Michaëlle Jean Foundation and CFPC Announce “Power of the Arts Family Medicine Fellowship”

(OTTAWA, November 9, 2014)—The Michaëlle Jean Foundation and the Research and Education Foundation of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) are pleased to introduce the new Power of the Arts Family Medicine Fellowship. Offering approximately $60,000 over a three-year period, the Fellowship will enable family medicine researchers to study how the arts may be used in primary care to promote health and wellbeing in communities across Canada, and particularly among marginalized populations.

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation Co-Chairs and Co-Founders, the Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean and Monsieur Jean-Daniel Lafond affirm, “Grassroots organizations and health service providers, working hand-in-hand across Canada are proving that the arts are indispensable in promoting healing, healthy living, and wellbeing among individuals and communities, particularly those confronted by social and economic duress. The Fellowship will provide an additional tool enabling researchers to test, demonstrate, and refine the ways in which arts-based interventions can benefit those in need .”

“Canadian health research has only recently begun examining how the arts can make a positive difference to those whose mental and physical health is impacted by social determinants of health: income, education, housing, employment and working conditions, and access to good food and health care,” says Dr. Kathy Lawrence, CFPC President. “The CFPC is dedicated to being socially accountable and is therefore very excited to support this new Fellowship. It is an opportunity to engage more family physicians across Canada as well as the patients and communities that they serve, and to meet the health care needs of all Canadians.”

The Fellowship announcement comes on the heels of the second annual Power of the Arts National Forum: Acting Now for Social Change, co-organized by the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and Carleton University. Participants from across Canada called for funding to develop, test and evaluate arts-based health interventions and program models which can then be refined and replicated nationally.

There will be an annual call for applications starting in early 2015. Award recipients will be selected by a jury composed of representatives of the CFPC’s Honours and Awards Committee and FMJF.

To be eligible for Foundation funding, proposals must have:
• At least one CFPC family physician member in the research team, and
• No identified potential conflict of interest.

About the Michaëlle Jean Foundation
The Michaëlle Jean Foundation supports youth arts initiatives that transform young lives and revitalize underserved communities across Canada. Through its programs, underprivileged youth are using their creativity to build new solutions to pressing social issues, like poverty, social exclusion and mental health. In so doing, they are catalyzing innovative community renewal projects, driving Aboriginal cultural resurgence, and kick-starting cutting-edge business ventures, all over the country. For more info: www.fmjf.ca.

About the College of Family Physicians of Canada
The CFPC represents more than 31,000 members across the country. It is the professional organization responsible for establishing standards for the training and certification of family physicians. The CFPC reviews and accredits continuing professional development programs and materials that enable family physicians to meet certification and licencing requirements and lifelong learning interests. It also accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools. The College provides quality services, supports family medicine teaching and research, and advocates on behalf of family physicians and the specialty of family medicine. For more info: www.cfpc.ca.

About The Research and Education Foundation
Serving the future of family medicine in Canada, the Research and Education Foundation (REF) of the CFPC was established in 1994.The REF funds numerous research grants, scholarships, and awards recognizing clinicians, teachers, researchers, residents and medical students. These awards have significant impact on patient care in communities across Canada. The REF is the only charitable organization in Canada dedicated solely to supporting the research and education initiatives carried out by family doctors on behalf of their patients. For more info: www.cfpc.ca/About_REF/

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Media Inquiries:

Peter Flegel
Director of Communications and Programs
Michaëlle Jean Foundation
613-562-5468
pflegel@fmjf.ca

Ashley Drew
Communications Assistant
College of Family Physicians of Canada
905-629-0900 ext 407
adrew@cfpc.ca

 

Youth Speak Out on Justice

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Launched a Groundbreaking Exhibition on Justice, Art and Youth

October 5, 2014 – Halifax, N.S. – The Michaëlle Jean Foundation and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, alongside over 200 members of the public, unveiled the 4th Wall: Justice, Art and Youth exhibition, on Sept. 27, in Halifax.

The exhibition gives over 60 young Nova Scotian artists, aged 15 to 30, a platform to share their unique perspective on issues pertaining to justice in Canada, including incarceration, crime prevention, Indian Residential Schools, sexual violence, and discrimination. Their artwork was selected through a rigorous competition process, which saw youth from across Nova Scotia submit proposals on the theme justice, art and youth. A jury selected the following eight submissions:

  • Aidan Cromwell. Focus: rehabilitation, the realities of incarceration, the effect of imprisonment on African Nova Scotian youth, separation of prisoners from society, and creating a voice for societal change.
  • Charli LeBlanc. Focus: the experience of and justice for victims of sexual abuse.
  • Dylan Fish. Focus: the role social media can play in raising awareness about justice
  • Rose Orlando. Focus: bullying, cyber-bullying, drug abuse, depression and victims of sexual violence.
  • Sarisha Polder. Focus: justice in the education system.
  • Savannah Simon. Her piece “Heart Nova Scotia” is a collaboration with the students of J.L. Ilsley High School. Focus: healing and reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginals, the Indian Residential School experience, and the future.
  • Tyler Hyde and Johnny Cann. Focus: societal perceptions of masculinity and femininity.
    Tyquil Morton and Alexi Rodriguez with mentorship. Focus: “In My Own Voice”—the experiences of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth.

