Kim Pate is the 2015 visiting Fellow at St. Paul’s University College, University of Waterloo

Kim Pate, C.M, the 2015 Carold Institute Visiting Fellow at St. Paul’s University College, University of Waterloo, will present a public lecture on the treatment of women by the Canadian legal and penal systems.

Kim is mother to Michael and Madison. She is a lawyer and teacher by training and has completed post graduate work in the area of forensic mental health. Kim is the Executive Dkimpatelowresirector of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS), the Ariel Sallows Chair in Human Rights at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law and a part-­‐time professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. CAEFS is a federation of autonomous societies which work with, and on behalf of, marginalized, victimized, criminalized and institutionalized women and girls throughout Canada. Kim has also worked with youth and men during her 30+ years of working in and around the legal and penal systems.
About the Carold Institute Visiting Fellow program:

The Carold Institute Visiting Fellow brings to campus and the broader Kitchener-Waterloo community individuals who are making a major contribution to positive social change through innovation in the volunteer/not-for-profit sector in Canada. The annual Fellowship is sponsored by the Carold Institute and St. Paul’s University College.

When: November 11, 2015 | 7:00 – 8:30pm
Where: Alumni Hall (Room 201), St. Paul’s University College | 190 Westmount Rd. N, Waterloo
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Take part in INSTITUT DU NOUVEAU MONDE’s L’École d’été!

Thanks to the Carold Institute’s Gordon Selman Fellowship, register for free to take part in L’École d’été and to follow the CPAC101: Sujet spécial en citoyenneté et engagement social course (provided in French), for which you will receive a McGill University credit.

*Please note that Aboriginal youth from First Nations communities will be given priority for this fellowshipicone-inm_a10 scholarships to be granted!
Contact: Claudia Beaudoin, INM Mobilisation Officer @ 514 934-5999, ext. 27

The Carold Institute announces a recipient of the 2015 $60,000 Alan Thomas Fellowship

The Carold Institute is pleased to announce that Frances Waithe, is a recipient of a 2015 Alan Thomas Fellowship.

The annual $60,000 award enables leaders in the not-for-profit sector to spend a sabbatical year researching issues that advance citizen participation and strengthen civil society. First awarded in 2008, there are now 10 recipients of an Alan Thomas Fellowship. Past fellowship holders continue to be connected to the Carold Institute and with each other, deepening the impact of their work and mentoring others in their respective fields.

Image 1Frances Waithe has spent the past 25 years working to improve the lives of the people in her neighbourhood of Little Burgundy, in Montréal. Frances is the co-founder and executive director of the DESTA Black Youth Network, a community-based organization serving marginalized youth, aged 18-25.


Background on the 2015 Fellowship Recipient

Frances is the kind of community-builder that is both a priceless asset and almost irreplaceable. She radiates enthusiasm, passion, optimism and love, and she works in a difficult environment with ridiculously limited resources.” —Tim Brodhead

Frances Waithe’s work in her neighbourhood in Montréal focuses on empowering marginalized youth. Little Burgundy is an historically Black community that is now home to many recent immigrants. Black Anglophone youth are a minority within a minority, often isolated and excluded. DESTA (Dare Every Soul to Achieve) utilizes a strengths-based empowerment approach to provide a comprehensive range of services in the areas of education, health, personal development and employability including:

  • A distance education program for youth who have not been successful in conventional school settings;
  • Individual counselling and employment support ;
  • Social events and civic engagement projects such as Speak Up!, which is designed to raise awareness of the issues facing Black youth in Montréal.

Under her leadership, Frances has watched DESTA grow. Meanwhile, there are many more Black youth who remain in challenging circumstances and in need of the kind of services that the organization offers. Frances will use her Fellowship year to reflect on her experience and to distil from it the future direction for the organization’s programing and for herself as an agent of change in her community.

The Carold Institute Announces A New Fellowship Program in Partnership with Community Foundations of Canada

The Carold Institute and Community Foundations of Canada are coming together to launch the Community Philanthropy Fellowship program to catalyze action, thought-leadership and innovation in the field of community philanthropy in Canada. The people leading community foundations play a key role in the vibrancy of voluntary action and citizen engagement.

