2016 Global Symposium Interview with Marlene Ogawa (4/26/2017) - Meet Marlene Ogawa, Program Manager at the Synergos Institute. Marlene shared with us her insights, experiences and strategies in tackling social isolation during the 2016 Global Symposium in Overcoming Social Isolation and Deepening Social Connectedness.
Global Teacher Prize Winner: Maggie MacDonnell (4/25/2017) - Meet Maggie MacDonnell, 2017's Global Teacher Prize award winner. Maggie is recognized for her innovative classroom practices and holistic teaching that is helping to foster greater connectedness both within the classroom and her community at large.
Sauvé Forum Series Event Considers the Caring Classroom (4/21/2017) - April 12th marked the final Sauvé Forum Series event for the 2016-2017 academic year. This event explored the value in and approaches to building a community in the university classroom with five McGill University professors from across disciplines.
Sparking Creativity Through Positive Leadership (4/20/2017) - The 2017 Summit on ­Aboriginal Urban Youth Leadership ­Development took place in Montreal, Quebec. We spoke to Karina Kesserwan about the role Indigenous youth can play in the social economy, working within their communities to foster greater social support, inclusion and connectedness.
The Power and Resiliency of Indigenous Communities (4/19/2017) - In response to the TRC's 94 Calls to Action, Prime Minister Trudeau has assembled a working group of ministers to review all federal laws and policies as they relate to Indigenous communities. Alongside the government many communities have developed initiatives to establish bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
Sauvé Forum Series Event Explores Food Security (4/17/2017) - The April 3rd Sauvé Forum Series event focused on food as a basic human right and key to building belonging, community and broader security. Guest speakers at this event were Rachel Gray from the Stop Food Center in Toronto and Diana Bronson of Food Secure Canada.

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Ongoing Dialogue

Through ongoing effort, events and dialogue, this network continues its commitment to further ‎understanding of social isolation, to gain insight, and to confirm actions required to support and achieve social connectedness as a key to individual and community well-being.