Why Generous Hearts are One of the Most Powerful Forces on Earth?

St Francis

Last night we attended a fundraiser for the victims of typhoon Yolanda – Haiyan which hit the Philippines in full force.  As the extent of the devastation and human suffering became clearer we all felt like we needed to do something to contribute. The Filipino-Community organizers joined hands and in very short time and an incredible […]

A Letter from Maria


“The Tale of Juliet” made a difference in the hearts of many in Canadian Pageant Contest.. I was once invited to facilitate and speak at the International Rotary Youth Leadership Award in Vancouver, Canada.  Young leaders from different parts of Canada were well represented as well as from different parts of the world. In the […]

Why Mothers Are Powerful

No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother's love. It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star. ~Edwin Hubbell Chapin

The great Abraham Lincoln once said of his mother, “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” Many of the great leaders and change makers in this world were raised by mothers—biological or otherwise—who had the strongest conviction to raise their children in the best way possible, no matter the […]

What the Boston Marathon Bombing Teaches Us

US President Barack Obama's Message for Boston Marathon

I touched down Vancouver Airport after an amazing holiday in Spain and Rome—my appetite for ancient histories and new discoveries satisfied and full. Rome especially moved my heart when I found myself in a crowd cheering for Pope Francis. After picking up my luggage, the airport TV screens showed the shocking news of the Boston […]

Tales of Two Wise Women

Jhet van Ruyven's Mother with her harvest

The post-second-world-war hardships of life in the province hindered her from reaching her dreams as a child. And yet, she found her happiness in one of life’s greatest professions—as a mother of 12 loving children she raised with her husband in a small bamboo house they built, along with their new-found dreams. Hands together as […]