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GLOBAL HEROES

Global Heroes

North America’s premier positive news magazine. We aim to connect our readers to uplifting stories rather than disheartening conflict. We highlight the inspirational efforts of everyday people, celebrities, and organizations, who are diligently working together towards practical solutions to global problems. Global Heroes provides valuable insight into how communities around the world tackle urgent issues and create actions that lead towards sustainable change. Solution stories engage, boost and invoke action. Our focus is on real people and their tireless efforts to change our world for the better.

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What Amount of Wine Is the Right Amount?
Jun 13 2022
What Amount of Wine Is the Right Amount?
What is the “right amount” of wine? Is it better to uncork a bottle of your favourite wine and sip the glistening fruity liquid to your heart’s content? Or does a lighter, more conservative pour speak to your spirit? The right amount of wine comes down to personal preference—and wine preference—but it can also be influenced by atmosphere and access to information.
What Amount of Wine Is the Right Amount?
Jun 13 2022
What Amount of Wine Is the Right Amount?
What is the “right amount” of wine? Is it better to uncork a bottle of your favourite wine and sip the glistening fruity liquid to your heart’s content? Or does a lighter, more conservative pour speak to your spirit? The right amount of wine comes down to personal preference—and wine preference—but it can also be influenced by atmosphere and access to information.
How to Build the Perfect Charcuterie Board for a Summer Picnic
Jun 13 2022
How to Build the Perfect Charcuterie Board for a Summer Picnic
A picnic charcuterie board is a great way to take your gathering outdoors. After all, who doesn’t love a good spread of meats and cheeses on a sunny afternoon? Stonetown Cheese has the tips you need to know to create a portable board that is equally beautiful and delicious.
Welcome Back to Sarnia-Lambton It’s Time to Rediscover the Best of Ontario’s Blue Coast
Jun 13 2022
Welcome Back to Sarnia-Lambton It’s Time to Rediscover the Best of Ontario’s Blue Coast
A short drive west, along Highways 401 and 402, brings you to Sarnia-Lambton and the home of Ontario’s Blue Coast. Located along 300 kilometres of pristine waterfront and a perfect blend of urban and rural landscapes, our region has been waiting to share our stories, passions, and adventures as you rediscover the best of Ontario’s Blue Coast. Experience world-class entertainment, enjoy locally curated dining and drinks, or unwind at your new favourite family paradise close to home.
Must-Know Tips for the Ultimate Camping Adventure
Jun 10 2022
Must-Know Tips for the Ultimate Camping Adventure
Camping is a fun activity for connecting with nature while enjoying time with family and friends. With some preparation and know-how, you can keep outdoor adventures safe and still exciting. Whether it’s been a while and you need a refresher, or it’s your first time out, keep these essential tips in mind:
Behind the Grapes: Niagara’s Newest Winery
Jun 6 2022
Behind the Grapes: Niagara’s Newest Winery
It all started when Bob and Marzia, founders of Niagara’s 180 Estate Winery, decided they wanted to pursue a new path in life. Something out of the city, away from the corporate world to reconnect with nature, pursue their passions, and to combine their love of entertaining, food, and wine. When the pandemic shook the world and their family, Bob and Marzia took stock of their lives and re-evaluated what was truly important to them. Inspired by their two daughters, Taylor and Sara, the couple decided to take the road less travelled and put in the extra work to make things happen. So when an opportunity arose to own and operate a boutique winery (Formerly Di Profio Wines) in Jordan Station, Ontario, they jumped on it. Marzia left her corporate job, and they moved into a bungalow on the 10-acre vineyard. From May 1, 2021, they hit the ground running, producing single-vineyard hand-crafted wines, authentic Italian cuisine, and creating a landscape made for lasting memories. With the whole family involved in every aspect of the business, 180 proves that teamwork and dedication can make their dream work. They’re all about the customer experience, treating everyone who walks through the door like part of the family.
How Santee Smith Is Pushing the Boundaries of Contemporary Indigenous Performance
Jun 6 2022
How Santee Smith Is Pushing the Boundaries of Contemporary Indigenous Performance
An award-winning artist, dancer, and educator from the Kahnyen’kehàka Nation, Turtle Clan, Six Nations of the Grand River, Santee Smith has been dancing since she was three. Growing up in an artistic family, her relatives supported her passion early on and enrolled her in formal dance training. She fondly recalls her grandmother saying watching her dance was “like medicine.” This early experience of her dance affecting others initiated her passion for performing.
Live the Garden Life
Jun 6 2022
Live the Garden Life
Gardening, no matter what you choose to grow, is a celebration of life and a therapeutic way to connect with plants. Living  and working in urban settings can mean less time spent in natural, green spaces, but whether you live in a house, condo, or apartment, gardens big and small can bring enjoyment to your life. The House of Commons unanimously voted to recognize 2022 as Canada’s Year of the Garden in celebration of the ornamental horticulture sector centennial and its contribution to the development of the country. From container kitchen gardens on a balcony, landscaped backyards with colourful flower beds, or a community vegetable garden providing food to the neighbourhood, there is a way for everyone to enjoy the benefits of gardening  and plants while contributing to a sustainable future.  Nurturing your connection to plants through gardening can improve your mental and physical wellbeing. Aside from personal benefits, gardens also bring beauty, culture, quality of life, and biodiversity into our communities, across the country.
