Photo of the Week: #CEFxHeroImages

September 18th, 2014

In Hye Lee, Social Media Coordinator

On September 13, Compassionate Eye Foundation and Hero Images had the exciting experience of collaborating on a business-themed photoshoot at the Perkins + Will offices in Vancouver. Drew Myers, Rebecca Frick, and Beau Lark of the Calgary-based photography company flew in to Vancouver and volunteered their time and talent in contributing to CEF’s mission. Photographs from the shoot will be added to our Getty Images collection in the upcoming months; but for now, we can enjoy behind-the-scenes shots like this one, showing photographer Beau Lark in action! Visit our Storify account to read more about the #CEFxHeroImages collaboration.

Beau Lark

#CEFxHeroImages – What’s the Buzz?

September 12th, 2014

Jenn Laidlaw, Blog Manager


You may have noticed the #CEFxHeroImages countdown on our social media channels this month. Perhaps you are seeing #CEFxHeroImages for the first time and wondering if it’s an algebra equation. Either way, you are likely asking yourself what does it all mean? Now is the time to find out as we are only 1 day away!

On September 13, photographers from Hero Images, who are based out of Calgary, will be invading Vancouver. But not to worry – this is a friendly invasion, their name does contain the word “hero” after all! They will descend on the city with 4 camera bodies, 12 lenses, 4 laptops, and as many lights, stands, and props as they can fit into their suitcases! These photographers are taking part in their first Compassionate Eye Foundation photoshoot as part of our summer Focus on Change 2014 Photoshoot Tour and we can’t wait to see them in action.

The location: The beautiful Perkins + Will office in downtown Vancouver.

Be a part of the excitement! Bookmark this page and make sure you check back to see the outcome of this exciting photoshoot! If you like what you see, please share it with your social communities and help us increase the buzz about CEF and our partners.Use the hashtag #CEFxHeroImages when posting and sharing online and make sure you are following us on Instagram + Twitter Facebook

Photo of the Week: More from the Business Entrepreneur Shoot

September 11th, 2014

In Hye Lee, Social Media Coordinator

This beautiful image is just one of many from our recent Business Entrepreneur Shoot in Montreal with talented photographers Julie Francoeur and Renaud Robert! This and other images from the shoot will soon be available for purchase on our Getty Images collection. Until then, keep in touch with us through our social media channels and website. You’ll find information on more photoshoots as we continue with our Focus on Change 2014 Photo Shoot Tour,which focuses on lifestyle and business-themed photos, with proceeds benefiting vulnerable children in Ethiopia, a school in Guatemala, and more. Next up is our collaboration with Hero Images!


Photo of the Week

September 3rd, 2014

Sumi Kim, Social Media Coordinator

This photo captures our excitement about our upcoming photoshoot with Hero Images in Vancouver!  This week’s photograph is selected from Hero Images on Facebook. Hero Images produces trade specific royalty-free photography for the advertising and publishing industries.

This is the first time Hero Images has joined CEF and donated their time and talent to us. We would like to thank Hero Images for getting involved in the Focus on Change 2014 Photoshoot Tour event. The photoshoot is scheduled for September 13th. We are counting down the days until it starts! Stay tuned for more updates.



The People of CEF: John Grant

August 30th, 2014

Leah Yee, Social Media Manager

ice cream JohnJohn Grant is the Associate Director of Simon Fraser University’s Alumni Relations office. When he’s not busy providing services to the university’s 130,000 alumni across the world, he is working hard as the editor of Compassionate Eye Foundation’s internal newsletter, In Focus.

Before John joined CEF, the board was keen to figure out a way to share information and updates with our numerous core volunteers. CEF has always recognized that effective communication is vital and that it is important that volunteers know the direction the organization is moving in. And so, in collaboration with Executive Director Susan McDonald, John created In Focus, a monthly email update sent to volunteers and contributors. First and foremost came figuring out which types of content are of most interest to the group. Each month, following the board meeting, John is sent the high level items that the board wishes to share with volunteers. He then tweaks some of the content, adds links and images, and formats the overall piece before sending it out.

John first encountered CEF at the 2012 Timeraiser Vancouver event. He was instantly drawn to the concept of combining photography with international development projects. As John says, “it seemed like an incredible concept and sure enough it’s turned out to be a really great organization to work with”. Through Timeraiser John pledged to volunteer 100 hours with Vancouver non-profits, including CEF. He has since accomplished this goal but he isn’t stopping there! John plans to continuing working as the In Focus editor in the future. Being so dedicated to this project is not without its unique challenges – namely finding the time to accomplish so much as a full-time SFU employee, recent Master of Education graduate, and enthusiastic volunteer – however it is a challenge he happily accepts.

When asked about what advice he would share with other CEF volunteers, John recommends that others try to attend a photo shoot. John was our behind the scenes correspondent at the 2013 Family – Work, Rest, and Play shoot with Steven Errico, and he named this as his favourite CEF experience thus far: “It was super cool!”

