For the first time in SVP Calgary’s 17-year history, partners used their membership votes to select Dare to Care as our newest investee organization.
50 SVP Calgary partners met June 1, to watch presentations from the two finalists, Date to Care and SEEDS Connections, both Calgary-based not for profits. Executive Directors, Lisa Dixon-Wells (Dare to Care) and Corinne Craig (SEEDS Connections), each had the opportunity to give a 20-minute presentation, highlighting their unique organization, the purpose they serve in our community and how they could benefit from SVP support. The SVP Investment Committee, which has been working for the past six months to set parameters and narrow down the list of applicants, also gave a short presentation offering their insight into the finalists. Partners then voted and selected Dare to Care as the newest investee to partner with for the next three to five years.
Dare to Care is a Calgary-based non-profit founded in 1998 because of a need to address the pervasive and crippling issue of bullying that continues to affect children, youth, and adults. They were the first comprehensive program launched in Canada to tackle the issue. Dare to Care was created with the understanding that bullying is a societal issue and that if we are to have any impact, all stake-holders within a school, community or workplace must be involved in creating a climate of change.
Since 1998, Dare to Care has delivered three flagship programs to over 1,200 schools throughout the country:
- Innovative and grade appropriate student days for K-9;
- Support and education for parents; and,
- Extensive professional development for teachers, support staff and administration.
In 2016, Dare to Care was awarded the Government of Alberta Inspiration Award for Leadership in Bully Prevention.
‘We are thrilled with how the process went, allowing our partners to participate in selecting our next investee,’ said Lindsay Read, Executive Director, SVP Calgary. ‘You could feel the enthusiasm in the room tonight and I think it will bring us some great momentum to get our partners engaged with Dare to Care. They have a powerful message and I think that resonated with our partners tonight.’
In the past, the Investment Committee has selected the investees, but SVP Calgary decided to open up the process to increase engagement among partners. Now begins the exciting process of selecting a Lead Partner and beginning SVP’s partnership with this great organization.