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January 2012January 2012

1. Inside OHCC

a) Best wishes to all OHCC members for a happy and healthy 2012 from the Board and staff of OHCC

b) Healthy Communities reports available

c) Catch the T.R.O.U.T in North Hastings and Highlands East

d) Welcome to David Sherwood and Linda Stevens, our two new OHCC Consultants

2. News

a) Nominate a volunteer in Ontario for recognition of service

b) Top 20 Under 20™ opens call for 2011-2012 applications

c) Awards available for programs assisting homeless and at-risk youth

d) Grants available for community-based environmental programs

e) RBC announces call for applications for Blue Water Leadership Grants

f) Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes Good Food Box

3. Events

a) January 18th: Be The Change Film Series: Gasland

b) January 18th: Course on Sustainable Fashion Business

c) January 21st: Hoot and Howl in Valleywood

d) January 26 to 29th: Guelph Organic Conference 2012

e) January 31st: The World We Want: An Evening with Frances Moore Lappé

f) February 3rd: Community Research Day

4. Resources

a) Report finds women drive donations in high-income households

b) Total Canadian donations up 6.5% in 2010 according to Statistics Canada

c) United Nations releases first State of the World's Volunteerism Report


a) Best wishes to all OHCC members for a happy and healthy 2012 from the Board and staff at OHCC

b) Healthy Communities reports available
The project “Healthy Communities: An Approach to Action on Health Determinants in Canada” or "Communautés en santé: une approche pour agir sur les déterminants de la santé en Ontario" will be releasing two publications within the next couple of months. Advance copies are available now, in both English and French, for individuals that are willing to read and comment on them. If you are interested in receiving a copy of one or both of these documents please contact two publications are:


  • The State Of Knowledge in Research on “Healthy Communities” Initiatives: An Integrated Approach For Chronic Disease Prevention (approx. 50 pages)

This is an overview of the literature that links studies on chronic disease with research on Healthy Communities initiatives. It was undertaken to help answer one crucial underlying question: How can a Healthy Communities approach be used for the prevention of chronic disease?

  • A Survey of Canadian Healthy Communities

As part of this project a survey was developed to learn more about Canadian Healthy Communities Initiatives (HCIs) and how those initiatives are linked to action on the determinants of health. This report summarized the results of the survey of 124 initiatives in British Columbia, Ontario, Québec and New Brunswick. (approx. 17 pages)


  • État des connaissances sur les recherches ayant porté sur les initiatives « Communautés en santé » une approche intégrée pour la prévention des maladies chroniques (env. 50 pages)

Ceci est un aperçu de la littérature qui relie les études sur les maladies chroniques avec les recherches sur les initiatives des collectivités en santé. Il a été entrepris pour aider à répondre à une question cruciale: Comment une approche des communautés en santé est utilisées pour la prévention des maladies chroniques? (env. 50 pages)

  • Un Sondage sur les Communautés en Santé Canadienne.

Dans le cadre de ce projet, un sondage a été élaboré pour apprendre davantage sur les initiatives canadiennes des Communautes en Santé (ICCS ) et comment ces initiatives sont liées à l'action sur les déterminants de la santé. Ce rapport résume les résultats de l'enquête de 124 initiatives en Colombie-Britannique, Ontario, Québec et Nouveau-Brunswick.. (env. 17 pages)

c) Catch the T.R.O.U.T in North Hastings and Highlands East
Rural life has been made easier for residents of North Hastings and Highlands East by a new rural public transit system. Read about the T.R.O.U.T in our latest community story.

d) Welcome to David Sherwood and Linda Stevens, our two new OHCC consultants
OHCC offers a wide range of services of services through our affiliated expert consultants, on topics such as strategic planning, proposal development, community food security, community engagement, healthy built environments, active transportation and health promotion. Biographies of our consultants are available on our website. Services are available directly from OHCC for a fee, or, for not-for-profit organizations, First Nations communities and municipalities working on Healthy Communities initiatives, through HC Link, at no charge. HC Link is a collaboration of four organizations funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.Click here to request a service from OHCC through HC Link.


a) Nominate a volunteer in Ontario for recognition of service
The Ontario Volunteer Service Award recognizes individual volunteers for continuous years of commitment and dedicated service to an organization. Adults are recognized for five to sixty-plus years of continuous service. Youth (under the age of 24) are recognized for two of more years of continuous service. The program is currently accepting applications until January 25, 2012.

