Ontario Trillium Foundation recognizes project's outstanding impact
TORONTO, Feb. 22, 2012 /CNW/ -
The Ontario Trillium Foundation today announced that Ottawa Inuit
Children's Centre and Propeller Dance are finalists for the prestigious
2012 Great Grants Awards. The awards recognize Ontario organizations
that have demonstrated exceptional results, innovation and a lasting
impact on the communities they serve.
Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre and Propeller Dance have been selected as
finalists in the human and social services and arts and culture
categories respectively. A total of eight 2012 Great Grants Awards
recipients will be recognized in the presence of Hon. Michael Chan,
Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, at a ceremony in
Toronto on March 23.
Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre
Improved family literacy for Inuit communities
Recognizing the need to address family literacy challenges among
children who migrated from the North or were adopted by non-native
families, the Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre has developed an innovative early childhood literacy program that integrates
Inuit learnings and traditions into each component of the program.
Although the group's primary goal was to encourage families to start
literacy training at an early age, the cultural awareness activities -
developed in partnership with local Elders - have sparked such interest
that new initiatives like the Uqausivut language training program and
Inuit Cultural Online Resource have been launched, allowing all family
members to participate and engaging the entire community.
Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre was awarded a Community grant of $126,000 over two years in 2007.
Propelling integrated dance to centre stage
Ottawa's Propeller Dance is breaking ground in the area of modern dance. It brings together the
able-bodied and the disabled on the same stage, making the company
unique in Ontario. Since its creation in 2007, Propeller Dance has
grown to encourage dancers, with and without physical and intellectual
disabilities, to increase awareness and understanding. Dancers - and
would-be dancers - can take part in workshops, youth and adult dance
classes, school programs and public performance opportunities. The
Foundation provided funding to establish and operate a program that
provides inclusive, integrated and accessible dance training, education
and public-performances for people of all abilities. The company is
committed to propelling integrated dance onto centre stage, and to
exploring new principles of movement with dancers previously excluded
from dance and performance.
Propeller Dance was awarded a Community grant of $100,000 over two years in 2007.
"We are very proud of Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre and Propeller Dance
and are excited that, with these nominations, their work in the
community will now be acknowledged across Ontario. Their efforts go to
the heart of the Foundation's own work: to support good ideas and help
foster community connections that improve people's quality of life."
Sandra Lalonde, Chair of the Champlain Grant Review Team, OTF
"Our funding grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation has meant that
all our children and families are able to celebrate literacy in the
context of our Inuit Culture and for that we are all grateful. Our
children experienced their culture through reading stories,
participating in photo journalism, singing songs and by listening to
stories from our Elders. These are wonderful opportunities for the
growing Inuit community living in Ottawa."
Karen Baker-Anderson, Executive Director, The Ottawa Inuit Children`s
"Propeller Dance is a national leader in mixed-ability dance, and thanks
to the Ontario Trillium Foundation's support, in five short years we
have built an organization for people with and without disability that
is truly unique in all of Ontario. Propeller Dance offers new creative
possibilities traversing the illusion of limitation and embracing the
reality of infinite human potential."
Renata Soutter & Shara Weaver, Co-Artistic Directors, Propeller Dance
Ontario Trillium Foundation Great Grants Award finalists were selected
from among some 4,500 groups that received OTF support between April
2006 and December 2010.
Eight Great Grants Awards will be presented on March 23 in Toronto:
One award for each of OTF's four funded sectors: arts and culture,
sports and recreation, environment, and human and social services
The Minister's Award
The Chair's Award
The CEO's Award
The People's Choice Award
OTF grants funding to approximately 1,500 organizations each year.
SOURCE Ontario Trillium Foundation
For further information:
Ontario Trillium Foundation
1.800.263.2887 ext. 265
Karen Baker-Anderson, Executive Director
The Ottawa Inuit Children`s Centre
Renata Soutter & Shara Weaver