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Toronto-based Peace Collective is a clothing company with a mission—to contribute to their community while celebrating their country. Through their line of cool, covetable Canadian-themed t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, and accessories they’re doing just that… and a lot more. We spoke to Peace Collective’s John Molina about what fuels them to follow their passions and give back to Canada.
What inspired you to celebrate Canada in such a distinct and highly visible way?
Canada is such an amazing country and through the years there hasn’t really been a cool way to show that. With that understanding, we really wanted to create a platform for Canadians to show their love for the country they come from.
Where did the idea to give back to Canadian organizations come from and why was that important?
Charity has always been such an important part of our lives. We realize how integral it is to help those around us and we knew this was something that we needed to incorporate into Peace Collective. We’re lucky enough to have the opportunity to chase our dreams and passions and we want to give that opportunity to others by supporting people in our community. We imagine a world where the community bands together to support and lift each other to become the best versions of themselves.
With every purchase, Peace Collective donates two healthy meals and a snack to a child in the Canadian educational system. What made you choose to tackle child hunger specifically?
We knew charity was something important but a volunteering trip that the founder, Yanal Dhailieh, attended locked his interest in child hunger. He went to Morocco and noticed a lot of kids would skip school to panhandle on the streets with their parents. Education is something that all kids should have access to, to have the opportunity to one day chase their dreams. We want to ensure that kids don’t need to worry about where their next meal is coming from so they can focus on their education.
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Following up on that question, when there are so many deserving causes and so many areas of need, it can feel overwhelming to someone that wants to help but doesn’t know where to start. Do you have any advice about taking those first steps in getting involved with a charity or volunteer organization?
Take that first step. We’ve always told ourselves to take that first step even when you don’t have everything planned out. It’s easier to move forward and evolve as you learn and this can be applied to getting involved with charities. If something catches your eye, try it out and learn, and if you think your efforts can be better invested somewhere else try something new.
Peace Collective is also starting our Monthly Acts of Kindness events where every month we host an event to help a charitable cause. And if the community is having trouble figuring out where to start, come join us for our monthly events!
When it comes to Canada and being a Canadian, what are you most proud of?
We’re so proud of how supportive and diverse the community is. As we’ve grown we’ve realized that everyone around us just wants to help. It’s something so refreshing to see. Canadians have really been setting the tone for what’s important to them and it’s great to see how helpful and caring everyone is.