Born in Ottawa to a French Canadian father and a Spanish mother, Lydia Pépin has always had a firm love for the arts and has made it an integral part of both her professional career and many of her personal hobbies. Lydia has worked as both a digital and production coordinator for the Emmy Nominated animated children’s show Wild Kratts, featuring the Kratt Brothers.
Lydia has participated in fundraising events since she was a teenager, from the World Wildlife Fund to Greenpeace. It was in 2010 when she read an article on Somaly Mam – a human rights activist and former victim of modern slavery – that she was drawn to the issue of human trafficking, a worldwide crisis that affects an estimated 20.9 million people. In an effort to raise awareness for the plight of girls and women suffering from this practice, Lydia has been organizing the Ottawa based fundraising event Art for Awareness, taking place on October 5th, 2013 at the Lord Elgin hotel. The event will be both a means to raise awareness on this international issue, as well as be a public venue for renowned and up-and-coming local artists from the Ottawa area to showcase their work. Funds raised from the event will go to the Somaly Mam Foundation, an organization committed to ending modern slavery and empowering survivors.