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The Forum will provide an opportunity for development practitioners, policy makers, and citizens to share experiences about citizen-led, community-based development through case study presentations, workshops, and open discussion.
Meet the Foundation's New Team Member!
We are pleased to welcome our newest team member—Vani Jain, Program Officer for SiG@McConnell.
Vani brings a wealth of community sector experience to the team, through previous roles as Senior Advisor with IMPAKT and as Director of Policy, Strategy and Community Relations for the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario.
In this issue of the Foundation's e-newsletter, we highlight resources from PFC's 2012 Symposium; share a new Foundation webinar; highlight Foundation grantees, ArtsSmarts and the Stop; and welcome our newest team member.
Spotlight on ArtsSmarts
ArtsSmarts—an initiative launched by the Foundation in 1998 that is now a stand-alone organization—held its sixth national Knowledge Exchange recently at the University of Calgary, on the theme of cultivating creative communities. One of the presenters at the meeting, John Eger, subsequently penned this piece in the Huffington Post: The Best Way to Grow the Economy? Creativity.
In other ArtsSmarts news, the program was one of six charities selected by Target Canada to receive a share of one million dollars through the Give with Target program.
Webinar: Building on Failure
The Stop Featured in
The article highlights the Stop's ever-growing array of programs and initiatives to engage and serve its clientele, including "community gardens that provide a therapeutic space where members are taught how to grow their own vegetables; programs that teach young mothers about proper nutrition; workshops where local residents learn about food security and receive public-speaking training; and after-school classes where tweens whip up healthy meals".
The article also shares the Stop's innovative approach to diversifying funding and revenue, highlighting some of the social enterprises launched by the Stop, including a successful catering business and farmer's market, among others.
Building on the success of the Stop's model, and with demand for similar models in other communities, Community Food Centres Canada was recently launched to share the community food centre model across the country.
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