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About Living Ways

Living Ways offers educational and transformative experiences, primarily focused on key dimensions of wellness: people, communities and the planet. Living Ways initiates and supports key international grassroots projects in areas of high poverty, raising hope in the face of despair.

Living Ways was started by Leslie Fell, with the goal of creating a more hopeful, compassionate and sustainable world. After obtaining her Masters Degree in Science and Community Health, she augmented her studies with on-the-ground work with indigenous elders and scholars in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa.

In 2000, Leslie accepted the opportunity to travel to Africa. There she witnessed first hand the devastating impact of poverty. Her travels over the next 14 years enabled her to witness a maddening world. A world where those people with a bed, food and a roof over their heads are better off than 75% of the world.

Support the Launch of Living Ways

As a woman entrepreneur with a proven track record of championing organizations that make a difference in our world, I am seeking financial support to launch Living Ways. Successfully securing start-up funding is essential, and it’s especially challenging for non profits.

In October 2013, Living Ways was incorporated as a Canadian federal non profit. The charitable application has been submitted to the Canadian Revenue Agency and a conservative estimate for our charitable registration is fall 2015.

This is a time of great need for the work we are doing and envisioning. We are facing formidable times environmentally and for many, economically.

We live on a planet where:girl in field b&W
* Over one billion people do not have safe drinking water and go hungry
* 60% of the ozone layer has been lost in 50 years
* 70% of the world’s original forests have been eliminated
* 90% of all large fish are being depleted from the oceans

If we are going to leave this world a better place for future generations, then we must act now. We need your financial support.

We have two easy ways to donate:

1. online at
2. cheque made payable to: “Living Ways” and mailed to: 2429 County Road 25 Castleton, Ontario K0K 1M0.

Please note: Living Ways is a registered Canadian non-profit, but is not yet a Canadian charity. All donations at this time are not tax-deductible.

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller

Our Launch Funding Campaign

We need to raise seed funding of $100,000 for our start-up. We are proud to commit 100% of donations to our projects, yet realize we also require funding for operational support. We need to secure funds for key costs such as:

* Salaries (part time) & casual labour
* Insurance (Non-profit, Directors’ & Officers’ insurance)
* Organization development & implementation
* Legal & accounting
* Marketing & communications (including web & graphic design) • General office operations & supplies
* Program management expenses
* Small office equipment

A solid foundation requires many stakeholders. All donations matter. Many small donations add to a significant amount. We appreciate monthly donations as well as three-year pledges, since they simplify support planning and cash flow management.

Donations can be made online at or with a cheque made payable to: “Living Ways” and mailed to: 2429 County Road 25 Castleton, Ontario K0K 1M0. Need assistance with donations by credit cards or have questions? Please call 416-907-8161 Donate Now!

Please note: Living Ways is a registered Canadian non-profit, but is not yet a Canadian charity. All donations at this time are not tax-deductible.

Our Achievements

We are creating our new non profit and also have a number of exciting new projects underway. Here are some of the highlights to date. 

The Foundation

* Incorporated status for federal not for profit, October 2013
* Completed charitable application for Canadian Revenue Agency
* Secured legal and accounting advice and supportElders
* Established a committed Board of Directors, exceptional advisors & volunteers
* Completed a business plan, logo and web site

Project Sanctuary

* Secured the managed forest program designation for Project Sanctuary in Northumberland Hills
* Coordinated and hosted gatherings, spring & summer of 2014 for children of 4HClub

Wisdom of Elders

* Hosted gatherings with various elders including Dr. Malidoma Somé (Dagara), Elder Vern Harper (Cree) and Svikiro Mandaza Kandemwa (Shona)
* Hosted and coordinated a Canadian schedule May – Aug 2014 for Svikiro Mandaza Kandemwa, an elder from the Shona tradition, Central Africa
* Implemented initial stage of Legacy of Elders project

Education IS HopeChildren

* Created Education IS Hope project. supporting children and youth in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
* Covered cost of tuition exam fees. school supplies and uniforms in 2014 for 19 children and one adult
* Arranging purchase of bicycles, helmets & locks for youth to aid transportation to/from school

New pilot on sustainability

Creating a project in Zimbabwe on sustainability with focus on permaculture & food growth.
Passion, experience, skills and tenacity has begun the launch of Living Ways, however we need your financial support to continue our success.

To have an exponential impact, we need your help to join our campaign and spread the word. There is incredible potential for Living Ways to become a thriving, sustainable organization, which in turn can enable individuals, projects, and organizations to flourish in our world.

It’s a bold vision. We need you to be a part of it. 

There is a saying , “It takes a village to raise a child.” – and it takes a community of many to help launch an organization. Your support will enable us to leave a legacy of love and wisdom for our world.

With gratitude and hope,


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