What was your motivation behind founding the Roots of Empathy program?
I had worked for some years in Toronto with families who were struggling with domestic violence, child abuse, poverty, mental illness and any number of factors that were contributing to the dysfunction of the children.
I realized that in regards to the violence, the common denominator in most cases is the lack of empathy, whether it was the partner being abusive to the wife or an adult being abusive to a child.
These people were not monsters, they were people who could not identify with the feelings of the person they were harming. I knew if I wanted to break the cycle of violence and poor parenting that I really had to develop empathy in children