BOARD TO RECRUIT NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO CHAMPION MANIFESTO’S VISION & MANDATE
Manifesto announces today that later this year, Che Kothari, volunteer Executive Director, will transition into a new role as the Chair of the organization’s Board of Directors. As a result, Manifesto is launching a recruitment process to hire a new paid Executive Director with the hopes of identifying a dynamic young leader by July 2013.
As Executive Director, Che has brought tremendous energy and vision to not only Manifesto but the youth arts community as a whole, instigating the dialogue and call to action that led to Manifesto’s establishment as a non-profit organization whose mission is to unite, inspire and empower diverse communities of young people through arts and culture. During his tenure, he has been pivotal in unifying diverse artistic communities towards common causes, meaningfully bridging the gap between artists and institutions, cultivating relationships with funders and stakeholders to enable the organization’s ongoing work, providing mentorship and resources to young people, developing innovative programming design and initiatives, galvanizing hundreds of volunteers into action, promoting Toronto youth culture on the international stage, and co-founding Manifesto Jamaica and Manifesto Barbados. Those who have had the pleasure to work with Che know that he is a force for positive and creative change.
“I am so grateful for and humbled by everything we have been able to do so far through Manifesto as a vessel — and in my mind this is still only the beginning. Recognizing, first hand, the power of arts and culture to positively transform individuals and communities, our vision when this all began was to unify efforts and uplift and amplify voices collectively — I believe we have made significant progress toward these goals.
It has been my honour to serve as the Executive Director of Manifesto for 7 years and I am so excited to support and mentor the person who will take on this important role. 7 is a sacred number and is the ideal time for me to transition. I have always planned to open this leadership position up and make space for other young brilliant minds, as I deeply believe in fostering the next generation of arts leaders in our city. I am eager to get started and contribute as Manifesto’s Board Chair, continuing to champion the organization into its next chapter. I am also excited to have some time to focus on creating art again as a photographer and filmmaker and get involved in other exciting projects. The communities that make up Manifesto’s community have made me who I am and I want to thank everyone who has been a part of that path until now. Each of you has influenced me and the organization in profound ways.
I would like to acknowledge and thank the co-founders, board members and staff, past and present, of whom none of Manifesto’s work would be possible – you are all my s/hero’s and working alongside everyone has been a deep joy and absolute privilege. TORONTO…Change is beautiful and necessary. Let’s keep it moving and build the world we want our children and their children’s children to live in! Give thanks.”
Under Che’s leadership, Manifesto has produced six acclaimed Festivals of Community & Culture, taken a lead role in developing international projects such as Ignite the Americas: a Hemispheric Youth Arts Policy Forum, successfully advocated for the arts through campaigns such as BeautifulCity, and created youth arts hubs that provide space for work and collaboration. To date, Manifesto has paid 1,332 artists, organizers and interns over $1M during a time when finding jobs for young people and artists has been increasingly challenging. Over 85 high impact events have been produced reaching 58,000 people in our highest attendance year. The work has been recognized with multiple awards and media features including The Mayor’s Arts for Youth award given out by the Toronto Arts Foundation. Even during challenging financial times, Che has provided his visionary leadership to Manifesto in-kind. We want to thank him for his voluntary contribution as Executive Director in 5 of his 7 years at Manifesto. Transitioning to the Board of Directors will allow Che to move out of a day to day operations role and focus on the stewardship of the organization’s long-term strategic vision.
We are looking for a leader who shares Manifesto’s core values of equality, diversity, inclusion and positivity, to take on this exciting role and guide the staff of the organization into its next phase. The ideal individual is a creative thinker with strong team management and a deep understanding of culture’s transformative capacity to build community.
We are confident in Manifesto’s direction and next steps. The progress we have made together as a Board, staff and community on a vision for the future of the organization will continue with new leadership, in close collaboration with our community.
Manifesto is committed to keeping our community informed and will continue to communicate with you as the organization evolves. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.
Filling this role with the best candidate possible is not only important for Manifesto, but for the city as a whole. Please share this link to the Executive Director job description with your networks: http://themanifesto.ca/executivedirector
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We are thrilled to be working on an upcoming video series featuring young leaders in Toronto and their experiences in post-secondary education.
On April 17th, we had our first day of filming and met 8 young people whose stories were incredibly inspiring and motivating. Many of the participants shared how they overcame seemingly insurmountable odds in their pursuit of further education. The most common theme throughout the day? To be a role model to their siblings and other youth in their communities.
We have one more day of shooting, and then its off to the editing room. We can’t wait to see the final edit and share it with all of you, but till then, click here for pictures from the day.
Picture Caption: Sheldon Blackbourne poses while Bryan LaPointe of LaPointe Productions films.
As you were one of the participants in last year’s Critical Crossroads Forum (held on June 5th, 2012), I’d like to update you on our next steps.
