February Newsletter 2011

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February Newsletter 2011

Welcome to the February 2011 Issue of the Canadian CED Network's e-newsletter for the Ontario Region, your information resource on the latest news and projects in CED in Ontario.

Please contact us with your comments by emailing ontario@ccednet-rcdec.ca or phoning the Ontario office at (416) 760-2554.



In this issue:

News from the Canadian CED Network


Partner Profile


Ontario CED News

CED Tool



Upcoming Events



News from the Canadian CED Network

For more news from the Canadian CED Network, please visit the "What's New in CED" section on our website. 

2011 Regional Conferences

In 2011, CCEDNet is partnering with the Chantier de l'économie sociale for the International Forum on the Social and Solidarity Economy that will be held in Montréal, Oct 17-20.  For this reason, we will not be holding our own national conference in 2011.

But this year, inspired by the success of the Manitoba Gathering, regional events are being organized across the country.

Check out the list for regional event here.


CCEDNet Membership Renewal

Active promotion and initiation of forward-thinking activities that combat poverty are what sow the seeds of community development and lighten the burden of economic insecurity. Through these activities, our aim remains supporting our members and creating a national vehicle for collective action to strengthen communities.

Your membership is essential to our success as a movement. Click here to renew your CCEDNet membership now for the 2011 calendar year.



Partner Profile

Operation Come Home


Operation Come Home, (OCH) opened its doors in 1971 to assist runaway youth across Canada to return home to their families. Operation Come Home has more than 5,000 contacts with at risk and homeless youth per year and provides services to 225+ locally and 100+ nationally. This year OCH will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary. In 2002, Operation Come Home began to diversify its services by offering programming locally in the city of Ottawa due to the fact that many homeless youth could not return home. In 2009, Operation Come Home changed its name to better articulate its vision and mission to the community.

Operation Come Home prevents homeless youth from becoming homeless adults. The way in which OCH accomplishes this mission is by providing unique and innovative programs and services to at risk and homeless youth. Operation Come Home provides six pillars of programming: employment; education; resources; outreach; housing and reunite. The employment pillar includes 2 social enterprises, BottleWorks and BeadWorks. BottleWorks is a commercial recycling and bottle pick up business. BeadWorks is a jewelry design and production business. OCH recently moved to a new location in the center of the city. The new location will provide sufficient space for a new social enterprise that will operate as an art studio and retail storefront for youth to design and craft “works of art” to be sold to the general public.

Operation Come Home operates a high school, the job action centre, a farming and culinary project: food matters, a wellness and recreation program: health matters, a drop in and resource centre, street outreach, financial literacy, housing and our original mandate which is to assist runaway youth to return home to their families.

For more information about Operation Come Home please go to their website:




Ontario CED News


Ontario CED Event | June 8th, 2011 - Save the date 

Connections to Revitalize Communities - An Ontario Community Economic Development Event | June 8th, 2011

CCEDNet – Ontario Region is pleased to announce the launch of the Ontario CED Event on June 8th, 2011. The focus of this event is to provide unique opportunities for organizations from different sectors to connect and share their experiences in building fairer and stronger local economies and designing inclusive and equitable strategies that creating healthier and more sustainable communities.

To ensure this event is inclusive and multi-sectoral a combination of event activities will be incorporated. Some of them include: plenary speakers, facilitated networking opportunities, social enterprise market place and skill workshops.

For more information about the event and how you can be involvoed in the planning please visit the event wedsite here or facebook page here


2011 ONN Unconference, Strengthening our Connections | April 12th & 13th

Ontario Nonprofit Network is planning 2011 provincial unconference, Strengthening our Connections.

Click here for more information about the event.


CED Tools

Network Evaluation: Cultivating Healthy Networks for Social Change

Networks are popping up everywhere in the social change sector. Many of us have invested time and resources in our networks on the assumption that they are important vehicles to advance our goals.

But how do we know if our networks are really working?

And what can we do to improve their performance?

The Centre for Social Innovation and the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation are proud to release their publication, Network Evaluation: Cultivating Health Networks for Social Change. This imaginative book explores the unique character of networks and offers a new framework for assessing and improving their impact. Its goal: to further empower the success of networks that are making a difference.

