Hey Everyone! I just got back from a really inspiring weekend at this years MEDA conference. I was once again able to do a short presentation there and sell my art cards. This year I was also able to sell pre-orders of my book! I love MEDA and I'm always honored to be asked to present there, but one of the best things is all the people I meet and all that I learn when I am there. I always get to listen to some really inspiring speakers. Here are a few of the things that really stood out to me this year:

  • I got to hear the amazing story of Peace by Chocolate. Peace by Chocolate was founded by a family who owned a chocolate factory in Syria but had to flee the country when the war broke out because their factory was bombed. For a while they lived in a refugee camp in Lebanon but then they came to Canada. While they were in Lebanon they couldn't go to school and they couldn't work. Canada was a chance to start over. In a small town in Nova Scotia they started this amazing chocolate shop! I was most inspired to hear how incredibly happy the mother was when she was finally able to see her children return to school in Canada. Plus, the chocolates were delicious! Check out their website here!
  • I learned a lot of facts about peace from Dr. Samantha Nutt of War Child. One of the most important things I learned was that the biggest factor in reducing the rate of deaths among children younger than age five is better education and access to job opportunities for women. (Read more of Dr. Samantha here)

These speakers always inspire me to keep working to build a school and bring education to all kids! You can help too. Remember that all profits from the sale of my book and cards go to help build a school. Let's Battle The Bad With Beauty!