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Central Neighbourhood House, Executive Director

Central Neighbourhood House (CNH), located in east downtown Toronto, is a not for profit community based multi-service agency addressing social, political, and cultural barriers by working in partnership with individuals, families and groups, respecting diversity and enabling participation and opportunities in society. This is done by developing and providing services and programs which are integrated with support, research and advocacy.
4 Apr 2008

Toronto Community Development Institute Spring Conference

While we are calling this “community development,” in reality we mean it to be a gathering of budding activists and experienced practitioners from the whole universe of community work fields – community organizing, neighbourhood building, environmental advocacy, capacity building, social movements building, unions, cooperatives, social enterprises, etc. This initiative is a collaborative effort on the part of people from the universities, colleges, community networks, labour organizations, anti- racism/anti-oppression networks, social justice groups, and others. We invite you to join us in creating a learning, sharing, networking opportunity in Toronto that we believe would be a benefit to your community or organization. Our vision of this event includes: morning and afternoon workshops, time for networking, evening social events, Friday forum with guest speakers, field trips to local sites, cultural celebrations, and more.

We hope this will be only the first of many such events of a Toronto CD Institute that becomes a force for change. What it will look like, how it will be organized and led, and in which directions it will grow will be topics for discussion before, during, and after the Spring 2008 Institute.

Join us!

Accounting for the Value Added by Volunteers in Non-profit and Community Organizations

This workshop, facilitated by Laurie Mook and Jack Quarter of the University of Toronto and Eric Plato of Frontier College, provides a tool and hands-on experience in accounting for volunteer value in your organization. It also provides an introduction to the online software VolunteersCount to account for volunteer value in your organization. Non-profit executive directors, board members, financial officers and volunteer coordinators will find the information offered and discussion generated in this workshop valuable.

Join us in this workshop to:

  • Examine the value of volunteer resources in your organization, and how to document it in a credible way
  • Learn how to use such information to tell your "Performance Story" in financial statements, annual reports, funding proposals and in volunteer recognition programs
  • Explore ways of demonstrating the social value of non-profit organizations to policy makers and accounting bodies

FORMAT: An interactive workshop with opportunities to askquestions and tailor information to your own organization.

COST: $100 + GST; Each additional participant from the same organization will receive a $15 discount.

Profile of CED in Ontario


This report is the result of a recent survey of 56 community economic development (CED) organizations undertaken by the Canadian Community Economic Development Network‟s (CCEDNet) Ontario Region. This project signifies an important movement towards better understanding and developing the sector in Ontario, drawing upon the framework of a national report with a similar focus that was published in 2003. Though the report is not a comprehensive study it serves as a solid sample of CED in the province.


Sharing for Social Change: An Exploration of Shared Space and Shared Service Models in Ontario's Non-Profit Sector

Nonprofit organizations are increasingly experimenting with new forms of shared space and shared services. By working together, they are able to achieve greater efficiencies in their operations and greater impact in their local communities. Here in Ontario we have a number of organizations who are pioneering this field. From shared work spaces and back-office services to community hubs and project trusteeship, these groups are exploring the ways that sharing can lead to social change. Our goal is to bring together nonprofit organizations from across the province to share experiences and strategies for putting collaboration to work. Sharing for Social Change will allow us to explore questions like: What experiments are underway...and are they working? What are the secrets from the veterans? How can we all benefit from sharing for social change?

Election Time: CED Lobbying Tips!


Why should you lobby?
Letters, emails, and in person meetings are all avenues for lobbying. Meetings with MPPs, Candidates, and/or their staff in your riding will help raise awareness of CED/social enterprises and highlight the main issues within the movement. Educating and informing legislatures about needs within the social enterprise and CED movement will help persuade the government that their support is important and required.

The following are a few key points these meetings would help achieve:

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