is recognised internationally as an award-winning
social entrepreneur, educator, author, child advocate and parenting expert who
has created programs informed by the power of empathy.
In 1996 Mary outlined
the initial curriculum of Roots of Empathy
and began piloting the program in
Toronto. In 2000 she established the national and international organization
Roots of Empathy, which now offers programs in every province of Canada, New
Zealand, the USA, the Isle of Man, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland,
England, Wales, Scotland, and Germany. In 2005, Ms Gordon created the Seeds of
Empathy program. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and an Ashoka Fellow.