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Our Manitoba office is launching a new project to profile CED in Manitoba. So far we've completed 35 (of 50) stories of communities working to build fairer and stronger local economies, reduce poverty, and revitalize neighbourhoods. Not all of the initiatives use a fully comprehensive CED approach, but each represents an important component of a CED solution. Read all our profiles of CED at www.ccednet-rcdec.ca/CEDprofiles

We will feature several in our monthly newsletter, and we've chosen three for our first instalment.

Spence Neighbourhood Association - In 1997, five community volunteers decided to improve the condition of their neighbourhood by creating a non-profit housing group. Those dedicated volunteers started out by cleaning a single back lane and then renovated a home for a young family. Read on...

Arctic Co-operatives - The democratic governance structure of the Co-operative system in ACL is designed to support the local ownership and control of each co- operative. Read on...

Urban Circle Training Centre - Started in 1990 when Aboriginal women volunteering in a second hand clothing depot in Winnipeg’s North End voiced their desire to take training that would lead to employment. Read on...


Canadian CED Network News

CCEDNet Members Awarded Financial Literacy Grant

We are proud to announce that two of our members were awarded funding through the TD Financial Literacy Grant Fund.

Supporting Employment and Economic Development Winnipeg (SEED) and PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise, among eight other community organizations, were recognized out of 170 applications from across the country.

The Fund will enable SEED to train community-based educators from war-affected communities, who will then provide financial literacy education in their first language to other new comers.

The Fund is now accepting applications for its third round of grants. Applications should be submitted by August 3, 2011. Charitable and nonprofit organizations interested in applying for grants are encouraged to review the Fund’s guidelines, FAQs, and application form available at www.sedi.org/grantfund


Meet our Members

The Family Centre, incorporated in 1937, is a private, accredited not-for-profit agency working toward healthy families and strong communities through programs, partnerships  and resources that empower individuals and strengthen families and communities.

Community Development/Community Economic Development Program, prepares students to become a facilitator of change in communities that are experiencing multiple barriers to development. It is a hands-on that teaches students to recognize and use the assets of the community, promote social inclusion and participation at all levels of transformation, and understand power dynamics and ethical issues.


CCEDNet-MB Finishes Spring Learning Series with Social Enterprise

Thanks to everyone who attended our Spring 2011 Strengthening Non-Profits workshops. Almost all of our sessions sold out with more than 150 participants.

Look for the workshops of our Fall learning series to be announced in the next few weeks.


Manitoba CED News

 

RaY of Hope in the Inner-City

Congratulations to Resource Assistance for Youth (RaY), an inner-city community-based outreach centre, which became the most recent recipient of an Eva’s Innovations Award last month. The Award was given in recognition of RaY’s commitment to working with homeless and at-risk youth in Winnipeg through their Emergency Shelter and Transition (REST) program.

REST uses private and public housing to provide transitional housing for youth who would otherwise be forced to live on the streets. The Eva Award comes with a $5,000 gift, sponsored by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. The Province of Manitoba is also supporting the REST by providing Manitoba Housing units in Winnipeg at a value of $24,000.


MCA Accepting Applications for the Cooperative Development Fund

The Manitoba Cooperative Association (MCA) is once again administering funding for assistance to cooperatives through the Cooperative Development Fund. This funding provides up to $2,000 to start up and expanding co-ops. The grant is to be used for recruitment, workshops, meetings, and related expense during the formation and exploration of the cooperative model. The next in-take deadline for applications is September 15.
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Tracking Well-Being in Winnipeg

Peg measures the well-being of our community by tracking key indicators...the information we need to work together for a stronger city.

Peg is Winnipeg’s community indicator system, tracking indicators that reflect and measure our city’s wellbeing.  The indicators, developed by a wide-cross section of stakeholders, speak to our wellbeing in eight theme areas (basic needs, health, education & learning, social vitality, governance, built environment, economy, and natural environment) and one cross-cutting issue (poverty).  Individuals, groups, and organizations in all sectors can use the information to increase their knowledge, inform decisions, and guide action to achieve short- and long-term progress.

Peg is a work in progress.  The initial site introduces the eight themes and the indicators for poverty, the cross-cutting issue.  The site will continue to be built and developed, with indicators for the eight themes developed over the next two to three years.

www.mypeg.ca


Manitoba's Housing Co-ops Welcome New Initiative for Low-Income Households

The Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada welcomes yesterday's groundbreaking announcement of support for non-profit and co-operative housing under Manitoba's ALL Aboard poverty reduction strategy.

