Canada Day Challenge

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Celebrate your future!

Youth are invited to draw a picture, take a photo, or write a short story, a poem or an essay. They can decide which category works best for them, or they can also submit entries in each of the three categories. Each entry must be submitted separately.

We are looking for entries that celebrate Canada’s culture and identity, illustrate young Canadians’ vision of the future, and reflects their exploration and participation in their community.

What will you contribute to the future? What part will you play to lead the world?

Eligibility details

chuckie-contest-canadaTo submit an entry, participants must be aged 8 to 18 years old. Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada or legally allowed residents in the country at the time of the Challenge are eligible.

The Challenge is not open to an employee or member of the immediate family of an employee or persons living under the same roof as an employee of Canadian Heritage. Entries must comply with these official rules.

Application deadline

The 2017 Canada Day Challenge will start accepting entries on January 3, 2017 and will close on March 31, 2017.

What you need before you start

animated-shopping-smiley-image-0002Participants must make sure to read through the contest rules and regulations before submitting their entries, as there are specific requirements for each category.

There are the three categories: Write it! Snap it! and Draw it!

How to submit an entry

Entries in the Snap it! and Write it! categories may be submitted electronically using the smilie-buz3online entry form.
Entries in the Draw it! category have to be submitted in person or by mail to one of the Canadian Heritage Regional Offices across Canada by using the PDF entry form.
Entries in the Snap it! and Write it! categories may also be submitted in person or by mail.
Each entry must be accompanied by an entry form.

Contact us

Should you require more information, please contact the Celebrate Canada Team or email us at PCH.defi-challenge.PCH@canada.ca.

The Canada Day Challenge – Information Guide 2017

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The Jane Goodall Institude

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ABOUT JANE

In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall traveled from England to what is now Tanzania and ventured into the little-known world of wild chimpanzees.

14-1Equipped with little more than a notebook, binoculars, and her fascination with wildlife, Jane Goodall braved a realm of unknowns angel-smiley-emoticon-1to give the world a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives. Through more than 50 years of groundbreaking work, Dr. Jane Goodall has not only shown us the urgent need to protect chimpanzees from extinction; she has also redefined species conservation to include the needs of local people and the environment. Today she travels the world, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees and environmental crises, urging each of us to take action on behalf of all living things and planet we share.

EARLY DISCOVERIES

When Jane Goodall entered the forest of Gombe, the world knew very little about proof-jane-goodall-128400chimpanzees, and even less about their unique genetic kinship to humans. She took an unorthodox approach in her field research, immersing herself in their habitat and their lives to experience their complex society as a neighbor rather than a distant observer and coming to understand them not only as a species, but also as individuals with emotions and long-term bonds. Dr. Jane Goodall’s discovery in 1960 that chimpanzees make and use tools is considered one of the greatest achievements of twentieth-century scholarship. Her field research at Gombe transformed our understanding of chimpanzees and redefined the relationship between humans and animals in ways that continue to emanate around the world.

PROGRAM ADVOCACY

jane-goodall-smilie2When Dr. Jane Goodall speaks, people listen. We use our voice as an organization to speak up on the issues that matter for the long-term well-being of humans, other animals and the planet we all share.

Dr. Goodall has long been an advocate for the dignity and well-being of all living things, and the Jane Goodall Institute shares her belief that speaking out on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves is our responsibility as fellow inhabitants of this shared earth. Environmental advocacy, animal welfare and human rights are just a few of the issues we are passionate about both by being thought leaders and influencers, and by bringing all voices into discussion rooms on topics that matter.

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Policy That Protects and Leads to Progress 

JGI promotes this  ideology  when we seek to affect the laws and policies that impact the lives of people, animals and the environment. Whether it be combatting the use of chimpanzees in the media, working to end the use of great apes as biomedical test subjects, protecting the rights of indigenous peoples, or speaking out in favor of legislature and coalitions we believe will have a positive impact on our planet- JGI takes action to make the world a better place by influencing the powerful systems which run it. While we have succeeded in many areas – there is more work to do. Change starts with passion, and our passion is only growing.

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Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) global youth-led community action program, comprised of thousands of young people inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall to make the world a better place.

albert-einstein-albert-einstein-genius-smiley-emoticon-000718-facebookThe program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to place the power and resources for creating practical solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people. 

Using the Roots & Shoots 4-Step model, young people map their communities to identify local needs, prioritize their findings and implement a service campaign of their choice to make a difference for the issues they are most passionate about.

Africa in My Blood: An Autobiography in Letters : the Early Years

book-coverAFRICA IN MY BLOOD is an extraordinary self-portrait in letters of Jane Goodall’s early years, from childhood to the publication of IN THE SHADOW OF MAN, revealing this remarkable woman more vividly than anything published before, by her or about her. We see her at eleven founding the Alligator Society (“You have to be able to recognize 10 birds, 10 dogs, 10 trees and 5 butterflies OR moths”); at seventeen developing a crush on the local minister (“He has a beautiful long nose and he loves dogs”); at twenty punting at Oxford — and falling out of the boat (“And I stood in the water — up to my chest — and roared and roared with laughter”); at twenty-two working at a film company and saving for a trip to Africa.

Learn more about Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots

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The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

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Clean air, water, and a livable climate are inalienable human rights. And solving this crisis is not a question of politics, it is a question of our own survival.” ~ Leonardo DiCaprio, U.N. Messenger of Peace for the Climate, United Nations, 2014

Mission

sign-circleThe Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants. Through collaborative partnerships, we support innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. LDF’s grantmaking program encompasses six focus areas:

  1. leonardo-dicaprio-smilieWILDLAND CONSERVATION
  2. CLIMATE CHANGE
  3. INDIGENOUS RIGHTS
  4. MARINE CONSERVATION
  5. INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS
  6. PUBLIC ADVOCACY

LEONARDO DICAPRIO FOUNDATION CLIMATE ACTION PLAN

The LDF Climate Action Plan is a set of climate change solutions and targets that we believe can frame a universal strategy to combat climate change. We believe this plan can support visionary leaders in every nation who are attempting to find the appropriate combination of responses through policy, technology, and finance.

We present 8 sets of goals and implementation strategies in order of their ability to slow the pace of greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere, that will provide the permanent solutions of a sustainable environment and a robust economy for generations to come. Click the link following each category for a detailed list of recommended strategies.

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Before The Flood, The Film

If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know? Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a aboutjourney as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award®-smiley20deliverywinning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet. Beyond the steps we can take as individuals, the film urges viewers to push their elected officials in supporting the use of alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power.

world-smilie“We need everyone to demand bold action from their political leaders and to elect representatives who have their best interests at heart, not the interests of corporations to perpetuate a cycle of greed and destruction,” says DiCaprio. “This documentary shows how interconnected the fate of all humanity is — but also the power we all possess as individuals to build a better future for our planet.”

Before the Flood premieres in theaters on October 21st and will air globally on the National Geographic Channel on October 30th in 171 countries and 45 languages, you can now also catch the English version below.

The carbon emissions from Before The Flood were offset through a voluntary carbon tax. Learn how you can offset your own carbon emissions by going to CarboTax.org.

