A few HCF staff and board will be attending the Community Foundations of Canada national Conference in Vancouver May 12-14th. I am particularly excited about HCF’s leadership in a number of sessions including this one described below in the conference program:
“On the Record: Why a City Newspaper and a Community Foundation Joined Forces to Fight Poverty Presenters: Terry Cooke, Hamilton Community Foundation; Dana Robbins, The Hamilton Spectator Building awareness and understanding of a community’s most pressing issues is critical to a community foundation’s work. While securing coverage is challenging, the media’s role is crucial in a successful awareness campaign. Find out how and why The Hamilton Spectator agreed to take on a leadership role and engage with Hamilton Community Foundation in addressing poverty in the community. This initiative culminated in Code Red, the paper’s groundbreaking investigative reporting series that brought troubling neighbourhood disparity to the front page, and finally to the partnership with Vital Signs as an ongoing awareness building tool.”
The Spec’s Steve Buist just received a well-deserved nomination for a prestigious Michener award for his work on Code Red.
The good news is that Dana Robbins and I will get a chance on the national stage to talk about the important poverty work that HCF and the Spec have taken on. The bad news is that later in the program that same day a fellow named Bill Clinton is delivering the keynote address and apparently he is a pretty good public speaker.