WHO ARE WE

A Canadian Educational Charity that is 100% Volunteer-Run

Ripple Foundation aims to empower the next generation by advocating the benefits of creative literacy. Ripple Foundation is grounded by these core pillars:

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Creativity

Fostering creativity matters. Today’s innovative ideas and creations are a result of an individual daring to imagine and dream.

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Education

Supporting and developing programs to teach Canadian youth the benefits of creativity and knowledge in their current and future lives.

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Leadership

Advocating for creativity and education in youth has the potential to shape the leaders of tomorrow.

OUR PROGRAMS

Ripple Foundation creates and delivers free community programs advocating creative literacy among children and youth.

Kids Write 4 Kids
An annual, nationwide creative writing contest for youth in grades 4-8. The winning stories are published as books made available for sale online. The proceeds from these book sales are donated to the winner’s charity of choice to foster a sense of philanthropy. Youth authors serve as inspiration for their peers. » View Books

Write It Workshops
Free virtual, creative writing workshops for children and youth in grades 4-8, held every Saturday afternoon. Each lesson plan focuses on children’s writing skills through fun, interactive activities. Participants are encouraged to find their voice and gain confidence in their writing choices. Students can earn volunteer hours as workshop facilitators » Learn More

Wave Blog 
A blog dedicated to amplifying the voices of young authors through the publication of posts written by youth in grades 8-12. Students get to share their opinions and experiences on various topics that matter to them. New blog posts are published weekly. Students can earn 5 volunteer hours per blog post. » Read Blog

OUR VOLUNTEERS

Meet some of our dedicated individuals

Run 100% on the efforts of volunteers; we are continuously looking for people who believe in our mission and want to give back to their communities by volunteering their skills and knowledge for our cause. If you are passionate about promoting creative literacy to children and youth, get in touch with us.

"Using my knowledge and skills to create and give back to a cause I believe in gives me an inner satisfaction that words cannot fully describe."

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Ivy Wong

Founder / Publisher

"When my son's face lights up as we read a book together, I'm reminded of the joy and excitement a story can bring. I hope to encourage that light in other children with the Ripple Foundation, helping to inspire a love of reading and writing in youth."

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Lily Gutman

Director of Partnerships

"I'm honoured to be involved in an organization that aligns with my belief – advocating for creativity and education in youth has the potential to shape the leaders of tomorrow."

Andy Lee

Treasurer

"Books and reading have always been a huge and important part of my life. As a child, they gave me access to new worlds and taught me about all manner of things. Working with Ripple Foundation allows me to encourage and foster the same love of reading in today’s youth."

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Tamara Capar

Wave Blog Editor

"It's so important that we encourage the next generation to explore the depths of their imaginations and put pen to paper. This is exactly why I want to help spread the word about the amazing, free resources Ripple Foundation offers for youth across Canada."

Bethany Willetts

PR Lead

"Using my skills and knowledge as a Human Resources professional, I choose to volunteer at Ripple Foundation because it embraces and encourages writing in children, which equips them with the communication and thinking skills that foster their ability to refine and explain their ideas."

Tracey Lee

HR Manager

"Writing and reading helped me find my voice as a child, and it is my pleasure to be part of a cause that encourages children to grow as writers and creative thinkers."

Zhala Taghi-Zada

Writing Workshop Manager

"I believe that we can make a positive impact in our communities by inspiring the next generation always to be curious and creative. I hope that those who join our programs can develop their unique voice and feel confident to run wild with their imagination."

Joanne Li

Social Media Designer

"Books opened up new worlds and were a constant source of happiness. Ripple Foundation allows me to give back to my community while helping a new generation experience the magic of discovering new voices and the joy of finding their own."

Lamara Rowe

Social Media Manager

"I volunteer with Ripple Foundation because I enjoy giving back to younger writers and reading the work of the next wave of great authors!"

Trevor Popoff

Wave Blog SEO

"My passion for writing started at a young age, and I was fortunate to have mentors who fostered my creativity. So I'm thrilled to work with an organization that offers young people ways to explore and soar in their creative ventures."

Leah Kirkpatrick

Grant Researcher/Writer

"Having benefited from what life's given me, I want to give back by volunteering for an organization that is as passionate about reading and writing as much as I am."

Bunny Zheng

Workshop Co-ordinator

"Ripple Foundation is opening the doors to encourage youth to write and be proud of it. We learn by collaborating, encouraging, and improving."

Nicholle White

Program Assistant