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March 29, 2019
Building Better Relationships Research shows that having one caring and supportive adult can have a profound impact in the life of a young person. Yet, young people often report feeling like they aren’t being heard, and that there is a lack of mutual respect when working with adults. In February, YouthRex, led by a group of young people, hosted a Youth-Adult Allyship workshop, where a group of young people and... Read More
March 25, 2019
Pillar is proud to serve as the backbone support for social innovations in our community. With a strong track record in implementing co-created community projects like Innovation Works , VERGE Capital and Social Enterprise Southwest , we are excited to help launch a new platform: CityStudio London. We are looking for an energetic Manager who can work comfortably with/in academic, government, and community organizations. This role places the successful candidate... Read More
March 18, 2019
#followthefellowship blog entry by Michelle Baldwin Exploring themes from meeting with networks this week including Ivey Business School Network for Business Sustainability , Glen Pearson, Frontier College , East Scarborough Storefront and Centre for Connected Communities : More questions than answers when exploring network building and cross sector collaboration. What is the role of a network in convening and sharing knowledge about future disruptors to our communities? How we future... Read More
March 15, 2019
#followthefellowship blog entry by Michelle Baldwin Still learning this vlog life, first time face capture at beginning had me LOL and this time vlog is 6 minutes & too long. Stick with me & I promise I will get these to 3 minutes or less! I was just having too much fun capturing the amazing people I have met at Vantage Point, CityStudio Vancouver, HiVE Vancouver,, RADIUS SFU and The... Read More
March 13, 2019
#followthefellowship blog entry by Michelle Baldwin "... lead with empathy and open communication...for success" Two years ago I started to consider the possibility of a fellowship that would allow me to step outside my Executive Director role for several months and document the origin stories of Pillar Nonprofit Network, Innovation Works and VERGE Capital. In December 2018, my proposal for a Reflective Practice and Research Fellowship was approved by Pillar’s... Read More
March 11, 2019
#followthefellowship blog entry by Michelle Baldwin Wishful Thinking It was two years ago when, in an executive leadership coaching session, the idea of a sabbatical or fellowship came up. It was with a laugh and the comment, “That does not happen in nonprofits,” then I brushed it off. Janet Frood, from Horizon Leadership, asked “Why not?” and sent me links to opportunities that exist in the U.S. Fast-forward to Tonya... Read More
March 7, 2019
#followthefellowship blog entry by Michelle Baldwin Our Director Impact & Storytelling Maria Luisa Contursi at Pillar Nonprofit Network is amazingly creative & she created this photo journal to capture my first week of my Reflective Practice & Research Fellowship. Emerging themes - Examining Power Structures, Leading with Curiosity, Asking Better Questions and Connecting to Nature through #SitSpot Reflective Practice. Follow along #followthefellowship Tweets by ml_baldwin Facebook Instagram LinkedInRead More
March 6, 2019
#followthefellowship blog entry by Michelle Baldwin On her first day of her Reflective Practice & Research Fellowship Michelle Baldwin shares her very first vlog ever! Michelle will be capturing her learning and journey along the way about network building and cross sector collaboration and how she will be integrating the reflection into the fellowship. Here we go! Follow along #followthefellowship Tweets by ml_baldwin Facebook Instagram LinkedInRead More
March 4, 2019
We are thrilled to welcome Jasmine Ball as Pillar's new Executive Assistant. Jasmine comes to Pillar from Western University where she served as Administrative Coordinator for the office of the Associate Vice-President of Student Experience. This fall she joined the United Way in a temporary placement as a Sponsored Employee to coordinate and promote Western’s workplace campaign. Jasmine is inspired by plans, programs, and movements that strive to promote equity,... Read More
March 4, 2019
We are excited to announce a redesign of Pillar Nonprofit Network's Membership Program! For the past 17 years, Pillar Nonprofit Network has been supporting nonprofits to fulfill their missions and to connect the three pillars - nonprofit, business and government. We know there is more we can do to facilitate deeper and expanded connections so that we can lean on each other and share what we know. This includes expanding... Read More


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