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ABC Media Sale on April 24th offers discounted advertising space to raise funds for literacy

March 29, 2017

This year ABC Life Literacy will be holding its 17th annual Media Sale April 24th, selling (donated) advertising space to raise funds for literacy in Canada, while offering 65% off advertising space in major Canadian media. There are a wide range of media involved again this year including: national (The Globe & Mail) magazines (The Antigonish Review, Zoomer), radio stations (98.9 The Drive), television (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network), websites (The Walrus.ca, ctv.ca), local publishers and print outlets (Black Press Newspapers, The Sherbrook Record, The Dawson Creek Mirror), and many, many more. This once-a-year Media Sale is held online and is the major fundraising event for ABC Life Literacy Canada. All advertising space is donated by the various media outlets to assist ABC Life Literacy Canada raise money to create and provide educational resources and programming for adult learners and their families across Canada.



Jim Pattison makes $75 million donation to St. Paul’s Foundation

March 28, 2017

St. Paul’s Foundation today announced the largest donation in Canadian history by a private citizen to a single medical facility, as Jim Pattison made a $75 million donation to the foundation. This unprecedented philanthropic donation will support the transformation of health care for British Columbians with the creation of the new St. Paul’s at the Jim Pattison Medical Centre, a world-class medical and research centre in the heart of Vancouver.



Winners of Canada's Best Diversity Employers are announced for 2017

March 28, 2017

Now in its 10th year, the Canada's Best Diversity Employers competition recognizes the nation's leaders in creating inclusive workplaces for employees from five diverse groups: women; visible minorities; persons with disabilities; Aboriginal peoples; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) peoples. The annual competition is open to any employer with its head office or principal place of business in Canada. Employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector. CharityVillage congratulates the nonprofit and charitable organizations who were recognized on the 2017 list!



Volunteer BC launches new website and resource series

March 27, 2017

Volunteer BC has launched a new website and has a number of new resources available for volunteer managers and volunteer centres, including a fully revised Community Connections Series. Part 1 of the series, the Community Engagement Handbook, is a guide for Communities wanting to promote, encourage and match people to local volunteer opportunities and is written for community members who are interested in volunteering. Part 2, How to Start a Volunteer Program, is a guide for organizations and volunteer managers. This second guide also includes a 28-page pdf full of templates such as volunteer agreement forms, time sheets, performance reviews and exit evaluations.



Ducks Unlimited Canada receives $3 Million donation

March 27, 2017

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) announced a $3 million grant from James C. Kennedy, an environmental philanthropist, to protect 20,000 acres of waterfowl habitat in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The organization will leverage this gift to match funds made available through the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The funds will help the organization protect critical breeding habitats for waterfowl and a diversity of other migratory birds, restore degraded wetlands and re-establish permanent nesting cover across the Prairie Pothole Region. The Prairie Pothole Region remains the most important breeding area on the continent for many species of waterfowl; unfortunately, its wetlands and grasslands continue to be threatened.



New workplace challenge combats sedentary behaviour in the office

March 24, 2017

Today, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, along with Paul Estey, Chief Innovation Officer of Public Inc. announced the launch of Sit Kicker. Sit Kicker is a nationwide initiative focused on encouraging Canadians who work in office settings to reduce sedentary behaviour and "kick the sit" out of their work habits by shifting workplace culture towards more stand-friendly physical work environments. Sit Kicker will encourage employees to participate in a four-week challenge to interrupt sitting every half hour and stand more often. Participating workplaces will be provided with a Sit Kicker tool-kit that includes portable stand-up desks for use with laptops, tablets, phones or other office devices, a companion iPhone/Android Sit Kicker app that enables workers to track their standing time, as well as posters, stickers and other workplace supports. The program is designed to inspire participants to transfer the knowledge, experience and less sedentary habits gained from the Sit Kicker initiative to other parts of their life.



