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Camp Oochigeas Celebrates 30 Years Providing Friendship and Fun for Children Affected by Cancer
by Alex Robertson
on October 22, 2013

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In our ongoing series profiling organizations who’ve made -  and continue to make -  a huge difference in our lives and our communities, we turn to Camp Oochigeas, an innovative charity giving children diagnosed with cancer the opportunity to enjoy being kids.

In celebration of their 30th anniversary and an upcoming birthday bash, we asked executive director Alex Robertson to share the organization’s history, mission and unique programming and how they continue to impact the lives of children and their families in Ontario in far-reaching ways.

Social Enterprise World Forum: What's in it for you?
by Verity Dimock
on September 02, 2013

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The Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) 2013 is coming to Calgary, October 2 to 4. It's the sixth year for this global event and the first time Canada is hosting. If you’re thinking about attending, here are three reasons you should make your plans right now. Least of which is the varied and invaluable opportunities for you to engage in the important information sharing and learning this event will provide for social entrepreneurs.

Water Innovation Lab : An innovative approach to water challenges
by Karen Kun
on August 06, 2013

In light of the upcoming Water Innovation Lab (WIL) 2013, designed and co-hosted by Waterlution, organization co-founder and executive director, Karen Kun sets the stage for their novel approach to water challenges.

It all begins, offers the social entrepreneur, with a question posed by colleague, Graham Daborn, a resource guest at WIL: "How can we enhance the capacity of communities to take ownership of their water problems?"

High-tech clothing, baseball and collaboration in the social enterprise space
by Verity Dimock
on June 02, 2013

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In the March issue of SEE Change Magazine, Mike Rowlands, wrote about the power of collaboration. He shared insights into the success of the Rainforest Solutions Project, a coalition formed by Greenpeace, the BC Sierra Club and ForestEthics, to fight the deforestation of BC’s Great Bear Rainforest. The article illustrates the power of collaboration to help social leaders solve complex problems.


Mike outlined four factors that help ensure collaborations are effective. These include: networking for results; honouring stakeholders; openly sharing knowledge; and navigating the socio-political context. I’d like to zoom in on factor three - openly sharing knowledge - in this month’s post.

What my son taught me about social enterprise
by Verity Dimock
on May 06, 2013

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On May 29th, those of us in the first cohort of social entrepreneurs at the School for Social Entrepreneurs-Ontario (SSE-O) will graduate. That means a graduation ceremony, which of course gives all of us graduates a chance to invite some friends and family. For me, this presents a really interesting opportunity. Last June, I was in the audience when my twin fourteen-year-olds graduated from middle school. Next month, they get to come cheer on mom.

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