After the Afterhours

After the Afterhours

Two weeks ago, Thrive Calgary and Servants Anonymous partnered with enp-AB to bring together forty of Calgary’s “thinkers and practioners” in social enterprise.  The Afterhours set out to hear directly from the community “what is next needed?” to keep the social enterprise movement rolling in Calgary.

The group brought diverse perspectives together.  Bankers, government employees, non-profit professionals, academics, artists, community organizers, marketers, web builders, facilitators, and volunteers (whew!) all came together to share.  To start off, we asked each person two questions:  what do you have to offer to this community & what do you need from this community.  Our volunteers matched these needs, and the group was asked to find their “dates” and continue the conversation & matching after the event.

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#FF: Follow Friday @WFGCinematheque from Winnipeg, Manitoba

Cinematheque logo

Everyone loves going to the movies, right? Well if you’re a Winnipeg-based film aficionado, you have yet another reason to take in a flick because you have access to the Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque. In operation for the past 30 years, this artist-run social enterprise promotes the art of cinema through screenings, events, and panel discussions. Cinematheque supports artistic achievement and excellence, and places an emphasis on presenting films produced in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Canada.

In addition to showing the very best in Canadian and world films, Cinematheque offers facility and equipment rentals, filmmaking workshops, and an online merchandise store. Located in Winnipeg’s Exchange District, screenings take place year-round from Wednesday to Sunday to satisfy your cinematic entertainment needs.

To find out more about Cinematheque, check out their website and follow their updates on Twitter via @WFGCinematheque.

Ps. If you have a favourite Canadian social enterprise that you want to share with us, we would love to hear from you in the comments section!

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#FF: Follow Friday My Sister’s Closet (via @EndingViolence) from Vancouver, British Columbia

My Sister's Closet

Ever had one of those days when your closet indicates that you need something new to wear, but your bank balance doesn’t quite agree?  If you’re a Vancouver-based fashionista, you don’t need to have such bank-closet disputes! Be good to both your wallet and your closet by visiting My Sister’s Closet, where you’ll find thrift clothing and new fashions produced by local designers and artisans.

Operated by Battered Women’s Supports Services (BWSS), My Sister’s Closet supports zero waste and eco fashion by retailing new and thrift clothing. Revenues from the boutique are directed toward funding BWSS programs, such as violence prevention, intervention services, counselling, and workshops. As their website states, BWSS is in business to end violence against women. Considering they assist over 8,000 women a year, it’s clear they are making significant headway toward realizing such an important goal.

To find out more about My Sister’s Closet, check out their website and follow their parent organization’s updates on Twitter via @EndingViolence.

Ps. If you have a favourite Canadian social enterprise to share with us, we’d love to hear from you in the comments section!

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#FF: Follow Friday Cycle Salvation (via @CausewayWork) from Ottawa, Ontario

Cycle Salvation

Did you know that June 5 – 11, 2011 is Environment Week in Canada? No matter where you live, this would be a good week to put away your car keys and use an environmentally-friendly way to get to wherever it is you need to be. If you’re in the Ottawa area, why not make your way down to Cycle Salvation and pick up a new-to-you bike to satisfy all your commuting needs!

Cycle Salvation, the newest social enterprise operated by Causeway Work Centre, aims to achieve a triple bottom line of profit, people, and planet. They offer bicycle mechanic training and employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged individuals, and the donated bikes they refurbish and sell helps reduce the amount of waste unnecessarily sent to scrap yards and landfills. If you’re looking to celebrate Environment Week all year round, Cycle Salvation should be the first place you visit.

To find out more about Cycle Salvation, check out their website at http://www.cyclesalvation.org/ and follow their parent organization’s updates on Twitter via @CausewayWork.

Ps. If you have a favourite Canadian social enterprise that you want to share with us, we would love to hear from you in the comments section!

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