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Millennial Workers on the Move in 2016: More Than Half Would Like a Career Change

May 4, 2016

A new poll of working Canadiansthe ADP Canada Sentiment Survey, reveals that workers ages 18 to 34 are looking of make a change in the year ahead—a full 55 per cent would like to change jobs, start a business or return to school this year. A similar sentiment exists in only about 30 per cent of the remaining demographics.

“Our Sentiment Survey tells us that Canadian workers are restless, particularly Millennials, and this makes a strong case for investing in a great employer brand, built on culture, opportunity and leadership,” says Virginia Brailey, vice president of marketing and strategy at ADP Canada. “We’re also seeing a diversity of ambitions around looking for more money, more responsibility, more training and greater flexibility around how work is done.” Read more.



The Toronto Maple Leafs and Habitat for Humanity GTA Announce New Partnership

May 4, 2016

The Toronto Maple Leafs are teaming up with Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area (Habitat GTA) as a Title Home Sponsor of the Yousuf Family home on Birchmount Road.  Construction on the home has begun and is scheduled to be completed before the end of 2016 to allow Eskinder Yousuf, his wife Sayo, and their seven children to move into their new home in time for the holidays. 

This new Title Home Sponsorship builds on the relationship between the two organizations that began in 2015 with Maple Leaf players and staff working at Habitat GTA's McLevin build site to help build homes for low-income families in the GTA.  In the months ahead, Toronto Maple Leaf players and staff will also volunteer their time and energy to help build the Yousuf family home along with other Habitat GTA volunteers and Partner Families. Read more.



Women's College Hospital Scientist Wins Killam Prize

May 4, 2016

Dr. Steven Narod, Women's College Hospital Senior Scientist and a Tier One Canada Research Chair in Breast Cancer, has been awarded the prestigious Killam Prize for Health Sciences by the Canadian Council for the Arts. Each year, the Council recognizes leading Canadian scholars who demonstrate exceptional career achievements.  This award is in recognition of Dr. Narod's revolutionary contributions to advancing our global understanding of hereditary breast and ovarian cancers through his more than 20 years of research. Dr. Narod proudly accepted his award yesterday evening from the Governor General, The Right Honourable David Johnston, in Ottawa at Rideau Hall. Read more.



Now There's 10,500 New Ways To Improve Youth Mental Health in Canada

May 4, 2016

To coincide with Mental Health Week, Kids Help Phone has launched a new and improved version of Resources Around MeCanada's largest online database of youth resources – featuring more than 10,500 youth programs and services, including counselling and mental health services.

In Canada, an estimated 1.2 million children and youth are affected by mental illness, but fewer than 20 per cent will receive appropriate treatment, and approximately one in every nine kids who contact Kids Help Phone are seeking information and referrals to local resources that can help them. Read More.



Endeavour Volunteer Consulting accepting applications for Fall/Winter 2016 projects

April 27, 2016

Endeavour Volunteer Consulting for Non-Profits, an organization dedicated to providing no-cost management consulting services to nonprofits is currently accepting applications for the Fall/Winter 2016 round. If selected, their team of volunteer consultants will work with you over a six month engagement to provide detailed recommendations and solutions in any one of the following areas: Corporate Strategy, Marketing Strategy, Operations Strategy and Organizational Strategy. To learn more about their services and eligibility criteria, please click here. Applications are due Tuesday, June 21, 2016.



New Vital Signs report champions sport and belonging 100 days from Olympics

April 27, 2016

100 days out from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Community Foundations of Canada and the True Sport Foundation have released an in-depth report that explores the role of sport in building belonging in our communities. Vital Signs: Sport and Belonging looks closely at how sport – when grounded in fairness, excellence, inclusion and fun – can strengthen our sense of belonging to each other and our communities. The report tackles the declining participation and a growing gender gap in sport across Canada. Only 3 in 10 Canadians participate regularly in sport activities, and women – across all ethnicities and levels of education and income – are far less likely to participate in sport than men. The report’s research also uncovered some of the realities at play related to sport and belonging in our communities:

  • 85% of Canadians agree that participation in sport builds stronger communities.
  • 75% of children and youth are active in sport, but participation declines dramatically with age.
  • Men are twice as likely to participate regularly in sport than women.
  • Newcomers and those from marginalized groups are often left on the sidelines.

