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Impact Conversations is a show about change makers getting things done. Sally Fazal and Lynn Fergusson of Social Impact Advisors talk to NGO leaders, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs and environmental innovators about their goals and how they're reaching them.

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Impact Conversations is a show about change makers getting things done. Sally Fazal and Lynn Fergusson of Social Impact Advisors talk to NGO leaders, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs and environmental innovators about their goals and how they're reaching them.

    Hurdles, Opportunities and Systemic Change in These Times, with Neil Hetherington, CEO, Daily Bread Food Bank

    Hurdles, Opportunities and Systemic Change in These Times, with Neil Hetherington, CEO, Daily Bread Food Bank

    Hear in this episode how COVID-19 has put hurdles in the path of front-line operations like Daily Bread Food Bank, and how they’ve knocked them down, one by one, becoming a stronger organization as a result.     

    Neil Hetherington, CEO of Daily Bread Food Bank, shares with us their unyielding focus on continuing to meet their food delivery commitments despite the operational challenges and spike in demand due to the pandemic.    

    We also hear about the improvements this means go forward for Daily Bread as they look to leverage what they’ve achieved during the pandemic. They’ve discovered operational improvements and partnerships, enabling them to serve many more people and with more food, to an extent not previously thought possible. It’s also clarified for them the need to pursue systemic change through their advocacy work, embracing a moment when so many Torontonians have now been touched by food insecurity and are supportive of change.   

    Unfortunately, Daily Bread’s own research indicates a bigger risk ahead for those living in poverty and with food insecurity – an eviction tsunami as people are unable to pay their rent is on the horizon.  This too will require advocacy and Daily Bread see themselves with an important role.    

    This is clearly a case of a leader and an organization rising to the challenge, with lessons for all of us.   

     

    Resources 

    Daily Bread Food Bank:  https://www.dailybread.ca  

    Neil Hetherington: https://www.linkedin.com/in/neilhetherington  

    Who’s Hungry 2019?  Daily Bread Food Bank’s Nov 2019 Report, including Race Data: https://www.dailybread.ca/research-and-advocacy/whos-hungry-report/  

    Hunger Lives Here: Risks and Challenges Faced by Food Bank Clients During COVID-19 – July 2020: https://www.dailybread.ca/research-and-advocacy/hungerliveshere/  
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    Successfully bringing Indigenous ways to a traditionally science-based culture at Sierra Club BC, with Executive Director, Hannah Askew

    Successfully bringing Indigenous ways to a traditionally science-based culture at Sierra Club BC, with Executive Director, Hannah Askew

    Hannah Askew started as Executive Director at Sierra Club BC in late 2018 with a mandate to bring an Indigenous lens to the work of Sierra Club BC, alongside the traditional scientific lens.  As a lawyer, prior to this role, Hannah practiced public interest environmental law and was deeply involved in learning from Indigenous communities about their systems of law and governance.    

    You’ll hear that Hannah is a big proponent of the McConnell Foundation’s Innoweave program “Impact and Strategic Clarity”, which they completed in 2019.  It’s how they developed a Theory of Change (see the podcast resources), building clarity around what the organization aimed to achieve and how they would do it.   While it was a difficult process, coming in as a new Executive Director and with this big change mandate, they've come through the other side and landed in a strong position to face the challenges of COVID-19.  They’re able to leverage their clarity of purpose, shared values, and bonds as a team as they work remotely.  They have greater direct participation from Indigenous peoples in the work.  This clarity has also led to a stronger funding position.     

    Sierra Club BC’s experience highlights the need to check our biases and identify things we may take for granted.  It also shows how challenging it can be to question our values, and change, but it also highlights the great value in doing so. 

     

     Resources 

    Sierra Club BC:  https://sierraclub.bc.ca  

    Sierra Club BC’s Theory of Change: (see below) 

    Hannah Askew:  https://twitter.com/HannahAskew

    2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report: https://www.ipcc.ch/2018/10/08/summary-for-policymakers-of-ipcc-special-report-on-global-warming-of-1-5c-approved-by-governments/  

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    • 34 min
    On the COVID and Poverty Front Line- meeting the emergency and adapting to the new world with Shawn Bayes of Elizabeth Fry

    On the COVID and Poverty Front Line- meeting the emergency and adapting to the new world with Shawn Bayes of Elizabeth Fry

    In some of our recent episodes we have been speaking with leaders in the nonprofit and social benefit sectors about the changes and opportunities they anticipate at a system level as we adapt to the new COVID situation in Canada.   

    Today, we are talking about the front line: what the Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver did when the emergency started, how reaffirming their values and principles helped them make decisions, and what they have learned about the scope, influence and interdependence of their work with other nonprofits and the broader society.  Elizabeth Fry supports some of our society’s most vulnerable populations – women, girls and children at risk, involved in or affected by the justice system. Their more than two dozen programs work to break the cycle of poverty, addiction, mental illness, homelessness and crime. 