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Victims and Survivors of Crime Week (Canada)

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Learning to live

Four years of judicial proceedings… It’s a long time! Yes, but putting an “end” to 25 years 6i3zxbkmof fear, shame, disgust, mistrust, feelings of injustice and negative repercussions of all kinds in my life, is worth the effort! It has been very hard, I won’t deny it, but I’m satisfied at having done it! I’m proud that I held on till the end. Luckily, I wasn’t alone. Counsellors from the CALACS and the CAVAC were there with me to accompany me, and the investigator in charge of my file was very nice and respectful.

jody-smilieWhen I started these proceedings, four years ago, I knew it would be long and difficult. It has been even longer and more difficult than what I had expected! Not encouraging, would you say? I would answer: let’s look at the positive side of things! And positive things did happen, indeed, from the moment I walked out of the Courthouse, feeling that I had recovered my freedom, my confidence, my life!

Today, I feel free. My heart is lighter. I really feel that I have turned an important page of my life, and I am deeply relieved of it. I cannot forget, of course. But I learn to live, day after day, with what I experienced during childhood. And when, for the glimpse of a moment, I remember that right now my aggressor is behind bars, 572320-tn_041 and that he was declared guilty in the eyes of society, my relief is even greater!

Ok, he didn’t receive the sentence that I would have given him (prison for life!), but I trust God that He’ll take care of judging him, for eternity.

Today, I realise that the judicial proceedings I instituted against my aggressor have made me a stronger woman, who can walk with her head held up high and look forward… to the future. That’s it!canadian-flag-background-for-canada-map

So, four years, to enable me to blossom for the rest of my life, I say: YES! I encourage each woman victim of sexual assault to denounce and file charges against her aggressor. Don’t be a victim anymore and get your dignity back, your confidence, your life!

 

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circle2To live, Finally ~ A person’s perception of themselves can be severely impacted by childhood trauma and abuse. Read how one survivor learned the key to her healing.

One Victim’s Story ~ A video interview with Sarah, who uses her own voice to let other victims of crime know that though each victim is unique, no victim is truly alone.

A Matter of Trust ~ Douglas Macklem was a victim of personal fraud who used both the criminal and civil courts to right the wrongs committed against him. He prepared a Victim Impact Statement for the courts.

circle2Lighting a Candle ~ Carolyn Swinson’s son Rob was killed by an impaired driver. Read her story, and how volunteering for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada helped in the healing process.

In the Wilderness A.M.’s story points to the need for more services for male victims of child sexual abuse. Through poetry and written testimony, A.M. describes how he had to rebuild his life and sense of self after being victimized as a young child.

My Angel, My Hero Tracey Lynn Jones, a victim of sexual and physical abuse at the hands of her father, shares how the understanding and support of a police officer helped her realize that there is hope.

circle2The Prey: An Account of Denunciation Martine Ayotte shares how she finally decided to speak out against her aggressor. She expresses gratitude to Centre d’aide aux victimes d’actes criminels (CAVAC) advocates who helped her manage the stress of the court proceedings.

The Journey Back Raymond shares his journey of recovery after suffering childhood abuse, hoping it will serve as a reminder that every life is precious and worth saving.

Victim Offender Mediation Program  Through the Victim Offender Mediation Program, Ellen met the offender who sexually assaulted her. Read about how her powerful encounter.

circle2Pathways As a young victim of sexual assault, a woman speaks about her lost childhood and the lasting impact. Read about how she makes quilts for those protecting her own child.

Helping hand A family’s life was shaken when they became the victims of a home invasion. Read about how Victim Service helped them move forward.

Learn more about Victims and Survivors of Crime Week

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Christmas

Victims of Crime Research Digest No. 9

Government of Canada Launches Victims and Survivors of Crime Week

Have your say about our democracy!

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Sentebale

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WHO WE ARE

prince-harryWe help the most vulnerable children in Lesotho get the support they need to lead aids-awareness-aids-red-ribbon-smiley-emoticon-000509-facebookhealthy and productive lives. Sentebale works with local grassroots organisations to help these children – the victims of extreme poverty and Lesotho’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. Together, we’re making a big difference to these children’s lives. We can do even more with your help.

Our Mission

To become the leading organisation in the provision of psychosocial support for children living with HIV in Southern Africa.

Our Vision

To work in partnership to transform positively the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.

CARE FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN

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  • Sentebale provides support to community-led heart-goldorganisations and families caring for orphans and those living with disabilities.
  • Partners are helped through grants, management support and the provision of training and specialists.

SENTEBALE PROVIDES SUPPORT TO:

  1. Ensure children’s basic needs are met including food, shelter, education, healthcare and love.
  2. Provide specialist care such as psychosocial support and aid for those with disabilities.
  3. Deliver life skills and vocational training to enable children to return to their community and support themselves through life.

MEET NTHABISENG

Nthabiseng is 14 years old and lives at Thuso Children’s Centre for children with multiple girl-circle
Nthabiseng said: “Before I moved to Thuso, I was helpless and sad. I could not bath or feed myself and I often got teased by the other children.”
Since I have been at Thuso, I have learned how to bath myself, play with the other children and even grow vegetables in my own garden! I can even help my aunt and grandmother with the gardening when I go back home for the school holidays.

SUPPORTING CHILDREN LIVING WITH DISABILITIES AND REHABILITATING CHILDREN BACK INTO THEIR COMMUNITIES

prince-harry4Sentebale provides support to community-led organisations to enable them to provide appropriate care, health and 4q5sewkeducation to Lesotho’s most vulnerable children and young people. These organisations have been able to develop strong links with communities to enable economic empowerment, family reunification, community based rehabilitation and family mentoring.

Nthabiseng said: Before I moved to Thuso, I was helpless and sad. I could not bath or feed myself and I often got teased by the other children.

Since I have been at Thuso, I have learned how to bath myself, play with the other children and even grow vegetables in my own garden! I can even help my aunt and grandmother with the gardening when I go back home for the school holidays.

Get Involved!

There are many ways you can get involved and support Sentebale, from the simple to the adventurous and the downright heroic. What will you do?

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Virgin Money London Marathon – 23rd April 2017

As a fundraising event, there is no marathon in the world that comes close to the London virginMarathon. One of the dominant images of the race is that of thousands clad in fancy-dress, tramping the cobbles in support of charitable causes. It is the largest fundraising event in the world.

The course starts in the beautiful Greenwich Park and takes you past some of London’s most famous sights including Cutty Sark, Canary Wharf, Tower of London, and the Millennium Wheel before finishing in front of Buckingham Palace on the Mall.

  1. Registration Fee: £50
  2. Fundraising Target: £2,000
  3. Benefits:
  • A Sentebale Running Vest
  • A fundraising pack full of helpful tips and ideas to help you reach your target
  • Ongoing support from the Sentebale fundraising team

To register your interest for 2017, please get in touch! sign-up

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We Matter~Indigenous youth who are feeling alone

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I Matter~You Matter~We Matter

e861fb7b5d22fc4a6f97d642b05b8b72We Matter is a national campaign designed to share the message to Indigenous youth struggling with suicidal thoughts and other hardships that no matter how hopeless or lonely things feel, there is always a way forward.

Suicide rates for Indigenous youth are several times higher that of other Canadians, as well as instances of addiction, abuse, violence, and many other issues. We believe this doesn’t need to be the case.

