September News
Can everyday practices lead to better wellbeing in schools?
The Foundation’s WellAhead initiative, focused on improving child and youth mental health by integrating wellbeing into school communities, held its official launch in Vancouver last month.
To receive detailed program updates, sign up for the WellAhead newsletter on the new website. You can also follow WellAhead on Twitter @WellAhead_ca.
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What's the best of all possible worlds for higher  education? We're asking students to find out.
Higher education is meant to equip young people to be successful citizens in society. But many RECODE students say that education has become too focused on competition, and it's time for change. Through RECODE Collaborate, undergraduate students in Canada have a new and exciting opportunity to improve the education system.
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Possible Canadas: Student journalists aim to find out what Canadian youth have to say
Can a collaboration with student journalists from across western Canada spark a conversation that puts young people’s perspectives on the agenda? Possible Canadas: A solutions journalism project, created by Discourse Media in collaboration with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is an attempt to do just that.
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First-ever Indigenous Innovation Summit unlocking solutions to common challenges
November 18 to 20, the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) together with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, Canadians for a New Partnership and other partners, is organizing Canada’s first ever Indigenous Innovation Summit in Winnipeg, M.B. The Summit will create opportunities for new connections, share solutions to common challenges and allow participants to learn about the current state of social innovation in Canada.
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"We have come together to urge Canada’s politicians to recognize that early childhood education is a must-have element in building a more prosperous country"
Recently, a group of eight Canadian charitable foundations, including the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, issued a statement of unequivocal support for early childhood education. The Early Child Development Funders Working Group (ECD-FWG) has published an open letter that identifies many significant social and economic returns of early childhood education.
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Spotlight on Social Finance 

The Foundation continues to expand its commitment to impact investing with a new five-million dollar investment in Real Ventures to promote entrepreneurship in Canada.
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Canada now ranks sixth in the world for investment in new domestic clean energy generation projects
Foundation grantee, Clean Energy Canada, recently launched its interactive report Tracking the Energy Revolution – the most comprehensive assessment of Canada's clean energy performance to date.
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From now until October 19, Foundation grantee Apathy is Boring is working hard to get out the youth vote this election. As a non-partisan organization, Apathy is Boring’s #5MMV Campaign is raising awareness about the power of numbers while also respecting the diversity and plurality that make up the 5.5 million young Canadians elible to vote.
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Learning Opportunities
Introducing the world's first GROOC: Social Learning for Social Impact
Do you want to make a difference by collaborating with other like-minded individuals from around the globe? Check out McGill University's Social Learning for Social Impact GROOC (a MOOC for groups) to collaborate with others globally and create social change. As part of the Grooc, RECODE Collaborate will form a topic group around the question of achieving greater social impact through collaboration in post secondary education. 
Students — take part in SFU's Community Summit!
From October 30 to November 7, RECODE grantee Simon Fraser University will host its annual Community Summit – a week-long series of events, conferences, and workshops on city building. As part of the 2015 summit, RECODE is collaborating with SFU Public Square to host a student-designed and student-led national gathering about the role of universities and colleges in city building.
Evaluating Community Impact

October 27-29, Foundation grantee, Tamarack, will be hosting its popular Evaluating Community Impact workshop in Montreal, QC. This workshop is for any organization wanting to increase its capacity to better understand and evaluate its community change efforts.
To learn more and register, click here.
Take Back Your Technology 

On October 6, Framework, a Toronto-based community knowledge centre, is hosting Take Back Your Technology, an exciting digital capacity-building event aimed at small and medium sized nonprofits. The event is equal parts brainstorming session, hackathon, and process jam.