The Nature Inspiration Awards, sponsored by the Canadian Museum of Nature, recognize individuals and organizations that, through their work or specific projects, encourage Canadians to take an interest in natural history, create links with nature and contribute to its preservation. You may submit an application or a nomination for a third party in one of these categories:
- Not-for-Profit Organization (Small and Medium)
- Not-for-Profit Organization (Large)
- Business (Small and Medium)
- Business (Large)
One grand prize of $5,000 to be given by the winner to the programme of his or her choice. The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2018.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has launched a new scholarship today to recognize post-secondary students who have made significant efforts toward preventing bullying and harassment in their schools and communities. The Troop 17 Scholarship, named in honour of the first troop of women to attend the RCMP Academy and be hired as police officers in the RCMP, will award up to five scholarships in the amount of $1000 annually to college or university students across Canada. The deadline for applications to the 2018 Troop 17 Scholarship is June 29, 2018.
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced today during National Volunteer Week, that the call for nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards is now open and will run until June 15, 2018. This is the chance for all Canadians to nominate an exceptional volunteer, a not-for-profit organization that helps to find innovative solutions to social challenges, or a business that demonstrates social responsibility in their community. Canada’s Volunteer Awards recipients are nominated by Canadians, for Canadians. This year, 21 awards will be presented at the December 5, 2018 award ceremony on International Volunteer Day. Recipients will also have a chance to give back; regional award recipients are eligible to identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a $5,000 grant, and the national award recipient is eligible to identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a $10,000 grant. Nominations are being accepted in the following categories:
- One national award – Thérèse Casgrain Lifelong Achievement Award, for individuals who have volunteered for at least 20 years;
- Five regional awards – Emerging Leader, for young volunteers between the ages of 18 and 30;
- Five regional awards – Community Leader, for individuals or groups of volunteers;
- Five regional awards – Business Leader, to recognize businesses that demonstrate social responsibility; and
- Five regional awards – Social Innovator, to recognize the contributions of not-for-profit organizations.
Today, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) officially launched the call for nominations for the 16th annual Faces of Mental Illness campaign. Canadians aged 18 and older are encouraged to apply. Each year, the campaign selects individuals living in recovery from mental illness and shares their experiences with the public. Their stories will be featured online, through promotional materials, in profile videos and through media and political engagement. To nominate yourself or someone you know for the campaign, please visit camimh.ca. Nominations will be accepted until June 1, 2018. The 2018 Faces of Mental Illness will be announced in early July at a press conference in Toronto.
Today, the Ontario Trillium Foundation invites the nonprofit sector to connect with the Knowledge Centre, an online community with a shared learning environment. This online resource hosts a discussion forum, and provides access to knowledge products including reports, videos, infographics, and more to foster community engagement, collaboration and learning. The discussion forums are centered around issues, opportunities and themes of community wellbeing. There are also discussions around topics critically important to the sector including evaluation, measurement, and Open Data. The Knowledge Centre is hosted by the Ontario Trillium Foundation's subject matter experts from its partnership and knowledge mobilization team. Their mandate is to facilitate knowledge sharing, build communities of practice, and foster an online environment for peer-to-peer learning. Over time, the Knowledge Centre will build a broad array of online resources in support of community work in the nonprofit sector.
Canadian employers are offering a variety of perks to their employees to supplement typical compensation and benefits packages, and to set themselves apart from competitors. At the top of the range in terms of value are perks such as perquisite and car allowances, while the most common perks include professional membership reimbursement, mobile phones, employee parking and education grants, according to The Conference Board of Canada's Perks at Work report. Of the Canadian organizations surveyed, 90 per cent offered professional membership reimbursement and 86 per cent offered mobile phones. A majority of responding organizations also offered employee parking (76 per cent), employee education grants (60 per cent), and car allowances (56 per cent).
Easter Seals Canada is launching the Giving Gene, a fundraising and awareness campaign that invites Canadians to discover why they donate. Interested individuals can purchase a Giving Gene Kit online at GivingGene.ca that enables them to perform an anonymous at-home DNA test to determine if they have the "Giving Gene." The "Giving Gene" is scientifically known as COMT Val 158Met genetic polymorphism. An individual can inherit two copies, one copy, or no copies of a version of this gene that is associated with giving. As an additive gene, a person would be more prone to giving if they inherited two copies. Giving Gene Kits retail for $70 each with the majority of proceeds going directly to Easter Seals Canada. Each kit includes an instructional brochure, a hermetically sealed cotton swab to collect DNA, a 5-digit anonymous bar code, and a postage paid return envelope to mail the DNA sample in for testing. DNA samples are collected and disposed of after testing to ensure privacy and no personal information is stored.
Nominations are now open for the 2nd Annual Hashtag Awards (#HashtagAwards), celebrating individuals and organizations who excel in digital marketing and social media across Western Canada and the territories. Winners will be revealed on Wednesday, June 13 at the SocialWest Opening Bash in Calgary, AB. The nomination process will remain open until May 8, 2018, and there is no cost to apply. Nominations are open for companies and individuals from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, as well as the territories of Yukon, NWT and Nunavut. A short-list of finalists in all categories will be compiled near the end of May, and all finalists will be contacted for permission prior to being announced. Awards are for work or campaigns completed between April 5, 2017 and April 6, 2018, and must fall under one or more of the following categories:
- Best Social Media Campaign
- Best Use of Social Media (Business)
- Best Use of Social Media (Nonprofit)
- Best Social Media Agency
- Best Community Manager
In-house, agency and independent communications practitioners and entrepreneurs representing private, corporate, non-profit and government sectors can be nominated. Entries may be self-nominated, or individuals may nominate a company or a client.
Canadian employers are working harder and spending more to recruit and retain recent post-secondary graduates in an increasingly competitive labour market, a new report indicates. Based on responses from hiring managers at 95 of Canada's largest companies, the study by Morneau Shepell found that:
- 83% of the companies surveyed participate in co-op programs and other forms of work-integrated learning initiatives that help them identify potential new employees. In a similar survey two years ago, 76% of employers said they were participating in such programs.
- 57% of respondents said that a shortage of skilled workers is having either a moderate (40%) or severe (17%) impact on their industry. The top five areas where companies reported skill shortages were: information technology; skilled trades; analytics, statistics and quantitative analysis; engineering; and leadership/management.
- 70% of respondents said their expectations of new graduates are higher now than five years ago, attributing those increased expectations to a changing work environment resulting from rapid technological advancements.
- By the same token, employers say that new graduates typically expect more from the workplace than their predecessors did five years ago. "Recent graduates are looking for more money, challenging assignments, increased flexibility and mobility, and quicker advancement," the report says. "Managing these expectations can be a challenge for employers."
The findings are based on a survey of 95 leading Canadian companies by Morneau Shepell in cooperation with the Business Council of Canada. Copies of the report — "Navigating Change: 2018 Business Council Skills Survey" — are available here.
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has announced a new grant program designed to create or expand communities of interest within the medical profession. The CMA's Communities of Interest Grants program will offer four grants of up to $5,000 and one grant of up to $10,000 to CMA members who want to create or expand a community of interest to address issues affecting patients, the health system, or the medical profession. CMA members interested in submitting an application will need to clearly identify the scope of the issue the community will address and have the support of no less than five CMA members or medical learners. Recipients will be selected based on criteria such as inclusion, impact, relevance and strategic approach. Applications are now being accepted for this grant program until May 31, 2018. To apply, or to get more information, CMA members can click here.