When she was just 8-years old, Julia Norman heard a story that moved her so profoundly she discovered her life’s purpose. Leaders in Julia’s church shared their experiences working with women and children in Guatemala who had suffered immensely following genocide amongst their people. At that pivotal moment, Julia decided she wanted to find a way to inspire other young people to take action against social injustice around the world.
After completing her post-secondary education in international development, Julia embarked on a journey around the world – to Central and South America, North Africa, Europe and India. The primary purpose for her travels was to learn more about how she could contribute to her global community. When she returned to Victoria, Julia founded The Didi Society (didi means “honoured big sister” in Hindi), a Victoria-based non-profit organization that supports women’s fair trade initiatives in the developing world, and offers youth education programs on sustainable international development.
It is Julia’s current mission to expand her organization’s online educational offerings to train more youth as leaders. Julia put forth her ”Pitch Your Passion” presentation to raise money to kick-start the training program. She requires funding to create and launch the online educational content, and to host interactive workshops. With more youth trained as thought leaders in areas such as gender equality, sustainable development, ethical consumerism, and children’s rights, Julia hopes to create a ripple effect to inspire more young people to get involved with their global community.
To help Julia and the Didi Society inspire and educate young people about global issues, contact her:
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|Linda Hunter has spent more than 35 joy filled years as an independent writer, published author, and professional event planner. Dedicated to service and open to possibility, she aspires to walk a path of grace.
Linda can be found blogging at Living with Grace, where she speaks about her philosophy on life and love. Her newest blog, entitled “LOVING LARGE, living small” will launch in 2018 and will introduce readers to her latest adventure, communal living; creating a future shared life with her husband and grown children in Shirley, BC.
Linda’s passion for life also includes volunteering in Palliative Care at Saanich Peninsula Hospital and as an active member of the Victoria Holistic Death Care Community. You can find out more about her work around end of life and honouring our life’s journey at Dying with Grace.
“We’re all just walking each other home” – Ram Dass
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