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Toronto, ON – Shining the spotlight on some of Canada’s most inspired and creative changemakers, Tides Canada announced last night its annual Tides Top 10 – groundbreaking initiatives that are leading the pack in social change innovation.

At an event sponsored by the Private Giving Foundation, the ten initiatives were recognized for leadership and cultivation of new ideas to solve challenging social and environmental problems, building bridges among diverse groups in pursuit of common solutions, and enhancing capacity in the non-profit sector by supporting emerging leaders and organizations.

From creating a sustainable, local food supply in Nova Scotia, to investing in new immigrants in Alberta, to inspiring traditional learning among indigenous and non-indigenous leaders in the Northwest Territories, the Tides Top 10 for 2013 showcase unique and inventive approaches to address challenging issues across the country.

“Each of this year’s recipients has demonstrated true innovation and impact in their work,” said Ross McMillan, President and CEO of Tides Canada. “Our Tides Top 10 award recognizes and celebrates the Canadian changemakers in our midst who are making a real and positive difference in the future of our country and our planet.”

The Tides Top 10 award recipients for 2013 are (in alphabetical order):

  • ArtReach Toronto (Greater Toronto Area, Ontario) – strengthening the community of young artists working towards social change through a youth-centred approach to training, mentorship and collaboration
  • City Studio (Vancouver, British Columbia) – engaging students in collaboration and dialogue with mentors and municipal staff to develop and implement urban sustainability projects that support a green economy
  • Dechinta University (Northwest Territories) – inspiring shared and traditional learning among indigenous and non-indigenous leaders
  • FarmWorks (Nova Scotia) – creating a sustainable local food supply for all Nova Scotians through strategic and responsible community investment
  • Food Matters Manitoba (Manitoba) – engaging Manitobans across geographies and cultures to have a voice in food-related issues through an inclusive and collaborative process
  • Immigrant Access Fund (Calgary, Alberta) – fostering a more inclusive and just Canada by helping new immigrants obtain Canadian licensing or training through access to micro loans
  • Innoweave (National) – helping community organizations implement innovative approaches that enhance impact
  • Project Neutral (Greater Toronto Area, Ontario) – transitioning neighbourhoods to carbon neutrality by providing tools to make a significant local impact in sustainability that reverberates globally
  • River Mission Project:  de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation, Ottawa Riverkeeper, Blue Legacy (Ottawa, Ontario) – rallying citizens, policymakers and governments around a shared vision for a healthy Ottawa River watershed
  • Storytellers’ Foundation (Hazelton, British Columbia) – promoting community economic development through an integrated and collaborative approach rooted in the diverse values and socioeconomic visions of community members in the Upper Skeena River region

Each year, Tides Canada seeks out initiatives that align with its mission of supporting actions that foster a healthy environment and just Canadian society and have demonstrated significant results in the communities they serve. Recipients over the ten-year history of the Tides Top 10 award represent a diverse cross-section of people, cultures and organizations that work at the intersection of social and environmental issues.

For more on this year’s Tides Top 10 and to learn about the award and past recipients, visit http://tidescanada.org/tidestop10 or follow our #TidesTop10 and #changemakers hashtags on Twitter or Facebook.

Tides Canada is the country’s largest public foundation dedicated to social justice and the environment. It also houses 40 projects ranging from neighbourhood-scale social initiatives to national conservation efforts on its shared administrative platform. To learn more, visit www.tidescanada.org or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/tidescanada or Twitter at @tidescanada.