Hope in Canada for LGBTQ Refugees

What would you do if your life was at risk for being you? As you will see in the map below, if you are LGBTQ in many countries around the world, this is your reality. Your life is at risk – not only from society, but also at the hands of government. As mentioned in theContinue reading “Hope in Canada for LGBTQ Refugees”

Don’t Be Afraid

Today’s spotlight for #WorldSavingWeek is on my friend, Scott Jones. After being stabbed in Nova Scotia five years ago, Scott was left paralyzed from the waist down. While the courts did not rule it a hate crime, Scott knows that he was attacked because he is gay. Anyone who knows Scott will already know whyContinue reading “Don’t Be Afraid”

Indigenous Artists giving us life

To celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day today, I want to highlight four indigenous artists giving me life. I have been following these four over the past few years, not only because they are awesome at their craft, but because I have the privilege of knowing them IRL — and they are awesome people. So talented in theirContinue reading “Indigenous Artists giving us life”

Supporting Asylum-Seekers & Refugees

In honour of World Refugee Day and in response to this week’s news in the US, I want to highlight a few of the organizations in North America taking action on the issues facing asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants on our continent. Not only when it’s in the media, but everyday: The ACLU The American Civil LibertiesContinue reading “Supporting Asylum-Seekers & Refugees”

#WorldSavingWednesday

This has been one of those weeks when the world seems pretty hopeless. Actually, the past 18 months have been pretty bleak for anyone who cares about human rights, multiculturalism, or democracy as we’ve come to know it in North America. It’s been depressing to turn on the news for fear of what’s next. AndContinue reading “#WorldSavingWednesday”

Happy Anniversary — A Peace Boat version of “This is the New Year”

In celebration of ONE YEAR since departing for my voyage around the world with Peace Boat, I thought I would share this video I made as part of a fun way to remember my trip… I was only using my iPhone for ‘equipment’, so it was impossible to play the song and film simultaneously; IContinue reading “Happy Anniversary — A Peace Boat version of “This is the New Year””

Half-way Around the World [in Riga]

Well, here it is — day 52, the mid-way point of my round-the-world voyage with Peace Boat. As predicted, I have definitely lagged behind in the blog updates, but as I’m sure you could have guessed, it is because life on board, and in port, has been pretty non-stop. But I have just found aContinue reading “Half-way Around the World [in Riga]”

Surprise! You’re going to Saudi Arabia!!!

About a week ago, we were told in a meeting that we had to make an unexpected re-fueling stop in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and there would be a chance that we may be able to get off in port! A few days later, we were informed that not only would we be able to getContinue reading “Surprise! You’re going to Saudi Arabia!!!”