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Laurinda Lee-Retter

About Adoption

A guest blog post by author Wendy Hayes.   November is Adoption Awareness Month, which carries with it so much complexity, especially for adoptees. Generally, society views adoption as an event that has a positive impact on a young person’s life, perhaps even going as far to believe that adoptees should feel gratitude for their adoption. As we listen to adoptees (or what I like to call First Voice Advocates), we are learning that adoption journeys are so much more complex than the simple happy ending many are led to understand it as. In Canada and the US, the majority of...

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Laurinda Lee-Retter

An unedited testament of change

We are so honoured to be able to support vulnerable youth in our community with meaningful employment and in case you were wondering exactly how much your support means, here is an unedited testimonial from one of our youth artisans outlining the true meaning of Kind Karma.   "I've been working at Kind Karma for a few months and I can honestly say that I've changed tremendously in a short amount of time. Kind Karma has given me a sense of structure and productivity without getting in the way of my healing process. With all of the ups and downs...

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Laurinda Lee-Retter

Tips for jewelry care

Kind Karma pieces are handcrafted with high quality materials because they were designed to be enjoyed instead of worried about. It is one of the reasons why our pieces are sustainable – after all, how sustainable is tarnished costume jewelry that ends up in the landfill after a season of wear? However, nothing is indestructible and there are always best practices when it comes to caring for jewelry so that it can last as long as possible. Here are five of our top tips for keeping your jewelry as pristine as when you first got it:   1. Avoid contact...

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Laurinda Lee-Retter

Pandemic views from the eyes of the vulnerable

It has been over a year since we first heard the words “COVID-19” and “global pandemic” but with similar levels of restrictions imposed in Canada this past week, it feels like little has changed since last March. With most of us commiserating over similar emotions, experiences and frustrations, we wanted to share how the pandemic has affected those from a different walk of life – vulnerable youth and more specifically, the at-risk and homeless youth that we have the privilege to work with. Over the past year, most of us have leaned on our loved ones for support whether through...

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