Last year was a busy one for CCEDNet. Here is an overview of some of our accomplishments.
• In 2015 we launched our new Member Directory, which allows visitors to our website to find out who is a part of the network.
• We also released infographics on the activities of our members serving individuals, enterprises and communities.
• Our Facebook page grew to over 1,400 likes and our Twitter account to over 2,300 followers.
• Our 13th annual Manitoba Gathering brought together over 600 people & featured Clayton Thomas-Muller and Elder Stan McKay as keynote speakers.
• Board Secretary, Yvon Poirier, represented CCEDNet at the World Social Forum in Tunisia
• We promoted and participated in New Economy & Co-op Week in October.
• CCEDNet submitted our recommendations for the 2016 Federal Budget.
• CCEDNet Executive Director, Mike Toye, and members made presentations on Social Finance to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
• The national webinar series continued with 9 sessions (free for members) on topics like crowdfunding, the Manitoba Social Enterprise Strategy, and designing community action.
• In April, CCEDNet’s Spark pro bono matching service program honoured it’s first ever Outstanding Pro Bono Consultant Award winner Lawrence Lazarko.
• We held online Board elections using a single-transferable vote system, and in May we held our first fully virtual AGM with simultaneous translation.
• In July, CCEDNet staff and members gathered at Cape Breton University’s Community Innovation and Social Enterprise conference and had a very engaged Atlantic member meetup.
• Throughout 2015 we were engaged in administering the 2015 Social Enterprise Survey for Ontario and in December we published the report Enterprising Change.
• Updated policy proposals for Canada’s Social Economy were presented to key federal officials in early 2015.
• In January we held a webinar to help set CCEDNet’s 2015 Policy Priorities
• In partnership with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Manitoba, CCEDNet released The View From Here 2015: Manitobans Call for a Renewed Poverty Reduction Plan
• The Manitoba Social Enterprise Strategy, co-created by the Canadian CED Network and the Province of Manitoba, was launched.
• CCEDNet staff and members were active supporters, presenters and participants at the 2015 Canadian Conference on Social Enteprise
• In April we co-published with Accelerating Social Impact CCC a primer on Trade Agreements for Social Purchasing