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Impact Conversations

Release Date: 10/15/2018

Inclusion and Connection at Community Living Oakville with Alexandra Hoeck Murray show art Inclusion and Connection at Community Living Oakville with Alexandra Hoeck Murray

Impact Conversations

In this episode, Sally speaks with Alexandra Hoeck Murray, the new Executive Director of Community Living Oakville (CLO). Alexandra talks about the impact the organization and larger community is making in the lives of people with developmental disabilities.   In our conversation, Alexandra talks about when the COVID crisis first started and how CLO addressed the potential isolation and disruption that the shutdown of their day services and central building could have caused, and how their rapid transition to online programming has kept people connected.    CLOs...

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Guest Podcast: A Young Newcomer’s Perspective on Settling in Canada: from Together Project - Makeway show art Guest Podcast: A Young Newcomer’s Perspective on Settling in Canada: from Together Project - Makeway

Impact Conversations

We are happy to be sharing a podcast from an initiative whose work we admire. Together Project, on the MakeWay shared platform, connects refugee and immigrant newcomers and Canadians to build stronger, more integrated communities.  Their podcast is gathering and sharing the stories of newcomers they serve.     In this episode, Joudy, a young refugee woman from Syria, speaks with Natasha at Together Project about her experience coming to Canada as a young newcomer, continuing university and overcoming social isolation during the pandemic with the help of Together...

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Building Welcoming Community: An update from our friends at Together Project show art Building Welcoming Community: An update from our friends at Together Project

Impact Conversations

Our guests in this episode are Anna Hill and Andrew Lusztyk, co-directors and founders at Together Project, a charitable initiative on the Makeway Shared Platform.     Together Project connects refugee newcomers and Canadians to build stronger, more integrated communities. Together Project is founded on the simple idea that social networks are an important factor for integration.    We first spoke with Together Project back in 2019, about their strategy and goals for impact in community. Anna and Andrew introduce us again to the project and talk about how they...

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Foundation for Black Communities and Generation Chosen: Breaking Through Together with Dr. Joseph Smith  show art Foundation for Black Communities and Generation Chosen: Breaking Through Together with Dr. Joseph Smith

Impact Conversations

In this engaging conversation, Dr. Joseph Smith shares his expertise and passion for equity and inclusion and the emotional intelligence needed for productive conversations between people of diverse backgrounds. He talks about the work underway to close the gap in philanthropy in Canada, in which the needs and assets of Black Communities have been overlooked.     Dr. Smith is the co-founder of the non-profit organization Generation Chosen which focuses on Mental health and Emotional Intelligence within underserved communities. He is a founding member of the Foundation...

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Catalyzing Social and Environmental Change: a conversation with SI Canada’s Andrea Nemtin show art Catalyzing Social and Environmental Change: a conversation with SI Canada’s Andrea Nemtin

Impact Conversations

Our guest today is Andrea Nemtin, Executive Director of SI Canada. Sally and Andrea talk about what Social Innovation is, the history of the field in Canada, and how Social Innovation Canada (SI Canada) came to be.  Andrea talks about the priorities of the organization as our country emerges from COVID, and how solutions to the complex challenges of social justice and climate change can be catalyzed and aligned through education, intentional networking at local and national levels across all sectors, and storytelling.     Resources:   Social Innovation...

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Educational Success for Racialized & Newcomer Youth, with Leo Johnson, Founder, Empowerment Squared show art Educational Success for Racialized & Newcomer Youth, with Leo Johnson, Founder, Empowerment Squared

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Having been a refugee himself as a youth, Leo shares how he has taken his own experience and created an organization to support youth to ensure they can navigate the Canadian system for educational success, to lay the foundation for life’s success.  We hear about Empowerment Squared’swork with Hamilton youth, and importantly, their parents or caregivers. We learn of the effects of COVID-19 on their work, and how they’ve pivoted and are now serving many more people, and in a broader way, which they see as a lasting effect. At the same time, we hear how his work has now expanded to a...

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Making an Impact in the Restaurant Industry show art Making an Impact in the Restaurant Industry

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Court Desautels, CEO of the Neighbourhood Group of Companies, shares how his restaurants operate differently.  They have health and wellness programs, including paid health benefits and education supports. They interview and listen to their employees to see what they need and how they can help.  They empower the employees to decide which local charitable organizations to support.  They sold gift cards during COVID and gave all the proceeds to their employees, allocated by an employee team.  All of this translates to a big investment, one that’s paying off, including in...

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Uncovering & Addressing Mental Health Needs for Rural Youth  show art Uncovering & Addressing Mental Health Needs for Rural Youth

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This podcast shares the findings and experience of following a Collective Impact process for the Rural Ottawa Youth Mental Health Collective, led by Nicole McKerracher, Executive Director of O-YA, a youth association in a rural Ottawa village. We’re joined by Emily Dozois, a youth with personal experience trying to access mental health services in rural Ottawa, and Evaluations Coordinator for the Collective.  In particular, we hear the actionable findings from their survey of over 300 rural Ottawa youth, along with challenges and tips for creating and administering a survey through...

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Building a Business and Portfolio with Purpose, with Tim Nash, Good Investing Founder show art Building a Business and Portfolio with Purpose, with Tim Nash, Good Investing Founder

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Tim shares insights into Socially Responsible Investing – about people looking to do less evil and perhaps more good with their investments. Even more importantly, we look beyond that, to his business model aimed at helping one million Canadians invest intentionally, because of the difference he sees that will make in the world.  He’s creating a movement and shares how he’ll accomplish this,based on his Theory of Change or Change Theory.  This approach has Tim acting as a coach, helping empower people to invest in line with their values.  We see how, by having a big goal...

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A Founder and Funder Creating Beautiful Music Together, with Astrid Hepner, CEO/Founder, Hamilton Music Collective and Board member and Funder, Carl Joosse show art A Founder and Funder Creating Beautiful Music Together, with Astrid Hepner, CEO/Founder, Hamilton Music Collective and Board member and Funder, Carl Joosse

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This podcast is two-fold.  We have the pleasure of hearing from Astrid Hepner about the great work of the Hamilton Music Collective, where, modeled after a proven program in Germany, 6000 under-served Hamilton school children are exposed to playing musical instruments, and all the related skills, pride and self-esteem that brings. We also hear from Carl Joose, representing the next generation of the John & Ellie Voortman Charitable Foundation, and also a board member on the Hamilton Music Collective, about how the two organizations were able to work together to not only support these...

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In this episode, Sally and Lynn discuss what impact is and why it's important in developing strategy. Social impact is the effect an organization's actions has on its community.

With examples, Sally and Lynn show that defining an intended impact makes it easier to develop a great strategy.

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