OUR MANDATE

native-girls2Our mandate is to communicate to Indigenous youth that their lives matter, and to provide resources to encourage and support those in crisis while fostering unity and resiliency. We provide a forum for people across the country to share video messages of hope and positivity with youth who are going through a hard time. By sharing our stories, our words of encouragement, and our authentic messages of hope and resilience, we help to make a community stronger. We remind youth that I matter. You matter. We matter.

MEET WE MATTER

The We Matter Campaign was concepted in the summer of 2016 by two First Nations with-love-smiley-emoticonsiblings, Kelvin and Tunchai Redvers, whom started We Matter with the belief that hope can be brought to Indigenous youth who are feeling alone.

Growing up in the Northwest Territories, they saw potential to connect Aboriginal youth, and provide help and guidance in an interactive, multi-media format. You can take part – by creating a video, artwork, or story – or simply watching and sharing (to friends, family, facebook, or even schools), you can also visit us at our website or facebook.

OUR GOALS

As We Matter grows, we hope to have video, art and written submissions from every Aboriginal community across Canada so that all youth can feel the support of their home community. We encourage you to add your voice. Your feelings of sadness, your feelings of hope, your own lived experience and your resilience can help remind youth why their lives matter. Every voice added makes a real difference.

 CANADA IS HUGE, AND NOT ALL COMMUNITIES HAVE READILY ACCESSIBLE INTERNET CONNECTIONS.

We are reaching out to share our messages in hard copy formats. Please connect with us if you would like to bring We Matter to your community. info@wemattercampaign.org

boy-girlfriend-it-gets-betteritgetsbetter-300x183Our model of sharing messages of hope and resiliency was based on the It Gets Better Project, an initiative to share videos of hope and positivity with LGTBQ youth. These messages remind youth that life becomes easier and gets better if they can get through the difficult teenage years.

We thank the It Gets Better Project for their ongoing support as our Organizational Partner, and encourage you to visit their website for more videos addressing community, strength and resiliency in the face of adversity.

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OUR PARTNERS

We Matter has only been possible thanks to the kind support of the people and organizations who believe in a world where Aboriginal youth have the resources to overcome hardships, struggles with mental health, and suicidal ideation. Please visit Our Partners page to learn more.

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International Human Rights Day 2016

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Human Rights Day 2016 “Stand up for someone’s rights today!”

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of christmas-carol-merry-christmas-xmas-christmas-smiley-emoticon-000562-largeHuman Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.

This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone’s rights! Many of us are fearful about the way the world is smilie-and-chuckie-santasheading. Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe. Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. Humane values are under attack.

We must reaffirm our common humanity. Wherever we are, we can make a real difference. In the street, in school, at work, in public transport; in the voting booth, on social media.

The time for this is now. “We the peoples” can take a stand for rights. And together, we can take a stand for more humanity.

It starts with each of us. Step forward and defend the rights of a refugee or migrant, a person with disabilities, an LGBT person, a woman, a child, indigenous peoples, a minority group, or anyone else at risk of discrimination or violence.

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

Eleanor Roosevelt
Driving force behind the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Eleanor Roosevelt Speech on Human Rights

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Join us and “Stand up for someone’s rights today.” We want to encourage, support and 2343126_125amplify what you do in your everyday life to defend human rights. Together, let’s take action for greater freedoms, stronger respect and more compassion. Many of us are fearful about the way the world is heading. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. But we can change the course by reaffirming our common humanity and taking action to support everyone’s human rights.

Video: It starts with you

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein explains why standing up for someone’s rights helps to provide safety, security and reaffirm humanity in the world.

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Human Rights Day is celebrated by the global human rights community and the whole United Nations family. Activities are planned across the world to commemorate the signature of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Read more.

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Madonna Is Billboard’s 2016 Woman of the Year

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When the 11th annual Billboard Women In Music event hits New York City this winter, royalty will be present. 

Following a year where she extended her record as the highest-grossing female touring artist of all time, Madonna will receive Billboard’s 2016 Woman of the Year award. 

madonna-4Madonna is one of a miniscule number of super-artists whose influence and career transcend music,” said Janice Min, president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group. “With her creative vision, relentless innovation, and dedication to philanthropic causes, she is an inspiration to hundreds of millions of people around the world, all while shattering every career record out there. She is an important feminist on top of that, a one-of-a-kind artist who’s used her influence to change the conversation around women, sexuality and equal rights.

From her Prince tribute alongside Stevie Wonder at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards to her political Met Gala appearance to her indelible commentary on the 2016 election, Madonna has remained a constant force in pop culture and source of cultural conversation over the past year.

madonna-smilie-living-for-loveHer Rebel Heart Tour, which wrapped in March, solidified her status as one of the biggest touring acts of all time. Madonna sold more than 1 million tickets and walked away with $170 million. That makes her the highest grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history (the archives go back to 1990) with a staggering $1.31 billion in total concert grosses.

In addition to being the first female pop star with true control of her career and image, Madonna is the best-selling female recording artist of all time. She’s earned 8 No. 1 albums (and 21 top 10 albums) on the Billboard 200 and 12 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. With her 46th No. 1 on the Dance Club Songs chart in 2015, she extended her own record for the most No. 1s on a single Billboard chart. She also holds the record for the most top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with 38.

heart-caseIn addition to her ongoing chart dominance, her philanthropic efforts are effecting real madonna-smiliechange in the world. Madonna’s Raising Malawi organization is currently constructing Malawi’s first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit, which will double the number of life-saving surgeries performed on children each year, provide intensive care after critical surgeries, and train specialized Malawian medical staff. The Mercy James Institute of Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care facility will open in 2017.

The seven-time Grammy winner will receive the honor at the 11th annual Women in Music event, held Dec. 9 in New York City and airing nationally on Lifetime on Dec.12. The star-studded event is held in conjunction with the publication of Billboard’s Women in Music list, which identifies the 50 most powerful female executives in the industry each year.

Article posted Oct 14, 2016 by BillBoard Staff

Learn more about The Raising Malawi Organization.

Update

Madonna slams industry for “blatant sexism and misogyny and constant bullying” as she accepts Billboard Award


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GLBT Historical Society “Learning From Our Past, Creating Our Future”

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Terry Beswick the executive director of the GLBT Historical Society

The elections of 2016 have left so many of us disappointed and worried about what’s next, tumblr_n7vgfoxgte1sp6e2vo1_r1_250and while we at the GLBT Historical Society share these concerns, we recognize that we directorhave a special role in creating the change we’d like to see.

Our unique responsibility is to help put our contemporary  challenges into historical context. In this way, we as a community will be better prepared to overcome obstacles, avail ourselves of promising opportunities and, ultimately, build a better future for LGBTQ people and our allies. This process begins with an understanding of our past and of the ways that understanding can inspire a society of greater respect for all.

Over the last year, the Historical Society has made great progress in preserving, protecting and sharing our history:
  • smiley20deliveryWith strong support from our members and donors, we moved our archives and offices to a new, spacious location in the mid-Market neighborhood of San Francisco. We now have over twice as much room for our archives, allowing us to process a backlog of donations and to acquire new collections.
  • freddie-smilieOur volunteer-staffed GLBT History Museum celebrated its five-year anniversary in the Castro, and over the course of 2016, we expanded the calendar of new exhibitions and programming. We’re especially proud of our continuing efforts to ensure the museum better reflects the great diversity of our community.elton-new-smilie8
  • If we meet our year-end fundraising goal, our 2016 budget will surpass the previous year by 50 percent. Some of the sources of this growth: We brought back our fabulous annual gala, raising more than $60,000. And thanks to strong support from the community, our membership increased by 30 percent.

