VIDEO: “Making the change that we want to see.”


Last January, our Community Advocacy Coordinator Mark Woodnutt was named a 2016 Vital People Grant Recipient by the Toronto Foundation.

This grant is given to leaders and emerging leaders in non-profit organizations who are 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 completed a certificate in Solution-Focused Brief Coaching at the University of Toronto.

We are pleased to share this video, below, exploring the impacts of this grant on Mark’s work and on our community. As our Executive Director Rachel Gray shares, “We are really grateful to the Toronto Foundation for putting such a priority on leadership development for staff in this sector. What’s so important about the work that Mark has started — and that we will continue to do as a community — is to say that community-based leadership is not just something that happens as a side dish. Community-based leadership is something that we’re going to invest in.”