TORONTO, June 7 /CNW/ -
WHAT A celebration honouring Roots of Empathy babies, the world's
youngest teachers, from across Toronto. For the past 10 months,
these infants - and their parents - have taught 2,600 children in
Toronto about empathy.
WHERE St. Lawrence Hall - Great Hall
157 King St. East (at Jarvis)
WHEN Wednesday, June 9, 2010
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
(xxx) Photo opportunity of Roots of Empathy babies at
approximately 1:50 p.m.
WHO - One hundred babies: the "teachers" of the Roots of Empathy
program, and their dedicated parents who volunteer their time.
- The Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, Ontario Minister of Education
- Educator, parenting expert, child advocate, social entrepreneur,
and author Mary Gordon (Founder/President of Roots of Empathy).
- Jeff Sprang, Director of Communications, Ontario Public School
Board Association (Master of Ceremonies).
- Scott Rutherford, Chair, Board of Directors, Roots of Empathy
- Guests will include Roots of Empathy instructors, classroom
teachers, and students in the Roots of Empathy program.
WHY Because more and more, thought leaders and neuroscientists are
recognizing that empathy matters, acting as a break against
cruelty, exclusion and bullying and an accelerator for learning,
positive social behaviour, and a civil society. In 1996, Roots of
Empathy began as a small pilot project bringing the power of
empathy to 150 children in Toronto using the model of a baby and
parent. Today the organization is widely acclaimed (including by
His Holiness, the Dalai Lama), has reached 325,000 children in
four countries, and has recently garnered unprecedented
international media attention (TIME magazine, Fox News, etc.).
SOURCE Roots of Empathy
For further information: For further information: Julia Morgan, (416) 828-5538 (mobile), firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rootsofempathy.org