Archive for June, 2010

The DE 201 is available now

The McConnell and IICRD publication “DE 201: A Practitioner’s Guide to Developmental Evaluation” is now available to be downloaded for free or purchased online. (more…)

Maureen Forrester, opera star supported by John Wilson McConnell, passes away at age 79

Maureen Forrester, the celebrated Montreal-born operatic contralto, recently passed away on June 16, 2010. Forrester, born in Montreal’s east-end in 1930 to a working class family, discovered her talent by singing in her church choir. She quickly gained recognition for her beautiful voice and was aided by one of her supporters, Mr. J.W. McConnell, in the progression of her career. She went on to sing with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. As well, she was featured in productions by the New York City Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Opéra de Montréal.

Read her obituary in the Montreal Gazette here.

JUMP Math featured in The Globe and Mail

Earlier this year, an article featuring long-time McConnell grantee JUMP Math and its founder, John Mighton, was published in The Globe and Mail.

JUMP Math, a program to help youth think mathematically, to date has had outstanding results. This Globe and Mail article explores the possibility of JUMP Math’s successful integration into regular classrooms and offers an anecdote about one classroom that has already adopted JUMP Math teaching methods: (more…)

Tim Brodhead honoured at FGM’s 10th Anniversary

McConnell President and CEO Tim Brodhead was honoured at the Foundation of Greater Montreal (FGM)’s recent 10th anniversary celebration. The McConnell Foundation has supported the FGM in its start-up and growth over its 10 years. (more…)

Vibrant Communities featured in The Mark

Vibrant Communities was recently featured in The Mark, an online news distributor. The article covered last month’s strategic dialogue on poverty-reduction that included senior leaders from across Canada . (more…)

Roots of Empathy featured in The Globe and Mail

Roots of Empathy, a McConnell grantee, and its founder, Mary Gordon, were recently featured in a Globe and Mail article. This article discusses a study that found college students today are less empathetic than those of 20 years ago. In the article, Gordon says, “You have to experience empathy to continue to develop it. If children don’t have enough opportunity and parents don’t have enough time to be with their children, it’s really difficult.” (more…)

Summit on Poverty Reduction

This past May, 46 senior leaders – including the CEO of United Way Canada, the Deputy Minister, Department of Social Development, Government of New Brunswick, heads from several major corporations, foundations, and academics – were invited by the McConnell Foundation and the Tamarack Institute to join a strategic dialogue about working collaboratively to tackle poverty. (more…)

Net Change Week kicks off on June 7

Net Change is a weeklong series of events at the MaRS Centre in Toronto exploring the intersection between technology and social change. In addition to social and mobile technology training events, Net Change features renowned thought leaders throughout the week. (more…)