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The Belinda Stronach Foundation, founded in 2008, works collaboratively to support, develop and incubate socially innovative projects and events confronting challenges related to youth, girls and women, development and health.

Since inception, the Foundation has established project based partnerships with The Tony Blair Faith Foundation, The Clinton Global Initiative, ONE, The Canadian Club of Toronto, The Economic Club of Canada, Malaria No More and several other domestic and international organizations.

TBSF does not accept unsolicited requests for funds. Rather we work with our founder to identify projects or events that will have a direct impact on youth, girls and women and issues related to development and health.

TBSF is governed by a board of directors that includes The Honourable Belinda Stronach, Chair and business and political leaders Mr. Rod Bell, Mr. Mark Entwistle, Mr. Steve Hinder, Mr. David Scrymgeour and Senator Rod Zimmer and is lead by Tiffani Steer who serves as Executive Director. TBSF is a registered charity in Canada AM810138016RR0001.

During our short history, TBSF is proud to have participated in and executed several successful programs and events to support Aboriginal youth, girls and women and global projects.

 

One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Canada

In November 2008, TBSF hosted a roundtable with Sol Guy and Josh Thome, founders of 4Real. The roundtable brought together Aboriginal leaders and individuals from across Canada to discuss the issues and opportunities facing youth.

TBSF is pleased to have realized the support of the Assembly of First Nations, Métis National Council and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and of leading private sector companies such as Vale and BMO Financial Group and from the Government of Ontario, to bring the internationally successful One Laptop Per Child Program to Canada. This program leverages leading-edge technology combined with culturally relevant programming to deliver a unique platform of learning tools to Aboriginal children.

When we launched the OLPC Canada program in 2010, TBSF committed to developing it over the course of a three year pilot. The pilot has been successfully completed and we are pleased that OLPC Canada will continue to grow and reach its full potential as an independent not-for-profit organization. For more information about OLPC Canada please visit www.olpccanada.com

Covenant House: Executive Sleep Out 2014

Covenant House Executive Sleep Out : 2014 Edition

On November 20th, 2014, Belinda had the honour of co-chairing Covenant House Toronto’s Executive Sleep Out 2014 Edition with Tim Lieweke (MLSE President& CEO). Belinda, along with more than 80 other community and business leaders, spent the night sleeping outside (in -18° C!) to raise awareness and critical funds to support the programs and services that help youth transition from a life on thestreets to a life of opportunity.

This year’s Sleep Out was the most successful in the three year history raising more than $939,000! The Sleep Out Event has now raised over $2 million. For more or to donate visit www.covenanthousetoronto.ca.

Listen to Belinda speak with Newstalk 1010’s Moore in the Morning about her experience post-sleep out. newstalk1010.com

Click here to see what it was really like for Belinda and her fellow participants ctvnews.ca

Read more from the media about the Sleep Out insidetoronto.com

Spread the Net

Spread the Net, now a program of Plan Canada, was founded in 2007 by Belinda Stronach and Rick Mercer, and has protected the lives of more than 7.2 million people including children and pregnant women and delivering over 2.5 million malaria-preventing bed nets to families in Africa.

plancanada.ca/spreadthenet

Girls20

Fall 2009 presented a number of opportunities to champion global development issues and the advancement of girls and women including a meeting with Bono in Toronto, a commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative to galvanize Canadians to advocate for the G20 agenda to champion the advancement of girls and women and the launch of the Start with A Girl and the Shriver Report.

In 2010, TBSF committed to holding an annual G(irls)20 Summit modeled after the annual G20 Summit attended by heads of finance in twenty of the world’s most powerful economies. The G(irls)20 Summit would solicit grassroots ideas on how to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that most impact girls and women. The G(irls)20 Summit was launched in Toronto in 2010, followed by Paris, France 2011. Each was attended by one girl from each of the G20 countries, as well as a representative from the African Union. Delegates engaged in a conversation about the economic prowess of girls and women, culminating in the development of a communiqué outlining their recommendations on how to empower and engage girls and women globally. Most recently, in France, the communiqué was received in person by Mme. Consuelo Remmert, Aide to President Nicolas Sarkozy, with a promise to hand deliver to the President’s attention. Proof that if provided with the right platform that the voices of girls and women around the world can indeed be heard.

After two highly successful summits, Toronto 2010, and France 2011, the G(irls)20 Summit became its own entity, separate from TBSF. As founding partner, TBSF is proud to have laid the groundwork for the continued growth and success of the G(irls)20 Summit. Girls and women have the ability to change the societies in which they live and the platform provided by G(irls)20 helps us to realize what is possible at our fingertips.

girls20.org

Current Projects

Belinda’s Place

Hope for women without a home. Once built, Belinda’s Place will be the first emergency and transitional housing facility for single homeless women in York Region. It will provide life-changing services that promote dignity, stability and self-reliance.

For more information about Belinda’s Place please visit:

www.belindasplace.ca/

The Belinda Stronach Chair in Breast Reconstruction Surgery at the Toronto General Hospital

Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in Canada. One in nine women is expected to develop the disease during her lifetime, according to the Canadian Cancer Society. In 2014, an estimated 24,400 women will be diagnosed in Canada.

The Belinda Stronach Chair in Breast Cancer Reconstructive Surgery at the Toronto General Hospital will enable the development of patient education programs and clinical research to improve outcomes for women seeking reconstruction. It will also support the training of surgeons with special focus on techniques and procedures of breast reconstruction. It is estimated that only 10% of women diagnosed with breast cancer discuss reconstruction as part of their treatment.

This Chair will also serve to raise awareness and make reconstruction available to more women as part of their treatment.

To donate please visit:

www.tgwhf.ca
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