One of the comments that we heard from our participants was that they were aware of the link between literacy and youth in conflict with the law. However, they were unaware of what programming was available and which of those programs were successful. With that in mind, we are initiating a study of successful literacy programs for youth in the criminal justice system.
We are very fortunate to have the support of Dr. Lloyd Axworthy from the University of Winnipeg. As a result, we will be partnering with Alan Wiebe from their Faculty of Education, and he will be conducting a study on the current landscape of literacy or education programs for youth who are involved in the criminal justice system. These programs could range from supports as part of restorative justice initiatives for lower risk youth, to projects supporting youth who are incarcerated, to programs for youth who have served time and are now receiving post-incarceration support. Our purpose is to describe and analyze these programs, and then share the results and best practices.
You may receive an email or phone call from Mr. Wiebe or his associates at the University of Winnipeg, as they are using our contact list from Critical Crossroads. We would very much appreciate it if you could take a few moments to share your knowledge of literacy programs available for youth involved in the criminal justice system.
Alternately, if you know of an exciting new initiative that you would like included in Mr. Wiebe’s report, please feel free to contact him directly, either through email (email@example.com) or by phone (204-789-1462 204-789-1462 ).
Once this research is complete, we will host another forum that will present the programs available, best practices learned from those programs, and how you might use this information to help youth in your community.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
All the best,
Sherry Campbell “
Toronto City Council just released 6 million dollars in new arts funding! The funds will hit Toronto this summer based on the following disbursement plan ( http://tinyurl.com/Yr1EcDevPlan ) . Over the next 3 years, increasing amounts will be released from the btax reserve as Toronto meets the$25 per-capita commitment. Please read on and help determine how the Cultural Services and Toronto Arts Council will distribute the increases in investment going forward.
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Etobicoke, Monday, April 8th 6-9 pm, Lakeshore Assembly Hall
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Scarborough, Tuesday April 9th 6:30-9:30pm, Cedarbrae Library Auditorium
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North York, Thursday April 18, 6-9 pm, Toronto Centre for the Arts
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Are you passionate about nonprofit policy?
Do you have ideas about where Ontario’s nonprofit sector should be headed?
Interested in leading the charge?
Then read on.
Connect the Sector (CTS) is looking for a few excellent folks to join our leadership team for the 2013-2014 year.
For some time now, Ontario Nonprofit Network has been highly critical of the as‑yet unproclaimed Ontario Not‑for‑profit Corporations Act. The Ontario Government hadn’t listened much.
This morning(March 28), the Ministry of Consumer Services announced:
Certainly the existing Act was in desperate need of updating – it was first enacted in 1907 and last substantially revised in 1953. But it was drafted badly, and missed what should have been the central objective entirely:
To encourage the growth and development of an increasingly healthy and vibrant non-profit sector through the removal of unnecessary regulatory barriers, and a supportive corporate regulatory regime.
Instead, the government enacted a replacement Act that borrowed heavily, and clumsily, from business corporate law, and was imbued with a misguided assumption that much more authority has to be given to members.
Only in the past year has the climate changed – by agreeing to a joint ONN/ Ministry Committee last fall to address the implementation of the new Act, and listening to the sectors concerns.
Productive meetings of that committee led directly to this morning’s announcement.
The Committee was comprised of assistant deputy ministers from multiple ministries, and ONN representatives Jennifer Holmes-Weir from YMCA – Ontario, Rob Black of the Rural Ontario Institute, Mario Calla of COSTI- Immigrant Services, Margarita Mendes from Nellies Women’s Shelter, Sport Alliance Ontario’s Holly Graham, and Pat Bradley of the Ontario Arts Council.
The delay, and clarity on the three‑year transition, allows two things to happen:
Many non‑profits have been anxious about the degree to which decision‑making is shifted from the board to the membership under the new Act, and some have moved quickly to shrink their membership base, to forestall any undue exercise of the new members’ powers.
This was an unintended consequence of the government’s stated intention to make non‑profits more accountable to their members – a move that was poorly thought‑through, and criticized vigorously by ONN.
The government’s original 2007 discussion papers on non‑profit law reform ‑ that led directly to the new Act ‑ sparked widespread concern in the non‑profit community, and were the impetus for the formation of the ONN, to ensure the sector had a strong voice on issues, like the Act, that affected it.
The fixes that are now on the government’s agenda for implementation start to address the sector’s concerns – they are set out in this ONN brief. That brief opens with this:
Unfortunately, without a few key amendments, many organizations in the non‑profit sector will have great difficulty using the Act and are at risk of being significantly destabilized, and/or are faced with complex and difficult restructuring.
For background, here’s my critique of the approach taken by the government in reforming non‑profit corporate law – from a presentation at the first meeting of sector representatives on this issue, in July, 2007:
I applaud this initiative – it is about time! And I agree with all the objectives stated on page 6.
One more, though. Non-profits inherently are about the betterment of the community – not just yet another actor in the economy. They provide value-added service to our communities, and public policy should be about finding ways to encourage, not discourage, the growth of the non-profit sector of our economy – as a matter of public policy. One way to do that is to remove regulatory barriers from their growth; another is to ensure that rules affecting their governance are state-of-the-art.
