on July 20, 2020 Comments Off on Episode 12: Tracy Hussey – Halton Food for Thought – Covid
TPINFP Episode 12
COVID Series, Part III: Tracy Hussey, Halton Food for Thought
In this series, Mike connects with non-profit leaders to illuminate the impacts of the pandemic on our most vulnerable community members, while paying homage to the generosity and dedication of our local social service front-line workers. In this episode, Mike speaks with Tracy Hussey, executive director at Halton Food for Thought, an organization that provides student nutrition programming to more than 74,000 students in 130 schools across Halton. They chat about how the closing of schools meant figuring out new strategies for program delivery, reaching at-risk and vulnerable students, finding new donation opportunities, and planning for the future in exceptionally uncertain times.
on June 18, 2020 Comments Off on COVID Series, Part II: Graham Hill, Food for Life
TPINFP Episode 11:
COVID Series, Part II: Graham Hill, Food for Life
In this series, Mike connects with non-profit leaders to illuminate the impacts of the pandemic on our most vulnerable community members, while paying homage to the generosity and dedication of our local social service frontline workers. In this episode, Mike speaks with Graham Hill, executive director at Food for Life, the largest food recovery program in Halton region. They talk about the massive operational pivot the organization made in order to continue providing healthy food to those in need during the pandemic. Graham highlights the organization’s Good Soup Project, pressure on the system to do more with less, and how the lessons we take away from this experience might help us rebuild a better way of taking care of our communities.
on June 11, 2020 Comments Off on COVID Series, Part I: Don Seymour, Wesley
TPINFP Episode 10:
COVID Series, Part I: Don Seymour, Wesley
In this series, Mike connects with non-profit leaders to illuminate the impacts of the pandemic on our most vulnerable community members, while paying homage to the generosity and dedication of our local social service frontline workers. In this episode, Mike speaks with Don Seymour, executive director at Wesley, a Hamilton agency that provides a broad range of supports to some of our community’s most marginalized people. They discuss social determinants of health, unprecedented levels of cooperation between frontline agencies and public health, and how the pandemic continues to reveal the gaps in our social safety net.
on May 11, 2020 Comments Off on Episode 9: Building Capacity Through Social Innovation & Enterprise
Building Capacity Through Social Innovation & Enterprise
There’s a ton of buzz around innovation – it’s inextricably linked to success. This episode kicks off a series dedicated to UWHH’s Social Innovation Lab, launching in March 2020, where five agencies will use Design Thinking to develop social enterprise projects. Mike introduces the S.I.L. and sits down with Shann McGrail, executive director at Haltech, one of 18 regional innovation centres in Ontario. They talk about navigating the path to profitability, from start-up to scale-up; the impact of making strategic connections; and building resilience in the non-profit sector by creating financially sustainable social enterprises.
on February 24, 2020 Comments Off on Episode 8: Collaboration and Other Trends for Success in the Non-Profit Sector
Collaboration and Other Trends for Success in the Non-Profit Sector
Mike connects with Michael Shaen, CEO of The Centre for Collaboration, a nonprofit consultancy that helps agencies and funders assess how different types of multi-party ventures can help them fulfill their mission. They talk about the magic of collaboration; the impact of integrated services; leveraging the skills of your Board of Directors; and why successful nonprofits need to think like entrepreneurs.
on January 27, 2020 Comments Off on Episode 7: Don Pangman and ArtHouse
Working with more than 50 collaborative partners, ArtHouse has delivered hundreds of cost-free multi-disciplined arts programs to thousands of vulnerable kids. Mike chats with ArtHouse executive director, Don Pangman, about the impact of unleashing creativity and empowering marginalized children and youth to express themselves through the arts. They talk about the links between cognitive development and art, the importance of community collaboration, using the arts as a platform for developing life skills and more. http://www.arthouseonline.org/
on December 2, 2019 Comments Off on Episode 6: Collective Impact with Lynn Fergusson, Social Impact Advisors
Episode 6: Collective Impact with Lynn Fergusson, Social Impact Advisors
Mike sits down with Lynn Fergusson, partner at Social Impact Advisors, and facilitator in the McConnell Foundation’s Innoweave program. They dive into a discussion of collective impact: What it is and why it is important. They talk about making the shift from a scarcity to an abundance mindset, and how being clear about and committed to impacts benefits organizations.
Mike sits down with John Spatazzo, Executive Director, and Karen Hartnett, Director of Marydale Park Operations & Fund Development, at Catholic Youth Organization. They dive into how CYO’s “Every child deserves to play” commitment drives user-centered program design. Their conversation includes inclusive programming and barriers to access; the importance of fostering youth leadership; and what it means to be a part of the United Way community, as an agency with more than 60-years of United Way funding.
on October 15, 2019 Comments Off on Episode 4 – What are Behavioural Insights?
Guest: Sasha Tregebov, Director, BIT Canada
Description: Mike sits down with Sasha Tregebov, Director of BIT Canada, for an in depth conversation about behavioural insights; what they are; how they can benefit our society; and how the social service sector can apply them. They also explore nudge unites and choice architecture.
on August 29, 2019 Comments Off on Special Episode – Impact Report Launch
In addition to the unveiling of the Impact Report to donors, dignitaries and community leaders, a panel of community champions discussed the importance of collaboration between agencies and best ways to tackle local issues such as poverty, homelessness, senior isolation, hunger, mental illness while improving the outcomes for children and youth in the region.
Brad Park, President and CEO United Way Halton & Hamilton
Deirdre Pike, Senior Social Planner, Social Planning and Research Council
Christina Gallimore, Manager, Quality and Service Integration, Halton Region
Ted Hildebrand, Director, Social Planning, Community Development Halton