The Ladybug Foundation is winding down.
Thank you for thinking of us, but we are not able to accept any further donations to the Foundation.

 


 

A Message from Hannah

 

Hi Everyone,

It is with a full heart that I write that after 15 amazing years, filled with the generosity and kindness of so many, The Ladybug Foundation is winding down.

Our goal has always been to make change in the lives of Canadians experiencing homelessness, hunger or poverty by connecting hearts. Ever since I was 5 years old, it’s been about communicating the importance of sharing a little of what we have and caring about each other. It has been about the simple power of hope.

Looking at the last 15 years, I am overwhelmed with gratitude by the countless moments that I have seen connection, caring, sharing and hope create change across Canada and around the world.

And so I say thank you to every person who shared their experiences of homelessness as we worked to gain knowledge and understanding. Thank you to every shelter, food bank and soup kitchen we’ve partnered with whose work so profoundly affects the lives of Canadians living in poverty every day. Thank you to everyone who has shared their time, money, ideas and enthusiasm with The Ladybug Foundation. Thank you to our board members and full time volunteers whose dedication and insight were invaluable. Thank you to every child who listened to our story in assemblies or in classrooms and met us with optimism, excitement and hope. Thank you to every educator who made those assemblies happen.

Thank you to my Grade 1 teacher, Mrs. Hildebrand, who took my young heart seriously.

Thank you to my family. You had a passionate kid who, thanks to you, never questioned the strength of her voice.

Thank you for every mile walked, jar painted, and bit of change collected. Thank you for finding step stools, milk crates and guitar cases for me to stand on when I was still too short to reach the podium. Thank you even more for listening.

Some have said that all of this became possible because a little girl spoke up; but really this became possible because so many incredible people listened.

I will always help and I will always care for those who are homeless or hungry in Canada. There is still work to do to make sure that every Canadian has a roof over their head, enough food to eat and love and care. I am committed to continuing to work in new ways to make this change happen. That passion I found when I was five hasn’t gone anywhere.

Please continue to create hope in the lives of those around you. Share a little of what you have and care about each other always. It has the power to create profound change. I know because I’ve seen it.

With all of my heart, thank you.

Hugs and ladybugs,

Hannah