“This exhibition is a compelling illustration of the power of the arts to raise awareness of some of the serious challenges facing underserved youth throughout our society. As peaceful weapons of mass construction, the arts have the capacity to offer healing, cultivate resilience, and rehabilitate those who are struggling to improve their lives and transform their communities,” said the Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean and Jean-Daniel Lafond, Co-Founders and Co-Chairs of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation.

During the launch, over 200 members of the public, youth leaders, artists, and representatives of the business, social service, health, justice, and government sectors gathered in order to discuss ways to use the arts to encourage community safety, rehabilitate inmates, end intimate partner violence, and promote social justice, throughout the province and across Canada. The two-hour dialogue was followed by the official unveiling of the exhibition and a reception.

“We were thrilled about the response to the call for submissions, and visitors have been overwhelmed by the quality of the work of these emerging artists,” said Ray Cronin, director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. “Art transforms lives: we see every day that we play an invaluable role in building a creative society with room for everyone.”
The entire project benefits from the generous support of TD Bank Group and Fred and Elizabeth Fountain. Over 30 national, provincial and local arts, health, justice, education, community, and social service organizations are active supporters of the project.

For more information, please visit: http://www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca/en/AGNS_Halifax/exhibitions/upcoming/4th_wall.aspx

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Media contact:

Nicole Watkins Campbell | Communications Advisor | Art Gallery of Nova Scotia | Office: 902-424-2903 | Cell: 902-222-1691 | watkinni@gov.ns.ca

Peter Flegel | Director of Communications and Programs | Michaëlle Jean Foundation| Office: 613.562.5468 | Cell: 613.897.4001 | pflegel@fmjf.ca

About the 4th Wall Program: In theatre, the “fourth wall” is an imaginary screen that creates a virtual separation between actor and spectator. There are many ways to cross the fourth wall and to make the invisible visible. The Michaëlle Jean Foundation chose to do so through the 4th Wall: Make the Invisible Visible program, in collaboration with several prestigious Canadian museums and art galleries. The goal is to invite young creators to break down the invisible walls that create solitudes between individuals and communities across Canada, by opening the doors of our major cultural institutions to emerging creators from marginalized backgrounds. The Foundation offers museum and art gallery space and bursaries to youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, often cut off from museums, so that they can produce original art that conveys their experiences, ideas and challenges. On display for the public to see, their work provokes debate and builds solutions. 4th Wall exhibitions have been featured at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, to mark Black History Month in collaboration with FRO Foundation, and at the Art Gallery of Ontario, to celebrate World Pride 2014.

About the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia: The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada with a mission to engage people with art. With locations in downtown Halifax and Yarmouth, the gallery houses the province’s art collection and offers a range of exceptional exhibitions, education and public programming. For information: www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca .

About the Michaëlle Jean Foundation: The Fondation Michaëlle Jean Foundation is the legacy of the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean’s term as 27th Governor General of Canada (2005-2010). It benefits from the direct involvement of Mme Jean and Jean-Daniel Lafond, co-founders and co-Presidents, an active and determined board of directors comprised of leading social and cultural actors, and a devoted and engaged staff. FMJF reflects the spirit of five years of dedicated action in urban centres, rural and Aboriginal communities, as well as northern localities. To learn more visit www.fmjf.ca.

 

Canadian Modern Furniture Retailer EQ3 Unveils its Second Capsule Collection in Support of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation

EMPOWER YOUTH & CELEBRATE CANADIAN DIVERSITY WITH EQ3’s GENERATION ART COLLECTION

TORONTO, Canada – September 23, 2014 – With a core commitment to corporate social responsibility, and, in partnership with the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, modern furniture retailer EQ3 introduces its second Generation Art capsule collection, available in stores this fall.

“As a proud Canadian company we are thrilled to produce this year’s Generation Art collection showcasing local talent of all ages and walks of life, and their personal expressions of diversity,” said Peter Tielmann, President and CEO, EQ3. “It gives us great pride to continue to support the Michaëlle Jean Foundation to better the lives of underserved youth while strengthening social change across the nation.”

For this edition of the Generation Art collection EQ3 asked Canadians of all ages to submit artwork that represents their personal expression of Canadian diversity. The designs of seven Canadians were selected and produced onto décor accessories including pillows, bean bags, ottomans, napkins, mugs and serving platters.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the Generation Art collection will support FMJF’s youth initiatives — making this the perfect gift that gives back for the holiday season.

“We are working together to see the power of the arts and artists in Canada help transform the lives of youth at risk and revitalize their communities. Our continued partnership with EQ3 enables us to take another step towards achieving our mission,” explains Rt. Hon Michaëlle Jean and Jean-Daniel Lafond, Co-Founders and Co-Chairs, Michaëlle Jean Foundation.

The first Generation Art collection launched in October 2011 expressing artists’ interpretation on the theme: Imagine…A better community. In addition to the exposure from the product line feature, each winner receives networking opportunities as well as a trip for two to Toronto with three nights’ accommodation.

