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2017 | #3

School “health champions” to foster student wellness

Factors such as stress, lack of sleep and improper nutrition can have a big impact on students’ ability to learn. That’s why numerous B.C. schools have enacted plans or policies to nurture the social, emotional and mental health of students. But just because one school sees results, doesn’t necessarily mean others will follow. A new project at Saanich School District aims to better spread promising new ideas from one school to another. It’s a prime example of what WellAhead, an initiative of the Foundation, is hoping to see more of provincially and nationally.
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RECODE Field Notes

“Create change that’s bigger than yourself by understanding the stories of others.”  That’s just one of the lessons that RECODE, a McConnell initiative, is sharing in Field Notes. Over the last three years, the RECODE network has worked to infuse a culture of social innovation on Canadian campuses. Field Notes is a window into the larger story of how change happens in post-secondary institutions.
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Purchasing power: increasing local food in institutions

In Purchasing Power: 10 lessons on getting more local, sustainable and delicious food in schools, hospitals and campuses, the Foundation’s Sustainable Food Systems initiative and partner Food Secure Canada explore how eight projects worked to increased local and sustainable food in a variety of institutions.

One key finding: there are significant needs and opportunities in health care. Building on this lesson, 25 health care innovators from across the country have joined the Nourish program to increase access to healthy foods within their parent institutions. Learn more about Nourish on their newly launched website.
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Solutions for a clean growth century

Over the next century, the world’s strongest economies will be those that find cleaner ways to generate, store and use energy. The Canadian Environmental Grantmakers' Network (CEGN) provides solutions in six areas of policy and innovation — including energy efficiency and cleaner transport — that can propel Canada into a clean growth century.
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Cities Reducing Poverty | Bringing all voices to the table

Moving the needle on poverty is not simple, says Megan Wanless of the Tamarack Institute. “We know that when working on complex problems, finding comprehensive solutions requires communities to come together to leverage and better understand their assets – knowledge, experience, skills and resources – to truly see and act on the issue from all angles.”

Read more about Tamarack’s collective impact approach
From nonprofit to a “for-charity” business

Justin Sciani of Capitalize for Kids, a nonprofit focusing on children’s brain development and mental health challenges, talks about the organization’s “secret sauce” for finding funding: thinking of themselves as a for-charity business.

Learn more about their innovative funding model
Closing the gap: Better health for all
April 8, Ottawa ON

How can we equitably improve social conditions to achieve better health for all? Experts, decision-makers, practitioners, citizens and organizations will explore the best ways to move this conversation into action at Upstream’s Closing the Gap: Better health for all conference.

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WellAhead webinar: Social Labs 201 — The messiness of labs and how to deal
April 13, 2017 @11am PST/ 2pm EST

Recently, interest in the social labs model as a way to address complex social challenges has grown significantly. Drawing on experience in applying this model to WellAhead and other initiatives, this webinar will explore the pitfalls and challenges, and common success factors, of the lab approach. 

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ChangeUp grants for young leaders
Apply by April 18, 2017

Youth from 18 to 34 can now apply for a ChangeUp grant to initiate solutions-focused projects that address issues of discrimination and prejudice in their local communities. The Inspirit Foundation is awarding these $10,000 one-time grants to projects implementing creative strategies to open minds and shift attitudes that perpetuate prejudice and exclusion based on ethnicity, race or religion.  

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WellAhead webinar: Leadership for wellbeing in schools
April 19 @ 11am PST/ 2pm EST

Drawing on research evidence, and experience with implementation related to Ontario's Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, Dr Kathy Short, Director of School Mental Health ASSIST, will offer insights on how to best optimize leadership in change processes to promote lasting positive impacts on student wellbeing.

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Millennial Social Values: Webinar series
April 19, 20, 21

The authors and experts behind the Millennial Social Values study are hosting three webinars for those interested in learning more about Millenials’ social values. The webinars will explain the study’s methodology, pinpoint insights within and across generations as well as provide more information about how the findings might inform policy and programs related to socio-economic, workforce, educational and civic engagement.

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