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The Secret Marathon 3K : Do you feel safe where you run?


Martin Parnell & Kate McKenzie running in Afghanistan and being filmed by Colin Scheyen as part of The Secret Marathon documentary film.

I ran my first marathon in Afghanistan but that wasn’t where I felt the most scared while running, it was in Canada. No one should have to feel scared when they run so we’re launching a race to celebrate everyone’s right to be free to run and we need your help to make it happen.

The day I felt scared running was one of those days when everything takes longer than you expect and my run got pushed back later and later in the day until I was finally lacing up my shoes long after the sun had already set. I sent a quick text letting my husband know where I was running and set off into the dark. Any time I run at night I have my senses on full alert and this was no different, searching around every corner for possible cars that might fail to see me, looking for wildlife but mostly being very much aware of what I can’t see and what might wait for me in the shadows. I rounded a corner and there was a large group of men laughing loudly, clearly drunk. One smashed a bottle on the ground, another cat called me and a third yelled out an inappropriate comment. I picked up my pace, my heart pounding. I pulled out my phone called a friend and asked her to stay on the line until I knew I was out of range of the men. I was scared. Continue reading

Help Us Share A Story of Courage

I’m so excited to share the first glimpse of our film The Secret Marathon.  If you believe in supporting a vision of equality and freedom for all we would love your help in making this film possible. We are currently looking for partners and donors to help us take this film across the finish line. To learn more please visit www.thesecretmarathon.com 

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 by visiting www.thesecretmarathon.com
  3. Connect us to corporate partners who believe in this project.

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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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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!


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



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