Community-Led Support for Toronto’s Seniors
Jun 6 2022
Community-Led Support for Toronto’s Seniors
As our world shifts and adapts to life after a pandemic, so too do the ways we provide care for vulnerable seniors. For over 30 years, the LA CENTRE for Active Seniors has been developing and delivering socially engaging programs that promote health and independence for people aged 55 and over in Toronto’s West End community. LA CENTRE invites seniors to get active, stay healthy, learn something new, and to stay connected. Through its services, LA CENTRE fosters a culture of respect, inclusion, and diversity to ensure that all seniors are welcome to engage and contribute to their community. In March 2020, LA CENTRE suspended in-person programming and turned its focus to a more pressing matter for seniors—food security. Although the majority of the population was at risk of contracting the virus, senior were some of the most vulnerable parties; they needed support that would allow them to stay safe in their homes while still getting the supplies they needed, like meals and pantry bags.
Win-Win: Creating New Careers With Horses
Jun 6 2022
Win-Win: Creating New Careers With Horses
You’ll see a lot of sunrises in this line of work, both literally and figuratively speaking. The individuals you care for can be demanding and giving all at the same time. They’ll test you in ways that only a 900-pound toddler can. If patience is a muscle, you may feel Herculean at the end of some days—equal workouts for your heart, too. Working with horses can be a challenging and rewarding career. In 2020, there were 17,500 pet groomers and animal care workers employed in Ontario. The horse racing and breeding sectors alone contribute $2.3 billion annually to Ontario’s economy but continue to face a shortage of workers. Grooms and caretakers are fundamental to the health, welfare, and safety of the horses and therefore are critical to the success of this important agricultural industry. The Ontario Equine Education and Employment Program (OEEEP) is working to fill this gap. This free program offers the chance for anyone with a passion for animals and hands-on learning to become a part of Ontario’s billion-dollar horse industry.\
Empowering Access to Sexual Health
Jun 3 2022
Empowering Access to Sexual Health
Moyo Health and Community Services is a community and AIDS service organization (ASO) that has provided a growing array of health promotion, education, social and support services for people living with, affected by, and at systemic risk of HIV for communities in Region of Peel (Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon).
Kat Graham Is Creating a Legacy of Advocacy Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR
Jun 2 2022
Kat Graham Is Creating a Legacy of Advocacy Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR
“In the last few years, I met with Syrian refugees at the Za’atari camp in Jordan,” said Kat Graham. “I travelled along the Guatemala-Mexico border where I met women, children, and families forced to flee their own countries to escape extreme gang violence. “In all the time I was there, the resolute, resourceful, graceful and smart people I met never asked me for anything. Their hope was only to give. All they wanted was the chance to stand on their own feet and show the world they had the strength to survive and thrive.” Since becoming a high profile supporter in 2014, and her subsequent 2020 appointment as Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, the Swiss-born American actress, singer, and humanitarian has visited displaced people in several spots worldwide, including Jordan, Central America, and Ethiopia, witnessing the courage and strength of the refugees she has encountered.
#BrainTumourWalk Weekend: A Walk for HOPE
Jun 2 2022
#BrainTumourWalk Weekend: A Walk for HOPE
Join thousands of patients, survivors, and their families for the brain tumour walk weekend! June 17-19, 2022   Every day, 27 Canadians will hear the words “you have a brain tumour.” Brain tumours are unpredictable and complex. They can affect vision, hearing, memory, balance, and mobility. Their effects are physical, emotional, financial, and last a lifetime. Kelly Northey was eight years old when she was first diagnosed with a brain tumour. The year was 1981, and at that time, there was little organized support or brain tumour research being conducted. Patients diagnosed with a brain tumour struggled alone with the physical and emotional effects of the disease. In January of 1982, after a six-month struggle, Kelly finally succumbed to the disease, but her legacy was to live on with the creation of the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.
A Whole Lotta Love for Shania Twain
Jun 2 2022
A Whole Lotta Love for Shania Twain
Between crafting music for her upcoming album and preparing for another summer of incredible performances, including a headline spot at Boots and Hearts festival at Burl’s Creek in Ontario, international sweetheart and reigning Queen of Country Pop Shania Twain is busier than ever.  Through it all, one thing remains constant: her love of giving back to children like her, just the way she promised she would when she was a child. Much of Twain’s childhood revolved around keeping up appearances so that no one would know that her family life was dysfunctional, even if it meant going to school hungry.
Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigrant Health Care (CCRIHC) A Better Canada, A Better World
Jun 1 2022
Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigrant Health Care (CCRIHC) A Better Canada, A Better World
Refugees are among the most vulnerable people in Canadian society. They have come to start over but find it stubbornly difficult when injury or sickness strikes them or their family. Sixty percent of our over 80,000 refugee visits have occurred in the past five years—each refugee’s journey is treacherous.
