Join Canada's National Food Movement
Join Foundation grantee, Food Secure Canada,
for their upcoming National Assembly
from November 1-4 in Edmonton, and connect with organizations and individuals working to create sustainable food systems, end hunger, and ensure access to healthy and safe food.
The assembly will include 40 workshops, four plenaries and a multitude of meetings.
To learn more about the event or to register, click here.
A Royal Visit for Roots of Empathy
On September 17, the Roots of Empathy program was showcased at the Market Lane Public School in Toronto. Countess Sophie of Wessex, Scotland visited the school and observed a mother introducing her infant (Ella) to a grade two and three class, where students had the opportunity to soothe the infant and ask the mother questions. With a focus on the baby as 'teacher', the program leads to reduced bullying, raises social and emotional competence and increases empathy.
"To see how the children, as soon as she (Ella) entered the room, engaged with her was truly wonderful," said Countess Sophie. England's first Roots of Empathy programs will launch this fall.
Created in 1996, Foundation grantee Roots of Empathy offers empathy-based programming for children, and to date has reached more than 450,000 children worldwide.
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In this issue of the Foundation's e-newsletter, we celebrate the Foundation's 75th Anniversary; announce the 2012 CSL Awards; and highlight Foundation grantees, Roots of Empathy, Food Secure Canada, and Culture Days.
75 Years of Philanthropy
"If we are unhappy and discontented with things as they are; the fault lies not in our friends or our neighbours, but in ourselves—for we get out of this good old world only what we put into it; nothing more and nothing less."
~ J.W. McConnell
Established in 1937 by John Wilson McConnell, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation grew out of Mr. McConnell’s deep commitment to the public good and his lifelong involvement with charitable work in Canada.
The mission of the Foundation has remained constant since its founding: to improve the quality of life in Canada by building communities that help people develop their potential and contribute to the common good. Over the years, our approach to this work has evolved; for the past two decades the Foundation has maintained a national focus, and many of its programs operate country-wide.
Today, the Foundation carries on Mr. McConnell’s vision by supporting outstanding organizations working to tackle persistent social problems through community involvement, innovative thinking, and a clear commitment to building a stronger, more resilient Canada.
Announcing the 2012 CSL Awards
The Foundation is now accepting submissions for the 2012 Community Service-Learning (CSL) Awards competition. CSL is a model of experiential learning that combines classroom learning with volunteer work to achieve community goals and instill in students a sense of civic engagement.
The Awards recognize successful community initiatives supported by robust community service-learning programs. They highlight innovative approaches that have—and will continue to—transform relationships, structures, policies, and/or mainstream practices. The Foundation hopes that such recognition will encourage similar initiatives in communities across the country. A total of $30,000 is available for up to four awards of $7,500 each.
Community organizations and post-secondary institutions are invited to jointly submit an application by January 31, 2013. Award winners will be announced in June 2013.
To watch a short video on the Foundation's CSL initiative, click here. For more information about the CSL Awards, click here.
It's that time of year again! The third annual Culture Days weekend will take place September 28, 29, and 30, and will feature thousands of free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind-the-scenes,” and discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, designers, and other creative people in their communities.
Foundation grantee Culture Days, is a collaborative coast-to-coast volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation, and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.
To learn more about the activities happening in your community, click here for a program of local events.
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