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Canadian Update


 For those of you who don't know me.  Hello!  My name is Erin Deviney and I was initially part of the Global Poverty Project team in Australia and am now thrilled to be starting up GPP Canada.

I'm going to a bit sappy for a minute - a rarity for those that know me.  When I made the decision to leave Australia in July to return back to Canada, I felt a bit underwhelmed.  I was leaving something truly remarkable behind me. 
Less than a week after returning home - the call came in.  'We are coming to Toronto".  And the rest is history.
Friday, September 11th marked the beginning of the GPP here in Canada.  I arrived at the Danforth Music Hall that morning afraid that it was going to be empty.  I left that day energized at what is going to come in 2010. 
This is truly going to be a global movement and Canada is going to be a key part of it. 
I'm not typically a blogger - I'll get more exciting as I go along.  Stay tuned.
One last thing.... if you saw the presentation on September 11th - what did you think?

GPP Canada 


Posted by Erin Deviney (Canadian Country Manager) in for column GPP - Canada on Sep 28th 2009, 23:25

Toronto, Canada - Global Poverty LAUNCH





 Dear GPP Supporters,
A quick note from Toronto to let you know how the North American Launch went on Thursday. 
Thanks to the amazing support of Centennial College, Chris Adams, Hugh Jackman, and the tireless work of our very own Erin Deviney, the launch was a huge success!
We had between 600-700 people there at 11am on a Friday morning, a phenomenal turnout. One guest drove past 4 times, thinking they were in the wrong spot, and that they must have accidentally gone to a rock concert venue because of all the people outside. The auditorium was packed. 
Media coverage was great- Toronto knows about this project now due to our coverage on EZ Rock/Virgin Radio (top-rated morning show in Toronto), CBC Radio (top rated talk radio show in Toronto), The Torontoist (most-read blog in the Toronto) and tonight, CBC TV News at Six. And much more. Here are a few links to the media coverage- 
GPP's Producers, Clive from TCO and Chris Adams worked with more than 20 students to film the presentation, creating content that can be fed into the film and promotions content that we'll be creating.
The presentation itself went really well. We were very encouraged to receive a standing ovation at the end of the presentation, and a long line of people wanting to chat afterwards. Thank you to everyone who attended. 
Special thanks also need to go to Clive, Jo Melling and the entire team at TCO, who have spent the last few weeks pulling very long hours to get Mach II of the presentation ready. It looks stunning, and after the team pulled an all-nighter before the presentation getting the final touches ready. 
We are excited to take the project across North America later this year and towards the start of 2010. 

Warmest regards,
Hugh Evans and Simon Moss
Posted by Hugh Evans in for column GPP - Canada on Sep 16th 2009, 04:21