Announcing the 2011 Social EnterPrize winners
The Social EnterPrize recognizes Canadian leaders and non-profit organizations that are effectively using social enterprise to deepen their community impact. Announced recently at our Enterprising Spirit: Creating Value and Social Good Conference, the 2011 winners of the Social EnterPrize are:
The mission of Potluck Café & Catering is community employment and community nutrition and a commitment to sustainable environmental practices in its café and catering business. The social enterprise was founded in 2001 and it is a neighbourhood café and professional catering services to corporate, government and clients in Vancouver. Their impact includes 30,000 meals prepared and served annually to 100 most vulnerable downtown east side residents (DTES), job training for 10 – 24 DTES community residents, four to six internships – all to people with barriers to employment, and an additional 500 to 1000 DTES free meals for residents of the DTES.
Mission Possible is a Christian humanitarian agency that transforms lives by helping people experiencing homelessness and poverty achieve a renewed sense of dignity and purpose through meaningful work. Their social enterprise is MP Maintenance, founded in 2009 and it is a property maintenance business that includes services such as graffiti removal, exterior property cleaning services and site cleanup. Since their creation of the social enterprise in 2009 they have helped 36 people and employed 23 people, with 8 people currently servicing 60 customers in the Vancouver area.
Caroline Arcand, Groupe Convex Prescott-Russell Caroline Arcand is the instigator of 10 social enterprises, a prominent speaker, coach and leader. Witnessing the increase in self-esteem of disabled people at work inspires her. The mission of her non-profit, Groupe Convex Prescott-Russell, located in Hawksbury, Ontario, is to generate meaningful jobs through business projects for residents who face employment challenges. One of their successful social enterprises is Recycle Action, a sorting facility, industry collector, and receiver of recyclable products from BlueBox, commercial and industrial sectors. The impact in their community is significant with the development of multiple community partnerships, serving over 30,000 households, 41 schools, 159 businesses and 5 municipalities.
Framework Partners Inc. is pleased to provide their industry experience and professional support to one of the Finalists of the Social EnterPrize in 2011. The Framework Award is an in-kind gift of $25,000 for management and organizational consulting. The Award seeks to co-create a "new way" with the goals of strengthening the vision, mission and impact of that social enterprise.
In 2011, the Framework Award was presented to BUILD. BUILD is a social enterprise located in Winnipeg, MB.
BUILD seeks a Winnipeg where utility bills in low income housing are affordable and where the
residents living in this housing have gainful, family supporting employment. BUILD will
contribute towards this vision by training people with limited experience in the formal labour
market to retrofit this housing stock in a fashion that reduces poverty and improves the