Kate McKenzie

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Secret Marathon

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I can finally share a secret with you. For the last four months I have been training for a marathon, not just any marathon though – the Marathon of Afghanistan. (see article here) I couldn’t have done it without the amazing coaching of Martin Parnell

I chose to run and to film this marathon because I wanted to support the courageous young Afghan women who are putting their lives on the line to be a voice for equality in their country. They are making history. This is one of the most important stories I have ever told and I need a community to help me get this film across the finish line. 

We would love to have you be part of our community. Check out this short film:

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Share this post with others
  2. Donate to the film being produced using PayPal or credit card by clicking on the donate button in the top right hand corner of www.worldviesproject.com
  3. Connect us to corporate partners who believe in this project.

Thank you to those who are already part of this community of Raha Runners. “Raha” in Dari the language spoken in Afghanistan means “freedom.”  Each of the people who has helped us get closer to the finish line with this film has become a Freedom Runner.

The Raha Runners

Martin Parnell, Scott Townend, Leor Rotchild, Colin Scheyen, Liam Kearney, Viiz, Garmin, Tool Shed Brewing Company, Impact Magazine, Allison Swelin, Free to Run, Stephanie Case, Taylor Schiavitti, Tanja Walsh, Calgary Muslim Marathoners, Nada Merhi, Laura McKenzie, Collette Lemieux, Ryan Turner, Andy Cassidy, Bre Fitzpatrick, Doug Haldorson, Gerardo Marques, Matt Cassidy, Breanna Gillett, Prageet Nibber, Amanda & Graham Langebroek, Brandon & La Klayman, James & Roxanne Dale, Charles Newton Price, Andrew Kooman, Matthew Kooman, Daniel Kooman, Alda Garunia, Lisbeth Maidment, Joyce Sunada, Ken Lima-Coelho, Andrea Wall, Tony Esteves, Trina Metz, Lucie Salucop-Etienne, Ryerson MDM Cohort, Untamed Borders, James Wilcox, James Bingham, Gull Hussian Baizada, Shekeb Noori, Najibullah Ayoubi, David McKenzie, Andrew McKenzie, Brenda McKenzie, Bob McKenzie, Rick Rotchild, Nehama Horvitz, Diane McVicar, Mary Ann Rotchild, Noah Rotchild, Kam Parel-Nuttall, Sarah Skett, Richelle Matthews

We’re excited to add more people to our community of supporters now that we can share this story publicly!

 

Could travelling with purpose change your life?

13340620_853364351442472_1820521601_oAs our Worldviews Project Ambassadors, Brian Cleland and Jacob Van Dyke prepared to head to Iceland this month (Read full story here)  I asked them why they wanted to take on the added adventure of completing all 20 Passport Project challenges.  I asked them if they thought that travelling with this sense of purpose could actually change their lives?

“I hope to finally broaden my horizons. My entire life has been spent very close to home, so in taking this trip and aiming to accomplish these goals I mainly just want to see how much is out there and how much I can discover about myself along the way.” Jacob Van Dyke

 

“The passport challenge is a great way to become more immersed in a different culture, and it gave us a lot more incentive to look for local events and meet people that we wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.” Brian Cleland

 

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Two Local Calgarians Take Author’s Challenge on First International Trip

 IMG_8453 (1)Brian Cleland & Jacob Van Dyke are about to head off on an adventure of a lifetime.  The two young Calgarians decided that for their first international trip they wanted to give themselves a challenge. After meeting local author, Kate McKenzie they decided to take her book, “Passport Project,” and use it to turn their trip to Iceland into an adventure.

 “Passport Project is designed to help people explore their own community or another community by completing 20 challenges. Challenges include trying a different type of ethnic cuisine, visiting an art gallery and meeting someone from a different culture,” states McKenzie.  The book was inspired by McKenzie’s own travels around the world and across Canada as a filmmaker documenting positive news for Worldviews Project.  “By taking these challenges, people can explore and be adventurers in their own backyard.” Continue reading

Fort McMurray crisis brings out best in Albertans

fort-mcmurray-evacuee-open-source-help-page-2As the fires rage on in Fort McMurray, Albertans and Alberta companies are showing just their determination, resilience and compassion.

From neighbours who drove others to safety, to those who have opened their homes, the outpouring of generosity is everywhere.

We wanted to share some of the positive stories we’ve heard so far and we would love to hear more from you. If you would like to share a story please leave us a message in the comments below. Here’s a few examples. Continue reading

Inspire a Leader

Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 4.48.08 PMWe all have weeks that are more difficult than others. Do you know a leader that you want to inspire to keep doing amazing work?  One of the things that has helped me to keep my week on track has been when people have shared inspiring quotes with me that remind me to be my best self. So here’s a great way to do it yourself.  Download this file and print it off.  Cut out each of the picture quotes, drop them in an envelope and place the instructions on the outside. There are enough quotes to have one for each day of the week. Try giving it to your whole team or to someone you want to inspire.

Print Version Here: Inspiration Tool for Leaders

Let us know if you have a great way to empower leaders to create positive change in their community and we would be happy to feature it on Worldviews Project or drop us a comment and share your idea here.  We want to create tools that work for you to stay resilient as you make the world better! Wishing you an awesome week!

~Kate

How to Prevent Holiday Blues

HolidayCheerAmbassadorWe’ve all heard that the holiday season and winter in general can be a difficult time for many.  With 1/4 Canadians dealing with mental health issues we must not wait to react but rather we need opportunities to be preventative in our approach.  This season we are launching the hashtag #HolidayCheerAmbassador to help you share your stories of those who inspire you and help you to have hope during the holiday season.

Use the hashtag #HolidayCheerAmbassador and help us share stories, pictures and videos that can inspire us, demonstrate innovative solutions or simply remind us of the beauty that is all around us. We will check out all the stories you share and will feature our favourites right here on Worldviews Project!  Help us combat holiday blues by sharing stories that help us all to refocus on the positive!

Need some inspiration? Check out the stories we’ve shared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

 

Introducing our new partner

As a Junior High teacher, I wanted my students to be informed and engaged citizens. Listening to the news often left them feeling overwhelmed, depressed and stuck with no idea as to how they could make a difference. Determined to motivate my students to get involved in creating positive change and to show them a different perspective on the world; I packed my bags and went travelling. Continue reading

Do We Need More Positive News?

AM 770In case you missed Kate’s interview with Angela Kokott host of AM 770’s “Calgary Today” have a listen below. It was such a pleasure to be able to share about our desire to be a source for positive news! If you have a positive news story you would love to share that features an innovative idea please drop us a line! We always welcome new story ideas and love featuring them on our site!  Continue reading

Refugees: Positive News

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There has been a lot of news about the refugee crisis over the last year both in Europe and  here in Canada. We have seen terrible images of babies washed up onto beaches and been impacted by the surge of terror that seems at times insurmountable. However, there are also stories of amazing generosity, innovation and inspiration amid all of chaos that need to be shared. Continue reading

Paris: Stories of Courage & Humanity

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 11.22.04 AMIn the wake of the tragedy in Paris there have been many stories that insight fear and hate.  Over the past week my goal has been to share a different perspective. I asked others to help me cast a light on people who showed courage and demonstrated the best that we as humans have to offer. The good news is that the stories have abounded. Often times people ask me if sharing positive news means ignoring the negative and I believe these stories show that it is possible to be informed yet to shift the perspective towards the hopeful.

Here are some of the stories we have uncovered this week: Continue reading