCK) – a social enterprise dedicated to character education, leadership development, community building and social justice. WCK empowers children to believe that they can make the world a better place, helps them figure out how they want to do this, and gives them the tools necessary to make this happen.
Plant a Garden of Kindness
Lindsey has written a book, “Plant a Garden of Kindness, A Child’s Guide to Filling a Year with Weekly Acts of Kindness”, which consists of 75 Acts of Kindness kids can do in their community to help build their confidence, leadership abilities and screen-free social networking skills, while also building a friendlier community.
Year of Kindness for Schools
Lindsey has created a Year of Kindness for Schools Program, which is completely student-led and provides students with a framework for how to be engaged, passionate, inspired and empowered citizens and leaders. Since launching this program last year, she has facilitated programming in 10 schools in the Ottawa area, directly connecting with and inspiring over 1,700 students already!
Laurie Kavanaugh, Principal at Charles H. Hulse, had this to say about the program:
“The year of Kindness Program at Charles H. Hulse PS provided daily and weekly Acts of Kindness that students and their families were encouraged to complete. They were simple acts that reinforced the character traits we are working to instill in students. This program engaged students, classrooms and families throughout the year. Lindsey was very responsive to our needs and ensured that student voice was present during her introductory and closing assemblies. Lindsey’s passion and enthusiasm was felt throughout the entire program.”
Kids Love Peace
Lindsey co-hosts, with the Alta Vista Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, an annual Kids Love Peace festival that celebrates the beautiful diversity of the Heatherington community and is supported by many local leaders including: City Councillors, the Member of Provincial Parliament, the Boys and Girls Club and the Ottawa Police.
Lindsey’s work with World-Changing Kids has been featured on CTV News, Daytime Ottawa, Ottawa Family Living Magazine, the Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Community News and Ottawa South News. She has also been a guest on various podcasts.
Lindsey has spoken at events such as mural unveiling ceremonies, Kindness Workshops at local Mosques and Synagogues, fundraising events, anti-bullying initiatives, and the Launch of Kindness Week; sharing the stage with local leaders and politicians such as the Mayor, Jim Watson, John Fraser, MPP for Ottawa South, David McGuinty, MP for Ottawa South, Jean Cloutier, City Councillor for Alta Vista, Rabbi Bulka, and Komal Minhas, entrepreneur and producer of Dream, Girl – who just interviewed Michelle Obama on stage for her Ottawa event!
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