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#Noted – December 18, 2020


We search the news so you don’t have to. News from around the region, country and world related to social innovation and community change.


New members appointed to Order of Nova Scotia

 Aaron Beswick, Chronicle Herald | Nov 09 at 5:35 p.m.

Six people were recently appointed to the Order of Nova Scotia, including notable changemakers Stella Bowles, Shawna Paris Hoyte and retired senator Donald Oliver; cultural ambassador and fiddler extraordinaire Natalie McMaster; and Order of Canada recipient, philanthropist David Fountain. 

The Chronicle Herald profiled Flora Best in this article, and her work has had significant impact on rural Nova Scotia. Flora Best is one of the founding directors of FarmWorks.

“The community economic development investment fund provides access to capital, along with business guidance to the links of the chain that bring food from a Nova Scotian field to a Nova Scotian plate.

To Best, those links are people.

People who, like the residents of the Somerset she remembers, can work together to feed each other, build community and lead fulfilled lives in rural Nova Scotia.

“The good news is more people are coming back to the farms,” said Best.”

Also appointed to the Order of Nova Scotia were:

  • Shawna Paris Hoyte of Halifax; lawyer, social worker and social justice advocate.
  • Stella Bowles, Bridgewater; student environmental advocate and public speaker.
  • David Fountain, Halifax; philanthropist, volunteer, investment advisor.
  • Natalie MacMaster, Cape Breton; fiddler, award winning performer.
  • Donald Oliver, Pleasant River; retired senator,lawyer, human rights advocate and volunteer.

The Quiet Revolution in Community Finance

This article in the Nonprofit Quarterly highlights the many innovations in funding and financing methods that have contributed to social change across North America. In the context of this American article, Nova Scotia’s CEDIF program & NB’s recent tax credit are highlighted.

Funding for the future

PhD researchers secure $360,000 funding for complex societal studies

BY JEFF GREEN | Nov. 18, 2020

This article from Newfoundland’s Memorial University highlights some of the work SSHRC is funding among their PhD students. Several of the projects are promising in helping our work of changing systems to help communities.

Tolulope Victoria Akerele’s research focuses on transit planning and social inclusion of immigrants and refugees in Atlantic Canada. She calls SSHRC’s funding significant.

Samantha Lehman Traumas, They Surround Us: Examining Women, Trauma, and Love in The Mists of Avalon and Le Morte D’arthur, $60,000

Christopher J. Lively. Youth Interrogation Rights: Can Comprehension Be Enhanced Through The Multimedia Effect? $40,000

Meghann A. Livingston The Côte du Chapeau Rouge: Investigating the Historic French Cultural Landscape of Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula, 1504-1713, $80,000

Jordan W. Zalis WE THE NORTH: Hip Hop, Basketball and Building Community, $20,000

Darcie Valois, Anti-fat Attitudes and Body Image in Young Adults: The Moderating Role of Self-compassion, $80,000

Telus announces social impact fund of $100 million

It is notable that one of the first companies they have put money into is Windmill Microlending, a financial company that offers low interest, relatively low amount loans to skilled immigrants to aid their transition to Canadian citizen.

About the TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good
The $100 million TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good is one of Canada’s largest corporate impact funds, and will focus its investment on for-profit companies and founders committed to driving social innovation. The TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good is an extension of TELUS’ long-standing commitment to leveraging the power of technology to drive positive social and environmental outcomes for all Canadians by funding the development of solutions for transforming healthcare, caring for our planet, supporting responsible agriculture and enabling inclusive communities. To learn more about the TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good, please visit: telus.com/pollinatorfund