December 2008

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Profile: The Good Food Club

Manitoba CED Network: Annual Member Meeting & CED Policy Forum

Manitoba CED News

    CED Tool - CED in Calgary Booklet

    National News and Events

    Job Postings

     


    CED Profile: The Good Food Club

    CCEDNet Manitoba's internship project, Emerging Leaders MB, placed five emerging CED practitioners with five local community organizations full-time, for six months to work on CED projects. As part of the work, each intern profiled their projects for our newsletter. This months profile comes from Jennifer Neufeld, who worked at the West Broadway Development Corporation (WBDC). Jennifer concluded her internship in December and created a solid business plan for a soup making business to employ low income people and use ingredients from local producers, and WBDC is currently working on funding to start up this social enterprise.

    I have the privilege of doing very interesting work. It involves creativity, great people, healthy food, farming, markets, innovation, and research. I work for the Good Food Club, a program of the West Broadway Development Corporation.

    The West Broadway Development Corporation is a non-profit neighbourhood renewal organization. It supports residents, community-based organizations, businesses, government and other partners toward environmentally sustainable social and economic development. Its programs focus on housing, greening, a publication called The Broadcaster, and food security through the Good Food Club.

    The Good Food Club's goal is to make healthy, affordable food available in West Broadway. It offers community cafes and potlucks, weekly trips to a farm, a weekly market in the summer months and fresh food boxes in winter. Members may be involved by working in exchange for "sweat equity points" that can be redeemed for healthy food.
    My internship involved expanding the Veggie Van Market and preparing a business plan for a social enterprise.

    In the summer, the Veggie Van Market runs every Thursday at Klinic Community Health Centre on Broadway. The Market is adjacent to an Urban Agriculture Pilot Project which is tended by the ‘landless farmer's collective'. This group of farmers is growing vegetables in the heart of the city and studying the viability of using vacant land to supply food locally. The harvest is donated to Agape Table, the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre, and the Good Food Club. Produce from this land and from the Wiens Family Farm is sold at affordable prices to Good Food Club members. Other vendors at the market sell hand-made goods. People who visit the market are enthusiastic and they enjoy buying local and meeting neighbours.

    Good Food Club members are anticipating a social enterprise: a business that will provide employment and will sell a product that promotes food security. I facilitated the development of the business plan. From a long list of ideas generated by the members, my research led me to identify a soup-making venture as a viable enterprise which fits with the aims of the Good Food Club. Our trial run in October was a tremendous success that delivered butternut squash and almond soup all over the neighbourhood.

    This internship was a great learning and leadership experience. It gave me the opportunity to build on my knowledge and practice of CED and to contribute to a great neighbourhood.

     


    Report from Manitoba CED Network Member Meeting & CED Policy Forum

    On November 4 Thirty-six CCEDNet Manitoba members and allies met at St. Matthews Maryland Community Ministry to discuss the past years activities and look forward at the year ahead. Summary of the presentations and priorities


    Manitoba CED News

     

    Putting our Housing in Order: CCPA 2008 State of the Inner City Report

    This year's theme was housing and includes four articles with information directly from interviews with inner-residents about housing issues. The first two papers provide inner-city residents with the opportunity to speak out directly on the housing issues of greatest concern. The next two articles are in-depth examinations of community-based initiatives to improving housing conditions in the inner city and increase low-income people's access to housing through homeownership.
    Download the 2008 State of the Inner City Report


     

    Manitoba Social Enterprises Honoured with Excellence in Sustainability Awards

    The Manitoba Round Table for Sustainable Development recognized three excellent examples of CED at an awards ceremony on the evening of November 28th.
    EviroSafe Cleaning Worker Co-op took the top award in the Business category, with two honourable mentions for Natural Cycle Bike Courier and Repair and one for Inner City Development. Inner City Development also received the Apprenticeship Board's Employer of the Year award at a ceremony in late October for their commitment to providing education and training on the job.


     

    2009 Growing Local Food Security Conference, February 20 & 21

    This conference will be a chance to showcase existing food security projects and develop new skills as participants work towards greater food security in Manitoba.
    Should your organisation wish to get involved, display at the conference, or contribute resources or volunteer time please contact the MB Food Charter at 943-0823 or growinglocal@mbfoodcharter.ca


     

    Province to reduce rent burden, build savings for low-income

    Province is committing $3 million to help people escape poverty through housing stability and asset building with improvements to the Shelter Benefit and the creation of the ‘Manitoba Saves' program. Through the latter, SEED Winnipeg will be able to substantially increase their financial education and asset-building programs. Press Release

    To find out more about SEED Winnipeg's Asset Building Programs and their Money Management Training, call 927-9935. These programs are for people on a limited income wanting to save towards the purchase of assets, such as basic household needs, home purchase, renovation, education or small business.