Community Foundations of Canada is making “belonging” a major focus of its work leading up to Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017 and beyond. On October 4th, community foundations across the country and around the world will release local Vital Signs reports, including publications in Banff, Grande Prairie, Nanaimo and Windsor-Essex that will dive deeper on the topic of sport and belonging.



Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace: A free webinar to celebrate Health and Safety Week

April 27, 2016

Workplaces across the continent will be planning their activities and programs for North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 1-7, 2016. In addition to the variety of resources and tools the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has to help workplaces create their own safety week program, CCOHS is hosting a free webinar, Emotional Intelligence at Work, on Tuesday, May 3, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT.

How well we can manage our own emotions and deal with the emotions of others are two important aspects of our emotional intelligence. From a definition by Dr. Reuven Bar-On, emotional intelligence is “an array of non-cognitive capabilities, competencies, and skills that influence our ability to succeed in coping with environmental demands and pressures.” Through practical examples, certified experiential psychotherapist and emotional intelligence coach Sue Freeman outlines what emotional intelligence means for personal and professional growth, developing successful teams, and satisfying clients.

A recorded session of the webinar will be made available after the live event, and can be watched on-demand. More information on how to register is available on the CCOHS website.



Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia now accepting Second Quarter Grant applications

April 26, 2016

The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia administers a Community Grants Program to support individuals and organizations province-wide to undertake programs or services that will benefit the mental health of individuals throughout Nova Scotia. Second Quarter Grant applications are now open for submissions. The Foundation strives to fund programs that are developed by Nova Scotians who are passionate about changing the way people think about mental illness. Each submission must meet the following criteria to be forwarded to the Grants Committee for scoring:

  • clearly state the project's objective
  • clearly state the project's timeline
  • clearly state the project's budget
  • align with the Foundation's Vision and Mission
  • assist the Foundation in generating at least two of the following: awareness, recognition, relationships and growth
  • impact an appropriate number of people
  • align with the Foundation's Gift Acceptance Policy
  • have proper attention paid to the overall quality (spelling, grammar, completeness, readability, etc.)
  • be unique (no copy & paste) and compelling

All applications for consideration must be received in the office of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia by close of business day, 4:00 pm, Friday, May 27th, 2016.



Submit your nominations now for the 2016 Persons Case Awards

April 26, 2016

Status of Women Canada is calling for nominations for the 2016 Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case. Each year, these awards recognize five individuals, including youth, who have made outstanding contributions in the pursuit of gender equality in Canada. The struggle for gender equality is far from over. Data show a persistent gender wage gap, high rates of violence towards women, and a very real glass ceiling faced by women seeking leadership positions. It is the efforts of all Canadians that are helping to move us closer to gender equality. Canada needs more women and men, boys and girls, to step up if we are to make more progress toward gender equality. It is important to recognize the achievements of individuals, so that their successes may inspire others. While nominations are accepted all year, the deadline for nominating someone for the 2016 awards is June 24. To get inspired, visit the Status of Women Canada website, which includes a list of past recipients, videos, and the nomination package.



Work email is a waste, 9% of the time, execs say

April 21, 2016

Workers wondering where their time goes should look at how they manage emails, new research suggests. In a Robert Half survey, chief financial officers (CFOs) said 9% of the time they spend on work email is wasted. While spam is the primary culprit, according to 46% of respondents, the research identified other distractors, including wading through rambling messages (27%), being copied on irrelevant emails (19%) and receiving those that could be better delivered another way (8%).



TD becomes Founding Partner of LIFT's Education Impact Fund with gift of $500,000

April 21, 2016

LIFT Philanthropy Partners is pleased to announce TD Bank Group has made a $500,000-gift and becomes the Founding Partner of LIFT's Education Impact Fund. TD was one of LIFT's first corporate donors in 2012, and this renewal of support demonstrates how TD and LIFT are helping to strengthen and increase the impact of social purpose organizations across Canada. Both organizations are supporters of educational initiatives in Canada, including financial literacy. TD and LIFT both support JUMP Math, a Toronto-based organization with proven success teaching students in grades 1-8 to love and succeed at math.



