5 ways you were a voice for children in 2016

1. Canadian grocery chains took action on slavery in the Thai shrimp industry.

Over 15,000 Voices members emailed the heads of Loblaws, Metro, Sobeys, and Overwaitea Food Group. Three of those companies reported that they would work more closely with Thai suppliers to address human rights abuses.

2. You welcomed Syrian refugees

Nearly 500 people submitted welcome messages for newly arrived Syrian families. We shared these messages at a welcome event at our World Vision office.

4,500 people also asked the Canadian Government to show leadership in helping end the war in Syria, leading to key meetings with Foreign Affairs.

3. You told Canada to increase aid to help the most vulnerable

Thousands of Voices members asked for an increase to our foreign aid budget, and to focus on the world's toughest places.

Thousands watched our video, and joined the conversation on #MoreCanada.

Bithi is one of the thousands of Bangleshi children piecing together designer jeans that she’ll never be able to afford.
Bithi is one of the thousands of Bangleshi children piecing together designer jeans that she’ll never be able to afford.

4. To reduce child labour, you stepped up as conscious consumers

Over 8,000 people participated in the Conscious Consumer Challenge, generating 15,000 ethical actions. The #1 action: asking Tim Horton's about their commitment to ethical coffee.

77% of you reported that your consumer behaviour changed through the challenge.

5. You helped grow Voices to more than 73,000 members

By sharing actions and resources, you helped expand our network.

If you haven’t already, join our Voices network and advocate for children in 2017.

Or, take a moment to join the Voices Facebook group where you can connect with other advocates for children, and contribute in your own voice.  ​​​​​​​​

By Daniel Wilcox