The Generation Art collection will be available at EQ3’s Liberty Village flagship location beginning September 23rd, 2014. The complete collection will be available at all EQ3 stores across the nation and online at www.EQ3.com on December 1, 2014.

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ABOUT THE MICHAËLLE JEAN FOUNDATION
The Michaëlle Jean Foundation supports youth arts initiatives that transform young lives and revitalize underserved communities across Canada. The Foundation is the legacy created by the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean and her husband, the filmmaker, writer and philosopher, Jean-Daniel Lafond.
Website: www.fmjf.ca
Twitter: @FMJF143
Facebook: Fondation Michaëlle Jean Foundation
YouTube: Michaëlle Jean

ABOUT EQ3
Established in 2001, EQ3 is a Winnipeg-based company committed to quality craftsmanship. As a vertically integrated company, EQ3 specializes in contemporary design for everyday life with simple, clean and functional furnishings and home accents for every room. EQ3 offers EQ3+, a designer line featuring iconic brands including Herman Miller, Marimekko and more, with many featured products exclusive to Canada. EQ3 has 10 stores in Canada, two in the US, a large-scale wholesale presence, e-commerce in Canada and launching soon in the US, as well as additional stores and studios around the world.
Website: www.EQ3.com
Blog: blog.eq3.com
Twitter: @EQ3_Furniture
Facebook: EQ3.Furniture
Instagram: EQ3_Furniture
Pinterest: EQ3_Furniture

For more information, images or additional products, please contact Faulhaber Communications: 416.504.0768
Shane McKenna, smc@faulhabercommunications.com

 

 

Three Young Trailblazers Receive 2014 Awards

OTTAWA, August 26, 2014—The Michaëlle Jean Foundation and TD Bank Group are proud to announce the 2014 recipients of the TD Michaëlle Jean Bursaries.

Created to empower underserved youth to use the arts to revitalize their communities, the bursaries are open to young Canadians from across the country. This year, three highly deserving individuals were selected out of close to 100 applicants.

“We are both very impressed by the caliber of this year’s winners of the TD Michaëlle Jean Bursaries. Their life stories and their innovative projects demonstrate the transformative power inherent in young people’s desire to use the arts and creativity to turn their lives around and revitalize their communities,” said the Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean and Jean-Daniel Lafond, Co-Founders and Co-Chairs of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation

The 2014 TD Michaëlle Jean Bursary recipients are:

  • Amanda “Amiga” Taylor: growing up in priority neighbourhood of Jane and Finch and finding herself living on the street at age 15 have inspired Amanda to pursue graduate studies in media production and found a non-profit that mentors at-risk youth through media and arts programming. With her bursary, she will be using documentary film and other artistic mediums to empower racialized youth to introduce their stories and creative solutions to a broader GTA public.
  • Jack Volpe: born Deaf and raised in a hearing family, Jack is now a playwright and director who has co-founded a theatre organization for hearing and non-hearing audiences. With his bursary, Jack will use drama as a tool to break down stereotypes against Deaf persons by providing an entertaining and judgement-free environment to expose the wider Montreal community to their culture.
  • Paula Ikuutaq Rumbolt: raised by her mother and grandmother in Baker Lake Nunavut that was steeped in sacred storytelling, Paula is now a published author and arts activist. Paula plans to use her bursary to help youth in the Arctic use traditional forms of creative storytelling to build bridges between generations and promote pride and understanding of Inuit traditions and culture.

“Every opportunity realized and every challenge addressed is first imagined. We must encourage and celebrate the ingenuity, inventiveness and inspiration of Canadians – especially our youth,” said Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair, TD Bank Group. “That’s why we’re thrilled to work with the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and support this incredible program that offers an opportunity for youth to foster their love for the arts, while making an impact in their communities.”

All three bursary recipients will be presented to the public on November 7, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. during a public event at the upcoming Power of the Arts National Forum: Acting Now for Social Change, to take place at Carleton University in Ottawa.

About the TD Michaëlle Jean Bursaries
Launched in 2013as a partnership between the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and the TD Bank Group, the bursaries provide up to $10,000 to youth seeking training and mentors to help them use the arts to better their communities. Over a one-year period, the recipients will work on innovative arts-based projects designed to better the lives of underprivileged youth and improve the quality of life in their communities.

About the Michaëlle Jean Foundation
We support youth arts initiatives that transform young lives and revitalize underserved communities across Canada. Through our programs, underprivileged youth are using their creativity to build new solutions to pressing social issues like poverty, social exclusion and mental health. In so doing, they are catalyzing innovative community renewal projects, driving crucial Aboriginal cultural resurgence initiatives, and kick-starting cutting-edge business ventures, all over the country. For more info: www.fmjf.ca.

TD Community Giving
TD Bank Group invests in communities in order to effect positive change in the places where it operates and where its clients and employees live and work. In 2013, TD donated over $74.7 million to support community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In Canada, TD focuses on education and financial literacy, creating opportunities for young people and the environment. For further information, please visit www.td.com/corporate-responsibility.

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Contact:
Peter Flegel
Director of Communications and Programs – Michaëlle Jean Foundation
613.562.5468 – pflegel@fmjf.ca