St. Joseph's Health Centre announces $1 million gift from CIBC to expand care for kids

April 21, 2016

Patients, families, physicians and staff celebrated the official re-opening of the newly-renovated children's floor including an expanded Just for Kids Clinic at St. Joseph's Health Centre with some big news. A $1 million gift from CIBC will re-name the space, CIBC Just for Kids Clinic, the only paediatrician-run walk-in clinic inside a hospital in Toronto. The gift from CIBC to support the Promise Campaign will name the CIBC Just for Kids Clinic, which now has four private examination rooms instead of two so paediatricians can see more children in a timely way.



Discover the story behind every door with Doors Open Ontario 2016

April 21, 2016

From April to October, the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to explore Ontario’s heritage treasures during Doors Open Ontario 2016. The season kicks off April 23 in Guelph and runs on weekends throughout the summer and fall with events in 43 communities across the province. Satisfy your curiosity and get behind normally closed doors to experience intriguing interiors, where you will be inspired by rare and exceptional materials, craftsmanship and design. From historical houses to modern marvels of construction, Doors Open Ontario has something for everyone! Doors Open Ontario 2016 focuses on the province’s rich legacy of medical science and innovation. The number of innovations in medical science, procedures and technology conceived in Ontario is extensive and their stories fascinating. Featured sites include hospitals, medical schools and laboratories that showcase Ontario’s and Canada’s achievements in medicine. Learn more about ingenious innovators and their remarkable discoveries while you uncover the places that made medical history. Many of the participating sites offer special activities, such as tours, exhibitions and demonstrations – all free of charge. For detailed event information and interactive tools to help you plan your Doors Open Ontario experience, visit www.doorsopenontario.on.ca.



New survey finds more than two thirds of Canadian agree their work causes them stress

April 19, 2016

Constantly being busy may be the new normal, but being stressed shouldn’t be. A survey released today revealed that more than two thirds (67%) of Canadians agree that their work causes them stress. A staggering six in ten (59%) say their health is negatively impacted by stress experienced at work, and two thirds (63%) feel the stress they experience at work negatively impacts other areas of their life. Whether you work in an office, from home, or on the road, workplace stress in Canada is a real problem with serious consequences. The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) and Leger conducted the survey. Highlights from the survey include:

  • Ontarians reported the highest levels of workplace stress in the country with 72% in agreement that work causes them stress. British Columbia residents reported the lowest levels of workplace stress, with 56% of those surveyed in agreement.
  • Respondents from Manitoba and Saskatchewan were 10% more likely than the rest of Canadians to agree that their health is sometimes negatively impacted by the stress they experience at work. Residents of Atlantic Canada were the least likely to agree with this, coming in at 49%.
  • Sixty-nine percent of younger employed Canadians are more likely to say work stress negatively impacts other areas of their life. This trend is felt most among 18-35 year olds.
  • Employed Canadians under the age of 55 experience significantly more negative health effects from work stress compared to older Canadians over 65 years of age (61% versus 34%).



Canada announces final tally of Syria Emergency Relief Fund

April 18, 2016

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced funding of $100 million to help the most vulnerable communities affected by the Syrian crisis. Canadians generously donated a total of $31.8 million to charitable organizations in response to the conflict in Syria, which the Government of Canada will match through the Syria Emergency Relief Fund. The Minister also announced that the government is going beyond the matching fund with an additional $68.2 million in humanitarian assistance to address the needs of people across the region affected by the Syrian conflict. The government’s $31.8-million contribution to the matching fund will be entirely allocated to the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). This contribution will increase education opportunities, provide child-protection services in Syria and Jordan and support immunization efforts for children in Syria, responding to critical needs and building the resilience of conflict-affected communities. The balance of today’s $100-million funding announcement will be allocated to trusted Canadian and international partners, whose work includes a multi-purpose emergency assistance program in Iraq and providing life-saving assistance, such as shelter, food, health care and water, to conflict-affected families in Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon.



Get ready for the Great Canadian Giving Challenge coming up in June

April 15, 2016

Are you ready for the Great Canadian Giving Challenge launching this June? An initiative of GIV3 and CanadaHelps, the Challenge includes a contest where every dollar donated to your charity from June 1 - June 30 via givingchallenge.ca or canadhelps.org earns your organization a chance to win a $10,000 donation.The Challenge begins June 1, 2016 at midnight Newfoundland Daylight Time (NDT) and ends on June 30, 2016 at 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), with the grand prize draw taking place on Canada Day, July 1, 2016, where $10,000 will be donated to the winning charity. Only donations made on givingchallenge.ca or through the canadahelps.org website will be entered for the prize draw Donations made on GivingChallenge.ca are processed by CanadaHelps and are subject to the standard CanadaHelps fees. There are no other Giving Challenge fees.



