The Poppy went digital in November. Did you miss that? The 2019 Royal Canadian Legion Digital Poppy Campaign, sponsored by CHIP Reverse Mortgage by HomeEquity Bank, gave Canadians another way to donate, and at the same time, share Veterans’ stories of bravery and courage. The Digital Poppy, which was obtained at www.MyPoppy.ca, was created to complement the traditional lapel Poppy that millions of Canadians wear each year from the last Friday in October to Remembrance Day on November 11. The Digital Poppy could be personalized and dedicated to anyone who served, and then shared on social media. As time passes, so do many Veterans and their stories of bravery and courage. This year, to help ensure their legacy endured, the digital campaign focused on reaching the next generation of Canadians. Hope it worked, it’s an interesting concept.
The Writers’ Trust of Canada name Charlie Foran as the organization’s new Executive Director. He will replace Mary Osborne, who will leave at the end of 2019 after seven years with the Writers’ Trust. Foran assumes the role in January 2020.
Foran is a Member of the Order of Canada, a senior fellow at Massey College in the University of Toronto, and an adjunct professor in the Department of English at the University of Toronto. He is the author of 11 books of fiction and nonfiction, and has won many awards and honours, including the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, Governor General’s Award, the Canadian Jewish Book Award, the Charles Taylor Prize, and the Writers’ Trust Fellowship.
He joins the Writers’ Trust after completing his term as CEO of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship in early 2019. Co-founded by the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul, the national charity realized a period of exceptional growth under his guidance.
FAIR Canada has returned $2.4 million to the Jarislowsky Foundation because it was unable to meet the 200 percent matching condition, as governments, securities regulators and self-regulatory organizations have been generally unwilling to provide adequate support. FAIR Canada has applied to governments, regulators and SROs over the years to support its mission of enhancing the interests and rights of the everyday Canadians who comprise the retail investors and financial consumers in this country. The Jarislowsky Foundation provided $2 million in 2012 for an Endowment Fund for FAIR Canada in support of its public service mission. The donation came with a 200percent matching condition and a deadline of September 30, 2014. FAIR Canada was able to obtain $2 million in endowment funding from the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) in 2014 but has been unable to secure the remaining $2 million. The deadline has been extended several times with a final deadline of September 30, 2019. FAIR Canada has directed the return of the funds in the Endowment Fund (approximately $2.4 million) to the Jarislowsky Foundation. Stephen Jarislowsky (who is 94) stepped down from our board of directors at the same time.
Canada’s 2019 Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection season starts today, as thousands of individuals, families, churches, businesses, sports teams, and community groups begin packing shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items, plus personal notes and photos. Operation Christmas Child is an annual initiative of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief organization that works in more than 100 countries. Thanks to all the items that Canadians lovingly put in their shoeboxes, and the $10-per-box they donate to cover shipping and other program costs, Samaritan’s Purse is able to deliver the boxes to children around the world living in the midst of poverty, disease, war, and natural disaster. Last year, Canadians filled more than 517,000 shoeboxes with gifts that “shared God’s love and hope” with struggling children in West Africa and Central America. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and distributed more than 167 million shoebox gifts in over 100 countries.
TD Bank Group named as launch sponsor for ALUS Canada’s New Acre™ Project, an innovative corporate sponsorship program that spurs investment in naturalization projects across Canada. ALUS Canada, A Weston Family Initiative is delighted to announce TD Bank Group (TD) as the launch sponsor of ALUS’ corporate-sponsorship program. With a two-year commitment of $220,000, TD will help ALUS roll out the New Acre Project, expand its bilingual materials and raise awareness across the country. TD will also contribute to 300 acres of naturalization projects in eight ALUS communities across Canada: ALUS Lac Ste. Anne, ALUS Red Deer County, ALUS Saskatchewan Assiniboine Project, ALUS Little Saskatchewan River, ALUS Elgin, ALUS Middlesex, ALUS Peterborough and ALUS Montérégie.
Kitty Scott is the new Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Canada effective January 6, 2020. With 25 years of major museum and gallery experience across Canada and internationally, Scott brings her expertise and a global network of artists, scholars, collectors and museum professionals to the Gallery. Most recently the Carol and Morton Rapp Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Scott will be returning to the National Gallery of Canada (NGC), where she was Curator of Contemporary Art from 2000 to 2006. During her previous tenure at the Gallery, Scott acquired several of the collection’s highlights, including the iconic sculpture Maman (1999) by Louise Bourgeois.
If you’re a committed donor with a nice nest egg, take note: Qtrade Investor, part of Aviso Wealth, partnered with Wealthscope, a leading portfolio and planning analytics provider, to launch ‘Portfolio Score’ on its platform. This portfolio analysis tool — the most comprehensive available from a Canadian online brokerage — enables investors to quickly analyze their portfolio holdings so they can make well-informed trading decisions. It provides an objective, holistic picture of how a portfolio is built and how it can perform in all market scenarios. Portfolio Score is a portfolio health check that helps investors find a better understanding of their risk exposures by comparing their portfolio’s performance against domestic and global benchmarks. The tool also evaluates investors’ securities — Canadian/U.S. stocks, ETFs and Canadian mutual funds — and grades overall portfolio performance across five key dimensions.
Costco Wholesale has already made a significant donation to ensuring that children will be starting every morning on a full stomach. Thanks to the generous contributions of their members and the dedication of their employees, a total of $1,000,000 has been raised as part of the Add a Breakfast to Your Bill campaign by early November. These funds help to provide nutritious breakfasts for over 243,000 children. Breakfast Club of Canada is a charitable organization that provides funding, equipment, training and support to school breakfast programs across the country. The Club is dedicated to ensuring every child starts their day with a nutritious morning meal, in a safe and secure environment. Founded in Quebec in 1994, Breakfast Club of Canada is present in 1,809 schools from coast to coast feeding over 243,500 children every school morning.
The 13th annual Movember campaign in Canada is almost over. Canadians from coast to coast committed to Grow, Move or Host to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. To kick-off this year’s efforts, first responders from across Toronto were shaved clean in Movember’s Mobile Barbershop, stationed at the Toronto Fire Academy, all in the effort of changing the face of men’s health. Any observations about the best moustache, beard or mutton chops you saw this year? A great idea continues to grow. Er, pardon the pun.