Of course, we have a lot more work to do, both within the LGBTQ community and with the general public. I believe our community is in a unique position to build cultural awareness and understanding among all our families and communities of origin, not only about gender and sexuality, but also about issues of racial, economic and social justice that glbt-historical-societyinevitably affect LGBTQ people.

That’s why the GLBT Historical Society recently launched Vision2020, our four-year campaign to establish a New Museum of LGBTQ History and Culture in San Francisco. We’re working to create a full-fledged educational institution to support dialogue and discovery for locals of all ages and for visitors from around the globe.

We’re aiming to raise $75,000 for our Vision2020 campaign by the end of the year, with the first $30,000 in new donations matched dollar for dollar by three generous donors. We are more than halfway there — and with support from the community, we’ll not only meet the goal, we’ll exceed it. All funds raised will be used to help prepare us to launch a full-fledged capital campaign for the New Museum of LGBTQ History and Culture. Here’s where to make your donation.

As we look forward to exciting plans for 2017, we’re immensely grateful to all those who make our work possible. As always, your ongoing support will be crucial to our success.

learn more about “Learning From Our Past, Creating Our Future”

EXHIBITIONS & PROGRAMS
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-1107

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Gender Identity and Gender Expression (Canada)

There are a variety of individual experiences of gender and of gender expression. The terms “gender identity” and “gender expression” include a wide range of gender diversity.

🌈 Gender Identity 🌈

smilie-orangeGender identity is each person’s internal and individual experience of gender. It is their sense of being a woman, a man, both, neither, or anywhere along the gender spectrum.

A person’s gender identity may be the same as or different from the gender typically associated with their sex assigned at birth. When a person’s gender identity is different from the gender typically associated with their sex assigned at birth, this is often described as transgender or simply trans.

Gender identity is not the same as a person’s sexual orientation.

🌈 Gender Expression 🌈

Gender expression is the way in which people publicly present their gender. It is the presentation of gender through such aspects as dress, hair, make-up, body language, and voice.

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The U N Refugee Agency Gift Store

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i-love-youGive a gift. Save a life.

If I were not scraping for food myself, this would be my choice because the smallest gift would be a treasure to a refugee, to those whom have very little, your Gratitude would be a gift of love and light to a kid in a displaced world……Terry.K

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Welcome to UNHCR’s gift shop—where giving gifts can save lives. When you choose an item from our catalogue, you’re ensuring that refugees have access to vital resources—including shelter, medical care, education, nutrition and clean water.

Your gift delivers the essentials of life, as well as hope for the future.

Let’s get started!

Making a gift through our online gift shop is easy. In less than 15 minutes you can complete the three steps listed below. You’re on your way to helping deliver the essentials of life to families who need your help.

How it Works

  1. Browse our catalogue: Choose from any of our six giving categories, each with their own life-saving resources.
  2. Send a personalized card: Dedicate one of our beautiful paper or e-cards and let someone know that you’ve made a gift in their honour.
  3. Deliver your life-saving gift: Your gift will be put to work immediately providing life-saving aid to refugees around the world.

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About UNHCR

Those whose lives have been uprooted and torn apart by conflict or natural disaster, UNHCR exists to help them. This is our story.

schoolUNHCR helps refugees and other displaced people around the world survive, recover and rebuild better futures. Last year, UNHCR delivered more than 15,000 tons of essential relief and survival items to displaced families.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, provides life-saving aid to those who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of violence, conflict or persecution. We provide refugees with the essentials they need to survive—including clean water, food, shelter and medicine—as well as access to vital resources like education and counselling.

With 9,700 employees working in more than 126 countries, we assist more than 65 million 6581111d1ad676dd8aa128c26a2d1578people forced to flee their homes worldwide.

UNHCR has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives since its foundation in 1950. For our work with some of the world’s most vulnerable populations, we have twice been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

While you shop learn more about The United Nations Refugee Agency


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The Egale Canada Human Rights Trust

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Founded in 1995, Egale Canada Human Rights Trust is Canada’s only national charity promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) human rights through research, education and community engagement.

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OUR VISION

tumblr_n7vgfoxgte1sp6e2vo1_r1_250Egale’s vision is a Canada, and ultimately a world, without homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and all other forms of oppression so that every person can achieve their full potential, free from hatred and bias.

OUR PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

chuckie-newfoundlandThe Program & Services Department promotes and fosters the human rights and equitable inclusion of LGBTQ people in community, schools, and work through consultation, programs and services, training & development and community engagement.

Learn more about our Programs & Services

OUR RESEARCH

The Research, Policy & Development Department compiles, produces and communicates the best-available evidence, information and tools for promoting and fostering the human rights and equitable inclusion of LGBTQ people throughout all aspects of society.

Read articles from our Research, Policy Team

OUR OPERATIONS AND STEWARDSHIP

boygir2lThe Operations & Stewardship Department establishes efficient processes and procedures to ensure that Egale activities meet the organization’s objectives; to effectively manage day-to-day operations and resources across the organization; to bolster fundraising efforts and relationship management; and to monitor adherence and compliance to CRA reporting and regulations.

Learn more about our Board of Directors and team here.

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OUR HOUSING EFFORTS

Egale Youth OUTreach offers individual counselling, homelessness and suicide crisis services for LGBTIQ2S youth up to age 29 provided by three full time counsellors.

EYO opened its doors to service in 2014 in downtown Toronto and is hoped to be a model to bd_pridespread across the country.

Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia, violence and harassment in our schools, in our families and in our communities combined with experiencing homelessness and other stressors take their toll on mental health and overall well-being. We have created Egale Youth OUTreach to help address these challenges by providing direct services to LGBTIQ2S youth.

Learn more about Egale Youth OUTreach

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The Movember Foundation Canada

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ABOUT US

Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends face a health crisis that isn’t being talked about. Men are dying too young. We can’t afford to stay silent.

That’s why we’re taking action.

We’re the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale, year round. We’re smilie-movember2addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.

We know what works for men, and how to find and fund the most innovative research to have both a global and local impact. We’re independent of government funding, so we can challenge the status quo and invest quicker in what works. In 13 years we’ve funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world. By 2030 we’ll reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%. Help us stop men dying too young. Join the movement.

2016_homepage_tiles_grow_640x640policeGrow a Mo, save a Bro ~ The moustache is our ribbon, This Movember, grow your Mo and use it to raise funds for men’s health. Sign up ~ Get ready for a hairy month ~ Get growing ~ Grow and groom your moustache for 30 days ~ Put out the call ~ Raise funds for men’s health

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billardTake the Move challenge and get physically active during Movember. What is the Move challenge? It’s whatever you make it. Run a race. Learn to rock climb. Work out in costume. Try something new, beat your own personal best, and raise funds for men’s health.

2016_homepage_tiles_host_640x640playing-golf-smiley-emoticonMo Bros and Mo Sistas know how to get creative and have a good time. Whether it’s a golf tournament, band night, or a dinner party – this Movember, get together to raise funds, make some noise, and stop men dying too young.

