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National Arts Centre / Centre national des Arts
1 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5W1
We are taught from an early age:
it is better to give than to receive.
But do we really believe it? And if doing good for others is only human, why do we only do it for some, and why don't we do it more? So many people at home and beyond need help — where do we begin, and how?
Join us as a lineup of exciting speakers — inventors, tech leaders, young refugees and more — cut through the information-overload of modern life to shine a light on how altruism and kindness can create meaningful impact in your life, your work and your community. Their powerful stories will energize you to reflect, question and engage in new ways.
Our keynote speaker for the evening is Jim Estill, CEO, entrepreneur & philanthropist ...who personally sponsored 58 Syrian refugee families. Jim will share why he was moved to invest more than $2 million of his own money into giving complete strangers a new home, and the lessons he learned along the way.
Just being at The Kindness of Strangers will make a difference to others, as proceeds from the evening will support Refugee 613's Podcasting Project, a pilot initiative to bring information and practical advice on the Canadian financial system to refugee newcomers via their smartphones.
Additional speakers will be announced in the coming days — check back often or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates!
Doors open at 6 pm to the newly renovated Fourth Stage
Seating is bistro-style, no reservations
Cash bar and complimentary hors d'oeuvres
One 20-minute intermission
Refugee 613 provides innovative information and connection services to help refugee newcomers and the wider Ottawa community navigate services and strengthen belonging. We help build a welcoming community where everyone can thrive by convening working groups and online communities, hosting events and generating digital content to fill key information gaps for newcomers and old hands alike.
Created in 2015 by a coalition of frontline service providers and volunteers in settlement, health and refugee sponsorship, Refugee 613 is led by a small, dynamic team and hosted by the registered charity OCISO.