Fifteen Years of Freedom

On June 24th, 2003 I sat down to write my first Amnesty International appeal letter. It was addressed to the Canadian government about the reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. I received a reply to this letter from the Minister for International Cooperation at the time. I had been acquainted with the movement earlier that spring in an education class. Our professor had invited the community AI … Continue reading Fifteen Years of Freedom

500 Amnesty Letters

This week I wrote my 500th Amnesty International appeal letter. I have been writing letters for the past twelve and a half years. Here is some data on distribution and impact.: I have written to 122 countries. The top sixteen countries are as follows: I have received 15 replies in response to my letters. 67 prisoners of conscience have been released and 28 other actions … Continue reading 500 Amnesty Letters

Human Rights Day 2014

December 10th is recognized as Human Rights Day as it was on this day in 1948 that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations. During this time, Amnesty International members and supporters participate in a massive letter writing event called “Write for Rights”. Last year 2.3 MILLION letters were sent to various governments asking that human rights are respected. There … Continue reading Human Rights Day 2014

AMS 2014 Annual Conference

A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity of attending the American Montessori Society’s Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas. I took in several workshops and listened to a few guest speakers. I learned more about the Montessori philosophy, management strategies, organizational skills, and other valuable information. It would be difficult to pick the “best” thing I experienced. Instead I will list quotations and ideas that … Continue reading AMS 2014 Annual Conference

Human Rights Day 2013 – Amnesty Catch-Up

Every December 10th we celebrate Human Rights Day in honour of the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was adopted by the United Nations on December 10th, 1948 and outlines thirty rights guaranteed to every human being on the planet. Annually on this day, Amnesty International members and the general public engage in a worldwide letter-writing campaign known as “Write for Rights“. … Continue reading Human Rights Day 2013 – Amnesty Catch-Up


A couple months ago I wrote a post outlining my favourite childhood memories. All of the activities involved being outside, physically active, exposed to nature, and free to explore. There were no alibis from my parents to impede these activities. My mom often encouraged my brothers and I to get outside. (Although with four boys it was probably for her sanity). Today child obesity is … Continue reading Sheltered