ABC Media Sale offers discounted advertising to raise funds for literacy programs

April 15, 2016

The ABC Media Sale is an online sale of advertising space that is donated by leading magazines, newspapers, websites and outdoor media from across the country. Since 2000, more than $2.1 million has been raised for literacy programming. The donated media is sold at up to 65% off the rate card value with all funds raised going towards ABC Life Literacy Canada's work to inspire Canadians to increase their literacy skills. The ABC Media Sale launches on April 25, 2016 at 9:00 am EDT. You can register now if are interested in purchasing media once the sale begins.



Grants in Gear funding program now accepting applications

April 15, 2016

The Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) has partnered with Scout Environmental (formerly Summerhill Impact) to offer the Grants in Gear funding program for a third year. The national program will award up to $100,000 in funds to Canadian environmental not-for-profit and entrepreneurial groups and municipal/regional governmental bodies. ARC will disburse four grants worth a maximum of $25,000 each to organizations across Canada whose project ideas seek to achieve tangible results in emissions reductions or pollution prevention in the transportation sector or excellence in automotive recycling or reuse techniques. This year, one of the four grants will be offered as an optional legacy grant to allow previous winners to apply for additional funding to increase the capacity of their existing program. Applications will be accepted until May 6, 2016. You can find more information on this program by visiting the Grants in Gear website.



Study finds employees exhibit risky cloud behavior, despite new level of cloud sophistication

April 13, 2016

Enterprise cloud adoption has matured in recent years, but employees using cloud apps continue to display reckless technology habits that put their employers at risk, according to a new study by Softchoice, a leading North American IT solutions and managed services provider. The study, (Still) Careless Users in the Cloud, found 1-in-5 employees keep passwords in plain sight, such as on Post-It notes, and 1-in-3 cloud app users have downloaded an app without letting their IT department know. Based on a similar study Softchoice conducted in 2014, (Still) Careless Users in the Cloud finds employees' bad cloud app habits have gone unchanged over the past two years. This kind of behavior can be attributed to the lack of cybersecurity training provided to employees on corporate policy and the safe and effective use of cloud applications. The study found 58% of full-time employees cite having not been told the right way to download and use cloud apps, and 39% having not been told the risks of downloading apps without IT's knowledge.



Deadline fast approaching for Public Outreach Recruitment Challenge

April 12, 2016

If you had the chance to create a national recruitment marketing campaign for Public Outreach, what would your approach be, and how would you execute it? Public Outreach, in partnership with TalentEgg, is looking for talented young professionals to share their fresh perspectives by submitting a professional-level case study that answers this question. Public Outreach is an international face-to-face fundraising agency dedicated to building a sustainable charitable sector. The first place prize for this Challenge is full-time position as Recruitment Marketing Manager at Public Outreach, plus a trip and tour of Public Outreach’s Los Angeles Office and second place receives a cash prize of $500. The Challenge deadline (April 22, 2016) is quickly approaching - submit your proposal now!

Proposals will be judged on the following:

  • Is it well-researched? Your submission should show that you understand the nonprofit sector, recruitment tactics and approaches, and the organization (Public Outreach) itself.
  • Is it innovative? Think outside the box – Public Outreach is looking for fresh, new, and exciting perspectives.
  • Is it feasible? It’s not enough to put together a unique proposal. Be sure that your strategy is well-thought out and realistic for the organization to implement.
  • Is it well-presented? Challenge participants should conduct themselves like professional consultants — your submission should be polished and free of spelling and grammatical errors. The information should also flow in a logical fashion, so there’s no confusion for the recipient. It also doesn’t hurt to add some visual components as well!

Each area will be weighted equally in value (25% each) during the evaluation process. Your submission can include written proposals, visual diagrams, videos – anything that conveys your strategy best! Please upload your project as a PDF doc (Powerpoint presentations work well!) on the TalentEgg website. Any additional features (i.e. videos) should be hosted externally and linked through the submission document. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 22, 2016.



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