#FF: Follow Friday @HungryHeartCaf1 from St. John’s, Newfoundland

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Falling into a lunchtime routine can lead to tired taste buds, dull conversation, and uninspired afternoons.  But if you live in St. John’s, this doesn’t have to be your fate!  The next time you’re looking to enjoy a nutritious and delicious lunch that has the added bonus of supporting a local social enterprise, make your way down to the Hungry Heart Café.

The Hungry Heart Café is a full service restaurant and catering business that provides professional training and skills development for people interested in working in the food services industry. Their mission is “to transform the lives of our participants through culinary arts training, instilling a love of great food and ingredients, in ways that the entire community can participate in, support and celebrate.” The Café is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am – 2pm and features an extensive menu with many items that change daily. Profits generated by the business are reinvested in employment training and low cost food programs.

To find out more about Hungry Heart Café, check out their website and follow their updates on Twitter via @HungryHeartCaf1.

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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More Speakers Confirmed for Enterprising Spirit Conference

We are excited to announce three more panelists for our upcoming fall conference.  All three will be on the same panel lead by Jane Bisbee of the Social Enterprise Fund.  We look forward to hearing about the ups and downs of running a social enterprise in the session True Confessions in Social Entrepreneurship. For more information on the break out sessions, click here.

As the founder of Live Local, Jessie Radies has a vision for Alberta as a diverse, vibrant and sustainable region. Live Local is dedicated to educating consumers on the benefit of shopping, eating and living locally and to giving local business owners strength in numbers.

Growing up on a farm has instilled in Jessie a fierce passion for community.  Jessie believes strong, sustainable communities are the direct result of citizen participation and has worked to educate Albertans on the importance of the local economy, its relation to their community, and the power they hold to change it.

Jessie believes we should consider our role as citizens a priority, and participate in the democratic process. This small shift from ‘consumers’ to ‘citizens’ would radically affect our economic outlook and sustainability.

A self-proclaimed Foodie, Jessie, with chef husband Darcy, own The Blue Pear restaurant in Edmonton. Jessie has held a variety of roles within the food chain including working in the restaurant industry for 25 years, some of which for multinational fast food companies.

Michele Cherot is the Business Manager for the Greater Trail Community Skills Centre and has been involved in non-profit management for over 18 years.  She completed her M.B.A. in 2003, specializing in social enterprise development. Michele is also a Technical Assistant for the Enterprising Non-Profit program in the Columbia Basin Trust region of British Columbia as well as a business and social enterprise consultant. Michele’s career goals are to support the enhancement of business skill development in  non-profit organizations; a practice which strengthens the internal capacity of the individual non-profits as well as the communities they serve.

Linda Huffman is currently the Executive Director of Arts Habitat Association of Edmonton. For over thirty years Linda has combined careers as an actress and arts administrator.  Previous administrative experience includes Executive Producer of the Edmonton Cultural Capital Program, General Manager of the River City Shakespeare Festival, Theatre and Dance Officer with the Manitoba Arts Council and Associate Artistic Director of the Globe Theatre in Regina.  Linda has performed at theatres across Canada.

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#FF: Follow Friday @Good_Foot from Toronto, Ontario

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Have you ever looked around a crowded city bus and wondered where exactly everyone was going? Well if you’ve done that in Toronto, one of the passengers could have been working for an environmentally-friendly social enterprise that provides them with responsibility, self-direction and life skills. But how can one accomplish all of that just by taking public transit? By working as a courier for Good Foot Delivery, of course!

Operating in downtown Toronto, Good Foot Delivery is a social enterprise that provides environmentally-friendly and socially responsible point-to-point deliveries. Good Foot offers employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities, so every step their couriers take helps members of the community get a foothold on personal and financial independence. They are also a carbon-free urban courier, as all of their deliveries are made on foot or via public transit. In terms of service, Good Foot is dependable, timely, and everything their couriers transport is delivered by hand. So the next time you need to send something from here to there in Toronto, why not support social enterprise by “getting on the Good Foot”?

To find out more about Good Foot Delivery, check out their website and follow their updates on Twitter via @Good_Foot.

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 @CommonThreadVan from Vancouver, British Columbia

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Have you ever been to a conference that handed out tote bags made out of repurposed Olympic banners? What about book bags created from recycled vinyl building wrap? If you can’t answer yes to these questions, it’s likely because you haven’t yet attended an event that sourced their swag from Common Thread.

Common Thread is a cooperative of Canadian non-profit organizations that have sewing programs or are sewing enterprises. The cooperative’s organizational members are committed to providing their employees with fair wages and meaningful, supportive work experiences. Common Thread is able to offer their members a more reliable stream of work by providing brokering and production coordination. All of Common Thread’s items are made in Canada from repurposed street banners and other recycled materials. Their products come in a variety designs that are all colourful, durable, washable, and sustainable. From aprons and tote bags, to book covers and drawstring backpacks, there’s sure to be a Common Thread product that meets the needs of your next event.

To find out more about Common Thread, check out their website and follow their parent organization’s updates on Twitter via @CommonThreadVan.

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 Hull Psychological Services (via @hullcalgary) from Calgary, Alberta

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We live in a fast paced society, and a multitude of responsibilities need to be juggled on a daily basis. While dealing with the pressures of life can be an overwhelming experience, finding a psychologist to help you cope doesn’t have to be. If you are located in Calgary, and would like assistance managing the challenges of daily living, Hull Psychological Services is available to help.

Hull Psychological Services (HPS) is a newly developed social enterprise that is operated by Hull Child and Family Services. HPS provides support to individuals and families who may be struggling with social, emotional, behavioural and/or addiction issues. HPS offers multidimensional family therapy, counselling, assessments and clinical consultations on a fee-for-service basis. The program offers the highest level of care, and is designed to extend knowledge and expertise to the general public. Services are provided by registered and provisional psychologists, and are accessed via self-referral. To read more about HPS, you can download their online brochure by clicking here.

To find out more about Hull Psychological Services, check out their website and follow their parent organization’s updates on Twitter via @hullcalgary.

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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