Amid the crush of busy office workers heading to work on that cold December morning, one man stopped, dropped a dime into my hand and hurried on. In and out of my life in an instant. Little does that man know that this tiny act of charity of giving me a dime saved my life.
A former homeless man, Frank O’Dea is a now a celebrated business person, an author, and well known humanitarian. He is an Officer in the Order of Canada and holds honorary degrees from two universities. Over the past 20 years, Frank’s speaking and his books have inspired action and impacted the lives of people in many parts of the world.
Local and international charities have raised millions of dollars through his fundraiser speaking. In the business world, his speaking has opened new perspectives and affected results for thousands of people, from business owners to executives at large corporations such as Microsoft and TD Bank; from leaders at the United Nations to students in China and the Philippines.
“It does show how someone presented with great adversity can make a significant life change and then make a positive difference for so many people.“ P. MacAulay
As a young man, he was a homeless panhandler living on the streets dealing with all the problems brought on by addiction. Against all odds, with only a sliver of hope, he started on the road to recovery and within a few years he and a partner opened the coffee store that became the Second Cup chain of coffee stores. That chain, which he eventually sold, grew to hundreds of stores in Canada, the USA and the Middle East.
He went on to launch and run several other innovative businesses which became international successes, which accounts for the demand for him to speak to business audiences. At the same time, he was the founding President of the Renascent Treatment Foundation and went on to launch several significant charities, such as Street Kids International and the Canadian Landmine Foundation. His work, through these charities and with the United Nations has impacted the lives of millions of people.
World Health Organization
“You have changed the way to deliver critical health messages to children for the 21st century.“ Johnathan Mann
Recognition for Frank O’Dea’s achievements includes Ontario Volunteer Award, Lifetime Board Member Renascent Treatment Foundation, Paul Harris Awards, Rotary Lifetime Achievement Award, Doctor of Laws Royal Roads University, Doctor of Laws Carlton University and Officer of the Order of Canada.
His inspiring story is retold in his book, “When All You Have is Hope” published by Penguin and available online and in bookstores across the country.
What do you want to inspire your people to achieve?
Inspire your donors to dig deeper? Inspire salespeople and business owners to rise above the status quo? Inspire the people who help people to persevere and celebrate their successes? For over 20 years, Frank O’Dea has been inspiring people to achieve inspiring results.