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Keep watching this space for resources from the Community Innovation Hub and other communities of faith  about social entrepreneuship, community hubs, and other socially innovative movements! Let Sarah know about resources that you think should be on the page by emailing info@communityinnovationhub.org.

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Community Innovation Hub co-founder Peter Miller interviews the social innovators making a difference in the world with their work. Social enterprise changes lives!

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2021 Podcast Episodes

April 20 – Urbane Cyclist Worker Co-op with Reba Plummer. Reba has worked at Urbane Cyclist, which sells and services bikes for cyclists in the Toronto area, for 20 years. As an employee of the Co-op, she is also an owner! Listen on the podcast website, Google podcast, and Spotify

April 10 – Disciples of Christ’s New Church Ministry with Pastor Terrell McTyer.  Terrell is Minister of New Church Strategies for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has also worked in music, marketing, entrepreneurship, project management and more in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.  

April 9 – Remix Snacks with Isabelle Lam. Isabelle and her business partner Jamie Lee produce a healthy, dark chocolate bark using beans for protein and upcycled fruit. Check out Remix Snacks! Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.

April 6 – Pres House, RootedGood, and Elsdon Strategic Counseling with Mark Elsdon. Mark is an author, business owner, minister, and social innovator with ties to many communities! Check out his work at his personal website. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify

March 26 – YZED Projects with Wendy Morrison. Wendy is the founder and CEO of YZED Projects, a social enterprise that helps impact organizations in the Yukon to do their work as effectively as possible. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.   

March 24 – Musician, Teacher and Social Entrepreneur Tom Auger.  Tom is an experienced entrepreneur, technology guru, musician and social innovator. Learn more about him at him website: Tom Auger. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.

March 22 – dk studios inc and OnePieceADay – Dmytriy Pereklita. Dmytriy and his wife and business partner Karen Mak co-founded and run both the dk sudios inc architecture firm and OnePIeceADay, which promotes good environmental stewardship by encouraging people to pick up one piece of trash a day. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.

March 18 –  Creative Minister Bill Booth. Bill is the minister at Trinity Memorial United Church in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify

March 17 – Community and Social Hub with Christa and Stas. Christa and Stas have purchased a 100-acre farm and are investigating options for what to do with it.  Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify

March 14 –  Pour and Kneady Cafe with Stevan Mirkovich. Stevan and his team are creating Pour and Needy, a social enterprise cafe to be housed in a community of faith in Vancouver, Canada. Name to be changed soon. Listen on the podcast website, Google Podcasts, and Spotify

March 13 –  FoodShare Toronto with Paul M. Taylor. Paul is the Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto, a social enterprise that advocates for food justice by supporting community-based food initiatives and through ongoing advocacy and public education. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify

March 10 – Bridges Peterborough with Alan Smith-Reeve and Todd Coombes. Alan and Todd are changing the conversation about the best ways to address poverty issues. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify

March 8 – United Way of Greater Toronto with Daniele Zanotti. Daniele is the CEO and Executive Director of the United Way Greater Toronto, the largest United Way in Canada. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify

March 6 – Kingsbridge Centre with Jennifer Miltenburg. Jennifer is the Director of Kingsbridge Centre, a Catholic church which closed in 2012 and now serves as a community hub for a small rural community. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.  

February 27 – Parkland Restorative Justice with Kerry Reimer.  Kerry is the Executive Director of Parkland Restorative Justice, which provides a variety of supports to those who are incarcerated or who have been recently released from prison. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify

February 19 – Open People Network (OPN) with Jeffrey Potvin. Open People Network (OPN) brings together entrepreneurs & Investors, creating a global community of sharing, inclusion & collaboration for growth and financial success. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.  

February 16 – Genesis Entrepreneurship Centre with Susan Taylor. Susan runs the Genesis Entrepreneurship Centre at St. Clair College in Windsor. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify 

February 9 – Marc Gordon, Relationship Catalyst. Marc is a speaker, consultant, and customer experience expert. He also gives back to community. Check out his website for lots of examples and information. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify

February 4 – Grocery Neighbour with Frank Sinopoli. Frank is a serial entrepreneur running a social enterprise that makes getting fresh, nutritious food easier for those who have trouble accessing a grocery store. To learn more about becoming a customer or a franchisee, visit Grocery Neighbour. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.

February 1 – The Family Civility Institute with Dr. Rebecca Harper. Dr. Harper came from Jamaica to Canada after a career in various fields and now runs her own social enterprise. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify

January 31 – Gift’d by Natasha with Natasha Morris. Gift’d by Natasha is a social enterprise that provides gift bags and swag for personal and corporate events. Find out more on the company’s Instagram account. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify

January 29 – Dancing with Parkinson’s with Sarah RobichaudDancing with Parkinson’s (DWP) core mission is to bring seniors with Parkinson’s Disease out of isolation and into an artistic community where they can dance and connect with others. DWP now uses Zoom to offer interactive FREE DAILY classes to ALL seniors across the country, to learn while we must social distance. Visit Dancing with Parkinson’s to register. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.

