Morgan Wienberg

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, December 9, 2016 - 1:20pm
Location: 
Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event Type: 
Week Without Walls

Raised in Canada’s far northern city of Whitehorse, Yukon, throughout her youth, Morgan volunteered with non-profit organizations and developed an all-consuming interest in human rights. In 2010, six months after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, this high school valedictorian traded her snow boots for sandals and set off for the devastated country. What was meant to be a short trip changed her life – and countless others – forever.

Morgan volunteered in an orphanage and found the conditions to be appalling. She witnessed children who were neglected, beaten and starved. In some cases, children were used as slaves or sold, as if they were property. Although it was sorely needed, the children were denied medical attention. Morgan discovered that children had been sent to the orphanage by their parents in the mistaken belief that their children would be offered food, education and loving care. Morgan began to work towards reuniting children with their families.

In 2011, Morgan co-founded Little Footprints, Big Steps (LFBS). Morgan continues to live in Haiti, leading the organization with integrity, creativity and perseverance. Forging partnerships and collaborations with other non-profits and with the Haitian government; spearheading initiatives and piloting programs; hiring and guiding Haitian staff; managing the program administration; tirelessly pouring love and encouragement into all of the children and families that come her way.

She is an honoured recipient of the Meritorious Service Cross Medal, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Governor General of Canada Academic Awards, Yukon Commissioner Award, recognized in Washington, DC as a finalist for the Berger-Marks Foundation for Young Women Impacting Social Justice and was awarded the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship Award for Humanitarian Impact. She was a keynote speaker at the 2013 United Nations Youth Assembly. Her work and spirit inspire men, women and children all around the world.