Kristi Blakeway is Principal of Harry Hooge Elementary School in Maple Ridge, BC; and Founder of Project HELLO (Helping Everyone Locate Loved Ones). What began as a one-day field trip of high school students approaching the homeless and offering them hand-made greeting cards to send to their loved ones that they have lost touch with, only five years ago – has evolved into a multi-school, year-round, student-run initiative.
To date, Project HELLO has helped over 550 people send messages of love through greeting cards, phone calls and face-to-face reunions.
In 2015, Kristi Blakeway shared her story and message of “Changing the Perception of Homelessness” at TEDx West Vancouver; and continues to be of great inspiration and empowerment to her many students and followers on Twitter and beyondhello.org Blog.
Kristi will be joining us as the keynote speaker at Corpus Christi College's social justice symposium, Voices of Hope. VoH is presented by students, for students, with projects, discussions, artwork focused on deepening understanding of social justice issues in our world.
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