The Carold Institute and Community Foundations of Canada have agreed to launch the Community Philanthropy Fellowship, modelled on Carold’s very successful Alan Thomas Fellowship. The new program will increase the number and range of sabbatical opportunities for leaders in the voluntary sector. The specific goals of the Community Philanthropy Fellowship program are to:

  • Advance the field and practice of community and place-based philanthropy in Canada
  • Strengthen and enhance the community foundation movement
  • Foster and encourage the professional development of community foundation leaders in their organizations, communities and the community foundation movement.

Fellowships will enable community foundation leaders to build their skills and knowledge and to apply their experience to enhance their leadership, the impact and strength of their community foundation, and ideally the community foundation movement as a whole.

The fellowship would encourage applications from leaders across the community foundation movement. This includes any staff in a leadership role in community foundations who demonstrate qualities of leadership in their organization, their community and/or the community foundation movement.

Some potential themes or areas of focus that we’ve identified include:

  • Aboriginal reconciliation
  • Urbanization and urban renewal
  • Food security and food systems
  • Youth and intergenerational issues
  • Natural spaces
  • Social enterprise and impact investing

The first call for applications will be made in July 2015 through Community Foundations Canada. It is expected that the first fellow will be appointed in early 2016.

HIV/AIDS, Grandmothers and The Children in Their Care: Immaculate Nakyanzi’s Story

In 2009, Peggy Edwards received the Alan Thomas Fellowship Award presented annually by the Carold Institute, and began a year of reflection and writing about the important work of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. Since then, Peggy has built on her Fellowship work to make numerous presentations and to continue to advocate on behalf of the Grandmothers Campaign.

On March 16, 2015, Peggy spoke at a seminar in Women’s Studies (University of Ottawa and Carleton University). Her presentation Body Politics: HIV/AIDS, Grandmothers and The Children in Their Care incorporated a story from Immaculate Nakyanzi–a tiny but strong Ugandan grandmother. In her story, she speaks to the triple threat of discrimination African grandmothers face—based on age, sex and HIV status.

Immaculate’s Story

When HIV and AIDS came to my community, it hit my life very hard. My parents, most of my brothers and sisters, my husband and two of my children died from AIDS. My three other children are living with HIV and AIDS. I was left by myself, caring for the children and grandchildren in my home.

I strained myself to get the medication, to go to hospitals, and to get food supplements to feed the sick and the rest of the family. There was such poverty in my family then. It harmed my dignity to have to ask for loans from other people. I was losing so much weight and couldnt take care of myself, so people started looking at me as if I had HIV. The feelings and the stigma were so bad, and I lost my friends and started keeping alone to myself. 

In 2011, when Kitovu Mobile AIDS Organization started helping us grandmothers, my life began to change. They helped us raise crops again. My grandchildren needed special grief counselling, and I had help communicating to the girls how to prepare for their menstrual period, and to talk to my adolescent grandchildren about building relationships, and the reality of growing up in a community struggling with HIV and AIDS. Kitovu Mobile also helped me get a good house for the family. The old house was in very bad shape.

So many grandmothers are having land problems, and relatives are even taking their animals and selling them. In my solidarity group, two grandmothers have had their land grabbed.

When my house was being built, my in-laws tried to chase me from my land. They told me to stop encroaching on their land and to pay them rent. They said, Youre a grandmother, you are only left with land for your grave. One time they came after us with machetes, but one of my sons joined with our neighbours and fought them off.

About four times, my in-laws threatened to kill me. I reported them to the police. The police asked for 10,000 shillings but I only managed to raise 6,000. They took the money but did not act because I failed to raise the full amount. So then I went to the prison officer and got a letter from him to give to the local leaders and the boys. It warned them to stop any kind of violence to me, otherwise they would be imprisoned.

 I still worry about the land but for now, things are better. The children are fed and they are going to school. Kitovu Mobile is counselling the children living with HIV to live positively. One of my daughters is getting free AVR medicines from Uganda Cares.

But Kitovu Mobile doesnt have resources to help all the grandmothers. They are isolated because of the stigma. They dont know about nutrition and sanitation, and how to generate some income for themselves. They have problems with bad houses, and their grandchildren are not getting to school. Their land is taken from them.