b) Top 20 Under 20™ opens call for 2011-2012 applications
Top 20 Under 20™ is a national youth awards program presented by Youth in Motion and is open to all young Canadians under the age of 20. Award winners have demonstrated significant amounts of innovation, leadership and achievements in their life, school, community, province or country, and have a desire to pursue some form of education or training. The deadline for applications to the 2011-2012 award cycle is January 23, 2012.

c) Awards available for programs assisting homeless and at-risk youth
Eva’s Initiatives, the Sprott Foundation and Virgin Unite (Canada) Inc. are pleased to offer four awards of $25,000 each for organizations working with homeless and at-risk youth. The goal of the awards program is to recognize community initiatives that are:

  • Moving beyond responding to the most basic needs of homeless and at-risk youth
  • Demonstrating significant impacts in the lives of vulnerable youth
  • Delivering programs or services aimed at preventing youth homelessness
  • Breaking the cycle of homelessness among youth by integrating supports such as: housing, education, employment, family connections, and interventions to address mental health concerns and/or addictions

Applications are due no later than January 20, 2012. For more information, including full eligibility requirements, click here.

d) Grants available for community-based environmental programs
Mountain Equipment Co-op™ (MEC) has announced the fall recipients of its community grants program, with 58 community-based environmental and outdoor recreation projects awarded a total of $604,389. These grants are announced twice each year, with more than $1.3 million invested by MEC for 2011. The deadline for the spring grants is March 10, 2012.

e) RBC announces call for applications for Blue Water Leadership Grants
Applications are now being accepted for the RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grants. These grants will provide funding for projects related to watershed protection and access to safe drinking water. RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grants range from $25,000 to $500,000 and are eligible for organizations with projects in any of the regions in which RBC is located, including Canada, the United States, Caribbean and the British Isles. The deadline for applications is February 3, 2012.

f) Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes Good Food Box
As of January 2012, Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes is pleased to announce the adoption of the Good Food Box Program from the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ride Health Unit. The Good Food Box Program is a community based initiative whose mission is to improve access to affordable and healthy food for all residents of the City of Kawartha Lakes. On a monthly basis, boxes showcasing the season’s freshest vegetables and fruit are packed at our local Moose Lodge. For $15, individuals receive a full box of produce, a newsletter, exciting recipes, storage tips, fun facts, and games. The benefits to participating in the GFB Program are endless. Not only are individuals increasing their consumption of fruits and vegetables, they are improving the overall health of the community food system, stretching their food dollar, and supporting local growers.
Lead Organization: Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes – Lindsay
Partners: City of Kawartha Lakes Social Services, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge Health Unit
Contact Person: Taylor Hainstock – Health Promotion Project Worker
Address: 108 Angeline St South, Lindsay, Ontario K9V 3L5 Phone: (705) 324-7323 x 164 Email:


a) Be The Change Film Series: Gasland
January 18, 2012
Gaytey Theatre, 161 Hurontario Street, Collingwood
Cost: Adults $7.00 and Students Free
Be the Change Film Series: Gasland examines “the largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history” that has swept across the United States. With live music by Romney Getty and Aaron Garner at 6:30 p.m., followed by a discussion at 7:15 p.m. and the film at 7:30 p.m. Presented by Elephant Thoughts, Blue Mountain Watershed Trust, and Investors Group. For more information contact Lisa Farano at 705-444-2012 or email lisa (at)

b) Course on Sustainable Fashion Business
Starts January 18, 2012 (deadline to apply: January 12th)
The School of Fashion, Ryerson University, 40 Gould Street, Toronto
Duration: 4 sessions spread over 8 weeks; Wednesday evenings, or Saturday afternoons
Cost: $100 for Fashion Takes Action Members, $125 for non-members
Benefits include $100 budget to create a sustainable design for your portfolio, feedback from fashion industry professionals, and career mentorship. Fashion Takes Action is Canada's only non-profit fashion industry association whose mission is to help fashion based businesses become more sustainable, while at the same time promoting awareness with consumers. As part of a Live Green Toronto grant we are delivering the Fashion Innovation BizCamp to equip the next generation of fashion designers with the tools they'll need to be relevant and on-trend for the future. For more information email: studio(at)

c) Hoot and Howl in Valleywood
January 21, 2012 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Meeting Spot: Margaret Dunn Valleywood Public Library, 29 Snelcrest Drive, Caledon
Cost: Free
Join us for a night of fun and adventure at Etobicoke Creek Trail. A short slide presentation on owls and coyotes is followed by a trip into the woods. Together we will call out to these wild creatures in the hope that they will hoot or howl back. Dress warmly and bring a travel mug for hot chocolate. Click herefor more information or call 416-661-6600 ext. 5660. Spots available: 54.