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Our strategy is all about going where men need us most.

man-of-movember2We know what works for men. We’re transforming the way research into men’s health is done, and the way health services reach and support men.

We don’t take government funding, so we can challenge the status quo and invest quicker in what works.

Read about our work:

We report on every initiative we fund so you can see the effect your donations are having.

Thanks to the support of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas we’ve funded more than 1,200 projects saving and improving the lives of men all around the world. Since 2003, we’ve committed ourselves to helping men live happier, healthier, longer lives. Millions have joined us.

From 30 moustaches to 5 million, we couldn’t have done it without you.

14-1From humble beginnings back in 2003 the Movember movement has grown to be a truly global one, inspiring support from over 5 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas.

The Movember Foundation wouldn’t be where it is without the enthusiasm of all of those men and women around the globe. We’re committed to keeping things fresh, keeping the community informed, and always being transparent and accountable in our practices.

Want to just make a donation? check out the  Official Movember Store

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The Point Foundation

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MISSION

The Point Foundation empowers promising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put waving_gay_pride_flagbefore them – to make a significant impact on society.

The Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit. Point promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training.

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING

Point provides a direct financial contribution toward the many different costs of attending the nation’s top educational institutions, such as tuition, housing, textbooks and class fees.

MENTORSHIP

boy-hoodiePoint mentors build rewarding, personal relationships and serve as exemplary role models for the organization’s scholars, as well as provide scholars with advice on academic and professional career decisions.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Point provides training in leadership development, accountability and advocacy for its scholars through its programs, conferences, and by providing scholars with internship opportunities at other nonprofits and leading companies.

COMMUNITY SERVICE TRAINING

Point promotes philanthropic efforts and a culture of giving back to community by requiring its scholars to work with their mentors to design and complete an annual community service project.

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See how our efforts to empower promising LGBTQ students have left a permanent imprint on the landscape and made a significant impact on society.

The Situation

    • Those with degrees earn higher incomes, are healthier, and have lower rates of unemployment and poverty throughout their lives.1
    • smiley_del_orgullo_gay_3d_poster-rfbe9637d5f504e5581a47c12ef7a2aeb_awet_8byvr_512In academic years 2011-2013, debt incurred by undergraduate and graduate students averaged $28,720 and $43,524, respectively.2
    • One-third of LGBTQ students seeking financial aid reported delaying attending a four-year undergraduate and/or graduate program for reasons related to affordability or debt.3
    • Of those students, 41.3 percent cited lack of familial support as accounting for their lack of affordability.4students-hear-gay

    • Nearly 85 percent of students hear “gay” used in a negative way (e.g., “that’s so gay”) frequently or often in high school.5
    • Students who experienced victimization based on their sexual orientation reported higher levels of depression and lower levels of self-esteem than those who reported lower levels of such victimization.6
    • Nearly one-third of LGBTQ students drop out of high school, which is three times the national average.7one-third-of-lgbtq-graphic-2

  • Many students find that colleges are the first environments where organizations bd_prideaccept, teach, and offer companionship for students based on their sexuality. In fact, LGBTQ students seeking scholarships cite the presence of an on-campus LGBTQ center as the third most important factor when choosing a school.8
  • Youth who are out to their immediate family or out at school report higher levels of happiness, optimism, acceptance and support through multiple measures. Not surprisingly, they also report higher levels of in–person participation with LGBT organizations at school and in the community.9

Learn more about The Point Foundation or Apply


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2016-17 Student Video Contest

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Win cash prizes and provincial and national recognition!

Use your creativity to develop an original video that can be used in social media to illustrate the importance of working safely on the job. This year there is an optional theme: Start the Conversation!

Students can create a video showcasing:

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  • How to communicate with peers – at school, at work, or any other setting – about the importance of working safely on the job,
  • A message to peers to raise awareness about workplace safety, or
  • Any other health and safety messages students wish to convey.

The top Ontario video will be entered in the national contest to compete against secondary school winners from across the country. This year, the first place national winning video will be announced and shown at the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week Launch ceremony on May 7, 2017.

Contestants can submit videos until the contest closes on March 3, 2017, at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Saving Time.


Who can enter?

directorchairThe contest is open to current Ontario secondary school students only. Please note that employees of provincial or federal workers’ compensation boards, provincial and federal ministries and departments of labour, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) and their immediate family members are not eligible.


How do I enter the contest?

4666895538323456Submitting your entry to the video contest is easy! Simply complete these three steps:

  1. Download the Contest Entry Form [PDF/306 Kb] from our website, and fill in all of the required information.
  2. Upload your video to Vimeo and specify the location (URL) on the entry form. Memberships to Vimeo are free.
  3. After the form has been completed and signed, send it to us. See the section titled Submitting your entry to find details on where to submit your entry form and video.

Learn more and what prizes will be awarded? »»»»»»

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Preventing Injuries – Avoiding Sprains and Strains in The Workplace

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Preventing Injuries

4912144479158272Avoiding Sprains and Strains Online Training Train 100% online today and minimize risk of injury on the job site! This course is specifically designed for those whose work activities involve manual labour. You will find it covers introduction to ergonomics, musculoskeletal injury, signs, symptoms, and risk factors associated with the onset of a MSI Strategies to minimize both risk of injury and improve overall comfort.

Who is this training for?

Employees whose work activities include manual labour.

What does it cover?

  •  Introduction to ergonomics
  •  What is a musculoskeletal injury?
  • chuckie-ohs Signs, symptoms, and risk factors associated with the onset of a MSI
  •   Strategies to minimize both risk  of injury and improve overall comfort

Key Features & Benefits:

  •  Multimedia course with interactive and engaging content. Includes audio narration.
  •  Contains key components required under the Health and Safety Code Jurisdictions.
  •  Significantly reduces training costs often associated with in-person training or remote training sites.
  •  Employee can take the course at their convenience and revisit the content at any time.

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An Instant Solution For Infections In Your Workplace

Feel the difference of the Deb Stoko Product Range.

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Product Spotlight

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Deb InstantFOAM® is a unique*, hypoallergenic, alcohol-based hand sanitizer which is dispensed into the hands as a foam. The fast acting and highly effective formula kills  most common germs, helping to reduce the risk of the spread of infection. EcoLogo certified.

Complete the form to get a free 47ml sample!


fooon745-productThe Deb Stoko Range is the most comprehensive range of high quality products covering the whole spectrum of skin care needs, spanning industrial, office & facility, education, food and hospitality environments.

*A Deb representative will contact you upon receiving your request for shipping information. Deb Group Ltd, reserves to right to decide on quantities and type of trials/samples and who qualifies for them. Samples are reserved for Canadian businesses or residents only.

Learn more about the Deb Stoko Product Range

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The Organizing For America (OFA) Foundation

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Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

—PRESIDENT OBAMA

OUR STORY

Organizing for Action is a movement of millions of Americans, coming together to fight pat_smileyfor real, lasting change. With more than 250 local chapters around the country, OFA volunteers are building this organization from the ground up, community by community, happy-friends-smiley-emoticon one conversation at a time—whether that’s on a front porch or on Facebook. We’re committed to finding and training the next generation of great progressive organizers, because at the end of the day, we aren’t the first to fight for progressive change, and we won’t be the last.

This is bigger than just one person or one cause.