More than half of Canadian managers are annoyed by untidy workspaces

March 23, 2017

Is it time to spring clean your messy desk? More than half of Canadian senior managers (51%) interviewed by staffing firm OfficeTeam said the most distracting or annoying aspect of employee workspaces is sloppiness or disorganization. Senior managers were asked, "Which one of the following, if any, is the most distracting or annoying when it comes to employee workspaces?" Their responses:

  • Having a messy or disorganized workspace (51%)
  • Having too many knickknacks or decorations (28%)
  • Displaying inappropriate or offensive photos or phrases (13%)
  • Having a workspace that's too clean or bare (7%)



Scouts ask Canadians to perform an act of kindness during Good Turn Week

March 21, 2017

To remind all Canadians of the power of a good turn, Scouts Canada is once again calling on Canadians of all ages to brighten someone's day through a gesture of kindness during the 8th annual Good Turn Week taking place April 29 – May 7, 2017. To help bring the initiative to local communities, Scouts Canada is launching more than 30 major Good Turn Week projects from coast to coast, made possible with the support of RBC Foundation. Participating in Good Turn Week is easy: perform a good turn for someone else and encourage the recipient to pay it forward, creating a cycle of goodwill. A good turn can be as simple as giving up a seat on public transit or buying a meal for a homeless person, or as ambitious as organizing a fundraiser to support a family that is down on their luck. Canadians can share their Good Turns at Scouts.ca/goodturnweek, or on social media by using #GoodTurnWeek and tagging @ScoutsCanada.



CNIB releases new volunteer toolkits, training guides and templates

March 20, 2017

With the support of funding from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, the CNIB has developed a series of resources identifying best practices in partnering with volunteers. The resources were put together by a team of CNIB employees – subject-matter experts in volunteerism and communications. The team was supported by working groups of cross-functional staff and volunteers from across the country, as well as some leading consultants in the fields covered. The documents – manuals, toolkits, training guides and templates – are posted on the CNIB Ontario website. Some of the material covered includes partnering with volunteers with vision loss, creating a culture of volunteerism, volunteering to support fundraising, managing volunteers, and more.



BCAA accepting funding nominations for revitalized play spaces in BC

March 20, 2017

Now in its second year, BCAA Play Here, a multi-year community investment initiative will provide $300,000 to rejuvenate play spaces in BC communities to give kids better places to play and learn. This year, BCAA has increased the number of winners to three: each will receive a revitalized play space worth up to $100,000. Nonprofit community groups can nominate a play space in need at bcaaplayhere.com. BC residents are encouraged to contact their local nonprofit community groups about a play area they'd like to nominate. You can nominate any play space in the province that needs rejuvenation. Examples include: an outdoor or indoor place space such as a playground, park, community garden, music room or after-school study area. A panel of judges shortlist nominations and present 10 finalists for online voting and the winners will be the top three with the most verified votes. Nominations must be received by April 13, 2017.



MHCC releases implementation findings on National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

March 16, 2017

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) released the findings of its three-year Case Study Research Project that tracked 40 Canadian organizations from various industries and sectors as they successfully implemented the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard). A global first, the Standard is a "made-in-Canada" set of guidelines, tools and resources to help employers promote mental health and prevent psychological harm at work. The Case Study Research Project findings identify promising practices and lessons learned from these organizations, representing 250,000 employees, which implemented the Standard in 2014. Key findings include:

  • Ninety-one percent of the organizations implemented the Standard because it is "the right thing to do". Other reasons included "to protect the psychological health of employees" (84%) and "increase employee engagement" (72%).
  • Seventy-eight percent implemented respectful workplace policies and educational initiatives.
  • Seventy percent provided early intervention through employee and family assistance programs and services addressing mental health.
  • Sixty-six percent enhanced awareness of mental health among employees.
  • Participating organizations achieved on average 72% compliance with the five elements (commitment and policy, planning, implementation, evaluation and corrective action, management review) in the Standard, a remarkable improvement from 55% compliance at the baseline stage.

In Canada alone, mental health problems and illnesses account for more than one-third of disability claims and two-thirds of disability costs. A recent Ipsos poll found the Standard could be a contributing factor to the overall improvement in the psychological health and safety of Canadian workplaces. For example, employees living with depression who work in an organization using the Standard are missing five fewer days each year from work, according to the survey.



