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The Brenda Zimmerman (Ellis) Scholarship
On Tuesday January 20, 2015, the Schulich School of Business at York University announced the establishment of the Brenda Zimmerman (Ellis) Scholarship.
Brenda Zimmerman sadly passed away on December 16, 2014 and this scholarship fund was established in her honour and as a tribute to Brenda’s commitment to her students and the School, as well as her passionate pursuit of excellence and innovation. The scholarship will provide funding for a full-time
MBA or IMBA student.
To contribute to the Scholarship Fund, please visit
brendazimmerman or contact the Office of Development at 416.736.2100 ext: 44659.
Spotlight on
Why Cities for People?
Learn more about what drives
Cities for People, an initiative of the Foundation, and how we can all work to create more resilient, sustainable, and liveable cities.
Students for
Social Impact
Applications are now open for Students for Social Impact a program launched by the British Council and funded by both the Council and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.
Students for Social Impact placements provide the opportunity for talented students to contribute to life-changing social enterprises in Canada or the UK, gain valuable overseas experience, and connect with other young leaders of the future. Learn more.
FSC National Assembly Highlights
Click here to watch highlights from Food Secure Canada's 8th National Assembly, Waves of Change: Sustainable Food for All.
A report on the Assembly is also available here.
For SOCIAL INNOVATION resources and materials, visit the SiG Knowledge Hub.
January News
Spotlight on New Grants
The Trustees of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation have approved the following grants and contributions:

Breakfast Club of Canada ($450,000)—to introduce community food security and other related activities in several remote regions, with the goal of improving health and well being in Indigenous communities.

MaRS Solutions Lab ($1,000,000) — to support the growth and development of the social lab approach in Canada, which aims to help tackle complex social and economic challenges that involve systems change.

4Rs Youth Movement ($310,000) — to support the 4Rs Youth Movement—a collaboration between National and youth-lead Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations—in establishing a strong foundation for an enduring national youth reconciliation movement.

Prosper Canada
($300,000) — to support the adaptation and introduction to Canada of a successful financial literacy model currently used in the U.S., with the aim of improving the financial stability of economically vulnerable populations.

The Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy NETWORK ($243,000) — to strengthen the NETWORK's learning from its Cabot Square Project—which addresses Aboriginal homelessness—and to expand upon this approach in other Montreal neighbourhoods.
CityStudio Vancouver ($162,000) —to support the activities of CityStudio Vancouver, an experimentation and innovation hub for the City of Vancouver where city staff, community members, experts and students from six universities and colleges co-create projects that support city programs.
CityStudio Vancouver presents The Art of Cities, May 2015
Learn more about the CityStudio model and the art of collaborative city building— attend The Art of Cities gathering from May 25-27, 2015, in Vancouver. Deadline to apply is February 11, 2015.

Blue Metropolis Foundation ($50,000) —to support the creation of a new literary prize for Indigenous writers. 

Foundation News
RECODE National Challenge:
The Future of Higher Education Survey
Help us to better understand how the post-secondary system is currently supporting students—what's missing, and what are the levers of change?
By completing this survey, you'll help to create a visual mapping of real experiences and potential levers of change that will shape our understanding of the challenges we face and what we can do about them. 
Staff News

We are pleased to welcome our newest team member, Nicole McDonald,
Program Director, Indigenous Initiatives.
Nicole joins the Foundation from previous roles with the Government of Canada; Service Canada; and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, where she worked on the Urban Aboriginal Strategy.
Nicole is the recipient of several scholarships and public service awards of excellence, including a 2014 award for Excellence in Policy for the Aboriginal Community Safety Planning Policy Initiative. 

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