Mary Gordon has been a teacher of children, a teacher of parents, and a teacher of teachers, beginning her career as a kindergarten teacher in 1969. Through the Toronto Board of Education, in 1981, she founded Canada ’s first and largest school-based parenting and family literacy program whose model has since been shared around the world. She left her position as administrator of Parenting Programs in 2000 and founded Roots of Empathy, a charitable organization that teaches elementary students human development, emotional literacy, and nurtures the growth of empathy. Thousands of children across Canada are currently involved in Roots of Empathy, and the program is now poised for international implementation.

Festivals: 2005 (Year Round)

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