Partnership and Innovation Fund: Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation

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  The Ministry of Social Development provides funding for the delivery of community based initiatives under the Partnership and Innovation Fund. The Partnership and Innovation Fund is intended to increase the employment opportunities for unemployed British Columbians through the use of partnerships, shared information, technology and innovative practices. The Ministry of Social Development focuses on … Continued



Island Roots Market Co-op – Open House

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Tuesday January 21 4 to 8 pm Co-op Open House 625 Townsite.  If you are a local producer (farmer, other food producer or artisan) and want to sell product at this event please let Brian Fisher (email irco-op@shaw.ca) know your space and other requirements as he will be making those arrangements. There will be no “table” fee for … Continued



Social Enterprise Catalyst: Showcasing Vancouver Island Social Enterprises

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Showcasing Vancouver Island Social Enterprises We’re excited to announce Vancouver Island’s very first Catalyst event- a showcase of Vancouver Island Social Enterprises coming this April 2, 2014 at the Belfry Theatre. Catalyst is an opportunity for social enterprises on Vancouver Island to pitch their best ideas and biggest challenges to a panel of expert judges in order to … Continued



BC credit union wins Central 1 honour

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  A credit union in northern British Columbia which won a national innovation award last summer for using technology to serve members in remote communities, has received another honour – this time from Central 1.   North Peace Savings & Credit Union of Fort St. John, BC received Central 1’s Service Innovation Award for Technology Connects the North, … Continued



Living the New Economy 2013!

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The word ‘economy’ comes from the greek words Oikos and nomos – which, co-joined, became oikonomia, meaning ‘household management’. While we often hear references to maximizing profit and wealth in the context of “the economy”, originally the term was more grounded. It was about living within ones means, or about parsimony and thrift. In a … Continued



Small Business BC Award Nomination Are Open!

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All SMALL BUSINESS BC AWARDS nominees get access to exclusive business tools, education and support. The farther you get in the competition, the more your business benefits.   And if you win, you’ll receive the Premier’s Prize of $1500 cash, an  All Access Pass to Small Business BC education and experts, and ongoing business mentorship. As well as the honour of … Continued



North Cowichan and Sustainability Solutions Group win 2013 Climate & Energy Action Award

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For release: 18th September 2013 Contact: Petronella Tyson, petronella@sustainabilitysolutions.ca The Municipality of North Cowichan was awarded the Community Energy Association’s Community Planning and Development Award at this week’s UBCM conference. Sustainability Solutions Group (SSG) performed North Cowichan’s unique and innovative Climate Action and Energy Plan, launched earlier this year. The plan, with funding support from … Continued



East End Food Co-op Board Recruitment Call-Out

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Hello all, Please take a moment to read about our food co-op’s call-out for the Board of Directors and consider applying or sharing it with your networks. Thank you! In this pivotal moment of the store’s 38-year history, the East End Food Co-operative (EEFC) is excited to seek nominations for new board members. About the … Continued



Coast Capital CEO receives double honour

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Tracy Redies tapped for UVic board and named among Top 25 Women of Influence of 2013 SURREY, BC, Sept. 18, 2013 /CNW/ – Coast Capital Savings president and CEO Tracy Redies has been appointed to the board of governors of the University of Victoria effective September 7 and also named one of the Top 25 Women of Influence of 2013. Redies’ appointment to the University … Continued



Realize Opportunity – Building BC’s Social Economy: A Better Future Together

Realize Opportunity Building BC’s Social Economy: A Better Future Together  Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue October 7-8, 2013   Realize Opportunity will explore the role of BC’s social economy sector as a contributor to jobs and economic development, and will also explore opportunities for partnerships with the Province and the private sector. Bringing together … Continued