The 5 million Americans who’ve taken action with OFA are part of a long line of people who stand up and take on the big fights for social justice, basic fairness, equal rights, and expanding opportunity.smilie-obama-sign

  1. That means turning up the heat on climate change deniers, because the stakes are too high not to act.
  2. It means calling for lawmakers to stop standing in the way of comprehensive immigration reform.
  3. We’re helping people get health coverage, and telling the stories of the millions who are seeing the life-saving benefits of Obamacare.
  4. We’re the ones rallying around the simple principle that love is love and that no one should ever be discriminated against because of who they are or whom they love.
  5. We organize because too often a woman’s health care is debated as a political issue, not as a basic right.
  6. And we believe that anyone who works hard and plays by the rules deserves a fair shot at the American dream.

That kind of progress is never easy. But we’re not here for the easy fights.

americaIn the face of partisan gridlock and powerful, deep-pocketed interests, we refuse to be cynical about what we can accomplish. We have a history of proving the naysayers wrong, and we look forward to doing it again.

About Barack Obama

President Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States.

He was born on August 4th, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to a mother from Kansas, Stanley Ann Dunham, and a father from Kenya, Barack Obama Sr. He was also raised by his obamagrandfather, who served in Patton’s army, and his grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to become vice president at a local bank.

He worked his way through school—Occidental College in Los Angeles, Columbia University in New York, and later, Harvard Law School—with the help of scholarship money and student loans.

In 1985, Barack Obama moved to Chicago, where he got his start in community organizing on the city’s South Side, working to help rebuild communities devastated by the closure of local steel plants.

obama-glassesThe President called that time in his life “the best education I ever had, better than anything I got at Harvard Law School.” He has credited that experience as crucial to finding his identity—something that shaped his path to the White House.

Barack Obama was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996. During his time in Springfield, he passed the first major ethics reform in 25 years, cut taxes for working families, and expanded health care for children and their parents. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, he reached across the aisle to pass the farthest-reaching lobbying reform in a generation, lock up the world’s most dangerous weapons, and bring transparency to government by tracking federal spending online.

Barack Obama was sworn in as president on January 20th, 2009, in the middle of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, at a time when our economy was losing 800,000 jobs a month. He acted immediately to get our economy back on track. Since then, the private sector has added back more than 10 million jobs during the longest, uninterrupted period of job growth in our nation’s history.

In his first term, the President cut taxes for every American worker—putting $3,600 back in the doctor-with-stethoscope-smiley-emoticonpockets of the typical family. He passed historic Wall Street reform to make sure taxpayers never again have to bail out big banks. He passed the landmark Affordable Care Act, helping to put quality and affordable health care within reach for millions of Americans. He ended the war in Iraq and is working to responsibly end the war in Afghanistan.

He’s the first sitting president gaymarriage-female2 to stand up for marriage equality, gaymarriage-male2 and is fighting for equal pay smiley-begging-1and a woman’s right to make her own health decisions. doctor-smiley-emoticon He’s made a college education more affordable for millions  of students and their families. And he believes it’s time for a comprehensive solution to fix our broken immigration system.

The President believes an economy that’s built to last starts by growing and strengthening the middle class —that’s why he has a plan to create jobs and restore economic security to working families. He’s been driven by the basic values that make our country great: America prospers when we’re all in it together, when hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded, and when everyone—from Main Street to Wall Street—does their fair share and plays by the same rules.

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The President’s legacy as a grassroots organizer inspired millions. Organizing for Action is proud to be built from the ground up by people who believe that real, lasting change only happens when you organize.

WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA?

Read more about the President, First Lady Michelle Obama, and the First Family at www.whitehouse.gov.

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The Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador

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Who We Are

Paul McDonald, Chair

smilie-newfoundland4 is a partner at Cox & Palmer law firm in St. John’s, former President of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, an Adjunct Professor (Humanities) in the Faculty paulof Medicine of Memorial University of Newfoundland, and past Director and Chair of the Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. He was formerly Director and Chair of St. Michael’s Artists-Printmakers Association, and Director and Treasurer of Riverdale Tennis Club, and Director and Chair of Kids Eat Smart Foundation. Paul presently serves as a Director of Bannerman Park Foundation and as a Vice Chair of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. He was awarded the Canadian Bar AssociationNewfoundland and Labrador Branch’s Distinguished Public Service Award for 2002. This award was instituted by the Newfoundland and Labrador Branch in 2000 to recognize outstanding contributions to community service.

Officers:

Paul McDonald, Chair
Eleanor Swanson, Vice-Chair
John C. Perlin, CM, CVO, LLD, Treasurer

William D. Mahoney, Secretary 

Executive Director: Ainsley Hawthorn

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What We Do

flag-newfoundland-and-labrador-whirlpool-60x87The Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (CFNL) is a unique registered charity. The foundation’s goal is to help people from all walks of life support the causes they feel are priorities in their communities and their province. To achieve this goal, CFNL pools and invests the gifts of many donors to create permanent endowment funds for communities in Newfoundland and Labrador.

CFNL benefits everybody

  • Creating a permanent endowment
    The Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador helps donors make a permanent chuckie-newfoundlandinvestment in our province by building an endowment fund that will benefit our communities forever. The earnings from these funds are used to provide grants to a wide range of charitable organizations – from health care and education, to social services, the arts and the environment.
  • Supporting local charities
    CFNL acts as a vehicle to support a wide range of causes and organizations. We do not run our own programs or compete with other charities – rather, we exist to enhance the ability of these organizations to serve the community.
  • Developing partnership
    Because we work with all sectors and a wide range of charitable organizations, our foundation is well positioned to connect diverse parts of the community, foster dialogue, and develop partnerships on issues of broad community concern.

Benefits to donors

The Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador can serve as a ‘philanthropic partner’ for people who wish to establish a permanent, yet flexible, method to fund current and future charitable gifts.

  • A Lasting Legacy: your gift can last as long as you wish or in perpetuity
  • Flexibility: a wide variety of giving options are available to help meet your charitable goals
  • Support What Matters Most to You: our foundation supports a wide range of charities, so you Newfoundland-and-Labrador_180-animated-flag-gifs.gifcan direct your support to the causes that interest you the most
  • Maximum Value: funds are professionally invested for maximum yields
  • Maximum Impact: we know the community, its organizations, needs and opportunities; we can help your gift make a real difference
  • Tax Advantages: donors reap the tax rewards available to public foundations like ours, such as the beneficial treatment of gifts of appreciated securities
  • Accountability: CFNL is governed by a volunteer board of directors, comprised of well-known community leaders from Newfoundland and Labrador

How you can help

We welcome gifts of all sizes. Gifts can include cash, real estate, stock, artwork and insurance. Donors can choose to support the foundation broadly or designate a favorite cause or charity.

Flexibility is key. We will work with you to canadaaddress your specific interests and tailor a program that suits your immediate and long-term goals.

Many charities also place their endowment funds with community foundations in order to benefit from greater returns on their investments.

Part of a growing movement

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Together these foundations hold more than $3.1 billion in combined assets. By 2012, Canadian community foundations provided $154 million in grants to support local priorities.

Our foundation is also linked to others through Community Foundations of Canada, a national network that supports the country’s community foundations.