 That is why I am doing my voluntary work with Kitovu Mobile. They trained me as a contact granny and gave me the knowledge and skills to help others. I offer the grandmothers counselling and teach them about nutrition and hygiene, to keep in solidarity and dignity as grannies, and to be hopeful. I accompany the sick to the health facility. I advise them about their property rights and how to deal with the police. I love the work of helping fellow grannies. It has become part of my life.¨

Immaculate Kakyanzi is an example of defiance against the stigma and abuse of women’s rights that can precede and accompany a disease that invades an individual’s body, and the soul of a community.

The grandmothers in Africa have become a powerful source of resistance. They inspire their Canadian sisters. Together, we issue a clarion call for the promotion, protection and fulfillment of the rights of African grandmothers and the children in their care. Together, we are a strong source for change and social justice.

* This is an abbreviated version of Immaculate’s story. She told her story in Vancouver, October 2014 at the Grandmothers Tribunal hosted by the Stephen Lewis Foundation. To learn more, visit and

Call for applications for the 2015 Alan Thomas Fellowship

We are pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2015 Alan Thomas Fellowship to Promote Civil Society and Voluntary Action.

The Fellowship was first awarded in 2008, and there are now eight Fellowship recipients whose research and reflection has made a significant contribution towards strengthening leadership for civil society and promoting greater understanding of the importance of voluntary action.

The Fellowship will again be awarded in 2015 to a leader in the NGO/not-for-profit sector who would not normally have access to a sabbatical leave. Valued at a maximum amount of $60,000 for up to one year, the award is intended to allow the recipient, at a transitional moment in his or her career, to make a contribution to the sector, through research and reflection.

In recognition of a shared desire to strengthen and support leadership capacity in the voluntary sector as an essential element in advancing development and positive social change, both locally and internationally, the Carold Institute and Cuso International are now working together to promote our respective Fellowship opportunities.

Visit our webpages at  and for fuller detail on the Fellowships and on past recipients. The new deadline for applications is March 28, 2015 and the 2015 recipients will be announced in July.

Please publicize both these Fellowship as widely as possible among your networks, and strongly encourage any potential candidates to apply.

For further information, please contact us.

The Carold Institute announces the 2014 Alan Thomas Fellowship Award

June 19, 2014

For immediate release

LucThe Carold Institute is pleased to announce that Luc Gaudet, founder and artistic director of Mise au jeu, a Montréal-based participatory intervention theatre company, is the recipient of the 2014 Alan Thomas Fellowship.

The annual fellowship is a $60,000 award enabling a leader in the not-for-profit sector to spend a sabbatical year researching issues that advance citizen participation and strengthen civil society.

Luc Gaudet has been actively engaged in the production of intervention theatre for more than 30 years. Inspired by the techniques used in Augusto Boal’s “Theatre of the Oppressed,” his research on the use of games and theatre as a tool for personal and social development has taken him throughout Québec, to Central and Eastern Europe, Central America, the Philippines, Indonesia and more recently West Africa.

As executive and artistic director of Mise au jeu, Luc has worked with his team to develop innovative approaches for encouraging citizens to participate in regional development and promote living together better.

Since 2010, Luc has been a contributor to the “Québec Network for Social Innovation” (Réseau québécois en innovation sociale (RQIS)), and been actively involved in PRAXCIT Team lead by the Montreal Research Centre on social inequality and discrimination and alternative citizen participation (Centre de recherche de Montréal sur les inégalités sociales, les discriminations et les pratiques alternatives de citoyenneté (CREMIS)), which develops and tests participatory practices for citizen action on social inequality.

He also sits on the executive board of Québec’s Tools of Peace, an innovative network that promotes the transfer of skills needed for the prevention of violence, and is an active participant in the international social art practitioner’s community “Think Tank for change,” which is supported by the One Drop Foundation.

Luc will use his sabbatical year to reflect on and assess his 23 years of social interventions through Mise au Jeu and establish a model of the crucial stages involved in turning the public into actor. In particular, he will focus on the evocative power and place of play in the process. Luc’s aim is to create new training programs to support a “citizen mobilization and knowledge transfer though art” program as a first step towards the creation of a “citizen involvement through the arts” mobile school program.

