Kindness Coaches join the Oakville Community Foundation to help ‘spread the kindness’ in Oakville

Oct 23, 2012





Oakville, ON – The Oakville Community Foundation’s Random Acts of Kindness Day on November 9th is quickly approaching and Kindness Coaches, Steffi Black and Ivy Sims will be at the annual kick-off Celebration on Wednesday October 24, 2012 to help spread today’s relevant and timely message on the importance of being kind. Hosted by the Oakville Community Foundation, this drop-in event geared towards ages 3-5 year olds will be held at Oak Park Community Place from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

As Kindness Advocates for Schools, the two representatives will continue to spread the importance of being kind later that day when they visit a grade one classroom at Captain R. Wilson Elementary School. In their 40 minute interactive workshop, the duo will run an activity where the kids are asked to choose a classmate’s name from a box and then write 2 to 3 kind words about them, which is in turn shared with the class. “There are many benefits of being kind – for both the receiver and the giver, but nothing shows the positive effects of being kind more than the looks of joy on the children’s faces when they hear the nice things their classmates have to say about them”, says Kindness Advocate Black.
 
How important is kindness to young children? Numerous scientific studies show that acts of kindness result in significant health benefits, both physical and mental. And that is why kindness coaches, Sims and Black love visiting elementary schools to share the importance of kind acts.
 
According to author and scientist David R. Hamilton, “When we're kind, we inspire others to be kind, and it actually creates a ripple effect that spreads outwards to our friends' friends' friends -- to three degrees of separation. Just as a pebble creates waves when it is dropped in a pond, so acts of kindness ripple outwards, touching others' lives and inspiring kindness everywhere the wave goes.”
 
The innovative, interactive website forum www.randomactsofkindness.org serves as the inspiration for the Kindness workshops/presentations the Kindness Coaches do in the GTA and surrounding areas and they plan to be back in an Oakville school for Random Acts of Kindness Day on November 9th. “At the end of the day, it’s all about spreading the kindness”, says Ivy.
 
About Us
Former media representative & marketer Steffi Black is now a Life & Career Coach for individuals and business and Kindness Advocate for Children. Her website is: www.steffiblackcoaching.com. Ivy Sims has a background in marketing and communications, is an active community volunteer and is also a Kindness Advocate for Children.
 
For media inquiries, please contact:
Steffi Black at 416-553-5529 or steffiblack@gcylaw.com 
Ivy Sims at 905-220-2813 or ivy.german@cogeco.ca

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