Looking Good, Feeling Better: Madeline’s Volunteer Story
May 31 2022
Looking Good, Feeling Better: Madeline’s Volunteer Story
A few years ago, fashion and beauty lover Madeline Della Mora applied to be a Cosmetic Advisor Volunteer at Look Good Feel Better (LGFB), Canada’s only charitable program dedicated to helping women manage the effects cancer and its treatment have on their appearance. This year, Madeline celebrates five years of volunteering with LGFB and being part of a community that offers women supportive care so they can feel like themselves again.
Refugee Family Celebrates 50 Years in Canada
May 31 2022
Refugee Family Celebrates 50 Years in Canada
In 1972, Pyarali Nanji, his wife, Gulshan, and their four children got word that they, along with 60,000 other Ugandans of South Asian lineage, had 90 days to leave the country that they had long called home.   Stripped of their citizenship and assets and declared stateless, the family fled. Thanks to mercy flights organized by the Canadian government, they found sanctuary in Montréal, Canada. They stayed in temporary lodgings at the downtown YMCA, which took care of all their immediate needs. The Nanji family never forgot the kindness they were shown in the face of catastrophe, and they pledged to pay that kindness forward when they had the means to do so.   Eighteen years later, Pyarali started a hugely successful packaging firm in Toronto, and the family decided it was time to make good on their promise. They launched the Nanji Family Foundation, which has donated millions of dollars to Canadian hospitals, including St. Mary’s Hospital, where Gulshan had been treated for rheumatoid arthritis.   “My father was so impressed by the way we were treated, the way our host country took us in during our time of need. It was always his goal to be able to give back.”
Life-Saving Care for Children Worldwide
May 31 2022
Life-Saving Care for Children Worldwide
Whatever it takes. Wherever the need.   Her day starts at 5:30 a.m. Soon after, Zainab Bishar Bashir is working hard at a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Somalia, where she is a midwife. She delivers babies, shows new mothers how to breastfeed, and immunizes children. In an antenatal care room, she also examines pregnant women.   Many mothers-to-be are presenting with conditions such as preeclampsia and anemia, often caused by malnutrition. The Galbet camp in Kismayo has seen an influx of people searching for health care and humanitarian assistance. Zainab—whose health clinic is supported by Save the Children with funding from Global Affairs Canada—said, “The admission trend of malnourished children and pregnant and lactating mothers increased, requiring staff to work long hours.”
The Dawn of a New Era for The Weeknd
May 30 2022
The Dawn of a New Era for The Weeknd
The Dawn of a New Era for The Weeknd © BRIAN ZIFF By Raye Mocioiu Abel Tesfaye, known to his fans as The Weeknd, emerged as a mysterious and underground R&B sensation back in 2011—although now, a decade and some later, he would be better described as one of the most prolific pop stars in the world and one of the most significant artists of the 21st century. While the character of The Weeknd is known for music that evokes dark themes and feelings of escapism set to a shape-shifting mix of pop and R&B, the man behind the music is a vessel for lightness, known for sharing generously and making significant contributions to causes that are dear to his heart and his history. Music, of course, is one of the artist’s driving causes, and Tesfaye proves that there is room for both lightness and darkness when it comes to art. As he told GQ Magazine in 2021, “My art is dark, and I’ve gone through dark times. I’ve used those dark times as inspiration for my art.”
Councils, Families, and Homes—Connecting Through Care
May 30 2022
Councils, Families, and Homes—Connecting Through Care
When you hear the word home, what do you think of? For some, it may be the place they return to after a long day’s work. For others, the word may bring back memories of childhood or family. We say we feel at home when we are relaxed, comfortable in our environment, and at ease. It’s the feeling of knowing you’re safe, surrounded by those who care. For at least 115,000 residents across over 600 homes in Ontario, home is a long-term care community. Each long-term care home is a unique community of residents, family members, friends, staff, administrators, nurses, and support workers. While the locations, room layouts, cultural communities, and other factors we consider when selecting housing may differ from home to home, long-term care homes are fundamentally connected by their responsibilities to, and the rights of, those in their care. One such right is the right for residents’ families and friends in each long-term care home to have a family council. A family council is a group of family members and friends of the residents of a long-term care home who voluntarily meet for peer support, education, and to advocate for the improvement of their loved one’s care, home, and community. Family Council members and caregivers are often the backbones of the long-term care communities, providing hundreds of hours of unpaid care that extends to meet fundamental care needs and the emotional needs of residents. These same council members and caregivers often take it upon themselves to organize meetings, request information, research policy and procedure, and attend information sessions—all to better support their loved ones living in long-term care.
Father’s Day Gifts that Give Back
May 30 2022
Father’s Day Gifts that Give Back
This Father’s Day, share the love with all the fathers in your life with gifts that give back! In this Father’s Day gift guide, browse through companies that support community initiatives and give back to charitable causes and efforts. From cozy socks to local coffee, the dads in your life will adore these charitable gifts. No matter who you’re shopping for, these gifts are sure to keep on giving.