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BACKGROUND

Throughout 2015, the UNiTE campaign advocated, organized and mobilized its constituencies to keep violence against women at the top of national and global agendas. It highlighted key developments, engaged diverse communities, and focused its global advocacy on ensuring that violence against women and girls was prioritized in the global development agenda.

12347729_10153222658681905_8033383126915588256_nA new global development agenda, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted in September 2015. It was accepted by all countries and is applicable to all. Through its 17 goals and 169 targets, the agenda for global action for the next 15 years addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development; the economic, social and environmental. It recognizes gender equality and the empowerment of women as a key priority and pledges that ‘no one will be left behind’. Goal 5 of the agenda aims to ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’ and includes specific targets…

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Tackling the trauma of workplace bullying

Originally Posted on The New Bullying Prevention Oct 5, 2014 for Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

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Josephine O'Halloran: 'Bullies avoid accepting responsibility for their own bad behaviour and they divert attention away from their inadequacy. They are insecure, have low self-esteem and lack confidence.' PHOTO: JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY. Josephine O’Halloran: ‘Bullies avoid accepting responsibility for their own bad behaviour and they divert attention away from their inadequacy. They are insecure, have low self-esteem and lack confidence.’ PHOTO: JOE O’SHAUGHNESSY.

City Lives – Bernie Ní Fhlatharta meets psychotherapist and counsellor Josephine O’Halloran

Workplace bullying may be the butt of office jokes but it is very serious and can be the cause of anxiety, depression, insomnia and even lead to suicide.

One city based counsellor and psychotherapist, Josephine O’Halloran has seen an increase in recent years in the number of people presenting with issues relating to bullying in the workplace.

“Bullying is alive and happening in Galway in places as diverse as large companies and corporations to small companies,”

Research shows that 15% of people who take their own lives have been bullied in the year before their death. Josephine explains that bullying destroys a person’s confidence and self-belief, which…

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Julia Roberts’ Humantarian Efforts Honored at GLSEN’s Respect Awards

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The honorees at the 10th-annual event also included Danny Moder, Derek Hough and student Cliff Tang

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The Beverly Wilshire ballroom hosted accomplished actors, writers, producers, directors, activists and a very famous A-lister on Friday night for GLSEN’s Respect Awards Los Angeles, but it was a group of LGBT teens from the organization’s student ambassador program that garnered the most praise and respect from the lively Hollywood crowd.

roberts2Even that Oscar winning A-listerJulia Roberts who was honored with the night’s Humanitarian Award with absentee hubby Danny Moder – seemed star struck by the students, whose courage in rising above bullying to live truthful lives was on full display throughout the evening. “The young people in this room have encouraged me infinitely,” she said during her closing acceptance speech close to 10 p.m., a time she joked would normally be in line with her second REM cycle. “I’m so moved, I’m so amazed and I feel that it is now our responsibility as the Moder family – me and the four of them who didn’t come – to support all of you in this room in any and every way we can.”15_3_41-1

Moder couldn’t make it because he was in Texas, relayed Roberts, but Ryan Murphy could. The multi-hyphenate presented the actress with her award and in the process praised the couple’s philanthropic efforts on behalf of GLSEN, UNICEF, Heal the Bay, Stand Up to Cancer and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. On a lighter note, Murphy dubbed the Moders “damn fine role models” and noted that Roberts filmed the classic Pretty Woman in the same hotel 25 years ago. (Reg Bev Will, anyone?)

Speaking of her screen work, Murphy also said that Roberts is one of the main reasons his julia-smilieHBO film The Normal Heart got made. During her 0001speech, Roberts (who sat next to her agent, CAA’s Kevin Huvane) said she was thrilled to be recognized but she’s fully aware of what her role in the process really is.

“It’s a bit of a fraud because there is so much power and conversation that goes on in this room that is separate from us,” noted Roberts, who also had a witty retort for Murphy, telling him, “Twenty five years is a long time, Ryan.” “I realized tonight that I serve a purpose as a finger pointer … a good finger pointer. The one that says, ‘Look over here. Look at this young man.’  A humanitarian is a person who brings attention to the welfare and good works of others. In that regard, we are that. We are all that. I feel like this award should be the big mom award because that is what moms do all day, every day.”

The real names of the night’s other big awards are the Chairman’s Award, the Inspiration anim_tvAward and the Student Advocate of the Year Award. The event – an annual fundraiser that recognizes the work of individuals, networks and companies who are creating change for LGBT students and peers in K-12 schools – pulled in more than $1.2 million for GLSEN, announced Kevin Brockman during the night’s opening remarks from the podium where he stood alongside Kathy Kloves.

The scribe, who is married to Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves, enthusiastically praised her gay son as “handsome,” adding, “It doesn’t matter to me that my son is gay or straight, I just love my son for who he is.”

awardsKloves and Brockman, who serves as both executive vp global communications for the Disney/ABC Television Group executive and chairman of the board of GLSEN, served as the night’s co-hosts along with DreamWorks’ Chip Sullivan. Brockman and Sullivan got several nice shout outs during the evening for their tireless work on behalf of GLSEN, a national education org that works to ensure safe schools for all students by providing educational materials, policy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives.

But back to the awards. NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt grabbed the Chairman’s trophy and proved to be a fitting recipient due to his involvement in bringing many gay characters and storylines to the small screen as well as his standing as the only gay broadcast television chairman.

NBC Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler presented Greenblatt with his award and provided the packed room with many reasons to laugh. First she praised his credits, judge-smiley-emoticon-1mentioning his work in bringing marginalized characters and under-served communities to the forefront on such shows as The L Word, Six Feet Under, Chicago Fire, The Voice and The New Normal, among many others. Then she mentioned that he’s “guided us and our network back to No. 1.” “What Bob can’t say tonight is suck it everybody,” she laughed. “We’re No. 1 and you’re not!” respect-signPoehler also added: “(Bob) knows that television is a powerful and intimate medium that comes into your homes and you watch people act and you learn how you want to act and who you want to be. And most importantly, he kept Parks and Recreation on the air.” In accepting his award, Greenblatt remembered an early time in his career when he worked at Fox which put Darren Star’s Melrose Place on the air. (The original series, not the “tacky remake on the CW,” he joked). The year was 1994 and one of the main characters, who was gay, was to film a scene that called for a same-sex kiss. Instead of heart-smiley-facepushing the conservative boundaries of the time, the network “dipped the screen to black until the kiss was over,” said Greenblatt, who admittedly was too low on the totem pole to fight the network and advertisers. “It was really disheartening to see a network so afraid … that they literally turned the lights out. The battle I lost then only motivated me to push harder for the cause as time went on and I’m happy to say it did get easier very quickly.”….. continue reading»»»»»»

Article by Chris Gardner for the Hollywood Reporter Oct 18, 2016

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The Kofi Annan Foundation

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Kofi Annan: The world I’m working to create

4850102711877632The Chair and founder of the Kofi Annan Foundation shares his vision for a fairer, more peaceful world. We have, for too long, been consuming the resources of the world as if there were no tomorrow. We need to create a world that is equitable, stable, and where the needs of the individual are at the centre of our efforts.

Our mission

The Kofi Annan Foundation mobilises political will to overcome threats to peace, development and albert-einstein-albert-einstein-genius-smiley-emoticon-000718-facebookhuman rights. In most cases the expertise and evidence needed to solve pressing problems such as poverty, armed conflict and poor governance already exist. What holds us back is lack of leadership or political will to identify and deliver solutions. The Foundation mobilises those who are in a position to influence and bring leadership to the world’s most pressing problems.

