On Friday May 31 2018, we held BLOOM, a spring event like no other. Complete with packed dance floor, fascinating conversations, and raucous laughter, BLOOM was a perfect celebration of 15 years of CSI.
CSI’s co-founder and CEO Tonya Surman
But alongside all of the trips down memory lane, we also looked forward, towards the emergence of the Social Innovation Institute.
SII believes that Canadians can be global leaders in driving change for a better world. We know that this work builds from and in communities, and that it takes grit, passion, smarts and resources. That’s why SII is dedicated to inclusive social innovation, removing economic barriers to participation, and creating opportunities for education and building connections.
Social Innovation Canada Director Chi Nguyen
In the coming years, we are going to be supporting the incredible leadership of social innovators working in communities from coast to coast by building Canada’s first national social innovation network. And we will be developing ‘social innovation 101’ education and training programs that deepen knowledge and strengthen individual and collective capacity.
Through SII’s Community Fund, we will make these programs accessible as well as provide affordable workspaces for newcomer and economically marginalized audiences, starting right here in Toronto at CSI’s Regent Park Community Launchpad.
CSI’s Marketing and Communications Manager Lisa Amerongen
It’s early days yet for SII but we’re making great progress. Your generosity can make this work possible, enabling us to reach more members of the community every day.
Once again, we hope you will consider making a tax deductible donation of any amount, large or small, to support SII’s Community Fund. Thank you for being part of this world-changing community!! And check out these fantastic photos of the event, courtesy of You the Best Photography. Tag yourself and tag your friends!