Author Archives: lvodarek

Hope And Heroes Raises More Than $45,000 For The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre

February 21, 2012 –  As an orthopedic and spinal surgeon at The Ottawa Hospital and a doctor for the Ottawa Senators, Dr. Donald Chow has seen his share of serious accidents. When he was critically injured in a motorcycle collision on his way to work at the Hospital in August 2010, he found himself on the receiving end of the care that he and his colleagues provided. In the space of a few seconds, Dr. Chow had gone from being an orthopedic surgeon to being a trauma patient at the Civic Campus. (read more from OHFFr)

What’s next for organizations that have lost CIDA funding?

February 3 2012 – World Literacy Canada announced last week that after 40-plus years of support, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has decided not to renew the organization’s funding. The Toronto-based NGO, which has fought to increase literacy and empower women and children in Canada, India, and Nepal for the past 56 years, traditionally relied on CIDA to match individual donations and is now struggling to make do without a substantial portion of their usual resources. (Read more from OpenSource)

Tides Canada: Let’s Have Open, Honest Debate about Our Energy Future

January 31 2012 – Andrew Frank had the wrong facts but the right idea. Last week, Frank incorrectly charged that the Prime Minister’s Office had demanded I cut support for his former employer — ForestEthics Canada — a project of my organization, Tides Canada.

 As I stated in a subsequent media release, Frank’s comments were inaccurate. But like Frank, I am profoundly disturbed by the current political atmosphere in which it is apparently acceptable for our elected officials to discredit and dismiss the very real concerns of the people they serve. (Read more from Ross McMillan in The Tyee).

RBC Announces $20 Million in Commitments to New Social and Environmental Initiative

January 24, 2012 – RBC today announced a $20 million commitment to a new social and environmental initiative aimed at facilitating solutions to social and environmental problems. “Impact finance” describes a range of financial vehicles and services that use private capital to finance solutions to social and environmental challenges while generating financial return, and is expected to help drive the next wave of innovation and productivity growth in the global economy. (Read more from RBC)

MHCC’s 5th Anniversary National Mental Health Awards – Now open

January 25 2012 – The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has created The MHCC’s 5th Anniversary National Mental Health Awards to recognize programs, projects and initiatives across the country that are having a profound influence on our mental health system and to share these good ideas with other organizations. We are now accepting applications to the National Mental Health Awards until February 15, 2012. (Read more from MHCC)

Canadian Charity Leaders Lead The Industry With Professional Development Opportunities

January 23, 2012 – PwC Canada Donates $200,000 Encouraging Employee and Volunteer Development. The New Year is bringing a combined $200,000 boost to nearly 50 small Canadian charities from the PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada Foundation Leadership Grants Program. With a focus on providing much needed funding for professional development activities for staff and volunteers, the program is helping to fill a critical gap in operational funding made available to the charitable sector. (read more from PwC)

GTA Catholics have new one-stop spot for church gifts

December 14 2011 – At a time of year when the joy of giving is top of mind, Catholics in the GTA now have more ways to make a charitable gift than ever before. The Archdiocese of Toronto has launched a centralized online donation portal for Catholics in its region, the first service of its kind in North America. Through the donation portal (, donors at 225 parishes can make a gift to their parish weekly collection, to building funds or to their church capital campaign. Gifts can also be made through the website to a number of other Catholic charities. (Read more from the Archdiocese of Toronto).