September 2011

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Profile: Momentum's Train the Trainer Program

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 Profile: Momentum's Train the Trainer Program

Momentum, a Calgary based non-profit organization, has an innovative way to fortify financial literacy in communities across Canada. The program is called Train the Trainer (TTT) and, like all the work pursued by Momentum, is premised on the idea of capacity building. The process begins by equipping local leaders with the tools and the confidence needed to establish their own (or improve upon an existing) financial literacy initiatives. Through outreach and facilitation the hope is that with greater financial literacy, people of all income levels will be in a position to save and become debt free.

From the group’s onset, Momentum has set its sites on addressing root causes of the persistent levels of poverty amid a city with such elevated rates of economic growth and prosperity. Their approach is asset-based, which sees the path to transcending barriers as equipping people with tools, be it financial, social, personal or otherwise.

Despite its roots as a free program, TTT has since adopted a social enterprise approach to ensure its long term sustainability. By having program participants cover the basic costs of delivery, the popular program has been able to continue its goals after the initial block funding expired. This crucial transition towards sustainability is both a practical and symbolic victory for the group as it reinforces their belief that social enterprises contribute to building capacity and community economic development. This past year has been a pilot phase for TTT's social enterprise model, but the feedback so far has been very positive. Based on the number of program participants - 30 organizations have participated this year alone, which then have the potential to reach thousands of Canadians with their newly acquired financial literacy capacity. - it is clear that Train the Trainer is meeting a substantial need.

Click here for more information on the Train the Trainer program. For a glimpse of financial literacy in action, check out these online videos: Facing up to DebtFinancial Literacy - The Big Picture, and Saving for Goals.

For more information about the Train the Trainer program and its two-day intensive workshop, contact Brian Hill at 403.204.267 or

Canadian CED Network News

Registration Now Open for the 2011 CD/CED Gathering

Join more than five hundred delegates, including community organizations, government, students and social entrepreneurs who will come together to examine ways to reduce poverty and build stronger communities in Manitoba. The theme for this year's Gathering is "Enough, For All, Forever," and will feature many opportunities to discuss how we can build stronger, fairier, and more sustainable communities.

The 2011 Gathering will include a keynote speech by the always engaging Silver Donald Cameron, 20+ workshops and a free lunch catered by local CED food providers.This free, all-day event takes place on October 21st at St. John's High School in Winnipeg's North End.

Register here

Meet our Members

Housing Strategies Inc.

Housing Strategies Inc. is a Calgary-based consulting company dedicated to fostering healthy, inclusive and sustainable communities. They offer a range of services to municipalities, non-profits and private developers, including: Housing Needs Assessments; Community-Based Housing Plans; Community Engagement; and Feasibility Studies

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Community Futures Saskatchewan

Community Futures Saskatchewan and its 13 Community Future Development Corporations (CFDCs) are non-profit corporations developed to help communities grow at the local level. Their main services include business loans, business skills training, local entrepreneur development, and community and social economic development. They provide services for people in rural and northern Saskatchewan who are interested in setting up, expanding, or considering a small business.

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CCEDNet Staff News

It was been a busy and transitional summer for CCEDNet's Manitoba office. We wished Spark Coordinator, Fio Pasquarellii farewell as she began her maternity leave earlier in the summer. The Spark office is fortunate to have CCEDNet Member Coordinator, Lindsey McBain come in to fill Fio's position. Lindsey can now be reached at 837-7275 and

CCEDNet also welcomed Sarah Leeson-Klym as this year's CD/CED Gathering Coordinator. You can contact Sarah with any questions related to the Gathering at

In other news, CCEDNet's Regional Cooridinator, Brendan Reimer is now on Twitter. Follow Brendan at @brendan_ccednet to find links to great CED-related news items, stay informed about our Manitoba office's activities, and access insightful commentary in 140 characters or less!

Northern CED News

Northern Summit on the Social Economy

The Northern Summit on the Social Economy is taking place at the Northern United Place on November 22-23 in Yellowknife, NT. Over the last five years, the Summit has provided participants from all over the North with a forum to share research information, engage in public discussions, and broach a variety of topics relevant to the needs of local social economy organizations.

