Thursday, September 15, 2011

Coming Soon...Social Enterprise Exchange Sept. 21st....

Next Social Enterprise Exchange will be FREE, and will host the following community social change agents. I’m excited to continue our soap box format and hope many of you will join us to help these speaker with ideas, connections and challenges in order that they might be able to further their missions and take the next steps in their social business planning processes. Please bring your own coffee/tea/other as there will not be refreshments at this session. Contact me if you have any questions. Hope to see you there!

Next Meetings Date:
September 21, 7:30-9:00 AM
255 Horton St., 2nd Floor
Room C-5
Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, these sessions are now FREE.
Bring your coffee and join us!

Willy Van Klooster  - Our organization (Vanier Children’s Services) is currently in the process of amalgamating with three other children and youth mental health services (Craigwood Youth Services, WesternArea Youth Services and Oxford Elgin Child & Youth Centre).   The new organization will also have a Social Enterprise arm.    We are beginning to think about some ideas that will provide a double bottom line and one of my colleagues (it wasn’t my idea) has come up with something that we think has potential.    I am looking forward to presenting this idea to see whether you think it has potential or whether you think we should keep thinking of other ideas.

Paula Jesty - "MI Understanding" is a project currently in development in partnership with Amherst Shore Creative and Evoke MediaSolutions. The Goal of the project is to develop a series that builds empathy, promotes understanding and de-stigmatizing of mental illness. Designed for children, siblings, classmates, teachers and parents touched by someone dealing with a mental illness, the goal is to foster understanding and assist in reinforcement of coping strategies.

Amy Hiscox - I grew up in a rural area of Lambton county, close to the border of Middlesex county. I attended the University of Windsor and earned a BA in Political Science, focusing on the political economy of trade, agricultural trade and international relations. It was the combination of my upbringing and education that fostered my desire to bring about systemic change in the food and agriculture sector locally, nationally and internationally. I would like to start a social purpose business that creates global action networks to generate systemic change in the food system- a movement with local impact but global reach.