Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Release of landmark study - Board Governance Practices in the Voluntary Sector

The findings of a landmark study of the governance practices of Canada's non profit boards carried out by Strategic Leverage Partners Inc., in partnership with the Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development, will be released on April 26th. The report includes the results of an extensive survey as well as numerous interviews with Canadian nonprofit board governance leaders and discussions with both board members and senior executives of Canadian non-profit organizations. It identifies the major challenges facing Canada's non-profit boards and goes a step further in building an inventory of successful practices used by today's boards to address these challenges.

The report will be launched at an Institute of Corporate Directors breakfast in Toronto on April 26th, after which it will be available from the Strategic Leverage Partners website at For information on the ICD breakfast, please visit (events).

For further information on the study and other upcoming launch events, please visit the Strategic Leverage Partners website or contact Sue Dallhoff at or Grace Bugg at

Thank you.

Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Dunton Tower, Room 2020
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6
Tel.: 613-520-7444
Fax: 613-520-7488

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Building Community Housing

Building Community Housing
The Conversion of Alexandra Park Public Housing
to Atkinson Housing Co-operative
A Film Premiere and Discussion
Aymen Eldardiry, Ana Mendonca, & Jorge Sousa

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
252 Bloor St. West, Room 2-214 (St. George subway)

On April 1, 2003, Toronto’s Alexandra Park community became Canada’s first public housing complex to be converted into a tenant-managed, non-profit housing co-operative. Now known as the Atkinson Housing Co-operative, it straddles the line separating co-operative and public housing models. The conversion means that the members have greater control over decision-making and can develop and implement policies that directly affect their lives and the health of their community. The film “Building Community Housing: The Conversion of Alexandra Park Public Housing to Atkinson Housing Co-operative” documents the efforts of the Atkinson Co-operative at building and defining their community.

The film consists of current and archived footage of the community, including photographs and film taken by members and former residents. The screening will be followed by a discussion.

Aymen Eldardiry and Ana Mendonca are leading members of the Atkinson Housing Co-operative. Jorge Sousa, who completed his Ph.D. at OISE, University of Toronto, is a former resident and member of the board of directors of the Atkinson co-op. Currently he is affiliated to the Social Economy Centre at U of T and also teaches at York University and George Brown College.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

New Discussion Paper and Online Feedback Form available

The Voluntary Sector Awareness Project's Discussion Paper, Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts, is now available for download in PDF format in both official languages. We encourage you to read the document and to provide your feedback to the project staff via telephone, fax or mail, or by using our online feedback form. Please feel free to share the document with your members, colleagues, board members, as well as the general public so that we can continue to engage individuals and build communities in true voluntary sector tradition!
This report is available for download on the Voluntary Sector Awareness Project web page at:

Le lancement du Document de discussion et le formulaire de rétroaction en ligne
Nous sommes fiers de présenter le Document de discussion du Projet de sensibilisation au secteur bénévole et communautaire, Tous pour un, un pour tous
, qui peut être télécharger dès aujourd'hui en format PDF dans les deux langues officielles. Vous êtes fortement encouragés de lire le document et de faire parvenir vos commentaires au personnel du projet par téléphone, télécopieur ou par la poste, ou en remplissant le formulaire de rétroaction en-ligne. Vous êtes libres de partager le Document de discussion avec vos membres, vos collègues, vos conseils d'administrations et le public. Ainsi, ensemble, nous pourrons poursuivre la véritable tradition du secteur bénévole et communautaire - de trouver des façons de faire participer les individus et de développer les collectivités.