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Yellowknife. What a place. Here I thought I was coming up here for a new job, and I’m a new mom.

It happened this way. I dragged my heels and went to church reluctantly and late. Then three things happened: I made 2 friends, and I discovered that Tony Campolo, formerly Bill Clinton’s spiritual advisor and someone I admire a lot, was coming that very Thursday to Yellowknife. To Yellowknife. Tony Campolo.

So off I went to Northern United Place on Thursday, late again … and because I was late and the place was packed out, I was seated right beside Tony and his wife who chatted amicably and easily with me and my friend Gregg (visiting from Vancouver, btw). You gotta know: This wouldn’t happen anywhere else. Typically he’d have his equivalent of handlers and there’d be throngs of thousands in the audience. I told him I subscribed to his podcast (I do) ’cause I thought he’d think it was cool knowing someone way up north was listening to him.

I shoulda known he was there on behalf of World Vision. (Dear World Vision – if you’re reading this, I’d like to work for you after I’ve accomplished a couple things up here in the NWT). So Tony did his Tony thing, made a compelling case why each of us in the room needs to help alleviate poverty and sent us over to the table to look at the faces … those sweet, sweet faces, of kids around the world who are in really tough circumstances.

And in the midst, there was this blue-eyed, blondie from Romania. I didn’t stand a chance. Maybe it was the ancient genetic similarity or maybe it was the little red sweater but Gabriela won my heart and my monthly support just.like.that.

This isn’t actually her but it conveys the same spirit:

Readers, have you ever sponsored a child? How did it go? Did you get all giddy like me? Did you correspond? What happens when they grow up? And the moneycoach in me has to ask: Why did it take me so long? Only $35/month to make a real difference. Why don’t more of us do it?

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Imagine if Canadians were known for being all over their money. Engaged. Proactive. Getting out of debt. Savvy. Saving. Generous. Nancy wants to help. Nancy started her own journey with money over 15 years ago, and formed her company “Your Money by Design” in 2004 to help others along the same path. It’s not the usual financial advising/investment stuff. It’s about taking control of day-to-day finances –managing monthly cashflow effectively, spending appropriately, getting out of debt, saving. If you're ready to take control over your finances, pop by her business site, YourMoneybyDesign.com


  1. OMG You are a mum!

    Congratulations! I am excited for you….enjoy all those letters and pictures and I dont know what else. But what a great thing you are doing.

    She couldn’t have found anyone better. What lucky girls you are to have found each other 🙂

    laura’s last blog post..New Westminster – A Place Like No Other


    May 25, 2009
  2. I’ve been sponsoring a child through Plan Canada for almost a year and yes, I was giddy with joy when I got my first package. I couldn’t believe how long it had taken me to do this.

    Her name is Fatou, she’s from Senegal and totally adorable:


    Marina’s last blog post..Last Ride Full Trailer = Gorgeous


    May 25, 2009
  3. tracey

    i have three children, one lives with me and the other two are overseas. i have a boy saillou in sengal and a little girl who is hiv positive in northern india. i used to have a little girl, jessie from india, but her family, through sponsorship help and hard work became successful enough to move to the city and outside of a world vision sponsored area. a success story but a move away. we correspond with saillou & receive letters back. i haven’t visited yet, but hoping to one day. it’s nice feeling like there is a connection, whatever it might be, with families in other parts of our world, and when the time is right, i’ll go and work there with you! congratulations on your new venture.


    May 25, 2009
  4. Oh she’s gorgeous (even if it isn’t exactly her) what a sweetheart! Tis the reason I support SOS Children’s Villages when I can. Breaks my heart to think other babies aren’t as lucky as we all are. You are right, $35/month isn’t much at all! Congrats!

    Wooly Woman’s last blog post..Baby Talk


    May 25, 2009
  5. Thanks gals!
    @Laura – I am surprised by the intensity of my own emotions about this, to be honest. I’m not really maternal, but something here just reached me. I’m lucky indeed.
    @Marina – what a gorgeous girl! And the mom is stunning to, eh? Clearly you had the same response as me to the experience.
    @Tracey – Thanks! And I recall you talking about them but it only truly sank in now when I read your note. And wouldn’t that be just somethin’ if we both ended up working for them, eh?
    @Wooly Woman – hey, hi!, I just realized I’ve missed our blogosphere exchanges! And I remember last year when you first drew my attention to SOS children’s villages- absolutely worthwhile of bloggers’ time and money.


    May 25, 2009
  6. Warren

    I’ve been supporting a child in Africa for at least seven years. But is is a bit of misnomer. Many of the projects done with the many donations of $35 per month support the entire village. These projects range from wells to schools to farming projects. I wish the programs were marketed this way: in my opinion – humble or not – it is way cooler to have an impact on a whole village.


    May 25, 2009
  7. Mark

    Congrats! Funny, after considering it for a long time I finally did the same thing just a couple days ago. (Are we the same sign?! 😉 ) Also World Vision. A boy in Central America. I’m still looking forward to receiving my first welcome package! What a challenge though to choose just one child by searching the hundreds on the website. I wish they were listed in order of critical need – or maybe that would make it all the harder to narrow it down as you’d wanna help so many! But at just $35/each, may sponsor a second. Just curious, did Tony mention why World Vision, as compared with say Compassion Canada, or Plan Canada (the other two I’m also considering).


    May 26, 2009
  8. Mark

    …and hopefully your post inspire others to sponsor a child!


    May 26, 2009

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