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3 Years of Social Enterprise Sector News-making in Canada: 15 Standout Stories
Cumberland leads way in signalling commitment to social purchasing
Creating a new story in Lubicon Land: Site of infamous 2011 oil spill now a renewable energy waypoint
Friendship centre develops social enterprises to enhance lives
DASC creating ripple effect of positive energy
Pan Am Games light the torch for social enterprises
Buy Social Canada cuts ribbon on first storefront
What’s working for this thriving, 33-year-old ‘ecosystem’ of social enterprises?
Two B.C. social enterprise events pick a winner. But ‘we can all be social enterprise heroes'
Vancouver Island communities discover possibilities in social enterprise and social procurement
Salmon Trails social enterprise aims to put northwest B.C. on the cultural tourism map
What makes some employment social enterprises successful?
Social enterprise demystifies carbon market

Artist Jerry Whitehead (Cree) working on one of the three art installations he created with the designers of the Vancouver Skwachàys Lodge and Residence. Photo credit: Craig Minielly / Aura Photographics

3 Years of Social Enterprise Sector News-making in Canada: 15 Standout Stories

Since the launch of the Enterprising Non-profits Canada newsroom in April of 2012, more than 420 news stories featuring what's emerging in Canada's social enterprise sector have been published. As every news article has been based on an interview with at least one person, that means more than 420 people from across the country and, in a few cases, beyond, have participated in this social enterprise sector newsmaking.

Cumberland leads way in signalling commitment to social purchasing

Cumberland, B.C., has taken a leadership step forward in Canada’s social enterprise/innovation realm.

Melina Laboucan-Massimo with one of the new solar panels about to be installed in her home community of Little Buffalo, Alberta.

Creating a new story in Lubicon Land: Site of infamous 2011 oil spill now a renewable energy waypoint

On another brilliantly sunny day in the northern Alberta hamlet of Little Buffalo, history was being made earlier this week. The home to about 500 people was abuzz with a kind of activity not seen before – the installation of a brand-new 20.8-kilowatt solar panel system.

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Aq’saak Aboriginal Foods Ltd. is one of three emerging social enterprises of the Wachiay Friendship Centre in Courtenay, B.C.

Friendship centre develops social enterprises to enhance lives

Gifting is integral to the aboriginal culture, and aboriginal elders and others in B.C.’s Comox Valley are sharing the gift of their wisdom and culture so that members of the community can gain life-enriching knowledge, skills and supports. This is a foundational spirit behind Aq’saak Aboriginal Foods Ltd., a social enterprise of the Wachiay Friendship Centre in Courtenay, B.C.

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The Dartmouth Adult Services Centre is creating a fresh wave of new possibilities through the expansion of its programs, including social enterprises, as well as a brand-new facility.

DASC creating ripple effect of positive energy

In families and the broader community, the Dartmouth Adult Services Centre (DASC) is creating a fresh ripple effect of positive energy and new possibilities.

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Aboriginal artists were engaged to create the 2015 Pan Am moccasins through a Games contract held by Kitigan, one of several social enterprises hired by Pan Am to provide goods and services.

Pan Am Games light the torch for social enterprises

While hundreds of athletes gear up for the 2015 Pan Am Parapan Games starting July 10 in Toronto, a large number of Aboriginal artists have been working with pride and care to produce handmade moccasins to celebrate the Games.

Buy Social Canada cuts ribbon on first storefront

Just as the bright, unique bags in the window beg for attention, Buy Social Canada is hoping a new Vancouver storefront will raise awareness about an alternative way to shop.

After more than 30 years in existence, the Working Centre based in Kitchener is thriving, possibly more than it ever has.

What’s working for this thriving, 33-year-old ‘ecosystem’ of social enterprises?

After more than 30 years in existence, the Working Centre based in Kitchener is thriving, possibly more than it ever has.

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The judges, coaches and competitors of Social Enterprise Heroes 2015, held May 27 at the York Theatre in Vancouver.

Two B.C. social enterprise events pick a winner. But ‘we can all be social enterprise heroes'

While Vancouver extreme cleaning social enterprise CleanStart “cleaned up” on the awards front at Social Enterprise Heroes 2015, lots of opportunity remains for everyone to be a social enterprise hero in their own way.

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Sandra has been presenting on social enterprise and social procurement to chambers across the central and north parts of Vancouver Island this spring, using examples from her work as project lead of FEED Comox Valley at North Island College.

Vancouver Island communities discover possibilities in social enterprise and social procurement

After hearing Sandra Hamilton present on social enterprise and social procurement, members of the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Business Association, The Town of Ladysmith, Boys & Girls Club of Central Vancouver Island and the Ladysmith Resource Centre, have committed to working together to leverage these new tools to advance the social and economic development of their Vancouver Island town, population 8,000.

Salmon Trails is an innovative social enterprise promoting cultural tourism in B.C.’s northwest. Through a website, mobile technology and highway billboards, Salmon Trails is showcasing the above geographic area as one of Canada’s cultural jewels.

Salmon Trails social enterprise aims to put northwest B.C. on the cultural tourism map

From being the site of Canada’s largest natural disaster to a place where the country’s First Nations heritage is strong and rich, northwest British Columbia should draw cultural tourists from all over the world – if they only knew about it.

On Sept. 16, Enterprising Non-profits repleased a report and toolkit on the "success themes" of employment social enterprises. Starworks, a Vancouver employment social enterprise, pictured above, was among those surveyed for the report.

What makes some employment social enterprises successful?

Today, Enterprising Non-profits releases the findings of year-long research into the success factors of employment social enterprises. The report also provides the foundation for a toolkit for social enterprises – and others – interested to put these findings into practice.

Four steps involved in using the Community Carbon Marketplace online platform.

Social enterprise demystifies carbon market

When one hears carbon offsets, what might come to mind is an opportunity for a business or individual to purchase credits, which mitigate the total carbon output for running their business or taking a flight. Where this money goes hasn’t always been clear. People increasingly want to know it’s going to good projects with real social and environmental benefits.

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