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Top 10 for 2007



Because protecting forests is everyone’s business.

Issue Area: Conservation
Geographical Footprint: Canada, United States, Chile

We chose them for:

  • their revolutionary campaigns that have helped protect and preserve the world’s last remaining endangered forests for future generations.
  • Forest Ethics played an integral role in 3 of Canada’s great environmental victories, namely the protection of:
    • British Columbia’ s 21-million-acre Great Bear Rainforest
    • 5 million acres of British Columbia’s Caribou habitat
    • the world’s largest terrestrial carbon storehouse – the 25 million-acre Canadian Boreal Forest
  • transforming the way some of the planet’s largest corporations like Staples, Home Depot, Estee Lauder, and Limited Brands do business when it comes to the environment
  • their co-founder and program director: visionary powerhouse Tzeporah Berman.


Canada’s Voice for Wilderness since 1963

Issue Area: Conservation
Geographical Footprint: Canada

We chose them for:

  • their solid network of 13 chapters, 20,000 members, and hundreds of volunteers committed to protecting and conserving Canada’s wilderness.
  • their unwavering focus on their 10-year goal of keeping at least half of Canada’s remaining public wilderness lands and waters permanently wild.
  • helping protect over 410,000 square kilometers (100 million acres) of Canada’s most treasured wild places – an area nearly seven times the size of Nova Scotia!

Sustainability Network

Building Stronger Environmental Nonprofits

Issue Area: Capacity Building for Environmental Nonprofits 
Geographical Footprint: Ontario

We chose them for:

  • a decade of providing organizational capacity building and leadership development critical to environmental non-profit organizations (ENGOs); helping them work smarter and become more effective in saving the planet.
  • their commitment to increasing environmental and ENGO awareness within Canada’s multicultural communities.
  • producing their monthly digest Nexus that has gone national and provides valuable and timely information and resources.



Canada’s global leader in international cooperation

Issue Area: Poverty reduction, Environmental protection, HIV/AIDS, Human rights and democracy
Geographical Footprint: Canada and International: Africa, Asia, Pacific, Latin America, Caribbean

We chose them for:

  • putting a human face on Canada’s contributions to international development.
  • sending 11,000 volunteers abroad to work at the grassroots level on poverty, the environment, human rights and health. CUSO volunteers support: people afflicted by AIDS; community economic development groups; youth employment programs; eco-tourism initiatives; sustainable forestry projects; judicial reform; and cultural development.
  • employing a unique, collaborative approach with local communities which has proven very effective, efficient and enduring.


Momentum Calgary

Partnering with the under-employed to develop their productive futures.

Issue Area: Poverty reduction, Community Economic Development Affordable housing
Geographical Footprint: Calgary

We chose them for:

  • their award-winning Community Economic Development (CED) programs which includes business development programs that annually reach over 300 people and support 50 small business startups.
  • lending over 300 Micro Business Loans with over $900,000 invested and a repayment rate of 90%.
  • matching the savings of over 800 individuals and families with more than $1 million under their matched savings program. Over 30 people have been able to purchase homes with their matched savings.
  • training over 500 immigrants and Aboriginal people for careers in trades, many of them tripling their earnings in less than five years.

Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Inc.

We all work together to help one another.

Issue Area:  Aboriginal community
Geographical Footprint: Winnipeg, Manitoba

We chose them for:

  • their over 20 years of providing culturally-relevant prevention and support based programs to Winnipeg’s Aboriginal community using a special and effective community based care approach.
  • being one of Canada’s largest community-based Aboriginal human services organizations – started and led by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people.
  • opening and running various critically-needed culturally based, specialized residential care homes for Aboriginal youth: one for boys, another for sexually exploited females and transgendered youth, and one for pregnant teens and their babies.

First Call BC Child & Youth Advocacy Coalition

When Children Suffer, We All Pay.
When Children are Supported, We All Benefit.

Issue Area: Child and Youth issues Poverty reduction
Geographical Footprint: British Columbia

We chose them for:

  • being a highly effective cross-sectoral, non-partisan coalition in BC made up of 80 provincial organizations and 25 mobilizing communities.
  • their comprehensive policy work and excellent research and recommendations to ensure that the needs of children and youth are given priority in legislation, policy and practice.
  • their up to the minute advocacy on child poverty and income inequality issues .

YWCA Vancouver Universal Child Care

Building better futures for women and their families

Issue Area: Child Care
Geographical Footprint: Canada

We chose them for:

  • being Canada’s leading voice for advocating public investment in a national child care system.
  • continuing to send the message to government, business and community leaders that a universal child care system is the key to leveling the playing field for women and children .

Options for Homes

The Key to Home Ownership for Everyone

Issue Area: Affordable Housing
Geographical Footprint: Ontario

We chose them for:

  • making the dreams of homeownership a reality for persons or families with limited incomes by providing quality homes in great communities at the best possible price.
  • their novel approach to real-estate development eliminating costly amenities, reducing marketing and administrative costs, and selling at cost (i.e. no profit is added) before construction.

Schools Without Borders

Encouraging youth to be connected, get informed, and start something

Issue Area: Youth
Geographical Footprint: Canada and International: Brazil, Kenya, Nepal, India, and Thailand

We chose them for:

  • being a youth-run organization focused on helping socially excluded youth shape the communities they want to live in.
  • their unique and dynamic programs and arts-based initiatives as youth from different walks of life and parts of the world gain knowledge, exchange best-practices, and develop the skills necessary for self-growth and responsible action.
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