Archive for February, 2010

VON Canada inaugurates the Katharine Pearson Caregiver Award

Long-time Foundation grantholder (and key contributor to the Care Renewal initiative) VON Canada has inaugurated the Katharine Pearson Caregiver Award, in honour of the late Katherine Pearson, a vital staff member of the Foundation and a tireless advocate of caregiver rights. (more…)

PLAN Institute blogs about Tim’s role in Canada’s social innovation landscape

SiG@PLAN Institute partner (and recent winner of a humanitarian award from the Canadian Psychological Association) Al Etmanski discusses Foundation President and CEO Tim Brodhead’s contributions to social innovation in Canada – along with his February 2010 article for The Philanthropist – in a new post.

True Sport Foundation announces grants for community sport programs

Foundation grantholder The True Sport Foundation is now accepting applications for the True Sport Community Fund. Grants ranging from $5,000 to a maximum of $50,000 are available in support of sport programs that create access, and promote inclusion for children and youth from Aboriginal, low-income, and new Canadian families. (more…)

SiG@PLAN Institute partners awarded National Humanitarian Prize

SiG partners and PLAN Institute founders Al Etmanski & Vickie Cammack just received the Canadian Psychological Association’s 2010 Humanitarian Award, recognizing their exceptional advocacy for and contribution to improving quality of life for Canadians with disabilities. We congratulate them!

For more on Al and Vikie’s work with PLAN Institute, please visit:

An Olympic Moment: Reflections on Cultural and Social Innovation

From Stephen’s latest OSBR column:

“Today marks the opening of the 2010 Winter Olympic games, a celebration of athleticism and culture that originated in 776 BC in Ancient Greece. In those days, an Olympic truce was declared, putting a temporary stop to wars so that athletes could travel safely to Olympia. It is this sense of social innovation, of a commitment to something beyond the ordinary, that we’ll explore in this column. (more…)

Girls Action Foundation holds National Day of Action

National Day of Action

For the 6th consecutive year, Foundation grantee Girls Action Foundation calls on girls and young women from across Canada to commit the most loving act of all, by making a difference in their world. February 14th is their National Day of Action. (more…)

A friend of the Foundation returns from Haiti

Last week, Paul Evra, a friend and former staffer at the Foundation, returned from Haïti, where he was a member of the Montreal delegation.

During his time on the island, Paul worked with Operation Koud Men (“coup de main”). Upon his return, he related his experiences there with the Commission scolaire de Montréal.

With the unimaginable suffering of our Caribbean neighbours still fresh in the minds of all Canadians, we share Paul’s words with you now: (more…)