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31 May 2011

Teaching Compassion Spotlight: Mary Gordon

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Mary Gordon is an internationally recognized educator, child advocate and parenting expert. In 1996, she founded Roots of Empathy, a program that teaches empathy and emotional literacy to children through classroom visits with infants and their mothers. Her program is currently offered in several countries, including Canada, New Zealand, the United States, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. In 2005, Ms. Gordon founded The Seeds of Empathy, a similar program for younger children. Recognized for her contribution to innovation in education and international social entrepreneurship, she has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including being named as the first female Ashoka Fellow in 2002 and a Member of the Order of Canada in 2006. (read more)

From founding Canada’s first and largest school-based Parenting and Family Literacy Centre, to speaking with the Dalai Lama,  to working help indigenous children around the world, Mary is truly an example of someone who is changing the social climate of our planet.

See how Mary is making a difference by visiting Roots of Empathy.

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