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Finding co‑op roots in the Forest City
Craig Kielburger learned about child labour by accident. When he was 12 years old, he was looking for the comics in a newspaper when he saw the headline, “Battled child labour – boy, 12, murdered.”
That was when Kielburger, guest speaker at the CHF Canada AGM, learned that slavery was a reality for many children his age. As he rode his bike to school that day, he told delegates, he desperately thought about what he could do to help them. He asked his Grade 7 class for help.
Today, just over a decade later, those efforts have led to Free the Children, an international network of children helping children. Kielburger talked about how housing co‑ops and their members could help improve the lives of impoverished children and their families.
Kielburger’s speech was just one of the highlights of the CHF Canada AGM. Members passed resolutions, elected new members to the Board of Directors, Ontario Council and Finance Committee, and honoured co‑ops and individuals who have made a difference to our movement.
Visit our AGM photo gallery to see it all pictures.
And mark your calendars for next year’s annual meeting, June 7–9, 2007 in Winnipeg.
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