d) 31st Annual Guelph Organic Conference 2012
January 26 to 29, 2012
Guelph University Centre, Guelph
Canada's premiere organic event includes international speakers, seminars and introductory workshops on key topics including, G.E. foods, organic production/certification, changing climates, eco-villages, earth buildings, farmland protection and food security. From producer to consumer, the workshops offer something for everyone. Plus, there is an Organic Expo/Tasting Fair with 160+ exhibitors on Saturday/Sunday, free to the public. This is your opportunity to sample and purchase a wealth of organic, fair trade products. Meet the makers, movers and shakers and discover how to make many positive changes in your life. Enjoy a stimulating mid-winter organic weekend. 2012 theme: "Seeds of Co-operation".Please see our website for up to date details. For traders, students, farmers, gardeners, researchers, retailers and media. Volunteers get free admission for the events.

e) The World We Want: An Evening with Frances Moore Lappé
In Toronto January 31, 2012
Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street, Toronto at 7:30 p.m.
In Ottawa February 1, 2012
Place: St Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, 310 St. Patrick Street, Ottawa at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $10.00 (+taxes)
USC Canada presents an inspiring evening with the visionary author of the ground-breaking Diet for a Small Planet (1971), Frances Moore Lappé. Based on her new book, EcoMind, Lappé confronts our current myths about markets, food, and environmental issues, challenging us to change the way we think so we can create the world we want. If you prefer, you can also buy tickets in person at the office of USC Canada (56 Sparks Street, Suite 705, Ottawa). Click here for further information or call Julia at 613-234-6827 ext.225 or email: (jlaforge (at)

f) Community Research Day
February 3, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Lakehead University (Orillia Campus), 500 University Avenue, Orillia
Cost: $35.00
The Simcoe Community Research Group presents Community Research Day. Brought to you by MacComm Social Marketing, Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition and Lakehead University, the day begins with the keynote address by Dr. Kevin Willison on Benefits and Challenges of Deploying Inter-collaborative Practice. Pre-registration required (by Monday January 16, 2012). Early registration reccommended (as seats are limited to sixty people). Mail cheque to Dr. Kevin D. Willison, 126 Treeview Drive, Etobicoke, Ontario, M8W 4C3. Please include name, organizational affiliation and e-mail address with registration fee. Snacks and light lunch included with registration. Free parking at site. For more information contact


a) Report finds women drive donations in high-income households
In nearly 90% of high net worth households, women are either the sole decision maker or an equal partner in decisions about charitable giving, according to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2011 Study of High Net Worth Women’s Philanthropy, released last week. Key findings of the study include:

  • Women spend more time than men on due diligence before making decisions about giving to a charitable organization.
  • Women expect a deeper level of communication with the organizations they support and place greater importance than men on the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization and hearing about the impact of their gift.
  • Women want to be actively involved with an organization and its mission, with volunteering being among the most important motivations for women to give.
  • Women are more likely than men to stop giving to an organization they had previously supported whereas men tend to support the same causes year after year.

b) Total Canadian donations up 6.5% in 2010 according to Statistics Canada
Statistics Canada released updated information on Canadian donors last week. Canadian taxfilers reported making charitable donations of just under $8.3 billion in 2010, up 6.5% from 2009. At the same time, the number of donors increased 2.2% to just over 5.7 million. The median donation was $260 in 2010, meaning that half of those claiming a donation gave more, and half less. This was up slightly from $250 in 2009.

c) United Nations releases first State of the World's Volunteerism Report
There is an urgent need to measure volunteerism in order to include it among the greatest assets of nations, says a new United Nations report. The first State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR) published last week calls for making volunteer action an integral part of the new development consensus. The SWVR shows that volunteerism is an effective way to implement community-led strategies and suggests there is growing recognition that the current development paradigm, based on economic development and access to services, is severely limited.



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