Saturday, February 21, 2015


Leah is a woman who I used to see almost daily but did not recognize her on the street here! Context is a powerful thing. Here, Leah is wearing normal street clothes and not the white chef uniform and hairnet which is how I used to see her! 

Leah works in the food services industry in the Toronto Star building in Toronto, Ontario. The one thing that is the same no matter what she wears or where one sees her is her friendly smile!


Friday, February 20, 2015


How can you not love taking public transit with fellow passengers like Diana? Not shy, she was happy to take the Hello card and fat Sharpie marker and make her mark on the platform waiting for the subway in Toronto.

After this shot, the train rolled into the station and she was gone with her friends.


Thursday, February 19, 2015


I met this woman who is as stylish as her hair style is cool! She was waiting for some friends in the Yonge and Dundas area in Toronto.

If you know this person, please pass this link on to here and say, "Hello"!


Wednesday, February 18, 2015


They say good things come in small packages. In this case, Ling is very good indeed! She is a woman of unstoppable energy and is as warm as she is affable. 

Ling currently lives in Montreal, Canada. She has a passion to travel the world, loves to read and to express herself through her photography and writing.

I had the pleasure of meeting Ling in Beijing last July when we were scheduled to discover Tibet together with a group of 4 other journalists. She had no difficulty holding her own despite the other a-type personalities that typically come from news junkies!

She is the publisher of Sept Days (Seven Days), which publishes a magazine and a newspaper in the Chinese language focusing on Chinese culture.

Although her school days are a  memory, she still enjoys taking university courses to keep herself energized and challenged.

She is a Chinese tea lover, likes to collect tea pots, tea cups and other tea-related paraphernalia! Distinguishing herself from her round-around-the edges news colleagues, she has a deep love of flowers and finds roses among the most exquisite.

LING FUN FACT: Like many from China with almost limitless culinary inspirations, she cooks, but in reality, she’s not so good! Oh yes, and she is very honest!


Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Project Hope brings "a little bit of light in a darker time".

Jane Watson embodies her words every Christmas Eve morning through Project Hope which she organized over 11 years ago. Out of her own loss, Jane now gives back to Saint Joseph's Health Centre in Toronto as a way to thank them for their care. She spends a few minutes speaking with each patient and gives them a small gift of a stuffed animal while letting them know someone is thinking about them.

You can watch a short video about Project Hope here:

Her caring for people also extend to her professional life. Jane is Vice President, Consulting at Optimum Talent, one of Canada's leading career management firms. 

Last year Jane took on one of her most physically and mentally challenging endeavours. She signed up and became a fighter in the Fight to End Cancer. It was here that she stepped out of the boardroom and comfort zone, to step into the boxing ring. Together with her female opponent and other fight teams, she helped raise money for cancer research. She maintains that those battling the disease are the true fighters and are her inspiration. 

Keeping a fit mind and body, she continues to box as well as run. Winter running is her favourite, as well as playing platform tennis, an outdoor winter racquet sport.

JANE FUN FACT: She was Toronto's first female garbage collector! It was, " An awesome summer job for a student"!


Monday, February 16, 2015


Born in Toronto but grew up in Bai Comeau, Quebec, the Reverend Canon John Simons is the oldest of four children and has two grown children himself. A theology professor at McGill University in Montreal and a director of the Montreal School of Theology, John is a devout man with a strong sense of duty balanced with an equally clever wit!

In 2008 Simons said, “We’re going down the river and we can hear the roar of the falls”. This was his take on the declining influence and position of the Anglican Church in Montreal. This goes to his love of ministry and even though it has lost ground, he does not turn his back on those who believe.

Simons attended Trinity College in Toronto and completed his PH.D at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Now, after many years teaching and as a minister in Alberta, Toronto, Montreal and in the United States, he is retiring. He recently married Catherine Smith, a United Church minister in Sackville, New Brunswick. He will move there shortly and one is sure, will help support the local Anglican church there.

JOHN FUN FACT: His passions are metaphysics, theology and ecclesiology. And if you don’t think thats fun, just spend time with him, his charm and humour are omnipresent!


Sunday, February 15, 2015


Tom and Sooky, two friends have come to the Eaton Centre in Toronto to meet up with fiends. They did not know of the Hello Project in the area, but were more than happy to print their names and pose for this photo!

If you know Tom or Sooky, please pass this link on so that they may see themselves featured in today's post!