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Spotlight on New Grants
The Trustees of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation have approved the following grants and contributions:
 Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami 
($100,000) To design an Inuit-specific approach to early childhood developmental screening and assessment for Inuit children entering kindergarten.
  Ulnooweg Financial Education Centre  ($355,000To support the development and implementation of a revamped Community Financial Review Process, which will assist with the financial education of Aboriginal communities regionally, nationally and, possibly, internationally.
UBC Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) 
($225,000) To enable the national expansion of the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI), a tool filled out by children that provides rich data to schools and communities about actions that could be taken to improve wellbeing. 
Community News
Train of Thought
On May 7, Foundation grantee Jumblies Theatre will be launching Train of Thought, an evolving community arts journey moving from the west to the east coast, with a focus on collaborations and alliances between First Nations and settler/immigrant artists and communities.
Visit the Train of Thought website to see the full line-up of events.
Third Annual National Congress on Culture 
On May 7 and 8, join Foundation  grantee Culture Days for its National Congress on Culture. The event is an opportunity to share, learn and network with Canada's leaders about the impact of public engagement with arts and culture. 

Click here to register.
ReSchool: Tranforming the Future of Learning
On May 29 and 30, join Recode grantee Radius SFU and 100 education innovators for two hands-on days of designing and prototyping the future of education.

Click here to register.
Staff News
We are pleased to welcome the following new team members:
Laurence Miall
Acting Director of Strategic Communications
Laurence joined the Foundation in April as Acting Director of Strategic Communications. He comes to the Foundation from communications positions at Concordia University and, previously, McGill
. He has a degree in political science and French from the University of Alberta and is a published novelist.

Adrienne Hiles
Communications Manager
Adrienne joined Foundation as Communications Manager in April. Most recently, Adrienne held the position of Interactive Marketing Specialist at L'Or
éal Canada. Adrienne has a master's degree in communication from the University of Ottawa.

Natalie Chapdelaine
Innoweave Program Officer
Natalie Chapdelaine joined the Foundation’s Innoweave initiative as Program Officer in February to work with social innovators in Quebec. Most recently, Natalie held the position of project manager at the Conseil des arts de Montréal

Charlotte McEwen
Innoweave Program Officer

Charlotte McEwen joins the Foundation’s Innoweave as Program Officer, focusing on the newly launched Seniors SI initiative. Charlotte previously worked as a Management Consultant with Accenture and co-founded Community Seed Consulting.
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April News
New Child and Youth Wellbeing Initiative
The Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the Child and Youth Wellbeing InitiativeThe goal of the initiative is to integrate new approaches that improve social and emotional wellbeing within the school setting. 
To achieve this goal, the initiative will use the Social Innovation Lab model to focus on the everyday strategies that make an impact on student wellbeing. Initiative participants are co-designing solutions solutions that don’t require major resources to implement; that fit naturally within the role and skill set of educators and of schools and partners; and that build upon existing assets and capabilities.
Click here to sign up for e-newsletter updates about the initiative.
Click here to learn more about the initiative.  
{Re}conciliation: Innovative Arts Partnership 
The Foundation, along with the Canada Council for the Arts and the Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, is pleased to announce a new cross-sector funding partnership to support artistic projects exploring the ongoing process of conciliation and reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada. 
This unique program will promote artistic collaborations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists, investing in the power of art and imagination to inspire dialogue, understanding and change. 
Starting in May, interested artists and arts organizations may submit proposals to the Canada Council for the Arts for project funding up to $75,000. 
Blue Metropolis 
First Peoples Literary Prize 
Congratulations to lndigenous poet Marie Annharte Baker, winner of the inaugural Blue Metropolis First Peoples Literary Prize. Annharte received a $5,000 prize for her collection Indigena Awry
Co-sponsored by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and The Chadha Foundation, the Blue Metropolis First Peoples Literary Prize aims to increase national and international exposure to writers from Indigenous communities in order to highlight the work of novelists, playwrights, poets and other writers.

Click here to learn more about Indigena Awry.

New Report from
anada's Ecofiscal Commission 
The Way Forward: A Practical Approach to Reducing Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Way Forward: A Practical Approach to Reducing Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions
, a new report from Canada's Ecofiscal Commission, an organization supported by our Foundation and others, provides key recommendations on lowering Canada's greenhouse gas emsisions. The report explores two central issues: provincial carbon pricing, and the fundamentals and design of new provincial policy.
To read the report, click here.
To launch the Interactive Report Summary, click here.
New Report from Meal Exchange
Student leadership for local food on Ontario's campuses
Student leadership for local food on Ontario's campsuses, 2013-2015, a new report from Foundation grantee Meal Exchange, provides an overview of the organization's work to support student leadership for local food on Ontario’s campuses between July 2013 and February 2015. During the past 18 months, Meal Exchange has engaged with over 3,000 students at 60 student-led events on five campuses. They have aided in the procurement of local food in five food service contracts with combined food budgets of more than $50 million over five years.
To read the full report, click here.
Upcoming Innoweave Workshops

SeniorsSI information sessions in Hamilton, York Region and online (April-May 2015)

Impact and Strategic Clarity
mini-workshop in Ottawa (May 26)

Social Enterprise
Opportunity Identification Workshop online, May 7th

Cloud Computing
Workshop in Montreal, May 28th (bilingual)

A full list of upcoming workshops is available on Innoweave’s Upcoming Events page. Email for information about hosting a workshop or information session in your area. 
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