Shared Interest Bios
Community and Family Health:
North Shore Schizophrenia Society: Through its pioneering Family Support Centre, the North Shore Schizophrenia Society supports families in their struggle to help a loved one with a serious mental illness. Trained family volunteers, with their unique understanding, provide counseling, information, education, advocacy and ongoing support. The Centre covers all serious mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders Canada: Independent of political, economic and religious influences, MSF provides medical and humanitarian relief to people threatened by conflict, disease, and human-made or natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes. In less than 40 years, MSF has grown to become one of the largest independent medical relief agencies in the world, with relief projects in almost 70 countries.
Second Harvest: every day, Second Harvest’s refrigerated trucks pick up donated fresh food and deliver it to social service agencies in the Greater Toronto Area. Second Harvest diverts tonnes of nutritious food from the landfill to provide approximately 13,000 meals per day to children in need, seniors on fixed incomes, women fleeing domestic abuse, psychiatric patients and thousands of others who have fallen on hard times.
Human Rights and International Cooperation:
Amnesty International Canada: Amnesty International is a worldwide movement dedicated to protecting individuals and communities from human rights abuse. In its efforts to promote and protect all human rights, Amnesty Canada researches, and acts to prevent and end grave violations of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination.
Co-operative Development Foundation: The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) gathers the resources that enable the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) to undertake co-operative development projects in Canada and around the world. The 2010 contribution to CDF supports the Sri Lankan Micro-Justice Program which will establish a Micro-Justice Centre focused on helping vulnerable Sri Lankans to claim their legal and social rights through the provision of accessible legal services.
USC Canada: USC Canada is a voluntary organization working to promote strong, healthy, and just communities in developing countries. Working with partner organizations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, USC Canada supports programs, training and policies that strengthen biodiversity, food sovereignty, and the rights of those at the heart of resilient food systems – women, indigenous peoples and small-scale farmers.
WaterCan/EauVive: WaterCan is dedicated to providing clean water, basic sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest people. Working with indigenous partner organization’s in Africa, WaterCan supports small-scale, community driven projects that bring these essentials to rural communities and urban slums. Since its inception in 1987, WaterCan has helped more than a million people in the developing world live healthier, more productive lives.
Eva’s Initiatives: Eva’s Initiatives provides youth in the Greater Toronto Area with emergency and transitional housing, harm reduction services to address drug and alcohol use, counseling, employment and traning programs, housing support, mentorship, and services to reconnect youth with their families. Each year, Eva’s helps more than 2,300 homeless and at-risk youth, with the goal of helping them to become self-sufficient.
Phoenix Youth Programs: Phoenix Youth Programs, located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is a community-based organization that supports at-risk and homeless youth with innovative programs and life-transforming services. Phoenix recognizes the value of all youth and works to create a world where they can live with dignity in a healthy, safe environment.
Toronto Refugee Community Non-Profit Homes & Services (Romero House): Romero House, located in Toronto’s west end, welcomes refugees to Canada as neighbours. In the four homes that together comprise Romero House, young Canadian volunteers live together with newly arrived refugees to help them integrate more effectively into Canadian society. Romero House has successfully involved an entire neighbourhood in the process of welcoming newcomers into their backyard.
The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE): CAPE is a national organization of physicians, allied health care providers and concerned citizens who, through public education and advocacy, work to eliminate toxic chemicals that sicken both people and wildlife in communities across the country. A leader in the movement to ban lawn pesticides in Canada, CAPE won legislation that protects millions of Canadians from toxic lawn products.
The Land Conservancy of British Columbia (TLC): TLC is a democratic, not-for-profit, charitable land trust and conservation organization that works throughout British Columbia to permanently protect properties of natural and cultural significance. This year, TLC expanded its agricultural programs to effectively respond to the demand for farmland protection and local food production.
Raincoast Conservation Foundation: The Raincoast Conservation Foundation is a research and public education organization that partners with scientists, First Nations, local communities and non-governmental organizations to help protect marine and rainforest species and habitat on British Columbia’s central and north coasts, with particular emphasis on the ecology of the Great Bear Rainforest.