The Centre for Social Justice and Good Works Gets Some Cash

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David Orazietti Money

The Ontario government, through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, is investing $75,000 in the newly created Sault Ste. Marie Centre for Social Justice and Good Works, announced David Orazietti, MPP.

“Our government is committed to ensuring Ontarians have access to programs to enable them to reach their full potential,” said Orazietti. “The Centre for Social Justice and Good Works is a great example of an organization that is helping members of our community learn new skills, become more active and improve their lives.”

Over the next 11 months, Ontario will provide funding through its Trillium Foundation to help the Centre for Social Justice and Good Works develop and deliver a mentorship entrepreneurship program for low-income individuals. This initiative will help people who are economically vulnerable meet their basic needs, and specifically, will improve the lives of 12 people in Sault Ste. Marie.

“Mentorship teaches independence and the ability to be self-sustaining, engaging people to become more active citizens. Acknowledging this need, Ontario Works recipients who have not been in the workplace for an extended period of time, have the opportunity to learn entrepreneurship skills in a promoting and emotionally stable environment,” said Frank Sarlo, Board of Directors Chair. “Our Mentorship Program will include skills development and training, in addition to one-on-one coaching and direction from established business mentors, and with the assistance of community partners, the development and delivery of entrepreneurship training.”

The Centre for Social Justice and Good Works provides an opportunity to create a cooperative and inclusive space for members of the community to collaborate, develop and utilize their potential gifts with others who have similar interests.

Investing in mentorship and training is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up. The plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Provincial investments through the Ontario Trillium Foundation in Sault Ste. Marie, since 2003, total over $7 million and include organizations such as:

• $250,000 Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
• $173,000 Sault Youth Association
• $ 98,700 Community Living Algoma
• $ 90,000 Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie and District
• $ 77,300 Soo Pee Wee Association
• $ 70,000 Kiwanis Community Theatre
• $ 75,000 Sault Ste. Marie Skate Park
• $ 75 000 Passport to Unity Multicultural Festival
• $ 68,500 Learning Disabilities Association Sault Ste. Marie
• $ 67,500 Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie
• $ 61,700 Musical Comedy Guild of Sault Ste. Marie
• $ 60,000 Sault Ste. Marie Symphony Association
• $ 60,000 Soo Finnish Nordic Ski Club
• $ 60,000 Ken Brown Recovery Home
• $ 50,000 Tarentorus Sports Club
• $ 53,000 United Way of Sault Ste. Marie
• $ 41,700 Big Brothers Big Sisters Association
• $ 30,000 Searchmont Ski Runners
• $ 30,000 Family YMCA Sault Ste. Marie
• $ 27,600 Echoes Drum Festival Sault Ste. Marie
• $ 15,000 St. Marys River Marine Heritage Centre

A leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities. Visit www.otf.ca for additional information and grant eligibility.