"Compassion can be a powerful force for change. The 'Anglican Journal' takes you to three communities where it is at work for and with youth. Sheryl Kimberley, who grew up in the parish of St. Alban's Anglican Cathedral in Prince Albert, describes Northern Spirits "the program she created with cadre of volunteers, that runs annually in Prince Albert, Sask. Northern Spirits gives about 100 aboriginal kids from northern Saskatchewan the opportunity to participate in a fall workshop where they learn about producing a musical showcase".
"In Victoria, B.C., compassion is also bringing the community together to help provide a safe haven for youth at risk. The Threshold Housing Society began as a ministry of Christ Church Cathedral, diocese of British Columbia. The society grew until it had to become separately incorporated ... Many Anglicans support Threshold, volunteering for events and helping with the upkeep of the two houses it operates" (p. 8). Paul Latour is one Threshold volunteer who also set up an organization called HeroWork. "HeroWork brings people and companies to complete 'radical community renovations for worthy non-profits" (p. 8-9).
"In Newfoundland, Claudia Long is working to help build compassion in a new generation. She had no sooner retired from her 31-year career as a schoolteacher than she was back in schools for 27 visits a year as an instructor in the Roots of Empathy program. Created by another Newfoundlander, Mary Gordon, the program is designed to cultivate empathy by bringing a parent and infant into a classroom of children who are coached by an instructor on how to relate to an infant. It aims to help children understand their own feelings and those of others and to build caring societies. It is now in use in every province in Canada, some U.S. states, New Zealand and the U.K." (p. 9).