OHCC Annual General Meeting
Thriving in Uncertain Times
OHCC members, staff, volunteers, students and friends participated in the 24th OHCC Annual General Meeting, held in Toronto on January 20, 2017. The business portion of the AGM was followed by a discussion forum entitled "Thriving in Uncertain Times". A video of the event is now available online. Two speakers provided their experiences and insight to start off the discussion.
Liz Sutherland, Policy Advisor, Ontario Nonprofit Network
Liz has worked on policy development and advocacy for many issues facing the non-profit sector – from procurement and human resource issues, to health and social policy, to the transformation of funding models. Liz discussed recent trends in the nonprofit sector, including funding relationships, organizational sustainability and ONN's role in collective advocacy. A lively discussion ensued, with strong interest shown in the notion of "decent work".
Jim Blake, President, Haliburton County Community Co-operative
Jim explained how the innovative organizational model used by HCCC supports entrepreneurial initiatives that contribute to social, cultural, environmental and economic well-being. The audience was intruigued by the number of community initatives that are part of the Co-op, and the intertwined combination of supports, responsibilities and accountabilities involved in this model.
Sheila Lupson Healthy Communities Recognition Award
Two communities were recognized for their contibutions to creating healthier communites.
facilitates collaboration, supports people and builds community. They take a collective community response to more fully address complex community based social issues. The storefront as its name implies offers drop-in services such as a computer lab, phone and meeting space as well as being a community hub for a myriad of organizations and programs.
ABC is a small business collaboration between health, education, and business sectors. It builds healthy communities in the classroom, the school, and the Acton community at large. It is an innovative project that weaves together new and existing structural supports that strengthen the economic, social and environmental well-being of youth and adults alike in Acton.