Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Tim Huff has stitched together a radical life of service among children, youth, and adults facing profound physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual challenges. His journey of fulltime service, learning and advocacy for poor, oppressed, misunderstood and marginalized people has taken him across Canada, the United States and around the world. Tim is an avid learner and highly sought after speaker and teacher on topics including pro-active community building and compassionate responses to domestic poverty, homelessness, marginalization and poverty of spirit.
Tim’s impressive resume of direct service and leadership includes: Staff Director of the Ontario Camp of the Deaf, founding Director of Frontlines Youth Centre , founding Director of Youth Unlimited’s Light Patrol street outreach, co-founder of The Hope Exchange StreetLevel Network, member of the boards of directors for The Daily Bread Food Bank and Hockey Helps the Homeless, and chairperson for several national social-justice conferences and campaigns. Tim is the founder and currently serves as the creative and development lead of Youth Unlimited’s Compassion Series.
Tim is the author of the award-winning best sellers Bent Hope: A Street Journal, and Dancing with Dynamite: Celebrating Against the Odds. The third book in this series for teenagers and adults is scheduled for release in fall 2015, titled The Yuletide Factor: Cause for Perpetual Comfort and Joy. He is also the author and illustrator of the award-winning best-selling children’s books The Cardboard Shack Beneath the Bridge: Helping Children Understand Homelessness and It’s Hard Not to Stare: Helping Children Understand Disabilities, with a third book in this series scheduled for release in January 2016 called The Honour Drum: Sharing First Nations Truth with Children (co-written with acclaimed First Nations teacher Cheryl Bear).
Tim is married to Diane, and is the father of two beloved young adult children – Sarah Jane and Jake.