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This installment of our Foundation Happenings spotlights some of The Counselling Foundation of Canada’s recent activities and related news. The content below includes: (a) funding awarded at our latest Board meetings; (b) material our grant recipients have recently made available; (c) an update on Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) activities; and (d) an upcoming event exploring philanthropic impact in Canada.


Recent Grants

The Foundation’s Board of Directors approved six grant requests at its March and May meetings:

  • A three-year grant was provided to the 4Rs Youth Movement (4RYM) to expand its programming on a national scale. 4RYM was initiated in 2013 to bring together youth from across Canada to spark dialogue and learning about the modern identity and diversity of Indigenous peoples. Funding from the Foundation will allow it to deliver youth leadership programming to youth from coast-to-coast-to-coast.
  • Multi-year funding has been made available to Career Trek Inc., a Winnipeg-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing young Manitobans with a wide range of experiences and information designed to develop the knowledge, skills, relationships and values consistent with educational, career and life success. Support from the Foundation will allow the agency to expand their footprint provincially.
  • A three-year grant was approved to support the elaboration of the Hospitality Workers Training Centre’s (HWTC) “A Workforce Intermediary Business Model”. Specifically, funding will allow this Toronto-based agency to standardize and promote its hotel career pathways model for city-wide adoption and develop a model of financial sustainability for a hospitality workforce development intermediary. HWTC’s mission is to facilitate career pathways in the hospitality industry by providing training for incumbent workers as well as new entrants.
  • International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD) received a grant renewal to expand its Child Protection in Development Program (CPID), a community-based child protection and employability skills training program for young Aboriginal professionals. IICRD is a unique non-governmental organization affiliated with British Columbia’s Royal Roads University focused on social innovation with and for children. In addition to expanding programming in BC, they will work with Right to Play to bring their programming to First Nation communities in Ontario.
  • Returning to Spirit (RTS) is a Manitoba-based agency born out of a partnership and vision between an Aboriginal man and a religious Sister to address the legacy of Indian Residential Schools. RTS received approval for two years to support its “RavensWORK! Project” which will support First Nations youth moving from reserves to cities to become more self-reliant and positive about life, education and employment possibilities.
  • Ryerson University, Canada's leader in innovative, career-focused education, was awarded a two-year grant to scale Magnet, an online platform which connects job-seekers and employers based on skills and needs. With this support Magnet will expand its network with immigrants and immigrant-serving agencies, with a view to connecting them to the platform, and increasing their workforce opportunities and participation.

Also, a loan guarantee has been made to the Immigrant Access Fund Canada (IAF), a grassroots effort launched in 2003 to help newcomers from other countries maximize their careers in Canada, to establish a presence in Ontario. IAF provides micro-loans of up to $10,000 to immigrants who need to up-skill or take courses to work within their chosen profession upon arriving to Canada.

Knowledge Transfer

We would like to highlight newly available materials produced by Foundation grant recipients:

  • Family Services Ottawa (FSO) would like to share its “Around the Rainbow: Creating Inclusive Spaces for LGBTTQ+ Families in Ottawa Program Manual”. FSO’s Around the Rainbow Program provides a full range of education, counselling and support services offered by the agency. This manual pinpoints what led FSO to launch this program, its initial design and how it has evolved in the past decade. It can serve as a roadmap to launching your own LGBTTQ+ Families support program.
  • The National Reading Campaign’s (NRA) vision is to create, sustain and grow a society in which everyone has an equal opportunity to become and remain a lifelong reader. JoinUs CanLit was launched as a means of using literature to help New Canadians learn about Canada and develop higher-level reading skills that will facilitate their inclusion in Canadian society and the economy. NRA has chosen 20 books (10 for adults and 10 for children) and developed accompanying study guides to facilitate using them in programs for New Canadians. A Facilitator’s Guide is also available to give additional background to anyone working with the individual guides.
  • Youth Employment Services (YES Montreal), an organization which provides English-language support services to help Quebecers find employment and start and grow businesses, is pleased to offer the second edition of its Business Skills for Creative Souls: The Essential Artist’s Handbook. This guidebook is an invaluable tool for artists seeking to establish their artistic careers and businesses. Free chapters can be accessed on the YES website where the entire book can also be purchased.

CERIC Update

The Foundation launched the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) in 2004 to support and advance education and research in career counselling and career development in Canada. CERIC is excited to offer some details about a few upcoming learning opportunities for career practitioners and those interested in career development:

  • CERIC’s Summer Skills Academy 2015 (July 7, 8, and 9 in Toronto), featuring experts on narrative counselling, labour market trends and motivating jobseekers, is now open for registration. The Summer Skills Academy consists of three separate in-depth seminars in a face-to-face format (attendees choose one, two or all three):
  • Mark Franklin and Rich Feller, “Help Clients Gain Clarity from Their Stories: The Narrative Approach”
  • Lisa Taylor, “Trailblazer Toolkit: How New Labour Market Trends Drive Your Career Services Success”
  • Dan Walmsley, “Job Search Zombies: Motivating the Unmotivated Jobseeker”
  • Cannexus, Canada’s largest, bilingual conference on career development is designed to promote the exchange of information and explore innovative approaches in the areas of career counselling and career development, continues to grow! Cannexus15 held this past January in Ottawa welcomed a record-breaking 777 attendees!! Four game-changing keynote speakers will be sharing their experiences and insights at Cannexus16 to be held January 25-27, 2016 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa: Spencer Niles (Dean & Professor, School of Education, The College of William and Mary), Ratna Omidvar (Executive Director, Global Diversity Exchange), The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair (Chair, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada) and Wab Kinew (Writer, Journalist, Honourary Truth and Reconciliation Commission Witness). Registration for Cannexus16 opens May 16.

Showcasing the Impact of Grantmaking

Mario Gravelle, the Foundation’s Learning & Innovation Analyst, will be presenting at the “Difference Makers? Exploring the Societal Impact of Canada's Grantmaking Foundations” Annual Working Conference (Montreal, June 8). His presentation will highlight the process leading grantmakers to collaborate to fund Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission. The conference will highlight the preliminary findings of the multi-year “Social Innovation, Societal Change, and Canadian Grantmaking Foundations” project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Philanthropic Foundations Canada, Community Foundations Canada, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Institute for Nonprofit Studies. It will also serve as the official launch of the Montreal Laboratory for Philanthropic Research.


I hope you have found this news interesting. A new Foundation Happenings email will be circulated two or three times per year containing similar content. We hope that this information will provide greater clarity and transparency about the undertakings of our foundation while showcasing the important work of those we support.

All the best,

Bruce G. Lawson

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