Applications open for the $100,000 Social EnterPrize

March 16, 2017

Created by the Trico Charitable Foundation in 2011, the biennial Social EnterPrize celebrate and advance leadership and excellence in social entrepreneurship in Canada. Social enterprises are organizations, for-profit or not-for-profit, that blend the social and the entrepreneurial by using business models/markets to solve social problems. The 2017 edition of the Social EnterPrize will honour two of Canada’s leading social enterprises. Each of the recipients will receive:

  • $100,000 prize money for each recipient;
  • A video profile; and
  • An in-depth profile in a case-study undertaken by a Canadian post-secondary institution.

Applications must be received by email to socialenterprize@tricofoundation.ca by 4 pm MST, April 18, 2017. Details on the eligibility requirements and guidelines are available here.



Public input sought on Alberta’s workplace laws

March 15, 2017

Albertans are invited to participate in a review of the province’s labour legislation to ensure fair and family-friendly workplaces that support a strong economy. The review focuses on the Employment Standards Code and the Labour Relations Code, neither of which has undergone significant updates since 1988. These laws cover topics such as hours of work, overtime, general holidays, special leaves and collective bargaining rules. Some of Alberta’s workplace rules are currently out-of-step with the rest of Canada and these areas need to be reviewed.

The public is invited to provide their views and input on Alberta’s workplace laws until April 18, 2017. Albertans can find more information about how to get involved by visiting work.alberta.ca/leg-review. Government is seeking feedback on:

  • Maternity, parental and compassionate care leaves
  • Introducing leave for the care of critically ill children
  • Other job-protected leaves in relation to the federal Employment Insurance program
  • The collective bargaining process
  • Improving enforcement and administration

The reviews will include direct engagement with business and industry associations, trade unions and social agencies over the coming weeks.



Many Canadian workers face a growth gap: ADP Canada poll

March 15, 2017

Four out of ten (40%) working Canadians face a "Growth Gap," saying that their company rarely or never provides them with career development support. Almost equal numbers say they would leave and take a pay cut from another employer that offered better professional development opportunities. These are among the findings of the latest ADP Sentiment Survey, a research series that identifies Canadian workplace trends. Among the 39% who would leave and take a pay cut, almost one-quarter (23%) said they would take five percent less, and more than one in ten (12%) said they would take a 10% salary decrease. Smaller numbers would settle for up to, or more than 15% less pay (4% and 1% respectively).

When asked to explain the cause of their "Growth Gap" at work, the most common reason, cited by one-third of employed Canadians (33%), is that their company doesn't offer this type of support, which typically includes skills development programs, technical training, career mapping or mentoring. Almost two out of ten (19%) say they haven't asked for this type of support, while 14% feel they aren't senior enough to receive it. Close to one in ten (9%) say their boss doesn't have time to address their needs in this respect.



Women for Nature announces Young Leadership Grant call for applications

March 15, 2017

Women for Nature are leaders who care deeply about nature and want to inspire others to make a difference. In particular, they want to encourage, foster and nurture youth (under 30) to demonstrate their leadership for nature. To that end, Women for Nature have established a grant/bursary for a young person to develop and implement a project inspired by some of the objectives in the recently published Nature Playbook. This Women for Nature sponsored grant of $1,000 will support project implementation in the year 2017, in celebration of the role that nature has played in our Canadian culture and identity. Interested applicants should submit either a two page essay or a short video outlining their proposed project. Project ideas will be evaluated by a Women for Nature Grant Bursary Committee based on the following. The deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm (Eastern Time) on March 31st of 2017. Click here for additional eligibility requirements.



