One of the keynote speakers at the ACSESS Conference held in Toronto (actually Mississauga … OK Steve?) last week was Frank O’Dea. Frank is a founder of the Second Cup as well as co-founder of ProShred Security … obviously a very successful businessman.
There are always lessons to be learned from people who have had that level of success in business … but really Frank’s story is so much more than that! His presentation entitled Hope, Vision, Action is really a call to action for all of us to get involved and make a difference in the communities in which we live.
It’s a great message!
Frank achieved his success against all the odds! He was an alcoholic living on the streets in Toronto who managed (with a little help from some key people in his life) to get it all back together and to achieve great things.
He never forgot about those helping hands!
In addition to his business success Frank has been instrumental in and a part of phenomenal success in philanthropic and charitable works. The following is taken directly from his website …
Early on, Frank took steps to give back to the community. He began by serving on the boards of directors of charities and not-for-profit organizations. But the entrepreneur’s desire to innovate and build was not to be denied. In 1985 he co-founded Street Kids International, an organization developed to help homeless children in third world countries, through education and self-reliance programs. A few years later, he became the founding Chair of War Child (Canada), an organization that provides assistance against suffering and abuse of children in war affected countries. In the same year, Frank co-founded the Canadian Landmine Foundation, an organization that raises funds for the dismantling of minefields around the world. He went on to initiate that organization’s most successful fund raising program, “Night of a Thousand Dinners”, with participation of people in 29 countries, raising millions of dollars.
Frank’s story inspires me and reminds me that every one of us can make an incredible difference in the world. It just takes some Hope, a little Vision and then taking Action!!!
What are you doing to give back to our world?