To learn more about the Summit, contact SERNNoCA at 867.873.9337 or Or visit the Summit's webpage

"Inspire Youth, and Be Inspired"

This summer, eight youth participated in a PhotoVoice research project to explore poverty and their perspectives on the issue in Pangnirtung. The project was organized by the Pangnirtung Youth Club with support from former CCEDNet Create Action intern Kerri Tattuinee of the Nunavut Anti-Poverty Secretariat.

Using the PhotoVoice methodology, participants were provided with digital cameras and went out into the community to use the cameras to answer the question: What is poverty to me? In all more than 150 photos were taken, but three central themes emerged: Our Inspiration; Our Challenges; and, Our Solutions for the Future.

(Source: Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty Reduction September Newsletter)

Have Your Say!

A call has gone out to all Inuit organizations, municipal and territorial government bodies, non-governmental organizations, community groups and individuals to share their knowledge and contribute to Nunavut's Poverty Reduction Action Plan. Make a submission to the Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty Reduction and have your say about what needs to done to reduce poverty in Nunavut. Your perspective is needed.

For submission guidelines and more information, visit and contact Tim Stiles at (867) 975-7755 or Deadline: September 23, 2011.

(Source: Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty Reduction September Newsletter)

CED Tool: Social Enterprise Learning Toolkit

Enp has launched the Social Enterprise Learning Toolkit, learning modules on the following topics: Governance, Leadership, Blended Value Design(Financial Analysis and Social Value Models), Product & Markets, Business Operations, Customer Relations, Marketing, and Risk Analysis. Each module includes slide presentations, worksheets and references to relevant documents and other resources. The Social Enterprise Learning Modules cover basic elements and information about planning and operating a social enterprise. Each module covers key principles and offers leads and links to further resources.

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National CED News

FIESS 2011

The 2011 International Forum on the Solidarity and Social Economy is being held on October 17-20 in Montreal, Quebec. Participants can expect a participatory and interactive atmosphere, as the Forum is intended as a meeting place for people and ideas related to the social and solidarity economy from around the world.

Click here to register and learn more 

Two Upcoming Co-op Conferences

Business Succession and Employee Ownership Oct 11-13, 2011: experts share their experiences with co-operatives as a solution to the growing challenge of business succession.

North American Worker Co-op Conference Oct 13-15, 2011: an historic occasion to discuss best practices with worker co-operators from Canada, the U.S., Spain, France, Italy, and Argentina.

Tamarack’s Evaluating Community Impact Workshop

The Evaluating Community Impact: Capturing and Making Sense of Community Outcomes workshop is a three-day, interactive learning event designed to increase the capacity of leaders involved in community change efforts to better understand and evaluate the outcomes of these efforts. Due to popular demand, Tamarack is once again offering this workshop to enhance the capacity of communities.

This workshop is geared towards people involved in community change initiatives with an interest and some basic experience with evaluation. 

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The Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research - New Issue

The Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSERJ) is an online open access bilingual peer-review publication. ANSERJ is dedicated to providing a stimulating and vibrant forum for the open dissemination of contemporary high-quality, peer-reviewed research on nonprofits and the social economy. The most recent edition includes articles on the gender dynamics of Canadian activism, the social and economic benefits of community recreation, voluntary participation in CED, among others.

Read the latest issue of ANSERJ

Applied Research Fund at Mount Royal University

The Institute for Nonprofit Studies at Mount Royal University is once again inviting applications to its applied research fund. Two proposals will be funded to a maximum of $7,500 each. Applications should address practical issues in the area of governance, sustainability, or policy. Letters of Intent are due on October 14thand full proposals will be due on November 14th. The full application form is available on request. More information and previously funded research are profiled in the applied research section of the Institute web site.

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MBA in CED – An Advanced Program with Community at its Core

Cape Breton University’s Master’s of Business Administration in Community Economic Development is designed for learners and graduates who aspire to play leadership roles in the public sector, in Third Sector organizations, and in community-minded businesses. The program curriculum, in addition to business subjects found in traditional MBA programs, focuses on economic development, leadership, strategy, governance, managing change and international management.

The program also strives for accessibility, as students can complete the program program by attending classes in the summer or on alternate weekends in their city and complete the courses over 22 months. 

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