New survey explores social values of Canadian millennials

March 15, 2017

A new national survey released by the Environics Institute reveals a bold portrait of Canada’s Millennials (those born between 1980 and 1995), that presents the social values of this generation, and the distinct segments that help make sense of the different and often contradictory stereotypes that so frequently are applied to today’s young adults. The results show that Millennials cannot be lumped into a single group defined by their age, or by other demographic characteristics such as gender, region or socio-economic status. Key findings from the survey include the following:

  • Fewer than half of Canadian Millennials say they have enough money to live the kind of life they want, and many feel they are not doing as well as their parents did in their youth. But this generation is notably optimistic about their future financial prospects.
  • What Millennials most want out of work and career is a good balance between work and their personal life, followed by financial security, wealth generation, and flexibility on the job. Making an important contribution to society is of strong importance to some Millennials and not so much to others, based on their social values.
  • One in four Millennials has been actively engaged in a cause or issue in the past year, mostly involving social justice, the environment, politics or health care. Such involvement is linked to education as well as social values. Members of this generation tend to get involved through online channels, but a significant proportion also seek to participate in person at events or group meetings.



Survey suggests Canadian executives aren't making employee engagement a priority

March 14, 2017

Employees' personal commitment to the job is a crucial factor in an organization's success. Yet new research from global staffing firm Robert Half suggests Canadian executives aren't making it a priority. While over half (52%) of CFOs interviewed think their workers are more engaged on the job compared to three years ago, 88% are not concerned about the level of commitment. Recent findings from a separate study help to underscore the point that executives should not take employee engagement — or loyalty — for granted: About one-third of professionals surveyed for a study on worker satisfaction and engagement from Robert Half and Happiness Works indicated that they are considering leaving their jobs in the next six months.



New $10,000 prize helps conservation heroes in financial need

March 13, 2017

Nominations are now open for the inaugural $10,000 Glen Davis Conservation Leadership Prize to honour the slain philanthropist, and to reward a conservation hero in financial need. The Prize was established by WWF-Canada and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society to be given for the first time on the 10th anniversary year of Glen Davis's death in May, 2017. The Prize will help a worthy candidate do things such as pay the rent and buy groceries, recognizing that conservation activists often experience financial hardship in order to do what they do. The successful candidate will have the one of following characteristics:

  • Played a key role in bringing — or being on the cusp of bringing — meaningful protections to identifiable land or marine ecosystems in Canada.
  • Or led a foundational initiative regarding species or spaces that leaves Canada measurably better off.
  • Have a demonstrated personal financial need.

Nominations accepted at wwf.ca/glendavis until 5 p.m. ET Monday May 1, 2017. Winner announced May 18, 2017.



Congratulations to the nonprofits included in the 2017 BC's Top Employers list

March 9, 2017

Whether you're a weekend warrior, cycling enthusiast or an occasional yogi, BC's leading employers go out of their way to make sure employees' health and lifestyle choices are supported in the workplace. Their HR programs and policies reflect a unique West Coast culture, which creates a highly productive and engaged workforce. The best of these initiatives were recognized today as winners of the BC's Top Employers competition for 2017 were announced by Mediacorp Canada Inc., the publishing firm that manages the annual Canada's Top 100 Employers project. CharityVillage would like to congratulate the nonprofit organizations and charities who made this year's list!



For persons with disabilities in Canada, education is not always an open door: CHRC report

March 9, 2017

People with disabilities in Canada are facing overwhelming barriers and challenges within our schools, says Canada's human rights watchdog in a new study released today. In a report, entitled Left Out: The treatment of persons with disabilities in Canada's education system, the Canadian Human Rights Commission finds that persons with disabilities in Canada are not receiving the quality education they need to later thrive and succeed in the workforce. Discrimination and the exclusion of persons with disabilities in employment has long been recognized as some of the most prevalent human rights issues in Canada. But what makes an already bad situation worse is that for persons with disabilities the odds are often already against them because of the barriers they face in school. The Commission's report highlights barriers and key issues facing students with disabilities, including a lack of disability accommodation and support, a lack of services and funding, as well as widespread bullying and exclusion. For people with disabilities living in remote areas or on First Nations reserves, the situation is even worse. They face the same barriers but with additional ones including a lack of special education and ineffective dispute resolution mechanisms.



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