So an added objective must be: to encourage the growth and development of an increasingly healthy and vibrant no-profit sector through the removal of unnecessary regulatory barriers, and a supportive corporate regulatory regime.
There is an assumption throughout this consultation paper that is troubling: that non-profits aren’t – and shouldn’t be – engaged in economic activity; that that is best left to the private sector.
This is by omission in the second paragraph of the introduction, and stated more explicitly, at page 11:
“Alternatively, the prohibition could be clarified to … preclude profit-making activities except as incidental to the principal not-for-profit purposes unless there is an over-riding public benefit (e.g., airport authorities, aboriginal economic development corporations). This has generally been the manner in which the provision has been interpreted.”
There is no justification stated for such an assumption. In fact there are many non-profits engaged in economic activities – a non-profit governance structure is one choice among many that should be available for consideration when determining how a new entity should be structured.
My view is that the non-profit alternative, like the business, or co-operative, alternatives, should be available, and not subject to artificial restrictions, to those who choose to situate their organization within its parameters
Non-profits, like co-operatives, combine economic activity with social goals – the differences among them stem from the degree of emphasis to one side or the other:
- The GTAA is one extreme – operating the multi-billion dollar business of Pearson Airport;
- A-Way Express is somewhere in the middle – operating a courier service, but employing, and engaging its employees as members, those who are consumer/survivors of the mental health system;
- The traditional charity is at the other end.
Many non-profits to day seek to establish and nurture social enterprise – economic activity that also has integral social goals.
Some are forced to do so, by sometimes massive cutbacks of government support. Some choose to do so, like A-Way, as the self-respect and intangible rewards stemming working for a social enterprise in which you are also a voting member, is very attractive to many.
I would suggest that this consultation continue on a rather different premise – that the non-profit alternative is one to be encouraged, and facilitated, for all forms of economic activity, limited only be the imagination of their initiators – and by the fundamental rule that non-profits’ surpluses are to be applied only to further the social goals for which the organization was established..
From this premise flow these conclusions:
- Of course, incorporation should be as of right – the letters patent process is archaic, cumbersome, and paternalistic.
- The same modern governance rules that are available to businesses, and to a lesser extent, co-operatives, should be available to non-profits.
- Government should reduce, not increase, the red tape to which non-profits are subject. Consider those resources that are now devoted to reviews in the MGS office, and by the PGT, that provide little value to the applicants, or to the public interest, that could be applied to support and encourage the non-profit sector.
- Get rid of redundant charitable regulation – CRA does a far better job than the Public Guardian and Trustee, and is much more in touch with current developments in the non-profits world.
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Ward 35 and 36
Come find out about what’s happening with the proposed casino and hear from fellow Scarborough residents. Other invited speakers include, concerned faith leaders, Councillors Berardinetti and Crawford.
Below are the dates for the joint public consultations by the City and TAC. Participation in these sessions will help the City and the TAC draft a four-year plan to 2016 on how to invest new funding from Council’s $25 per-capita commitment and the billboard tax revenue. Attendance is highly recommended in ensuring that your ideas are folded into the mix, our communities stay connected and the core values that inspired BeautifulCity.ca continue to be recognized.
Sliding scale individual astrology readings and workshops. Astrology is a language that provides insight into the intricate workings of the psyche, relationships and the social, physical, and spiritual environments we are connected to. It is an amazing source of knowledge and can be a great supplement for anyone working in fields of counselling, academia, activism, health, community, research, arts and much more.
Individual astrology readings (or birth chart/natal chart interpretation) will shed light on career path, research interests, writers block, individual and community relationships, love, money, work, family, major decisions, times of crises, health, healing, strengths, struggles and purpose.
Take advantage of my new business kick-off discount: book an appointment between now and June 1st, 2013 and pay anywhere on the sliding scale, $60-80. (A regular 1st time reading can cost as much as $200). You can receive this discount as long as you book by this date (even if you come at a later time). After this, prices will go up; however I usually have a few spots per month where I’m open to a skill share or exchange for a reading.
My workshops are focused on discovering astrology as a tool for community building and healing; ideal for anyone more interested in learning in a group setting, folks unable to afford individual readings or for organizations able to host.
To book a reading, inquire about workshops, or ask any questions please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about me read below; or check out my website (particularly the ‘astrology’ and ‘blog’ sections) www.shaungatagore.com
Along with my knowledge of astrology, I have an MA in Women’s Studies from York University, I’m trained in support work for survivors of assault/violence, and I am a local writer, editor and performance artist in Toronto. I have experience as a community organizer, youth mentor and arts educator, particularly in communities of queer, trans, people of colour with varying abilities and class backgrounds. My experience in work, art, academia and community gives me a unique and rare skill-set that I bring to my readings, and to my approach to astrology as a language that helps