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From the mouths of social innovators

Pillar Nonprofit Network introduces new microsite to share what they have learned about the principles of developing a strong network. 

Cambia also supports communities in Peru through programs run by Canadian charities such as London-based Heart-Links. Cambia’s donations in Peru have helped launch a social enterprise and support a community centre.

"[It's] about understanding what the organization is and what it hopes for, and then designing a process that aligns with who they are, where they want to go, and what their culture is, and then facilitating that process to move...forward in being able to deliver more concretely on their mission.”

Their vision – a world where humans live in peace and harmony with each other and with nature – may seem lofty, but Heenal has the passion and drive to tackle this challenge head on!

Outside of work, Ash and Sean love to dive into a good book with a hot cup of coffee from Edgar and Joes. They are passionate about supporting the local community and small businesses.

“Come down to Innovation Works. Check out what communities are doing here. If something interests you, engage with it. Trust that people are loving and kind - here, at Innovation Works, they always are.”

Coming to Innovation Works, I had never heard of social enterprise. However, since becoming a Welcome Desk Volunteer, I’ve been taught all about it, from direct engagement with co-tenant members and attending amazing events.

Innovation Works really is the embodiment of what the future can hold for organizations ...

Currently, Mensadora is creating a program focusing on teaching seventh and eighth graders about period shaming. In the fall, Mensadora will be running a pilot program teaching students how to sew their own set of pads. Those not needing pads can choose to make pads to donate or can join in on other projects.

“Innovation works is less a space as it is a community... I’ve developed the most meaningful friendships and partnerships in my entire life."

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