Archive for November, 2010

Jamie Oliver visits The Stop

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver visited McConnell grantee The Stop Community Food Centre last week. Oliver, British chef and television star, has become a spokesperson for healthy eating practices in the UK and North America, winning the TED Prize for his wish to create a movement to combat obesity and food illiteracy.

During his visit, Oliver hobnobbed, prepared food, and dined with twenty children from The Stop’s after-school program, and Nick Saul, Executive Director, took Oliver on a tour of The Stop facilities.

Learn more about the visit in The Star article here.

Image from Good Food Revolution.

Girls Action Executive Director recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women

The Foundation joins Girls Action Foundation in congratulating Tatiana Fraser, co-founder and executive director of Girls Action, who has recently been named one as one of Canada’s most powerful women for 2010.  The Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards recognizes the country’s highest achieving female leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Tatiana is one of the five recipients in the Champions category. Learn more about her achievement here.

Cindy Blackstock to receive 2011 National Aboriginal Achievement Award

Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of McConnell grantee the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada (FNCFCS), has recently been selected to receive a 2011 National Aboriginal Achievement Award, an award that celebrates excellence in the Aboriginal community. She will be receiving this award for her efforts in public service.

“Every year the jury selects an extraordinary group of recipients who reveal such outstanding talent and dedicated service,” said Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation. “I know that by honouring their achievement we will continue to inspire many others waiting to demonstrate their potential.” (from the NAAF website)

Cindy Blackstock, who has worked in the field of child and family services for over 20 years, is also a SiG fellow.

Read more about the upcoming award ceremony here.

Tim Brodhead interviewed by the Policy Research Initiative

Tim Brodhead was recently interviewed by the Policy Research Initiative for Horizons, their online magazine. In the article An Innovation Agenda for Canada’s Community Sector?: A conversation with Tim Brodhead, Tim argues that Canada’s community sector needs to think through what its innovation agenda ought to be in light of a fast-evolving environment.

“We need a society that is both caring, that is, nurturing, generous, and inclusive, and also creative, that is, enterprising, innovative, and focused on solutions.”

Tim’s interview was posted as a preview of the January 2011 issue of Horizons, entitled Innovative Communities: Agents of Change. Read the interview in The President’s Corner or on the Policy Research Initiative website.

ArtsSmarts coordinator wins Governor General’s Award for Fiction

Dianne Warren, coordinator of ArtsSmarts Saskatchewan, was awarded a 2010 Governor General’s Literary Award for her novel Cool Water. The novel depicts the lives of residents of a Saskatchewan town called Juliet, population 1011.

The Foundation joins with the rest of the ArtsSmarts community in congratulating Dianne on her achievement.

ArtsSmarts, launched by the Foundation in 1998, supports students’ learning and creativity in collaboration with teachers and artists. It is delivered in more than 170 communities across Canada.

For more about Cool Water see this Globe and Mail book review.

Roots of Empathy in the New York Times

Roots of Empathy (ROE) was the focus of a recent New York Times story that explores ROE’s unique way of combating bullying. Fighting Bullying with Babies by David Bornstein outlines the ROE methodology, documents its successes, and offers hypotheses of why it works.

In the article, Bornstein provides this illustration of his experience with ROE: “I have visited several public schools in low-income neighborhoods in Toronto to observe Roots of Empathy’s work. What I find most fascinating is how the baby actually changes the children’s behavior. Teachers have confirmed my impressions: tough kids smile, disruptive kids focus, shy kids open up. In a seventh grade class, I found 12-year-olds unabashedly singing nursery rhymes.”

Read the article in its entirety here.

McConnell grantee Roots of Empathy was founded in 1996 by Mary Gordon and has reached more than 325,000 children worldwide.

Vickie Cammack interviewed by Charity Village

Vickie Cammack, cofounder of the PLAN Institute and CEO of Tyze, was interviewed by Charity Village for their recent Leadership in Focus column.

In the interview, Vickie Cammack speaks about straddling the non-profit and private sector worlds, and the challenges and advantages of each; about Tyze and PLAN; and about the building blocks for good leadership.

It’s so interesting, we’re seeing a lot of people from the business sector moving into the social change arena and that is a fantastic thing. But they need the accompaniment of equally bold and visionary people from the nonprofit sector. You can’t just willy nilly apply corporate principles and think you’re going to solve the social problem. And so, it’s about finding ways to blend. And there are all kinds of challenges on how to measure social impact — it’s so much easier to measure profit — but we need to find ways to balance that, ways that take both parts of a return on investment — social and financial — into any change equation.”

Read the interview in its entirety here.

“Growing the Local Bounty” series on local food systems features The Stop

New McConnell grantee The Stop Community Food Centre was the inspiration for Better Than a Food Bank, a part of The Tyee series, “Growing the Local Bounty: Reports from Farmlands in Flux, Ontario and BC.”Better Than a Food Bank explores The Stop’s multi-level approach to eradicate hunger and explains where local food fits in the mix.

From the article:

“While The Stop is rooted in providing food to those who can’t afford it, it works on the premise that without food infrastructure, viable farms, civic engagement and personal empowerment, food banks are simply a stop-gap measure in the fight to eradicate hunger.”

Read the article in its entirety here.

ArtsSmarts featured in CSBA’s Best Practices in Public Education Across Canada column

ArtsSmarts, a program that helps communities better integrate art with formal education, was recently featured in the Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA)’s inaugural Best Practices in Public Education Across Canada web column.

The feature includes an interview with the Executive Director of ArtsSmarts, Annalee Adair, who speaks about the positive impact of ArtsSmarts on student engagement levels, the program’s focus on 21st Century Learning, and how ArtsSmarts aids communities create multi-sector collaborations.


The Philanthropist’s issue on social innovation includes contributions from Foundation staff

Social innovation is the theme of the current issue of The Philanthropist, a quarterly journal for practitioners, scholars, supporters, and others engaged in the nonprofit sector in Canada. Foundation staff, as well as many friends of the Foundation, contributed articles.

The Foundation’s COO, Stephen Huddart, authored one of the journal’s overview articles, entitled Patterns, Principles, and Practices in Social Innovation, which explores various dimensions of the field of social innovation.