Kindness Quote by June Callwood

June Callwood exuded kindness and compassion. It was how she lived her life; it was what she believed in.

On April 2, 2007, just 12 days before she died, June gave George Stroumboulopoulos her last interview. It was a beautiful interview. She was extremely candid and honest. She talked openly about her life, her experiences, and her loves. Her honesty included her health and her acceptance of her remaining days. When asked about what comes next, in afterlife, she said she did not believe in God.

I believe in kindness, I think it’s very communicable. Just as meanness is too, but even more so, more powerful.” June Callwood, Canadian Journalist, Author and Social Activist, 1924-2007

June had an incredible career in journalism, working for the Globe and Mail and freelance writing for various books and magazines, and also authoring many books. She was also host of several television shows. She received the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario and became an inductee into the Canadian News Hall of Fame.

Her concern for social justice, most prominently for children and women, exemplified her belief in kindness. In 1988, at the height of the HIV/AIDS pandemic she founded Casey House, a Toronto hospice for people with AIDS. World AIDS Day was proclaimed on Dec 1 that same year. She also founded Jessie’s, a centre for pregnant teens and young parents, PEN Canada, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Feminists Against Censorship. And there is so much more, June helped found over 50 social organizations, her life achievements are immense and inspiring.

Great consideration for one another, that’s what’s going to save the world.” June Callwood


As we enter the hectic, silly season of December holidays and close out 2014, we should slow down and reflect upon the past year. Ask yourself, have you been kind to others?

We should all aspire to be kind, every day.


Mood of the Month | Simple Thoughts
It takes every bone in my body not to over think the holidays this year. I needed to remind myself of the cozy slow things that make it so special.  I needed something airy and ...Read More
Holly's Sweets & Eats, Barrie Ontario
Restaurant Review: Holly's Sweets & Eats, Barrie Ontario Is there anything better than the smell of a bakery? Who doesn’t love walking into a café and being welcomed by the mouthwatering aroma of soft, ...Read More
Beautiful Bras for Prosthetic Inserts, Bravo Fine Lingerie Barrie
Do all women feel more beautiful when they are wearing a beautiful bra? Breasts come in all shapes and sizes and there are beautiful bras for every size; from a to j. ...Read More
Dark Chocolate Biscotti
This Dark Chocolate Biscotti with candy cane crushed on top. For the holidays. So delicious! Perfect for gifts too! . Find the recipe in the card at the top the post. . Recipe by Lisa Klementti ...Read More
Ashley Davidson Design Bathroom Facelift "Before"
After the much anticipated wait I have the results from last months post! Here are the before and after photos, enjoy!! Issues Before: Paint Colour – Never my favourite. This was the last ...Read More
Cableknit Throw & Pillow by Brunelli
This beautiful, classic cable knit throw and pillow just say warm and cozy, perfect for hunkering down and hibernating on snowy days. Brunelli is a Canadian bedding company out of Quebec and their ...Read More
DIY Advent Calendar by Hey Look
Santa Claus parades have started and will run through many of the weekends leading up to Christmas, just another sign that the countdown has begun! Here are a few of our favourite DIY Advent Calendars to ...Read More
Playlist | Falling Leaves
Easy sounds for short days, long evenings and crisp mornings - as the colours fade and winter peaks over the horizon, enjoy these tunes as you wind down for hibernation, or gear up for snowy ...Read More
Shopping in Downtown Barrie Ontario
We can’t say often enough how much we value the shop local way of life. Local businesses support our communities. They offer employment opportunities and turn their hard earned money right back into their ...Read More