Breakfast of Champions today! I got to meet up with the Forest of Reading committee members over breakfast. The 2010 winners of Forest Awards were all in Toronto for the Annual Showcase at the Toronto Convention Centre.
As the Vice-Chair of the programme, I shared the responsibilities with Gail Sedgewick to introduce the authors and illustrators. Amazing speakers, these authors. Today I was profoundly inspired by the work and words of: Jeremy Tankard, Larry Veerstaad, Susin Neilson, Pam Bustid and the very special team, Katie Smith Milway & Eugenie Fernandes, illustrator. I kind of got emotional as I introduced Katie and Eugenie. They had come to visit Chine Drive P.S. 2 years ago, but due to family circumstances, I was unable to meet them nor see their presentation. However, fate has a way of reuniting special people in our lives. The book "One Hen" a story about Kojo in Ghana, Africa, shows how one loan, microfinancing can change the world. Katie is a brilliant speaker and director for her Charity, One Hen Org.
Later in the afternoon, we heard Michael Wesch, Professor of Media Literacy speak about how technology and social networking is changing the world. Amazing talk!