The Carold Institute announces the recipient of the 2016 $60,000 Alan Thomas Fellowship

The Carold Institute is pleased to announce that Alexa Conradi is the recipient of the 2016 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 a dozen recipients of the 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-1Alexa Conradi served three terms as president of the Fédération des femmes du Québec (2009-2015). The FFQ, founded in 1966, is the main feminist umbrella organization in Québec. During these six years, she played a leading role in some of the major social debates in Québec society, such as the disappearance and murder of aboriginal women, unreported cases of sexual abuse, the impact of austerity on women and the now-defunct Charter of Values.

With the support of the Alan Thomas Fellowship, Alexa is writing a book on her experience, to be published by Les Éditions du remue-ménage. She will address issues such as the increase in income inequality, sexism and rape culture, Islam and islamophobia and reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.

Further background on Alexa Conradi

Aware of the criticisms made of feminism by women of color, immigrant, indigenous, lesbians and trans people, Alexa guided a three-year process of renewal of feminist analysis and activism within the FFQ. This process used an innovative, participatory democracy approach designed to allow women historically kept at the margins of the movement to have significant influence over the process and the results. The outcomes, adopted by a thousand women at a final forum will inspire the feminist movement in Québec and elsewhere for years to come (

Alexa is currently living in Germany where she continues to develop new perspectives on her experience. She also acts as an expert on gender issues and democracy with a Canadian NGO working in the Maghreb (Northwest Africa).

For more information on this award and on the work of The Carold Institute:

visit or contact Tatiana Fraser, President of The Carold Institute (tel: 514 948-5596; email with Alexa Conradi may also be arranged by contacting The Carold Institute Secretariat: tel: 613-376-3391; email:

Inaugural Community Philanthropy Fellow named

Last May at the CFC 2015 Conference in Calgary, we announced the launch of the Community Philanthropy Fellowship Program, a joint initiative of the Carold Institute and Community Foundations of Canada. The program offers community foundation professionals a sabbatical time where the Fellow can build knowledge, enhance leadership skills, strengthen their organization, and advance the community philanthropy movement.

Today we are delighted to announce that Alex Draper, Donor Grants Associate with the Edmonton Community Foundation, has been selected as the inaugural Community Philanthropy Fellow.

ImageAlex joined the foundation in 2011 to work primarily on student awards and youth leadership programming. In 2013 he transitioned to his current role as Donor Grants Associate, acting as a link between donor advised fund-holders, granting programs, and the wider community.

In addition to his work with the Edmonton Community Foundation, Alex volunteers his expertise to committees and organizations working to make Edmonton and Canada a better place – including the Edmonton Arts Council, Family and Community Support Services, Edmonton NextGen, the Government of Canada’s Urban Aboriginal Strategies, and the 4Rs Youth Movement. He is currently establishing and operating scholarship programs for the Africa Centre and the Edmonton Folk Music Festival.

As the Community Philanthropy Fellow, Alex will engage in a range of personal professional development activities throughout 2016 that align with the program’s goals to:

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

A core component of the Community Philanthropy Fellowship is the sabbatical project that allows the Fellow to step away from their day-to-day responsibilities to undertake a deeper exploration of an issue or challenge. For his sabbatical project Alex will be exploring how funders can share and leverage data on funding decisions and community investments in Edmonton, with the aim of creating a model or platform that could potentially be implemented in communities across Canada.

We’ll be sharing more updates on Alex’s activities and sabbatical project throughout the year. For now we invite you to help us congratulate Alex and welcome him as our movement’s inaugural Community Philanthropy Fellow.

Interested in learning more about the Community Philanthropy Fellowship and how you can apply to be the 2017 Fellow? Learn more at

Applications now invited for the 2016 Alan Thomas Fellowship

Applications are now invited for the 2016 Alan Thomas Fellowship, established in 2008 to provide a sabbatical to a leader in the not-for-profit sector.

Note that there is a new process for applications this year.

Summary applications must be received electronically, no later than Monday, February 8, 2016 at 4:30 (your local time). The Fellowship Committee will then invite a selected number of candidates to submit a full application, due no later than Monday, May 2, 2016 at 4:30 PM (your local time). Please contact the Carold Institute and consult the Terms and Conditions for assistance in preparing an application.

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