Luc Gaudet is the 9th recipient of an Alan Thomas Fellowship, which was first awarded in 2008. Past fellowship recipients continue to be connected to the Carold Institute and with each other, deepening the impact of their work and mentoring others in their respective fields.

For more information on this award and on the work of the Carold Institute, visit or contact Carold President, Michael Cooke (tel: 416-209-6156; email Luc Gaudet cans also be contacted (tel: 514-871-0172; email

PovNet goes to school: musings on academia and community

Several months ago I was approached by Michael Cooke, the President of the Carold Institute, the organization that awarded me a community fellowship in 2008. He said that Carold had embarked on a new partnership with St Paul’s University College at the University of Waterloo, and their Principal, Graham Brown had invited me to be there inaugural visiting fellow for a week. I was to engage with students and professors, give a public lecture, speak to classes, and write and reflect.

“Sure,” I said. I figured it would be a break from staring at soul-destroying funding cuts budgets and reports. I was going to be in Ontario anyways for a national colloquium on access to justice. And I’m interested in how academia and community organizations can form productive and mutually respectful relationships with each other.

I arrived in snowy Waterloo on Monday February 3 and the next morning my first event was an interview about PovNet for an online coast-to-coast Masters of Social Work class “Knowledge Mobilization and Evidence-Based Practice”. I was asked whether PovNet was a knowledge mobilizer; I had no idea what knowledge mobilization was. But the two professors who interviewed me were interesting and interested, and quick to modify their pre-determined questions to accommodate my somewhat less than academic sensibilities. We liked each other, and we had fun.

Over the course of the next few days, I met with students and professors in international development programs who were going to be going out into the field. They wanted to know about our work with marginalized communities – they were interested in how we used technology for social change.

I was invited to the Aboriginal Education Centre for soup (actually it was really good chili) and bannock (baked and fried, both) to talk a bit about our work at PovNet. A warm and welcoming place – I went back the next day as I had a bit of extra time and chatted with the co-ordinator, Luane Lentz. I had brought with me as a gift for the Centre, several copies of a poem called “Remember,” about residential schools, written by Jacqueline Oker, an Indigenous writer and published by Lazara Press (the author had given me permission to distribute the poem).

I gave a public lecture to a fairly small segment of the public (there was a snowstorm that night) about “How Digital Activism Can Help Make Poverty History.”

A couple of the anti-poverty activists whom I had invited braved the storm to come from Kitchener to the talk. I recognized them right away even though we hadn’t met – it was good to have allies from my own community sitting at the back of the room.

I went back to Kitchener on Friday morning. Trudy Beaulne, the Executive Director of the Social Planning Council Kitchener-Waterloo had organized lunch at a local Greek restaurant and invited Greg deGroot-Maggetti, People in Poverty Program Coordinator of the Mennonite Central Committee Ontario, Rev. Michael Hackbusch from the House of Friendship and Charles Nichols an anti-poverty activist in the areas of homelessness, welfare and disability rights and a self-advocate.

Anti-poverty groups and academic institutions traditionally have a rocky relationship. In some instances, we are working to form respectful peer relationships with each other. We travel carefully in each other’s very different countries, sometimes exploring each other’s languages and cultures. Seeing if and how we can connect.

But community activists want to write our own histories — we don’t want people from the outside speaking for us in a language that we don’t use.

We do write our own histories.

We tell our own stories. We produce analysis about the systemic “poornogrophy” of poverty. We are poets.

We even write murder mysteries set in our own communities.

But our research is called grey literature and is somehow not as legitimate, according to the experts.

We get help from academics to archive our histories. But the grant runs out, and our archives are not complete.

The last night I was at the University of Waterloo, I had dinner with a couple of social work professors and a PhD student. I was talking about the struggle we were having with finding funding for PovNetU. One of my hosts asked if we had considered partnering with academic institutions. I replied that we had, but that we are committed to offering courses to advocates who wouldn’t necessarily be able to pay fees, and that didn’t work with an academic partnership model. He disagreed. We will stay in touch.