Hannah Taylor- The Ladybug Foundation
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1996, Hannah is by all accounts a regular young teen. Her zest for life extends to her love of people, nature, writing and drawing. She is the published author of Ruby’s Hope, a beautifully written and illustrated children’s story that inspires hope and caring, and empowers its readers to get involved and “makeChange” at any age.
When Hannah was 5, she saw a man eating out of a garbage can on a frozen winter day. Hannah was immediately filled with sadness and questions. “Why, why, why?” she asked. “If everyone shared what they had, could that cure homelessness?” Since that defining moment, Hannah has learned about hunger and homelessness. Where society sees a problem, Hannah sees a person.
By 8, Hannah had founded The Ladybug Foundation Inc., a registered charity, and had become the innocent face of the homeless, seeing their plight with the clarity of a child and speaking out for them across Canada, and elsewhere in the world, to one person at a time and to groups as large as 16,000. Hannah has spoken to more than 175 schools, organizations and events. Hannah believes that everyone deserves a roof over their head and enough food to eat, as basic human rights.
Through Hannah’s efforts, well over 3 million dollars has been raised directly and indirectly to assist projects across Canada providing shelter, food and safety for homeless people. Hannah has visited many of the shelters she supports. At a teenage shelter in Toronto, Hannah experienced a moment that she will never forget. As she was leaving the shelter, hugging each child, one of the quietest children stepped from the back and said, “Until today I thought no one loved me. Now I know you love me.”
Hannah is also the founder of a second, separate charity, The Ladybug Foundation Education Program Inc., through which she has inspired the development of “makeChange: The Ladybug Foundation Education Program”, a K-12 resource for use in schools across Canada to empower young people to get involved and “makeChange” in their world.