January 26 – Get Started Cafe with Jon Butler. Get Started Cafe emerged from the need to help entrepreneurial people start a business and has evolved several times under Jon Butler, the Chief Pivot Officer. The organization focuses in part on renovating buildings for social good. Contact Jon via LinkedIn or email: jon@getstartedcafe.com. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, or Spotify

January 16 – Firefly Junction with Sandra Stewart. Sandra provides public relations and marketing services to small, medium and large businesses, including developing corporate social responsibility strategy for non-profits, profits and charities. Visit Firefly Junction for more details. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify. 

January 5 – Simply Cards with Maria Vanderform. After over 30 years in nursing and nursing education, Maria learned about the art of stamping and now makes and sells greeting cards, with great plans for the future! Check out her work at Crafty Maria’s Stamping World. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.   

2020 Podcast Episodes 

December 29 – Ghost Kitchen Brands with Marc Choy. Marc is the President (Canada) for Ghost Kitchen Brands. Ghost Kitchens are virtual kitchens that let people get food prepared by national brands like MacDonald’s, Quizno’s, and Cinnabons delivered to them. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.    

December 16 – Angeen with Gurbeen Bhusin. Gurbeen is the CEO of Aangen, a self-funded, not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to providing local, sustainable, solution-based responses to social issues. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify

December 9 – The Food Table with Bill Graham. Bill and his wife Shirley set up a food table in a Missasauga parking lot at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, replenishing it daily to help those in need. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify

December 8 – Geenees with Libi Berenson. Libi, CEO of the Geenees gifting platform for donors, non-profits and families, talks about her travels from Russia to Israel and then Canada. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.

December 2 – New Step 4 U and ARTbulance with Marina MaisNew Step 4 U inspires and connects using various forms of art. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.  

November 21 – Work in Culture with Diane Davy. Work in Culture is a non-profit organization that has been supporting the cultural sector in Ontario for 20 years. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify 

November 17 – Age Big with Nancy Angus. Nancy created Age Big based on her professional experience with seniors and her personal experience with her mother. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.

November 12 – Choices for Youth and Impact Construction with Brian Hanley. Choices for Youth and Impact Construction are social enterprises helping youth learn and apply construction and other life skills. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.

November 6 – Concierge Strategies with Alex Bishop. Concierge Strategies’ corporate social responsibility commitment includes work with communities of faith and a plan to build detox centres for people in non-emergency addiction and/mental health situations. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.    

October 19 – Table Coworking with Daryn DeZengotita. Table Coworking is bringing coworking to churches in Dallas, Texas, and helping churches around the world do the same. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify

October 14 – Clean Slate Industries with Ralph Gutkin. Clean Slate Enterprises is a social enterprise, founded by Ralph, that creates job opportunities for people facing employment barriers.  Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.  

October 10 – About Space Designs with Manina Murphy. About Space Designs is a social enterprise, founded by Manina, that uses evidence-based design in residential and commercial situations. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.

October 5 – iLead Youth with Cheraldean McDonald. iLead Youth is a social enterprise, founded by Cheraldean, that helps to youth to learn leadership skills and to lead by example. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify

September 12 – Sam: An Immigrant Success Story. – Sam came to Canada and became a very successful entrepreneur: He started 3 businesses and sold 2, does financial services training, and co-wrote a book with royalties going to the Sick Children’s Hospital. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.   

September 4 – Dare to Care with Lisa Dixon-Wells – Dare to Care, regarded as the most comprehensive and practical bully prevention program in Canada, helps schools, community groups and workplaces to create and maintain a caring community. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.

August 20 – Joe – Joe is an entrepreneur with a unique background and a powerful desire to bring his ideas to the world. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify.  

August 12 – Emilie Lenevue – Emilie is a college graduate, a volunteer, an aspiring politician, and a entrepreneur with a passion for equity, education and the environment. She’s also just 23 years old. Listen on the podcast website, Google podcasts, and Spotify

July 31 – Ability Online with Michelle McClure – The Ability Online social networking platform provides youth/young adults with disabilities a secure online experience that removes social barriers and promotes independence, respect, acceptance and inclusion. Listen on the podcast website, Google Podcasts, and Spotify

July 15 – The Village Hive with Charlotte Kirby – A peek inside The Village Hive clearly shows why coworking spaces may replace traditional offices as the places where important work gets done. Listen on the podcast website, Google Podcasts, and Spotify

July 2 – Herowork with Paul Latour – Herowork does Radical Renovations on buildings and spaces that house charities, with the generosity, expertise and volunteer time of Victoria, BC residents. Listen on the podcast website, Google Podcasts, and Spotify