Download your copy here



FoodShare Toronto Community Food Animator- Bathurst Finch Community Food Animator – Part Time Position

FoodShare Toronto, in partnership with Unison Action for Neighbourhood Change, and the Bathurst Finch Food Action Team is looking for a part time, passionate, community organizer with food project and/or neighbourhood-based organizing experience. This individual will work within the Bathurst Finch community supporting the start up and ongoing food projects such as a community garden, a food bank, and/or a fresh produce market, in order to increase the neighbourhood access to healthy food and within Bathurst and Finch.

Click here for the full job posting


Sustain Ontario Seeks Program Coordinator

Sustain Ontario, a project of Tides Canada Initiatives, promotes a collaborative approach to research, policy development and action by addressing the intersecting issues related to healthy food and local sustainable agriculture. They are looking for a Program Coordinator

See full posting here


Co-op Development Manager, Ontario Co-operative Association

The Ontario Co-operative Association represents the 1,300 co-operatives and credit unions throughout the province of Ontario. Our mission is to lead, cultivate and connect Ontario’s co-operative sector.

As the Co-operative Development Manager reporting to the Executive Director, you respond to co-operative development and management inquiries. You manage several programs focusing on co-operative development in Ontario. You provide support to the staff, board of directors and membership of the Ontario Co-operative Association.

See full posting here


Upcoming Events


PARO - Glow and Grow Series | February 23rd, 2011

PARO Women Centre, one of CCEDNet's long time members, is offering a series of on-line trainings on a number of topics. The following are the topics they will be focusing on:

  • Pricing Strategies for Your Business

- Importance of pricing and factors overlooked when developing a pricing strategy for your business

- Quality, expertise, and image of your business

- Intangible factors and consumer perception and value of goods & services
- Establishing price ranges to cover costs, break-even analysis

  • Connecting- How to Prepare Your Business for Contracts in the Non-Profit Sector

 - Where to find business opportunities in the non-profit sector
 - What you need to do to be competitive
 - How you can prepare for business opportunities

Check out the full posting here


Human Resource Management in Non-Profits - Workshop | February 25th, 2011

Human resource is not only the core asset of community organizations, such organizations cannot replace their human capital with investment in physical capital.  Coupled with the pressure to be efficient and strategic, maximizing human capital is essential to achieving organizations goals.  This certificate program is designed to strengthen human resource management and leadership competencies by helping managers to acquire tools and resources to enhance leadership skills, manage organizational change and gain knowledge around effective compensation.

Join the Social Economy Center for a series of 3 workshops leading to the Human Resource Management in Community Organizations Certificate

 For more information click here


 Vibrant Communities Seminar Series, Canada's Cities Reducing Poverty | February 25th, 2011

The second call in the VC tele-learning series, Canada's Cities Reducing Poverty will be held on Thursday February 24th, 2011. This call will feature the work of two cities - Niagara Region and Ottawa - who are taking real action to reduce poverty. Liz Weaver will be joined by Sarah Pennisi, Director of Social Assistance and Employment Opportunities for Niagara Region and Aaron Burry, General Manager of Community and Social Services at the City of Ottawa.

Register here


Leveraging Private Capital for Public Good | March 2nd, 2011

The Carleton Centre for Community Innovation would like to invite you to a day-long symposium on social enterprises and social finance solutions. The symposium will feature a range of speakers from social enterprises such as Pathways to Education and Me to We, impact investors such as Bill Young founder and President of Social Capital Partners, to international impact investing specialist Steve Godeke, author of Philanthropy’s Passing Gear and Solutions to Impact Investors. This symposium explores opportunities to address social and environmental challenges through social enterprise and social finance.

For more information visit their website here


Pathway to Potential: Community Training Sessions | March 10th, 2011

On March 10, Pathway to Potential will be holding the first of several community organizing training sessions for Voices Against Poverty and other community stakeholders. 
The goal of the training is to develop a campaign that will help ensure that poverty reduction is a top priority issue for the Windsor-Essex region in the upcoming provincial election.

For more information check out their website here


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