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Mary Gordon Profiled in Times
Mary Gordon—Roots of Empathy Founder and longtime Foundation grantee—was recently profiled in the New York Times.
Roots of Empathy, created in 1996, offers empathy-based programming for children and to date has reached 450,000 children worldwide.
Click here to learn more.

Imagine Canada Announces Standards Program
Imagine Canada recently announced its new Standards Program, designed to strengthen public confidence in the charitable and nonprofit sector. Offering accreditation to charities and nonprofits that can demonstrate excellence in five key areas, the program is one of the first-of-its-kind globally and at a national level. 
Former McConnell Foundation Secretary-Treasurer, Claude David, is a Peer Reviewer for the  Standards Program.

The Circle Turns One!
On May 11, Foundation grantee, The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada celebrated their first year anniversary!
Learn more about The Circle's work and the Foundation's Aboriginal-Focused Philanthropy initiative.

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In this issue of the Foundation's e-newsletter, we highlight the Community Service-Learning Awards, Geoff Mulgan's presentation on Austerity and Innovation, and spotlight Foundation grantees in the news.
CSL Awards—Winners Announced!
The Foundation is pleased to congratulate the winners of the first annual Community Service-Learning (CSL) Awards, announced May 11 during the 2012 Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning Conference at the University of Saskatchewan. CSL is a model of experiential education that combines classroom teaching with volunteer work, designed to achieve community goals and to instill in students a sense of civic engagement.
With support from the Foundation, it has become a common feature of campus life across Canada, giving students a sense of real world relevance to their studies, and transforming university-community relationships.
Click here to watch videos of the winning CSL projects.
Geoff Mulgan on
Austerity and Innovation
Geoff Mulgan—internationally recognized leader and speaker on social innovation, and Chief Executive of Nesta in the United Kingdom—recently visited Toronto for a whirlwind tour that included 22 engagements and four talks in four days. The tour was organized and presented by MaRS and Social Innovation Generation (SiG) as part of the Inspiring Action for Social Impact speakers series.
On May 2, Mr. Mulgan spoke about Austerity and Innovation to a packed house at the MaRS Discovery District and to audiences in nine cities across Canada via live stream. During his presentation he discussed the opportunities society has to overcome the barriers that fiscal challenges present to social innovation. 
Click here to watch his presentation on Austerity and Innovation and here to simultaneously view the slides used in his talk.
Right to Food—UN Visit to Canada
From May 6 to 16, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, visited Canada on a mission to examine the way in which the human right to adequate food is being realized in Canada.
Over the course of the 10-day visit, the Special Rapporteur met with federal government ministries, provincial and municipal authorities, political party officials, Aboriginal groups and communities in four provinces, and convened meetings with civil society organizations in five cities across Canada.
On May 16, press conferences were held on Parliament Hill by the Special Rapporteur and by Foundation grantee, Food Secure Canada—one of the organizations to help facilitate meetings for the Special Rapporteur's visit—highlighting the need to adopt a national food strategy.
Read the Special Rapporteur's preliminary report here. For media coverage of the mission, click here.
Learn more about the Foundation's support to Food Secure Canada and the Sustainable Food Systems initiative.
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