Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation
Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation has been helping Toronto transform its parks and green spaces since 2002. The Foundation works in partnership with the City of Toronto, community groups, neighbourhoods, individuals and the business community.
Our mission is to re-imagine local green spaces through community parks projects and improve the health of Toronto’s urban forest by supporting tree planting and stewardship efforts.
The Foundation is engaging all Torontonians in Every Tree Counts - Toronto's capital-fundraising and awareness campaign to reach 40% tree cover in Toronto. The e ort focuses on private land, where potential for tree planting is the greatest. Whether planting a tree at home, school or work, donating to the cause, or taking care of the trees we have - we are greening Toronto together.
Born from the vision of Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, Gwawaenuk Elder, Reconciliation Canada is leading the way in engaging Canadians in dialogue and transformative experiences that revitalize the relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. Our model for reconciliation engages people in open and honest conversation to understand our diverse histories and experiences. We actively engage multi-faith and multi-cultural communities to explore the meaning of reconciliation. Together, we are charting a New Way Forward. In November 2012, Reconciliation Canada hosted its very rst workshop, a gathering of multi-cultural Elders, to set the foundation for its work moving forward. For two days, Elders from Indigenous and other ancient histories gathered to explore how reconciliation, as a way of being, can help our society move forward.
Through the development of meaningful partnerships and community outreach programs, Reconciliation Canada has delivered a series of Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops across Canada, hosted events during Reconciliation Week in September 2013, including the Walk for Reconciliation engaging 70,000 people in downtown Vancouver, and co-hosted events in Ottawa and Vancouver to coincide with the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
War Child works with war-a ected communities to help children reclaim their childhood through access to education, opportunity and justice. We work to protect children where the needs are greatest, operating in some of the most volatile regions of the world including South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, the Middle East and Afghanistan.
War leaves entire infrastructures broken. Lack of education and employment opportunities, the absence of effective economic or social structures and a complete disregard for human rights make a return to violence all too possible. War Child works to break this cycle of poverty and violence by o ering long-term support and empowering communities to help themselves. By addressing the structural problems that lead to war, War Child works to create an environment in which childhood can thrive.
Where children have missed months of education, War Child offers accelerated catch-up classes so they can return to school. Where families are struggling to make ends meet, War Child provides skills training and identifies opportunities to generate income. And where women and girls are under constant threat of violence and abuse, War Child offers free legal representation and works to end the culture of impunity for the perpetrators.
The children we dedicate our work to are the most marginalized and most vulnerable. Their lives have been torn apart by war. Their safety is compromised. They are those that have been forced from their homes, who lack basic legal protection and who are cut off from education. But children are incredibly resilient. War Child believes that they can be empowered to become the authors of their own future.
Giants of Africa
Dream. It’s okay to dream, and it’s okay to dream big.
Giants of Africa was born from a willingness to dream big. Masai Ujiri had a dream to inspire change in Africa, and is doing so through his organization, Giants of Africa. Since 2003, Masai has been using basketball as a tool to educate and enrich the lives of African Youth. Giants of Africa provides quality facilities, coaching and instruction, while enhancing the growth of the game of basketball within Africa. The organization strives to create a pathway for youth, using basketball to create opportunities to better their lives.
Sport is a religion. It binds us together when we are weak, it lifts us up when we are down, it motivates us to realize what each of us is capable of – together. And with that capability comes hope, which ultimately creates dreams.
Fred Victor is a Toronto-based innovative, multi-service organization with a 123-year track record of fostering long-lasting and positive change in the lives of people who are experiencing homelessness, living on low-income and/or in need of mental health support. Every day, more than 2,000 people use our programs and services. Fred Victor programs and services, located at 18 di erent sites across Toronto, help people rebuild their lives by offering:
- A ordable housing in one of our four apartment buildings
- Transitional housing and transitional shelters in three locations, two exclusively for women
- Emergency shelter in one of our two shelters
- Food access, throughout our service sites such as hot meals at Friends Restaurant
- Job training and counselling
- Health information and community services through two “o -the-street” drop-ins
- Community mental health outreach and services in two hubs
- Specialized support programs
Our mission is to improve the health, income and housing stability of people experiencing poverty and homelessness.
Our vision is for healthy and thriving communities where every person has a home and access to opportunity.
(in alphabetical order) The Aston Family Foundation, Astral Out-of-Home, Brenlo, Canary District, City of Toronto, Corktown Residents and Business Association, Dream Unlimited/ Dundee Kilmer, DT Print Solutions, Eclipse Printing, Fred Victor, Giants of Africa, Guardian Structures, Hewlett Packard, Historica Foundation, 3M, Ontario Wood, Pattison Outdoors, Peace Praxis, Real Exhibition Development, Reconciliation Canada, Ryerson University's School of Image Arts, Scotiabank, Scotiabank Contact Photo Festival, TELUS, Toronto District Schools Board, Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, Transport Commission (TTC), UNITY Charity, War Child, West Neighbourhood House & YMCA.