CCVO Invites Submissions to the 2015 Calgary Nonprofit Innovation Awards

2015 Innovations AwardsCharities and nonprofits are often the vanguard when it comes to finding creative solutions to social problems. Now in its fifth year, the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) Calgary Nonprofit Innovation Awards celebrate this creative spirit and showcase local innovation in action. Your organization has a story to tell and the CCVO wants to hear it. Call it what you will. And then tell them how your nonprofit organization stepped up to do things differently in bold and meaningful ways. Your organization could win $2,500!  They want to hear stories of embracing risk-taking, forging unique partnerships, or making a big difference with a simple change of focus. You have a story to tell and everyone wants to hear it – just make sure you capture the essence of your innovation. By sharing these stories, we can applaud ground-breaking organizations that challenged the status quo, improved the outcome of their efforts and made a significant impact in our community. 

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Calgary Ability Network to Host an Accessible Transportation Forum on April 16

Ability-NetworkOn Thursday April 16th, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm the Calgary Ability Network Transportation committee will host a community discussion on Accessible Transportation both now and for the future.  In attendance will be representatives from: Access Calgary, Calgary Transit, Checker Cabs, along with Mario Hernandez, Chief Taxi Inspector. With their help, we hope to achieve the best policies and practices around the provision of transportation services that are appropriate, accessible, affordable, equitable and inclusive of all our citizens. This event is open to the public and we expect to have many voices from the disability community joining us.

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CCVO Connections Conference for Community Builders in the Nonprofit, Corporate & Public Sectors | April 13 – 14 | Calgary

Connections Conference CalgaryJoin the Calgary Chamber of Community Organizations (CCVO) on April 13-14 at Mount Royal University, for the 4th annual Connections Conference, as they host big discussions, promote big ideas, and give lots of takeaways, providing sparks to ignite within your community. In addition to 2 keynotes and 14 sessions,  CCVO added two new additions. On Tuesday April 14, Wanda Brascoupé Peters (The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada) and Leslie Wright (The Philanthropist) will share insights on their work to create a series focused on the Aboriginal Community and Philanthropy. As the conference comes to a close, opening speaker Roger Gibbons of the Max Bell Foundation will be joined by CCVO President and CEO Katherine van Kooy for a one-on-one capstone session tying together the thoughts, themes and questions that have been generated over the two days.

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World Cerebral Palsy Day Announces Ekamjit Ghuman as World CP People’s Choice Award Winner

World-CP-People's-Choice-Award-Winner-2014Ekamjit Ghuman, a young woman with cerebral palsy from British Columbia has won the World CP Day People’s Choice Award for her idea of an ad campaign featuring a model with CP.  The global competition received over 437 entries from 45 different countries.   Ekamjit won the people’s choice award which is awarded to the idea with the highest number of votes received worldwide and has won $500 for being selected. Ekamjit explains, “As I child, whenever I saw advertisements, both print and on television, I only saw models who were physically abled. I always used to wonder as to why advertisements never feature models with disabilities.” A recent Business Graduate from Simon Fraser University, Ekamjit was inspired by the Gap ad last year featuring Waris Ahluwalia who is a Sikh.

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Nominations Now Open for Calgary’s 2015 Immigrants of Distinction Awards

ImmigrantGalaDo you know an immigrant who has made amazing contributions to Calgary’s community in the areas of Arts and Culture, Professional Achievement, Business, or Community Service? What about an organization with a record of embracing diversity, or an immigrant or refugee youth whose accomplishments truly make him or her shine? Nominations for the 19th Annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards (IDA) are officially open and will be accepted until 1:30pm on Friday, November 28, 2014. Nominate an immigrant of distinction today!

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