Emerging Leaders in the Social Economy – Research Scholarship Winners

June 26, 2009

The Canadian Social Economy Hub (CSEHub) is proud to announce two winners of the Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program. This scholarship program is intended to promote original research by emerging leaders in the Social Economy, and advance the capacity of successful candidates to further strengthen the Social Economy in their academic and practitioner sectors. The winners are required to submit a paper for publication through CSEHub upon completion.

The proposals were submitted on April 15th 2009, and two hard-working youth are now the recipients of $3000 to help with their research projects. The winners are Jody Bauche from British Columbia and Andreas Gouldborough from Québec.

Jody has worked as a community practitioner in the field of early childhood development and social services for nearly twelve years. Her main focus is finding sustainable and holistic ways to improve conditions for First Nations communities in BC. She is currently working as an Aboriginal Early Childhood Development Coordinator for southern Vancouver Island. She explains that, “it is my intent to bring life to Indigenous Sustainable Development for First Nations communities in BC’s pacific northwest. My hope is that my research will help further a conversation and dialogue with regional chiefs around the importance of preserving our culture for future generations.” Part of accomplishing her goal is to travel to New Zealand to research the Maori’s implementation of the quadruple bottom line (environmental, social, economic and culturally sustainability) to see how BC can learn from their experiences and practices.

The second winner is Andreas Gouldsborough. He is currently involved as a research assistant in the New Rural Economy Project (Concordia University) investigating social capital, community economic development and aboriginal communities in Canada, and in the Institute for Non-Profit Studies (Mount Royal College) exploring the social enterprise/non-profit policy architecture in Quebec and Ontario. With the help of the scholarship money, he intends to explore the idea of constructing an analytical framework that can effectively evaluate community participation in Quebec’s Social Economy.

A second call for proposals will be issued in September 2009, for which the deadline will be October 15. For more information about the scholarship winners, please visit: http://www.socialeconomyhub.ca/hub/?page_id=1219. Please email with any questions, or visit CSHub’s website: www.socialeconomyhub.ca.