A heartfelt visit to Haiti

On a recent trip to Cap-Haitien, Haiti, Director of Community Engagement Elissa Grohne, CFO Derek Boyce, and partner Marcia Bergen ventured to see the project that benefits directly from her generous support—LiveDifferent’s Freedom Village.

For Marcia, witnessing the tangible results of her contributions was profoundly moving. The visit provided an opportunity to engage with the students and teachers at École L’Union—each interaction added layers to the understanding and appreciation of the work being done. The warmth and welcoming nature of the community of Calvaire was palpable, creating an unforgettable experience.

Walking the path of education

The visit started with a community tour of Calvaire, led by Frantzo, LiveDifferent’s Country Host for Haiti. Here, the team treaded the steep paths that the students navigate daily to reach their school—a humbling experience that underscored the resilience and determination of these young learners.

The visit included a stop at a local shop where books worth $8,700 CAD were purchased for the students, an important initiative made possible by the contributions of our LoveLegacy donors.

A day of interaction and contribution

The following day at École L’Union was packed with activities. Elissa conducted interviews, capturing teacher’s insights, while Derek applied his skills to enhance the school’s security system. Meanwhile, Marcia immersed herself in the school’s daily life, from helping in the kitchen to serving lunch. One student mentioned the joy of tasting cake for the first time, a simple yet profound moment.

Marcia’s hands-on involvement didn’t stop there; she assisted in distributing food hampers to families in need—provided by Mark H., reflecting the spirit of community and shared responsibility.


The visit was a testament to the power of community and partnership in creating positive change, underscoring the critical role of education, health, and nutrition in fostering safe and thriving environments for the children in Haiti.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to Marcia Bergen, all our partners, our donors, volunteers, and everyone involved in supporting our mission in Haiti. Together, we are making a world of difference—one child, one community at a time.

Become a LoveLegacy partner and help support this important work.

Author: LiveDifferent

Date: April 16th, 2024

Helping to transform lives through freedom, education and empowerment

LiveDifferent is excited to welcome the Marcia Bergen Group to our growing list of amazing partners.

We are proud to announce our new partnership with Marcia Bergen Group, a dedicated team who shares our passion for making a difference in the world. Their contributions are supporting LiveDifferent’s Freedom Village—a cause that is close to their hearts. 

The Freedom Village provides a safe haven for vulnerable girls who have experienced unimaginable abuse through Haiti’s Restavek system. It is a sanctuary where these girls can find freedom and refuge, receive education and, most importantly, get the care they need to heal from their traumas. 

The ongoing operations of the Freedom Village rely heavily upon generous contributions, and we are thrilled to be working alongside the Marcia Bergen Group and other partners to support this important cause.

We can’t thank the Marcia Bergen Group enough for their support and contribution. Together, we’re making a difference in these girls’ lives by offering them a chance to dream big and achieve even bigger.

Author: LiveDifferent

Date: June 6th, 2023

Gloria and Henry: Success Means Giving Back

It is rare to come in contact with individuals that have as strong and as clear a sense of purpose as the Friesen’s do. Within a few minutes of meeting Henry, you’ll know what his motivations in life are all about.

“The most enriching part about growing a successful business is seeing how much we are able to give back to areas of need.”

I’ve been fortunate enough to spend a lot of time with Gloria and Henry, and when you get to spend an afternoon with them, it’s like trying to keep up in a marathon they’ve been training for their whole lives. With a constant flow of new business ideas, innovations, and strategies all thrown at you in rapid succession, their minds are always at work; creating, building, and refining.

“The most enriching part about growing a successful business is seeing how much we are able to give back to areas of need.”

Henry’s convictions about his purpose in life and his role in business are simple, “the more successful my business can be, the more good we can do. Money without purpose is useless.”

Henry continues, “we all have a place in the world and none of us can do everything. It’s very important for me to link arms with charities like LiveDifferent so that they can go out and do what they do amazingly well.”

I’m thankful for my 15+ years of friendship with Gloria and Henry and excited about all the great things we are able to accomplish together through their partnership with LiveDifferent.

To learn more about how you can partner with LiveDifferent, please contact me.

Jon Plett

Director of Strategic Partnerships

(Henry is the co-founder and President of FB Industries.)

Gloria and Henry are passionate about reaching students across the country and are big supporters of our Canadian Youth Fund and the work we are doing in Haiti.

Interested in learning more about how you can partner with us to make a difference?

Author: Joshua Dueck

Date: May 21st, 2019