CFN CEO MCs the Deborah Ellis Be The Change Event

This past week the Calgary Public Library, as a part of the Calgary International Children's Festival, hosted the Deborah Ellis: Be the Change event at the John Dutton Theatre. The event, emceed by CFN CEO Anila Lee Yuen, focused on building a kinder world and empowering youth to take action. In addition to Deborah Ellis speaking, short presentations featuring some of the work elementary students are doing in Calgary to build a kinder more caring community were a part of the program.

Deborah Ellis is an award-winning author and activist, who wrote the international bestseller The Breadwinner, as well as many other challenging and beautiful works about children the world over. The Cat At The Wall, is her most recent work and tells the story of a young cat who sneaks into a Palestinian house on the West Bank, and a young boy who is hiding beneath the floorboards. She has won the Governor General’s Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work amongst several others. Ellis has received the Ontario Library Association’s President’s Award for Exceptional Achievement, while also being named to the Order of Ontario.

Perhaps most telling of Ellis' character, she is a passionate advocate for the disenfranchised, donating most of her royalty income to worthy causes, including more than one million dollars in royalty donations from the Breadwinner alone. Organizations such as Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, Street Kids International, the Children in Crisis Fund of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) and UNICEF have all benefitted from Eliis' incredible generosity. For more photos of the event CLICK HERE and stay tuned for more of Ellis and her work.