Kate McKenzie

About

Our Story

Check out our 1 minute story describing what Worldviews Project is all about.

WHY

In response to the overwhelming amount of negative news and the rise of mental health concerns, Worldviews Project aims to inspire hope through a regular supply of positive news stories that include creative and innovative solutions to societal problems. With an emphasis on youth engagement, we are empowering people to rediscover the art of storytelling. Documentary filmmaking has emerged as a powerful medium that we are leveraging to break down stereotypes and highlight the diversity of worldviews that make up our global village. We are provoking critical thinking and demonstrating that anyone can lead change, which makes the world a better place one community at a time.

WHAT

For six months, starting in September 2014, Worldviews Project founder – Kate McKenzie and her husband Leor Rotchild will travel across Canada to work with schools and provide workshops on how to find positive local stories and inspiring people using Kate’s book “Passport Project,” which encourages youth to find inspiration all around them. Kate and Leor will also feature up and coming musicians and interview inspiring Canadians. They will use planes, trains and automobiles as they visit every province and territory collecting and sharing positive news. The entire adventure will be documented in a 13- part web series (one for each province/territory) and be widely available through the Worldviews Project YouTube channel. Youth will also be encouraged to produce and share their own positive news from their communities, which will also be featured on the Worldviews YouTube channel.

Background

This Canadian Tour is the second installment of Worldviews Project. In 2012, Kate amplified positive news and inspiring leaders over a seven month period in nine countries including Colombia, Uganda, Rwanda, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Iran, Israel, and Italy. Kate delivered a TEDTalk in 2013 about her experience, which you can view below.You can also visit our You Tube channel and social media links to explore the good news being shared.

 

Kate McKenzie

Kate has battled with depression for the past 17 years and been a Junior High school teacher for the past seven years. She personally faced, and helped others overcome, a variety of mental health challenges. She believes passionately that those of us with mental health challenges are not defined by these challenges; rather, we have important skills to share with the world. She wants to be a voice that says it is possible to live with these challenges and lead a full, hopeful and amazing life. Worldviews Project is the vehicle through which her voice is heard. Using her art, storytelling and teaching background Kate is excited to equip communities with the skills to share their own positive stories so we can amplify the good all around us.

Leor Rotchild

IMG_3733As a sustainability consultant and eco-preneur Leor has a gift for engaging people across all spectrums to find ways to lessen their impact on the environment and contribute to positive change. As a co-founder of DIG (Do it Green), Leor is working with the Calgary Stampede, Folk Festival and other special events to become more environmentally friendly. Leor brings an innovative and fun-centred approach to working with communities. His efforts have brought him recognition as one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 and a recipient of the YMCA Peace Medal for Humanitarianism.

Goals of Worldviews Project

  • To provide preventative tools to help combat mental health issues and promote positive mental health
  • To inspire hope by being a source of positive news and a hub for creative and innovative solutions to societal problems.
  • To celebrate the powerful medium of documentary filmmaking as a means of artistic expression and awareness raising.
  • To break down stereotypes and highlight the many worldviews that make up our global village.
  • To encourage youth engagement in local communities and provide inspiring hands-on, real world learning that fosters critical thinking.
  • To demonstrate that anyone from any sector can be a community leader and through collaborative solutions we can make the world better one neighbourhood at a time!
For more information about Worldviews Project including our itinerary for our cross-Canada adventure please visit our About Category on the left hand side of the page or click here.

8 thoughts on “About

  1. “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
    — William Arthur Ward
    This quote is one of the few that sticks in my head, you’re the person that comes to my head when I read it. It’s so funny, I’m really always thinking of you! About 10 or 11 days ago, I told myself I was going to email you, I’m so happy I ran into you. It’s like you’re me, a few years ahead though! I’m always inspired by you, you really really just stick around in my mind, In about everything I do. Wow, this project is amazing, It’s one of the many goals I have – just to travel everywhere and help put a smile on everyones face.
    Amazing! I cant get over it! I’d be more than honored to get involved somehow!
    xoxo!
    Reema Souraya (:

    • I’m honored to hear that you are doing such amazing things with your life Reema! Keep pursuing what you love! That’s the career advice I got from my parents, do something you love and that helps other people. I’ve followed it and as a result I can really say that I love my job and I feel fulfilled by it. I’m so excited to see where life takes you. Since you’re entering into the world of teaching, here’s another quote that has dramatically shaped how I teach:
      “I’ve come to the frightening conclusioin that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized.” Dr. Haim Ginott
      I’d love to have you more involved in Worldviews Project. Let’s email about how that could look!

  2. Kate, thank you for being such a leader who leads by example .i know will do it till the end .all the best in your endeavors .

  3. Very inspiring project, just my kind of thing! I love ‘taking’ and telling stories from others – as truth is often stranger than fiction – and more wonderful. When you are on the west side of Canada, come visit us, be our guest at Art House Suite (www.arthousesuite.blogspot.ca) and we’ll introduce you to many interesting people on the Sunshine Coast. Gord is making a documentary – has been working on it for the past year – on wellness and healing – ‘within ten feet’ . . . Hope to meet you two someday .. thanks to Lolly de Jonge for introducing us. . Caitlin & Gord

  4. I was recently re-visiting this website out of curiosity and I am so happy to have re-watched your video Mrs.McKenzie! You have always been an inspiration to me and watching your TED talk again has reminded me of all the lessons I have learned from your teaching and the true power of positivity.
    Thank you :)

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