Leslie Crutchfield to address Habitat for Humanity Canada AGM



    WINNIPEG, May 20 /CNW/ - Tomorrow, Habitat for Humanity Canada will
welcome Leslie Crutchfield, co-author of Forces for Good: Six Principles of
High-Impact Nonprofits, to deliver the keynote address at its National
Conference and Annual General Meeting. Crutchfield, a longtime advocate for
social activism and entrepreneurialism, highlighted the Habitat for Humanity
approach to social activism in her book. It was Habitat's work to shed light
on the housing crisis that earned its inclusion in Forces for Good from
hundreds of nominations.
    "Habitat for Humanity is a tremendous organization that is very
well-regarded in Canada and around the world," said Crutchfield. "No other
organization has done more to mobilize volunteers and highlight the need for
affordable and sustainable housing worldwide than Habitat."
    Crutchfield's keynote address, in addition to two seminars for Habitat
affiliates, will be one highlight of Habitat for Humanity Canada's AGM.
Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford will address the
meeting on Saturday, May 23. The AGM will also witness the completion of a
Habitat for Humanity Build taking place in the yard of the St. Mary's
Cathedral in Winnipeg. Once completed, the house will be moved to its
permanent location on Charles Street for a deserving Winnipeg family to call
home.
    "A strong 2008, during which we began construction on over 400 homes in
Canada and abroad, and expanded our volunteer and advocate rolls tremendously,
has us excited about an even better 2009," said Stewart Hardacre, President
and COO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. "We are very pleased to have Leslie
Crutchfield here to help us map the road ahead."
    Nationally, Habitat for Humanity Canada has over 50,000 volunteers across
72 affiliates from coast to coast. These individuals come together in an
effort to eliminate poverty housing in Canada and in turn, learn a new skill
and help build their community. The Habitat volunteer base has a breadth of
knowledge and experience - they are not all skilled professional men or women,
contractors or carpenters - and they are not all working on the build site.
There are volunteer opportunities for anyone who wants to donate, participate
or advocate.

    About Habitat for Humanity Canada:

    Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, non-profit, faith-based
organization working for a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to
live. The mission of the organization is to mobilize volunteers and community
partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means
to breaking the cycle of poverty. Habitat for Humanity Canada was founded in
1985, consists of over 50,000 volunteers and 72 affiliate organizations from
coast to coast. The organization is also a member of Habitat for Humanity
International which spans 93 countries, has built over 300,000 homes, and is
now building a new home every 10 minutes.

    About Leslie Crutchfield

    Leslie Crutchfield is an author, speaker, and advisor to leading
nonprofits and philanthropies. She serves as a Changeleader of Ashoka and is
co-author of Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits
(Wiley, 2008). Ashoka is the world's oldest and largest organization
supporting social entrepreneurs, including the "global greats" of social
entrepreneurship such as Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen
Bank. For the past decade, Leslie has advised a range of foundations, and she
currently serves as philanthropic advisor to the Goldhirsh Foundation. In the
1990s, she co-founded and ran Who Cares: The Tool Kit for Social Change, a
national magazine for young activists (circulation 50,000). Leslie is a
frequent public speaker and university lecturer, and has been featured as one
of America's top leaders under 40 by Newsweek. She volunteered with Crossroads
Africa in the Gambia, and serves on the boards of the SEED Foundation, Kiva,
and Little Kids Rock. Leslie holds an MBA and an AB from Harvard University,
and resides in the Washington, D.C. area with her family.

    About Forces for Good:

    Forces for Good is a bestselling book that has been critically acclaimed
in the national and international media such as Canada's Globe & Mail, which
listed it as a Best Business Books of the Year list in 2008 with an honorable
mention along with Malcolm Gladwell's new book, BLINK; and it was recognized
in 2007 by The Economist as one of the top ten business books of the year. The
book has consistently been the top-selling book on Amazon.com and other major
bookselling sites in the nonprofit management category.




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