How the Kofi Annan Foundation works

  1. smilie-teacher2Private diplomacyThe Foundation provides counsel and participates in diplomatic initiatives to avert or resolve crises.
  2. Public advocacy ~ Through targeted public interventions, the Foundation helps shape public discussion of global issues and threats.
  3. Convening power ~ The Foundation brings together leaders in diplomacy, business, politics and civil society to jointly tackle threats and crises.
  4. Mediation & Crisis resolution ~ The Foundation provides its good offices, mediates, or intervenes in crises when it can make a difference.

Current Projects

The three pillars of a fairer, more peaceful world

  1. smily-widePeace and security ~ There can be no long term peace without development.
  2. Sustainable development ~ There can be no long-term development without security.
  3. Human rights and the rule of law ~ No society can long remain prosperous without respect for human rights and the rule of law.

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Kofi Annan – Biography

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Kofi Annan, the founding chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation, is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and was the Secretary-General of the United Nations between 1997 and 2006. With the Foundation, Kofi Annan seeks to mobilise political will to overcome threats to peace, development and human rights.

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GLAAD launches countdown to Spirit Day 2016!

Today Oct 20, 2016 is #SpiritDay, Spirit Day, the largest and most visible campaign in the world working to advance acceptance of LGBTQ youth. Spirit Day takes place on October 20th and inspires millions around the world to wear purple or ‘go purple’ on their social media accounts, creating a united stand against bullying and in support of LGBTQ youth.

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The degree and kind of a man’s sexuality reach up into the ultimate pinnacle of his spirit ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

pink-happy-heart-smiley-emoticonToday Sept 15, 2016 GLAAD launched the officialcountdown to Spirit Day, the largest and most visible campaign in the world working to advance acceptance of LGBTQ youth. Spirit Day takes place on October 20th and inspires millions around the world to wear purple or ‘go purple’ on their social media accounts, creating a united stand against bullying and in support of LGBTQ youth.

“Since its inception, Spirit Day has brought unparalleled attention to one of the most painful issues that disproportionately affects LGBTQ youthbullying,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. According to GLSEN’s most recent National School smilie-family-better3Climate Survey, 85% of LGBT students report they have been verbally harassed with 65% percent reporting that they have heard homophobic remarks frequently or often in school. GLSEN also reported that 30% of students…

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Unite Against Bullying on Unity Day, Oct. 9

Today October 19, 2016 is Unity Day, The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention, so go ahead, orange your world for Unity Day.

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

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Join the movement! Celebrate a Decade Together Against Bullying.

Unity Day is Wednesday October 19, 2016 

National Bullying Prevention Month is anationwide campaign founded in 2006by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. The campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention.

Over the past 10 years, this campaign grew from a small week-long event to a worldwide effort with multiple activities throughout October. National Bullying Prevention Month is supported by hundreds of schools, major corporations, and celebrities.

Be a part of this exciting anniversary and spread the message: The End of Bullying Begins With Me! read more »»»»»»»»»»»»

bp-monthSupporters nationwide will “Make it Orange, Make it End”during PACER’sNational Bullying Prevention Month. As a show of support for the 13 million American children who are bullied each…

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He Continues To Make A Difference

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smilie-gay-faceOctober is LGBT History Month!smilie-gay-face

October is a great time to include positive representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, history and events in your classroom and assess opportunities for LGBT-inclusive curriculum throughout the year.

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

k14225952-2GLSEN (pronounced “glisten”) was founded in 1990 by a small, but dedicated group of teachers in Massachusetts who came together to improve an education system that too frequently allows its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) glsenstudents to be bullied, discriminated against, or fall through the cracks.  Over 25 years later, that small group has grown into the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students.We face a pervasive problem with a set of new challenges. 8 out of 10 LGBT students are still harassed at school each year because of who they are.
We are working to change that.

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ELA and History Resource: Matthew Shepard (Grades 9-12)

small-heart GLSEN, the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Lesléa Newman and Candlewick Press have collaborated to develop  He Continues to Make a Difference: Commemorating the Life of Matthew glsenShepard, a resource for high school educators interested in:

• Commemorating and learning from the life of Matthew Shepard

• Teaching themes of empathy and social justice

• Implementing LGBT-Inclusive curriculum while meeting reading and writing standards

• Supporting LGBT students

Using Lesléa Newman’s award-winning book of poetry, OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD, as a foundation, educators can foster meaningful dialogue with students while meeting English/Language Arts and Social Studies standards.

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small-heart He Continues to Make a Difference is a resource for high school educators that includes information and best practices for supporting LGBT students and developing an LGBT-inclusive curriculum, along with classroom resources and lessons aligned with ELA Common Core State Standards. Click HERE to learn more.

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This resources was developed by GLSEN, the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Lesléa Newman and Candlewick Press. Click HERE to learn more about the partners and their offerings.

Introduce Matthew’s Place to your LGBTQ Students!

small-heart MatthewsPlace.com is an online community and resource site for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer and questioning youth ages 13 to 24. The LGBTQ safe space works to rainbow_smiley_face_heart_sticker-rd5be97d5a76f437391dd913496598a30_v9w0n_8byvr_512support youth, combat bullying, and give young people a platform to make their voices heard.

Matthew’s Place features interviews with individuals in the LGBT and allied community and an in-depth list of shelters, outreach centers, and empowerment programs that are welcoming of youth regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Matthew’s Place is a program of the Matthew Shepard Foundation. The foundation was founded after the death of Matthew Shepard following a traumatic attack he suffered in one of America’s most notorious anti-gay hate crimes in Laramie, Wyoming.

Since its creation, MatthewsPlace.com has received hundreds of thousands of unique visitors who have used its 50-state resource and service directory; read inspirational interviews with LGBT and allied professionals, political leaders, entertainers and activists; participated in chat sessions with rainbow007Matthew Shepard Foundation staff and special guests; and viewed written and video blogs by LGBT youth across the country. 

The site is inspired by the intense need for information, support and services by LGBTQ youth, particularly in rural areas where in-person services and organizations are sparse or nonexistent. The site hopes to inspire happiness, health, and positive choices among LGBTQ youth.

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At the foundation of small-heart He Continues to Make a Difference is Lesléa Newman’s award-winning OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD. Watch the trailer and read below to learn more.

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On the night of October 6, 1998, a gay twenty-one-year-old University of Wyoming student named Matthew Shepard was lured from a bar by two young men, then savagely matthew-shepard3beaten, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, and left to die. Five days later, Lesléa Newman arrived on campus to give the keynote speech for the University of Wyoming’s Gay Awareness Week. October Mourning is Newman’s deeply personal response to the events of that tragic day and its brutal aftermathThis work of poetic imagination explores the impact of the vicious crime through fictitious monologues from various points of view, including the fence to which Matthew was tied, the deer that kept watch beside him, and even Matthew himself.

reading-geek-female-girl-smiley-emoticon-000536-largeOCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD is a cycle of sixty-eight poems that serves as an illumination for readers too young to remember and as a powerful, enduring tribute to Matthew Shepard’s life and legacy. Click HERE for more information about the book and accompanying resources.

 

 

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