     

    Manitoban's with Disabilities to Employers "See What I Can Do, Not What I Can't"

    Province launches campaign as part of a $3.2-million reform package to help Manitobans with disabilities get jobs under the marketAbilities initiative with four initiatives: Myth-busting multi-media campaign, Access to communications technology, Job readiness and New Rewarding Volunteer Benefit. Press release


     

    Community Places Grant Applications Now Available

    The Community Places program provides funding and planning assistance to non-profit community organizations for facility construction, upgrading, expansion or acquisition projects. Deadline Feb 15, 2009.


     

    Take the Winnipeg CarShare Survey

    A quick survey to find out if people who live in the Osborne Village or Broadway-Assiniboine neighbourhoods would be interested in a new transportation service called car sharing. www.carsharesurvey.com


     

    The Canada Learning Bond

    Did you know that low income families with young children can get up to $2000 for their child's education without having to contribute any of their own money! Most families don't know about this grant and are not getting it. SEED Winnipeg can do onsite workshops to help families understand and access this grant as well as money management workshops for families - All free of charge.

    If you are interested in having SEED do a workshop in your community, please call Jenn Bogoch at 927-9941 for more information


    CED Tool

     

    Fantastic New Resource: CED in Calgary Booklet

     

    Many organizations, individuals, and businesses are practicing Community Economic Development (CED) and don't even know it. Others are in a position to be involved and will gain awareness of opportunities. The purpose of this booklet is to educate more people about CED and encourage more creative CED initiatives in our community.

    Included are examples of CED initiatives: organizational profiles, definitions and terminology, and individuals success stories. If you have only a short time to review the booklet, go to page 18 o learn what you can do!
    Download the (PDF)


    National News and Events

     

    National Co-op Orgs Launch CDI Renewal Campaign 

    Canada's two national co-op organizations have launched a campaign to ensure the renewal of the Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI), a federal government program that provides support for new and emerging co-ops. The program, which has been funded by the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for the past six years, is scheduled to expire in March 2009.

    For more information on CDI, as well as tools to allow you to e-mail your MP, go to www.coopscanada.coop/cdi


     

    Senate Report on Rural Poverty

    Recommendations include renewing the Social Economy Initiative, endorsing the Co-op Housing strategy, CDI renewal, targets for rural poverty reduction, rural broadband initiatives and CAP funding, a study on guaranteed annual income, housing initiatives, literacy funding renewals, support for CFDCs and expanding micro-credit options, support for new and expanding credit unions, and much more.


     

    Can Values Make a Difference? Co-operatives - moving from the Rochdale Pioneers to the 21st Century.

    Call for papers for July conference in Manchester. Submission Deadline Jan 16.



    Early Bird Registration for 10th Anniversary Social Enterprise Summit, New Orleans - Dare to Dream, Dare to Do.

    Early-bird registration closes January 7, 2009. Conference April 15-17, 09.



    What Sport Can Do: The True Sport Report.

    Health; positive child and youth development; stronger and more inclusive communities; economic development and renewal; and environmental sustainability are all cited as benefits, in a recent release on behalf of the True Sport movement, http://www.truesportpur.ca/
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    Report from the Social Enterprise World Forum in Edinburgh


     

    Video Archives of National Housing Research Committee's Nov. 4th Session now available.

    Topics include: Changing Patterns in Homeownership and Shelter Costs in Canada from the 2006 Census, CMHC'S Lifecycle Costing Tool for Community Infrastructure Planning, and Access to Housing Finance Among Recent Immigrants.


     

    A Case for Social Innovation Article

    Social entrepreneurship and social enterprise have become popular rallying points for those trying to improve the world. These two notions are positive ones, but neither is adequate. We contend that social innovation is the best construct for understanding - and producing - lasting social change.
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    Call for Innovative Proposals: Aussie conference ‘Building Community Centred Economies'

    The 2009 International Association of Community Development and Community Development Queensland is currently seeking proposals for participation in the largest community development conference held in Oceania to date! Proposals due by January 10, 2009.

    The aim of the conference is to create outcomes that assist the practice of sustainable community development both locally and internationally. The following topics will be addressed: Building Sustainable Livelihoods; Promoting Human Scale Economies; Engaging and Leveraging Community Development Finance; Exploring Government, Corporate, and Community Relationships; Protecting the Right to Local Security and Sovereignty; and Breaking New Ground on Old Issues.

    Learn more about the Building Community Centered Economies: Dialogue for Action from June 17 - 20, 2009 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia at www.cdconference.com.au



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