Archive for September, 2010

New SmartSAVER program makes post-secondary education more accessible

McConnell grantee the OMEGA Foundation recently launched SmartSAVER, a community outreach program to increase low-income families’ financial literacy and help them start saving for their children’s higher education by offering information on the Canadian government’s RESP and Canada Learning Bond programs.

“The government of Canada’s RESP and Canada Learning Bond programs help families to save for their children’s education, but many low-income families don’t know about and don’t benefit from these useful financial tools,” said OMEGA chairman Martin Connell.

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Canada’s first community environmental centre opens its doors

Evergreen Brick Works held its grand opening September 25, 2010. Evergreen, a McConnell grantee focused on greening cities, breathed new life into the decrepit Don Valley Brick Works in Toronto by transforming it into Canada’s first community environmental centre. The new Evergreen Brick Works will offer year-round programs and activities that include a sustainable garden centre, a farmers’ market, demonstration gardens, and kitchens, conference and event facilities, youth leadership and children’s camps, community bike space, family programming and programs for youth.

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Under the Volcano: Social Actions and Canada’s Digital Future

From Stephen Huddart’s latest OSBR column:

Last April, on his way back to Canada from the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford, Peter Deitz ran into a roadblock in the form of Eyjafjallajökull, the Icelandic volcano that halted flights over Europe. As a result, he spent a few days cooling his heels in London. He wasn’t going anywhere and neither, he realized, was his plan to turn Social Actions into an independent and sustainable social enterprise.

Read the entire post here.

“Getting Wisdom”: the Foundation’s latest publication

“Getting Wisdom,” written by Silver Donald Cameron, explores the community service-learning (CSL) movement in Canada and shares insights about this revolutionary method of teaching and learning.

The best examples of community service-learning initiatives demonstrate how engagement can mobilize knowledge, help solve problems, and create responsible citizens.

Download the publication here.

Roots of Empathy founder speaks at U.N. Headquarters

Mary Gordon, founder of Roots of Empathy recently spoke at the U.N. Headquarters in New York. The symposium themed “Literacy: A Foundation for Development,” was held on September 7, 2010 on International Literacy Day. Gordon shared the stage with keynote Laura Bush, Honorary Ambassador to the UN Literacy Decade.

McConnell grantee Roots of Empathy builds “emotional literacy” in children through bolstering their sense of empathy.

New homeowner Santropol Roulant featured in The Montreal Gazette

Having recently moved into a new facility, McConnell grantee Santropol Roulant was featured in The Montreal Gazette last Friday.

From the article:

The non-profit organization was launched in 1995 as a small Meals on Wheels service by two Santropol waiters, Chris Godsall and Keith Fitzpatrick. Santropol Roulant retains its original vocation, delivering 90 meals a day to clients of reduced autonomy, but it has grown to become a community-building resource centre dealing with nutrition, urban agriculture, composting -in a word: food. (more…)

Equitas’ Play It Fair! program on CTV News

Play It Fair!, an event organized by McConnell grantee Equitas, was recently highlighted on CTV news. This award-winning event, which was hosted on International Youth Day, promotes inclusion and participation while teaching children about different cultures.

Play It Fair!, which started in 2006, is now at work in 150 day camps across Montreal.

Watch the video here.