Announced on June 9, the initiative will enable low-income households in Manitoba's 48 non-profit housing co-ops (housing over 7,000 Manitobans in some 2,800 mixed-income units)  to maintain affordable rents.
Press release


Affordable Housing Progress

CCEDNet is pleased to report on the progress being made toward improving Manitoba’s affordable housing supply, as it directly relates to our policy resolution on Housing as a Part of Neighbourhood Renewal.

Last month, the Province announced that they are ahead of schedule in their plan to create 1,500 affordable housing units. With three years remaining in the five-year plan, Manitoba is reaching the halfway point of its goal with over 700 units built to date. They have pledged to continue building 300 units per year over the next three years. According to Minister Irvin-Ross, construction of the new affordable housing units has helped create 1,220 jobs and generated more than $66 million in economic spinoffs.

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CED Tool:

socialfinance.ca launches Your Guide to Social Finance

Your Guide is for social entrepreneurs and those interested in social ventures who are considering how social finance can support the opening, operation and expansion of enterprises that have a positive social and/or environmental impact.

Using stories, digital videos and interviews, Your Guide takes you through five key questions: the what, why, who and most importantly the how of social finance in Canada and beyond.
http://socialfinance.ca/guide


National CED News


Register Early for FIESS 2011

Early bird registration for the 2011 International Forum on the Social and Solidarity Economy will be open until June 24. The FIESS 2011 will be held in Montreal on October 17-20. The Forum is intended to be a ‘meeting place for people and ideas’ who are involved with and/or interested in the social economy sector. Themes that will be discussed and presented on at the Forum include food security and sovereignty, solidarity finance and trade, and innovative and collective entrepreneurship. Registeration and Info


Social EnterPrize now Accepting Applications

Trico Charitable Foundation is now accepting applications for their Social EnterPrize. All Canadian non-profits with an existing social enterprise are eligible to apply. In addition to the cash awards, winners will also receive complementary transportation, accommodation and registration to attend the conference. Four Social EnterPrizes are granted each year, and they fall under the categories of organizational (two) awards and individual (two) awards. The application deadline in September 15, 2011. Read more


BUILD Recognized as Business Leader

BUILD received the EcoLiving Business Leader Award earlier this month. This CCEDNet member was awarded the $50,000 prize for their work in conducting energy-saving retrofits in low-income homes in Winnipeg. BUILD’s mandate transcends its contracting work, as this non-profit is mandated to hire and provide skills training to individuals with barriers to employment. The Award also earned BUILD great exposure in a recent Winnipeg Free Press article, which says, “BUILD has employed 130 workers and…have lowered the utility bills of their clients by more than $1 million per year at more than 4,000 low-income addresses.”
Read the article


Greg MacCleod – CASC Award of Merit

Dr. Greg MacLeod, founder and former director of the Tompkins Institute for Human Values and Technology at Cape Breton University and a leading authority on community economic development, is the winner of the 2011 Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC) Award of Merit.

In addition to his work at the university, Dr. MacLeod is a founder of BCA Community Venture Finance Group, which has raised over $2 million in community investment and New Dawn Enterprises, Canada's oldest community economic development corporation.  He recently celebrated his 50th anniversary as a Catholic priest and is the author of From Mondragon to America, about the worker-owned industrial co-operative based in Spain.


CoopZone Announces On-line Training Program

The CoopZone Developers' Network Co-operative is pleased to announce that it will offer a two-level on-line training program on co-operative development, this September.

The course will cover development, facilitation and project management services to new, existing and expanding co-operatives. It has been designed and will be administered by some of Canada’s most experienced co-op developers. Course work will take approximately two to three hours per week.

CoopZone is offering two tele-learning webinars about the program, to provide basic background information on the courses and to answer any questions that potential participants have. Webinars June 24, 1- 2 pm (ET) & July 8, 1 - 2 pm (ET) - RSVP by 4 pm ET on the prior day to hazel@canadianworker.coop

Complete info


 2011 ACE Institute Coming to Winnipeg

Don't miss the ACE Institute! The 2011 ACE Institute will be held on July 26-29 at the University of Winnipeg in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The theme of this year's Institute, taking place on July 26-30, is Opening New Doors: Exploring current innovations and asking "what's possible" in co-operative research, education and development. The Institute will include speakers and workshops on a wide range of co-operative issues, as well as co-op tours featuring such well-known organizations as Arctic Co-operatives Ltd., Assiniboine Credit Union, Neechi Foods and Pollock's Hardware.

Scholarships are available to attend. For more information, please contact Sarah Pike at pike@ace.coop or 763.432.2032

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Job Postings

For the latest CED postings visit the National and Regional job pages on CCEDNet's website

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