On June 6, 2015, over 300 guests of The Spark of Hope Foundation gathered at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto for an evening of transformation, and the launch of our series, Women as Architects of Change.

We are delighted to be able to share with you the inspiring addresses by Susan Ormiston and Narmin K. Ismail, as well as photographs from the evening and guest feedback.

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Susan Ormiston: Keynote Speaker – CBC senior correspondent for TV, radio and online

Susan has reported from 25 countries and conflict zones including Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya, Ukraine, Lebanon, Syria, and Israel.

For her award-winning journalism, she’s captured three Geminis including “Best Reportage” for her work in Afghanistan, and “Best Digital” for a Canadian election special called “Ormiston Online.” In 2011 she won a Foreign Press Association award in London.

She’s a frequent guest host for CBC News Network and CBC programs including The National, The Current, As It Happens. She has also reported for CBC’s the fifth estate and Marketplace.

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Narmin K. Ismail, Founder and CEO, The Spark of Hope Foundation

Narmin traces the rapid growth of the Foundation, and how this has come about.

She also shares the stories of some of the remarkable women that the Foundation supports especially from countries in turmoil. She talks about their ambitions, which will transformation impact on communities in the future.

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Memories of the evening at the Museum

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Participant feedback

We are delighted and humbled at the feedback we received. We have shared a selection of this feedback below, which we received at the event and subsequently via a short survey and email.

We asked guests to rate the location (7/7); the program and content (6.8/7) and their awareness of the work of the Foundation after this evening (7/7). We are deeply grateful for these ratings, and the comments below.

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“Congrats – very interested in supporting the organization.”

“Thank you for a wonderful evening at the Ag Khan Museum. I am so impressed with what you have achieved in such a short time! Congratulations!”

“You have so much to be proud of.  You’ve touched so many lives. A legacy to shout from the roof tops.”

“We thoroughly enjoyed the evening and felt that the organizational excellence and thoughtful program run made for a unique and very special evening.”

“Well done! You created and inspired the magic last night.”

“It was a fantastic and incredibly successful event, congrats!”

“Congratulations for a very impressive turnout and excellent presentations and execution.”

“Thank you kindly and immensely for the invite and excellent program Saturday night. You are doing a beautiful fantastic job at this passionate work of yours.”

“Thank you for an inspiring evening. I wish the Spark of Hope Foundation every success as it moves forward to empower and address the issues and challenges facing the girl child.”

“Congratulations for what you have been able to achieve to date in such a short period of time. It was great to see such a wonderful turnout and how everything came together so well.”

“Thanks for the wonderful evening and I am just speechless. You are most certainly an Architect of change. BRAVO.”

“What a special evening we enjoyed Sat night — wow! You have accomplished a great deal!”

“Thank you for the invitation.  We had a wonderful time. We are very impressed with what you have started and wish you the best of luck and good fortune on this laudable mission.”

“It was an invigorating evening and a beautiful setting!”

“Thank you so much for inviting us to your Spark of Hope Awareness evening. It was a beautiful night, and I certainly did become aware of your activities and success.”

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A young woman’s journey of transformation