     Our guest is Shawn Bayes, the Executive Director of EFry, who has been on the podcast before, talking about strategy for impact.  During her 35-year career with EFry, Shawn has led the creation of numerous initiatives and successfully pursued policy changes to help address deep poverty and homelessness, key risk factors tied to criminalization. She was appointed in 2019 to Canada’s National Advisory Council on Poverty. We were glad she agreed to come back to talk about what’s changed, and what hasn’t, and how EFry is thinking about adapting to the future.   

     As you will hear in this conversation, COVID has pushed more people on the margin further from safety. Violence, hunger and homelessness are greater risks in the COVID emergency than before, and the possibility of a second wave could compound these risks further. Shawn describes how EFry is preparing for a larger role.  

     

    For more about the principles that are the foundation of EFry’s work:https://www.elizabethfry.com/about/guiding-principles/ 

    Shawn Bayes on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shawn-bayes-3191513a/?originalSubdomain=ca 

    National Advisory Committee on Poverty: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/poverty-reduction/national-advisory-council.html 

    EFry on Twitter: https://twitter.com/efryvancouver?lang=en 

     

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    • 29 min
    Bold new leadership supporting the National Housing Strategy, with Julia Deans, Habitat for Humanity Canada President & CEO

    Bold new leadership supporting the National Housing Strategy, with Julia Deans, Habitat for Humanity Canada President & CEO

    Julia shares her insights three months into her role as President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada.  She shares her thoughts about priorities for the organization and how they make a bigger impact particularly given COVID-19 and the impact it has had on them, as a retail organization, construction organization,  community developer, while counting on volunteer engagement, corporate and government support - all facets that are affected by the crisis.
    Yet she thinks it's time to be collaborating and making a bold contribution towards the National Housing Strategy; and not just addressing housing issues but also issues such as climate change, in how they build those homes and create an example from Canada for the rest of the Habitat world, and perhaps others, to learn from.
    Hear what it means to be a leader through crisis, listening for new ideas from anywhere.   

     

    Resources 

    Habitat for Humanity Canada:  https://habitat.ca  

    Julia Deans: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliadeans  

    Canada’s National Housing Strategy: https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/nhs  

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    Creating a Resilient Recovery, with Julia Langer, CEO, The Atmospheric Fund

    Creating a Resilient Recovery, with Julia Langer, CEO, The Atmospheric Fund

    In this episode, Julia Langer, CEO of The Atmospheric Fund (TAF), shares how COVID-19 has impacted TAF and its grantees. With TAF’s mandate to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the greater Toronto and Hamilton areas, Julia underscores that there is still a climate crisis, amidst the COVID crisis, needing urgent action. We need programs and policies in place.  

    Julia also talks about the opportunity COVID has highlighted, of “multi-solving” – addressing issues of health, the environment, the economy, equity and more as we look to create a Resilient Recovery.
    She encourages organizations to start developing these solutions to be ready to act when the stimulus funding flows – not just with the typical shovel-ready projects, but shovel-worthy projects that meet multiple needs. 

     

    Resources 

    TAF: https://taf.ca  

    Resilient Recovery: https://www.resilientrecovery.ca  

    Build Back Better: https://www.corporateknights.com/green-recovery/  

    Just Transition: https://climatejusticealliance.org/just-transition/  

    Sign the Resilient Recovery Campaign:  https://350.org/just-recovery/  
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    • 35 min
    The Canadian Charitable Sector in COVID-19 and beyond

    The Canadian Charitable Sector in COVID-19 and beyond

    In this podcast, we connect with the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector, through its charitable sector co-chairs, Bruce MacDonald, President & CEO of Imagine Canada, and Hilary Pearson, former President of Philanthropic Foundations of Canada.
    We hear about what they are seeing in the charitable sector – both what COVID-19 has caused (including significant increases and decreases in demand, depending on the sub-sector), and what the virus has brought to light about cracks in the charitable sector.
    We get an inside look at what might need to change as we turn to recovery and transformation of the sector and Canadian society.
    Hilary and Bruce also share guidance for foundations, charities and their boards, and highlight why this all matters. 

     

    Resources: 

    Imagine Canada: https://imaginecanada.ca/en  

    Bruce MacDonald: linkedin.com/in/bruce-macdonald-b3b9401 

    Hilary Pearson: linkedin.com/in/hilary-pearson-71373313 

    Sector Monitor - Charities and the COVID-19 Pandemic:  https://imaginecanada.ca/sites/default/files/COVID-19%20Sector%20Monitor%20Report%20ENGLISH_0.pdf   

    The PhiLanthropic Year – COVID-19 Special Edition – May 2020: https://philab.uqam.ca/en/publication/  

     
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