On June 6, 2015, members of the TCP team attended a wine tasting event hosted by Ottawa’s CHANCE Foundation at the Perrault Winery in Navan, ON. The winery served as a perfect location for the event due to its isolated rural location and plantation of grape-bearing vines.
The event started off with wine tasting and appetizer pairings, complemented with the beautiful vocals of Julie and Pierres, a duet band from Montreal, QC. Apart from the large turnout and overall success of the event, TCP was fortunate to meet the CHANCE Foundation’s President and Founder, Shannon Tessier.
TCP is grateful for the new partnership with CHANCE, and learning about Shannon’s reason for creating the organization is an example of philanthropic heroism. Her stories of wanting to improve the lives of unprivileged children by providing education, health and recreation closely align with Julie Hakim’s aspirations for TCP.
Julie invested her time in launching small-scale development projects for the sole purpose of improving the lives of children in Western Kenya. Her goal, since TCP’s inception, is to provide a better life to orphaned Kenyan children affected by HIV/AIDS. This specific focus stems from her time volunteering at a local hospital in Kenya. After witnessing the harsh realities faced by children, Julie returned to Ottawa with determination and was able to raise money for an orphanage that was home to underprivileged children.
During the CHANCE event, Shannon shared the story of how children from a very poor village adjacent to where she conducted research in Vietnam met with her every morning at the front of her room; they carried her research equipment to the study site and sat with her as she studied. Shannon eventually formed a bond with the children and knew that she wanted to help better the lives of unprivileged children.
Shannon and Julie share a common ambition, which they both realized during their experiences as volunteers. Volunteering teaches valuable lessons and in some cases, it can change a person’s perspective on life.