For entrepreneur Frank O’Dea, it was a long road from street life to the high life. Born in Montreal to an upper-middle class family, Frank’s life took a downturn as a young man when he was sexually assaulted by a priest. He began drinking at an early age and was soon destitute, living in degradation on the streets of Toronto. By way of a sympathetic employer, the Salvation Army, and Alcoholics Anonymous, O’Dea quit drinking and started a small business that developed into the Second Cup coffee chain. Over the years, his philanthropic activities extended to AIDS fundraising, child literacy in the Third World, and landmine removal. His message is simple: HOPE, VISION, ACTION.
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About John Lawrence Reynolds
John Lawrence Reynolds is a native of Hamilton, Ontario, and a graduate of McMaster University. He has won several awards for his writing, including two Arthur Ellis awards for Best Mystery Novel. His book Free Rider: How a Bay Street… More about John Lawrence Reynolds
Published by Penguin Canada Aug 05, 2008| 240 Pages| 5-1/4 x 8-1/4| ISBN 9780143052555