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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

How to care for your jewelry

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

Race: A Conversation

by Laurinda Lee-Retter, Founder   Last year, the world watched as the “Black Lives Matter” movement entered a global arena and evidence of racism became a mainstream topic of conversation. With the recent discovery of 215 bodies at the site of a former residential school and the attack on an innocent Muslim family in Ontario, it is heartbreaking to have to acknowledge the extent of racism in some parts of Canadian society. It has reignited a conversation among the youth at Kind Karma, most of whom identify as minorities from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds, but this time many...

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Laurinda Lee-Retter

Pandemic views from the eye 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 Ontario (and other parts of 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...

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