$500,000 to Build Stronger Communities?!?

AVIVA Community Fund LogoThat’s the pledge made by AVIVA Canada, an insurance provider who has decided to show that they have heart by putting out a cross-Canada call for projects that will improve local communities.  The top 25 projects will have the opportunity to share in a cool half-million dollars.

The competition began on October 13th with the first round of submissions.  A total of three submission rounds were held and the top 20 entries, based on a tally of votes submitted by anyone caring enough to join the website moved on to the semi-finals.  These top 60 entries moved into the semi-finals, where the top 25 submissions would be passed on to the judging round.  At the time this was written less than 23 hours remained.

What does this have to do What Sorts?  There are some great submissions that it would be great to give a last minute boost of support to.  Here are three:

  1. Medically Fragile Child Supported by Hope's HomeHelping Medically Fragile Children & Families Enjoy Better Lives. Hope’s Home seeks to improve the quality of life for medically fragile children in the community as it provides the very first medical daycare of its kind in Canada. Our mission is to help medically fragile children Continue reading

Community Based Research: New Workshop and Class at the U of A

CUP Banner: CUP Symbol on the left (Blue half-circle opening upwards on the left with a black dot inside with the letters CUP underneath) and the words "Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families" on the right. The background is a faded close-up of flowers.

The University of Alberta is offering two community based research related events that may be of interest to those who are part of the What Sorts Community.  Why?  Much of the research that our members participate in is directly related to the experiences of actual people in actual communities and one of our major non-research related goals is strengthening ties between universities and the people and organizations that exist around them.

Please note that registration deadlines for the following events are close at hand! Continue reading