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Carold to host a Learning Day in Toronto in June, 2012

On June 22, 2012, Carold will host an invitational seminar in partnership with Cuso International and George Brown College. The event focuses on three key issues facing civil society today: (1) citizenship and the environment, (2) citizenship and reconciliation with Canada’s aboriginal people and (3) citizenship in an era of accountability and outcomes-based management. It will be moderated by Derek Evans, Executive Director of Cuso International. Resources persons include Joe Mihevc, Toronto City Councillor, Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and member of the Gitksan Nation, Debbie Field, Executive Director of Foodshare, and Jenny Isaacs, activist with Occupy Toronto.

A  public panel will follow featuring recent Alan Thomas Fellows: John Cox of People First (Halifax), Michel Venne from the Institut du Nouveau Monde(Montreal) and Paula Carr from Collingwood Neighbourhood House (Vancouver). They will discuss current issues of citizenship from three perspectives: (a) people labeled as developmentally handicapped, (b) immigrants and (c) youth. Dr. Georgia Quartaro, distinguished social scientist and Vice-President Academic at George Brown will respond. Guests will gather for a reception and networking event catered by the students of George Brown’s renowned Chef School.

  • At its best, civil society is the story of ordinary people living extraordinary lives through their relationships with each other, driven forward by a vision of the world that is ruled by love and compassion, non-violence and solidarity. …. The idea of civil society remains compelling … because it speaks to the best in us, and calls on the best in us to respond in kind. Michael Edwards
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