To Honour "Order Of Canada" Recipient During High Profile Event
and Mail Incoming Editor Edward Greenspon to Speak about Trends
Forcing Local Innovation in Canadian Society
June 10, 2002 - The Community Economic Development Technical Assistance
Program (CEDTAP), a national organization managed by Carleton University,
will host a private luncheon to honour Mr. Tim Brodhead, President
and CEO of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. Support from organizations
such as the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation has allowed CEDTAP
to provide assistance to more than 170 community-based organizations
across Canada since 1997. The event, which will be attended by senior
level people in the public, private and non-profit sectors, will
take place on Friday, June 14th at the acclaimed "Café
Henry Burger" in Hull.
is an honour to be able to pay tribute to one of our most important
partners," says Allan Maslove, Dean of Public Affairs and Management
with Carleton University. "Earlier this year, Mr. Brodhead's
career of leadership in the voluntary sector, overseas and in Canada,
earned him the deserved honour of the 'Order of Canada'. For his
invaluable support and efforts, he will also receive an honorary
doctorate from Carleton University. There will be much to celebrate."
addition to paying tribute to Mr. Brodhead, the luncheon will also
raise awareness about CEDTAP. The program plans to provide support
to over 500 communities by 2006 and is looking to broaden its base
of funding and partnerships.
winning author and columnist Edward Greenspon is the incoming Editor
of The Globe and Mail. Recognized for his political, business and
economic acumen, Mr. Greenspon will talk about the challenges faced
by Canadians today in a world of complexity and change. CEDTAP is
helping these communities create local economic solutions in the
face of the positive and negative forces of globalization.
helps community organizations gain access to the business and professional
expertise they need to create economic opportunity for low-income
and marginalized Canadians," says Dr. Maslove. " The more
support we give to CEDTAP, the more we help community leaders to
make a difference."
do these things have in common?
on the Toronto waterfront. Fish-processing plants in Saskatchewan.
(Saskatchewan?) Immigrant women sewing conference bags in Edmonton.
A hiking trail in the Gaspe. A re-invigorated business district
in the North End of Winnipeg. A Marine Resource Centre on the Annapolis
Basin. A community loan fund in Saint John.
are all projects funded by the Community Economic Development Technical
Assistance Program at Carleton University in Ottawa. (CEDTAP in
turn is funded by The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation of Montreal.)
"Technical assistance" sounds arid and claustrophobic.
Shrouded in the grey language of officialdom, "community economic
development" itself sounds dull.
at all. For people involved in them, CED projects represent the
difference between life and death, hope and despair. Their stories
are full of passion, terror, exhilaration and fury. Knowing this,
and wanting to convey their drama and colour as well as their importance,
CEDTAP hired a writer to portray 14 projects. Lucky me: I got the
projects represent an extraordinary range of plants blossoming in
the exuberant garden of CED in Canada. "Community" is
not only physical communities, but also communities of interest
-- mental health consumer/survivors, urban immigrants, groupings
of poor people, under-employed women. "Economic" always
means more than money. Every single organization has at least a
double bottom-line, seeking to enhance the health or self-respect
or independence of its participants as well as their incomes.
CED groups need help because their proponents are people without
a business background who have been driven into business by social
concerns, often by community emergencies. The mill closes, the highway
by-passes the business district, employers shun people with mental
illnesses, business avoids decaying urban neighbourhoods.
we'll have to do it ourselves. That's where CED starts - with people
who have resolved to fashion their own salvation. They ferret out
what they don't have - capital, training, a place to work.
women in Ontario discover a shared interest in producing and selling
specialty foods - jams, preserves, pickled garlic, peach salsa.
And so Niagara Food Innovations is born, a community-based network
of micro-entrepreneurs. Before long, NFI is providing a government-inspected
commercial incubator kitchen, technical support, a retail showroom,
a marketing and distribution service. The products sell under a
shared label, "Niagara Presents."
the propaganda, there actually are poor people in Calgary. Many
are single mothers. The CED team at the Alexandra Community Health
Centre learns that these women spend a lot of money in commercial
laundromats. A community laundromat will save them money, employ
a couple of people, and provide a portal for other social services,
like community nursing.
fishermen working in the cold lakes of northern Saskatchewan strive
to re-capture the processing business taken away from their local
co-ops by the federal Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation. Mental
health consumer/survivors in Dartmouth, Saint John and Vancouver
establish businesses which they can adapt to suit their own capacities
- food services, pet foods, theatre, video. Fishing villages on
the Bay of Fundy need a community-owned research facility to help
them manage their own fishery. A co-op of Toronto environmentalists
seeks to erect wind generators on the Toronto waterfront, and sell
the power back to its members.
communities have ideas, energy, ambition, dreams. Generally they
have neither money nor experience. They try, and often they fail
- but, in the memorable phrase of a Vancouver activist, they are
always "failing forward." They seek to learn what they
don't know, namely how to run a business. And that's where CEDTAP
assistance" isn't dreadfully technical. CEDTAP provides funding
for consultants to work with community organizations on everything
from managing their finances to marketing their products, from strategic
planning to writing by-laws and incorporating organizations. These
are uncommon skills, certainly, but they're not like advanced mathematics
or molecular biology. They're business skills, the skills which
make the world go round.
The community organizations apply to CEDTAP and choose a consultant.
The consultant mentors and guides them, shows them how to create
brochures or videos, gets the books in shape, deals with legal requirements,
digs up additional funding, helps them focus their activities and
the consultant provides a report which gives weight and authority
to what the community already believes.
report confirms what we'd thought over coffee, and adds a number
of things," says Abbie Roth, of the Lakelands Chamber of Commerce,
which is trying to regenerate a by-passed tourist district in Saskatchewan.
"So now, when we go to meet with developers and government,
they're not just listening to us local yokels -- we can give them
a nice looking document, and it usually opens their eyes a little."
people who are already helping themselves, and the results can be
remarkable. That's the CEDTAP formula. From coast to coast, it works.
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