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Robin Mednick is the founder of Pencils for Kids, a Canadian NGO working to provide every child the opportunity for an education
Robin donates her time, as a volunteer, to running Pencils for Kids. Since 2005, Pencils for Kids has partnered with the community of Libore, in Niger, West Africa, with a population of 30,000. They have built three schools, a library, nine kindergartens, sponsored scholarships for girls and are piloting a Farmers of the Future program in three schools.
Her inspiration came from hearing 30 kids had to share one pencil in a Niger classroom and it was her instinct to say “let’s not just talk about it, let’s do something”. Pencils for Kids is a charity providing classroom supplies, programs, libraries and schools to communities in need. Through sheer passion and determination she turned an idea into action and seven years later, schools have been built, scholarship programs implemented and lives have been transformed.
By focusing on education, Robin has left an indelible mark on the lives of kids and their community. She is a prime example of how ordinary people can do extraordinary things by sharing their stories and taking one step at a time.
Robin talks on Speaker's Spotlight and at TEDxHavergalCollege
Robin Mednick is a founding member and Director of Pencils for Kids and a lifelong advocate for many charitable causes. She has an M.A. from Oxford University in Politics and Economics and a degree in Law from Osgoode Hall.
Robin’s accomplishments include creating and co-editing the bestseller, Heroes in Our Midst, Top Canadian Athletes Share Personal Stories From Their Lives in Sport, establishing the Urban Leadership Awards Program for the Canadian Urban Institute, serving as Manager of Canada House in the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, Manager of Special Events at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and acting as Coordinator of 170 athletes who were ambassadors for Toronto’s Olympic Bid. For two years she worked as the Executive Producer of the Good Life Radio show hosted by Jesse Dylan on Sirius Satellite Radio.
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Grab a lunch with Robin
Robin has a wealth of experience in many different careers. In this group lunch session with up to two other bidders, feel free to ask Robin about her work locally and abroad, or what her current most challenging problems are. You can also ask her for advice on a charitable idea you might have. Nothing's too big to tackle - Robin's Pencils for Kids idea started with just a phone call after all!