June 25 – Stone Soup Network with Rev Alexa Gilmour –  The Stone Soup Network, founded by Alexa, pairs people in need with people who can help them. Alexa is a Social Innovation Challenge winner! Listen on the podcast website, Google Podcasts, and Spotify

June 10 – Poverty Reduction and Prevention as Social Enterprise – Gary St. Amand talks about the Bissell Centre’s innovative approach to addressing poverty and related issues in the Edmonton area. Listen on the podcast website, Google Podcasts, and Spotify

May 27 – Compassionate Justice Speaker Series with Dan Lang – Dan talks about Eglinton St. George’s United Church extremely successful Compassionate Justice Speaker Series and his plans for it. Listen on the podcast website, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

May 13 – Small Economy Works with Ajmal Sataar. Ajmal talks about Small Economy Works, his ‘university in the  field’ experience, and seeing innovation everywhere. Listen on the podcast website, Google Podcasts, and Spotify 

May 13 – My Pass Kit: Mental health with Tina Chan. Tina Chan, Founder of PASS Inc., talks mental health, her life and career, and what led her to develop the My Pass Kits. Listen on the podcast website, Google Podcasts, and Spotify

May 12 – Winged Canvas: Covid Response. Fei Lu of Winged Canvas discusses her choice to shut down her bricks and mortar art hub and pivot to an on-line business. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify 

May 7 – Shanta Sundarason, Social Innovator. Shanta talks about how The Giving Tree gives young leaders the resources to dive into service learning through the causes that spark their interest. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify  

May 1 – Gordon Cressy, Social Innovator. Gordon Cressy is a former member of Toronto city council, VP of multiple Canadian universities and colleges, former President of the Toronto chapter of the United Way, and Peter’s cousin. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify 

April 16 – The Pivotal Point with Valerie Fox. Valerie talks about her extensive career, continuous education, and what led to her creating The Pivotal Point, her social enterprise. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify 

April 10 – Dave Harder, Community Developer and Spiritual Entrepreneur.  Dave, co-founder of the Parish Collective Canada, talks about his life and career as a social and spiritual entrepreneur. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify   

April 4 – COVID-19 Positivity: Acts of Kindness. COVID-19 has changed the world in so many ways…including giving rise to positivity and acts of kindness! Also, pandemic activities and scheduling tips. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify 

March 18 – Rural on Purpose with Mary Doyle. Social entrepreneur Mary Doyle of  Rural on Purpose discusses her career, and why people are choosing to live and work in rural communities. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify  

 February 27 – Agrihood with Simon Johnson. Simon stops by to talk about agrihoods – organized communities that integrate agriculture into residential neighborhoods. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify   

February 27 – New Step 4 U with Marina Mais – Marina, Executive Director and Founder of New Step 4 U, explains how expressive art programs enhance health and well-being. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify   

February 21 – NewMakeIt with Derroll Salmon. Derroll, NewMakeIt co-founder, discusses makerspaces and shared workspaces. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify   

February 21 – Winged Canvas Art Hub with Fei Lu. Fei Lu discusses her Markham social enterprise, Winged Canvas Art Hub, and how art can be used in social innovation. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify  

February 21 – United Church Supports Social Innovation – EDGE Ministry’s Rob Dalgleish and Joshua Fernandes discuss United Church support for social innovation and how they’re making it happen. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify    

February 4 – Project Restore FIBI with Aisha Francis. Aisha discusses PROJECT RESTORE FIBI, which exists to serve and support families who have a loved one behind bars. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify   

February 4 – Indigenous Social Enterprises with Ed Champion and Steven Jackson. Ed Champion and Steven Jackson talk about the effect of social enterprise on Canada’s Indigenous communities.  Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify

 

2019 podcast Episodes 

November 16 – Corporate Social Responsibility. How businesses of all sizes, as well as non profits and charities, can give back to the community through small or large actions, programs, or support. Listen on the podcast website, Google Podcasts, or Spotify

November 16 – Neighbourliness and Giving Back. Many people do not interact with or even know their neighbours. Simple acts of giving back help to connect people and create stronger communities. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify

November 16 – Andrew Funk. Interview with Homeless Entrepreneur founder Andrew Funk in Barcelona, Spain. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify

November 16 – Community Innovation Hub. Interview with Carla Langhorst and Colleen Lowrie, igniters of the Community Innovation Hub. Listen on the podcast websiteGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify.

November 15 – Key Social Innovation Terms. A discussion of important terms like social innovation, social enterprise and corporate social responsibility, with examples. Listen on the podcast website, Google Podcasts, and Spotify

November 14 – Podcast Introduction. Host Peter Miller introduces the podcast and talks about the origins of its name. Listen on the podcast website, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

 

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