Community Advocacy Coordinator Named One of Toronto’s Vital People

Community Advocates

We are pleased to share that our Community Advocacy Coordinator Mark Woodnutt (pictured above, second from right, with our Community Advocates in 2015) has been selected as a 2016 Vital People Grant Recipient! The award was given through the Vital Toronto Fund at the Toronto Foundation, a long-time supporter of our work (in fact, in 2009, our former Green Barn Manager Rhonda Teitel-Payne received the same award!).

These annual grants are given to leaders and emerging leaders in non-profit organizations whose work is making valuable contributions to the sector. The grant funds professional development opportunities to build skills and knowledge, or to apply experience to enhance leadership contributions.

With this Vital People grant, Mark will be taking courses, attending a symposium, and completing a practicum — all with a view to further enhance and disseminate the Community Action Training model (as well as hone leadership skills that will serve him well throughout his career!).

The second half of our 2015-2016 Community Action Training is currently underway. This course features two-parts, each comprising six weekly sessions, focusing on both individual and systemic action. Community members discuss the root causes of poverty and inequality, and about ways to take action in response. Graduates have gone on to engage in and to lead a variety of community-building and change-making activities, both within and beyond The Stop’s community, and many have been hired as peer advocates in our Community Advocacy Office.

Congratulations to Mark, and many thanks to the Toronto Foundation for recognizing the importance of this work at The Stop!

UPDATE: Read all about Mark from the Toronto Foundation.