Thank you for all your contributions, John. We are excited to have you as part of the CEF family now and in the future!

Photo of the Week: Back to School!

August 27th, 2014

Sumi Kim, Social Media Coordinator

It’s almost back to school time!  Don’t these kids look excited to go back to school?

This lovely photograph of children is chosen from the Kids from Above photoshoot in London, UK. It was a CEF 2012 Summer Photoshoot campaign with photographer Jasper White and producer Fiona Watson. With our talented photographer and volunteer efforts, we are able to create beautiful photographs to make a difference in the world! Are you looking for a way to contribute? We have more images available for sale on Getty Images and funds generated will support projects around the world.

CEF’s Sierra Leone Teacher Empowerment and Training Program

August 26th, 2014

By Eunice Sotelo,  Social Media Coordinator

Education isn’t just about students acquiring knowledge; it’s about lifelong learners making real-world connections to what they’ve learned in the classroom. It follows that teachers who are properly trained for the job and feel supported in their role would have the confidence and capacity to lead and mentor. Compassionate Eye Foundation’s Teacher Empowerment and Training Program in the Koinadugu District of Sierra Leone, in partnership with CAUSE Kids aims to do exactly that.

CAUSE Canada

CAUSE Canada, an international and development organization founded in Montreal, had been implementing projects in Sierra Leone since 1988. It started CAUSE Kids in 2006 to fund formal education in Koinadugu, as well as promote better health care for students. CAUSE Kids’ layered approach to education meant dealing with the basics first; equip children with daily meals, uniforms and school supplies and we enable them to learn. Four years ago, CAUSE Kids partnered with CEF for the Peer Literacy Program, which trained grades 10 and 11 students to become peer literacy tutors to primary students in after-school reading and phonetics sessions. The chosen tutors received financial support along with weekly computer training and library services at CAUSE Kids Integrated Learning Centre.

Teacher training program

CEF’s teacher training program with CAUSE Kids extends the goal of helping to revitalize the public education system in Sierra Leone. This year, the plan is to improve the skills of rural primary teachers in 17 target schools comprising 5,100 students and 145 teachers. At a two-day conference in November 2014, participating teachers will learn best practices from education professors in Science, Math, Phonics, Information Technology and child-centered teaching techniques (CCTT). The emphasis is on delivering information accurately and addressing the learning needs of the students.

Many teachers will also benefit from weekly professional mentoring by trained educators over the course of a year. Of the 145 participants, 25 will receive bursaries toward one year of their Teachers Education Certificate at the Makeni Polytechnic Institute. Teachers will study on weekends in Kabala and between scholastic terms. As of July 15, 2014, CEF is proud to report 18 female teachers and seven male teachers were enrolled in the teacher certification program. As more female teachers become involved in their professional growth, young girls can continue to look up to professional female role models who see the value in education. The hope is that these students will gradually see better teacher delivery and support in their classrooms.

Empowering teachers in remote areas

As CAUSE Kids has pointed out in its program proposal, there is no “shortage of capable, self-motivated individuals wanting to teach” in Sierra Leone. CEF’s role is to help empower elementary school teachers in remote areas like Koinadugu by giving them the opportunity to thrive in their chosen career through training and mentorship. With guidance and support they can grow as professionals and become a positive influence in their communities.

Photo of the Week: Business Entrepreneur Shoot

August 21st, 2014

Krystele Chavez, Social Media Coordinator

Doesn’t this image perfectly portray the idea of ‘work hard, play hard’? This behind the scenes shot was taken at last Sunday’s Business Entrepreneur shoot in Montreal.  The creation of new imagery will generate funds we will use to support projects in developing communities and we look forward to improving lives around the world. Thanks to talented photographers Julie Francoeur and Renaud Robert for giving their time and efforts! 


Photo of the Week: Upcoming Business Shoot

August 14th, 2014

Krystele Chavez, Social Media Coordinator

This week’s chosen image is a reflection of an upcoming Focus on Change 2014 Photo Shoot Tour event, which will be a business shoot tentatively scheduled for September 13 in Vancouver! This photo was taken by Beau Lark, who, along with a few other photographers from Hero Images, will spend the day creating stock photography. Money earned from the upcoming shoot will help support Compassionate Eye Foundation‘s global projects, such as the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia, a Partners in the Horn of Africa project we recently funded.

Stay tuned as CEF’s 2014 shoots continue to heat up!

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Photo of the Week: Vancouver Pool Party Shoot

August 6th, 2014

Leah Yee, Social Media Manager

July 29th was a beautiful sunny day and the perfect backdrop for the latest stop on the Focus on Change 2014 Photo Shoot Tour. A talented  cast and crew gathered in Vancouver to put on a successful pool party themed shoot led by photographer Steven Errico. Check out the rest of the behind the scenes collection on Facebook!

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