Carla started a social enterprise in early 2009. But she didn’t know it was a social enterprise. And she definitely didn’t know that she was a spiritual entrepreneur.
There were no resources for social or spiritual entrepreneurs, there was no flexible office space to run her business, and she found it hard to find emotional support during this early stage. She worked from a coffee shop every morning from 6am until 9am, and then she used her neighbours’ home office to run her business for the rest of the day.
It was during this time period that she started going back to church and exploring spiritual practices like yoga and journalling. She needed the community and a chance to regroup prior to launching back into Monday morning.
A decade later, Carla, Peter & Sarah, are supporting innovative leaders in communities of faith to engage with changemakers in their neighbourhoods and local communities to re-think how we can all work together to build and support a society that prioritizes sharing, giving back, partnering and coming together cooperatively & commonly, motivated by something deeper than profit – spirit.
Co-Founder, Carla Leon
Carla Leon wears many hats including Director of Innovation at the United Church of Canada, co-founder of Small Business Solver, the Social Innovation Challenge, the Social Mentor Network, and now the Community Innovation Hub project.
Co-Founder, Peter Miller
Peter Miller is a former commercial banker, college professor, serial entrepreneur, social innovator and social enterprise coach and is the co-founder of the Community Innovation Hub.
Both co-founders are passionate about social innovation, social enterprise and corporate social responsibility as demonstrated in their book, the Giveback Economy. All royalties go to the GiveBack Fund to support development and growth of Community Hubs, Community Innovation Hubs, Agrihoods, Coworking Spaces and Makerspaces across Canada.
Coordinator, Sarah Levis
Sarah Levis is a writer/editor, the Marketing Manager of Small Business Solver, and an internationally-known disability rights activist with a social work background. She is thrilled to join the team at Community Innovation Hub.
Coordinator, Colleen Lowrie
Colleen Lowrie is on a journey towards ordination in the United Church of Canada. In addition to Community Innovation Hub, Colleen is a summer camp director at Camp Menesetung and the youth ministry coordinator at Dublin Street United Church. Colleen is passionate about recognizing the gifts and talents of changemakers and ensuring that they know that they are not alone.
Charlotte owns and successfully operates the Village Hive, a coworking space in Markham, Ontario, and is known nationally and internationally for her knowledge, skills and experience.
Derrol runs a 7,000 sq. ft. coworking and maker space in Newmarket, Ontario.
Simon runs Simon Steeps and has helped others with design and permaculture and is located in Windsor and was successful in a Social innovation Challenge.