Nominated for the award: Community Activism
Company: Marnie Grundman
Position: Advocate for Runaways and Homeless Youth
Biography: Runaway Advocate and Expert Marnie Grundman is the author of MISSING: A True Story of a Childhood Lost. Marnie has been featured on major Television and radio shows such as Breakfast Television, Global News, Young Justice with Zach Rhoads, NewsTalk 1010, Wise Women Canada, CJAD, Experience 50, Lifeology with James Miller and the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse. A child who belonged to no one, missing at the tender age of 13, she spent years living on the streets where she experienced the worst of humanity firsthand, In her darkest hours while living in an apartment complex sauna, she was sure that everyone who knew her had forgotten that she even existed. It was in those desperate hours that she decided she was paying up front for a better life that lay ahead. What began as a story of healing led to one of triumph, of the power of the human spirit, of one woman's survival against all odds. Marnie has since become an advocate for the missing, working to change the perception of runaway children so they might finally get the help they desperately need. Her compelling book, engaging talks, and insightful articles have become a shining light to the lost and the struggling. Marnie guides and teaches how not to live their damage, how to heal and overcome, how to rise up and reclaim a life of happiness.