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Mary Gordon

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.
Ms Gordon also founded Canada’s first and largest school-based Parenting and Family Literacy Centre in 1981, which now serves hundreds of schools, has become public policy in Ontario as well as serving as a “best-practice model” internationally.
Ms Gordon has presented to or consulted with governments, educational organizations, and public institutions around the world, including the World Health Organization, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the World Bank Institute. Her 2005 Canadian bestseller Roots of Empathy: Changing the World Child by Child was ranked as one of the Top 100 Books of the Year by the Globe and Mail (Canada’s national newspaper). She was also a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal for her outstanding commitment to education.
In September 2010, Ms Gordon was invited to speak about emotional literacy at the United Nations International Literacy Day Symposium in New York. This marked the first time that emotional literacy was included in the celebration. She has also had three dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, during which he expressed his belief that programs like Roots of Empathy will build world peace. Ms. Gordon is strongly committed to making her programs available to Indigenous children around the world.For more information, please visit Roots of Empathy.