Rise Asset Development launches operations in Ottawa through Causeway Work Centre.
Program helps Entrepreneurs with mental health or addiction challenges.
Since 2009, Rise Asset Development, with the support of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), has provided microfinancing and mentorship to entrepreneurs with a history of mental health or addiction challenges in the Greater Toronto Area.
On March 21, Rise celebrated its expansion into Ottawa. RiseOttawa will operate through Causeway Work Centre. Sandra Rotman spoke passionately about the need to make microfinancing accessible to all, and warmly congratulated RiseOttawa's first beneficiary, Naomi Muise, on the successful start of her gluten-free bakery, CeleeakNak.
Celebrating the launch of RiseOttawa (l-r): Ottawa City Councillor Mark Taylor, Sandra Rotman, Councillor Keith Egli, Councillor David Chernushenko, Councillor Katherine Hobbs, Patrick Dion (Greenbridge Consulting)
Holiday Card Campaign 2012
This year's Causeway Foundation Holiday Card Campaign got off to a great start with a launch party at the Orange Art Gallery. Campaign Patron Lucy Van Oldenbarneveld brought her usual enthusiasm and energy to the evening. All proceeds from this year's campaign will go to Cycle Salvation, one of Causeway's social enterprises. The crowd heard from Cycle Salvation manager Paul Wylie and employee Graham Gibson, about the role social enterprise can play in providing access to employment. Artists Bhat Boy and Erin Robertson were able to join us for the evening, showing off the beautiful artwork that graces our holiday Cards. Many thanks go out to Campaign sponsors, silent auction donors and bidders, and all the volunteers who make this campaign happen for Causeway.
Increasing impact through Innoweave
Causeway Work Centre was recently awarded a grant from the McConnell Foundation to participate in Innoweave, an initiative designed to assist non-profits to increase their capacity and organizational efficiency. Causeway was fortunate enough to be one of only fourteen non-profits selected from across Canada to participate in the Impact and Strategic Clarity module. Causeway’s project will focus on maximizing social and financial return to our clients who are employed in our social enterprises. It is our intention to review the entire process from intake to discharge and to develop more effective systems and tools to help our clients to maximize the value they derive from working in a Causeway social enterprise.