2014 Fellow

Luc Gaudet has been actively engaged in the production of intervention theatre for more than Luc30 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 a better life together…Read more

2013 Fellow

Kim Pate 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 Director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) 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…Read more

2012 Fellow

Nicole Rycroft, Executive Director of CanCopy, came to British Columbia from her native Australia in 1996 to participate in the fight to save that province’s old growth forests. In 1999 she founded Canopy with the aim of shifting paper purchasing industries…Read more

2011 Fellow

John Cox is a community development worker living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has a long history of advocacy on behalf of persons with disabilities, working for the last 23 years with the Nova Scotia chapter of People First, the oldest and most recognized self-advocacy organization for people who have been labelled as intellectually disabled…Read more

2010 Fellows

Paula Carr has worked in the community services sector and with municipal and provincial departments, supporting leadership within locally based organizations for over 30 years in Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia…Read more

Michel Venne is the Executive Director and founder of the Institut du Nouveau Monde (INM), Michela non-partisan organization whose mission is to promote citizen participation and to stimulate innovative public discourse in Quebec.  INM was established in 2004…Read more

2009 Fellows

Peggy Edwards is an Ottawa-based health promotion consultant and co-chair of the National Peggy EdwardsAdvocacy Committee of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign (an organization that works with the Stephen Lewis Foundation to support…Read more


Vincent Greason is an adult educator who has been actively involved in grassroots community and labour organisations in Québec and Ontario for the past twenty years. He was awarded a…Read more

2008 Fellows

Penny Goldsmith is a British Columbia social justice advocate and PovNet Society’s Executive IMG_11891Co-ordinator since July 1997. She was awarded the Inaugural Alan Thomas Fellowship to Promote Civil Society and Voluntary Action. She received a…Read more