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June 9, 2021
Content warning: Anti-Muslim hate; death The deadly attack on the Afzaal family in London last week was an attack on our neighbours, our friends and, for some, our family. We are making time and space in our work, and on our team, for grieving. This was also an attack on our vision for an engaged, inclusive, and vibrant community, a city of belonging. And so there is work to be... Read More
June 1, 2021
Content warning: missing children, colonial violence, Residential Schools On Thursday, May 27, the remains of 215 children were found buried on the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School through the efforts of the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc Language and Cultural Department and ceremonial Knowledge Keepers. This announcement has had a significant impact on communities across Canada. Through the input of Indigenous leaders here in London, and from nearby Chippewas... Read More
May 18, 2021
Claire Crossley was a middle-aged woman with successful career, until she experienced a spine injury and a lengthy career disruption. Claire's injury and career disruption resulted in many additional challenges. Faced with losing her home and unable to find full-time work, Claire applied for social assistance and found no available career services for middle-to-late-stage career women. In response, Claire founded Next Chapter Career to fill this gap. What do you... Read More
May 18, 2021
Future transformation means systems change at root cause levels to deliver fundamentally new outcomes. In the book From What Is to What If , Rob Hopkins puts forward the idea that until we can imagine a bright future, it is tough to build one. Many 'professional Futurists' like Rob Hopkins argue that ordinary citizens ​need ​to stop waiting on think tanks and governments to lead the transition to a sustainable... Read More
May 18, 2021
Since 2012, Pillar has brought together thought leaders who are passionate about developing leadership skills and transforming communities. In 2020, fifty individuals joined Pillar on a leadership journey by partaking in the series Transformational Leadership: Leading From the Inside Out . We wanted to create a space where leaders could go to cultivate their ability to act with empathy, passion and creatively and renew their commitment towards their organization’s mission... Read More
May 17, 2021
Pillar is fortunate to welcome eight talented summer staff into the fold. We're grateful to have such a dynamic group representing a variety of educational backgrounds ranging from political science to business, nonprofit management, leadership studies and more. We welcome their fresh ideas and perspectives to our team and look forward to seeing their contributions over the summer. Get to know a bit about each of our summer staff below... Read More
May 3, 2021
Since 1982, Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) has helped lead youth in London and Middlesex County toward success. Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) believes that investing in youth and strong communities go hand in hand, and we know that many youth need guidance and support to reach their potential. What do you want people to know about how you or your organization iscreating change in our community? YOU operates several social enterprises,... Read More
April 30, 2021
At our Annual Community Connector , we shared our new slate of officers for Pillar's Board of Directors . We are grateful to have such a dynamic and insightful group of individuals who will bring their unique lens, experiences and perspectives to our board. Leading this group to help advise on and support the execution of our 2021-2023 Strategic Plan are Mary Alikakos as Board Chair and Malvin Wright as... Read More
April 30, 2021
One of Pillar's recent interns, Marissa Ouellette Quimby, Marketing and Communications Assistant, had the opportunity to attend the Local Indigenous Learning Series during her practicum with us. Marissa took the time to reflect on what the experience revealed to her and how she will carry the lessons moving forward as she continues her learning journey. On March 1st, I had the opportunity to attend the Local Indigenous Learning Series organized... Read More
April 23, 2021
Our new Executive Director, Mojdeh Cox provided this compelling address to our network at our 2020 Annual Community Connector looking back on all we have achieved and calling us all to action as we move forward into our next chapter and embark on our new strategic plan and journey of recovery and transformation. Read more about Mojdeh here . First, I must take this opportunity to thank Nicole Spriet our... Read More

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