Compassionate care lies at the heart of this Toronto-based non-profit centre which serves to lift up the community’s most marginalized members. Every month, St. Felix Centre provides more than 20,000 meals, 4000 respite spaces and countless public programs, all while delivering on its decades-long commitment to preserving human dignity.
Best Buddies Canada creates one-to-one friendships between people with intellectual disabilities and students. The Buddy pair spends time going for pizza, shooting hoops or simply enjoying the company of a friend. Our goal is to break down the social barriers that exist for people with intellectual disabilities in order for them to lead productive lives as part of the fabric of community. Today there are 500 chapters in elementary, high schools, universities and colleges across the country – since its inception 25 years ago, almost 200,000 people have participated in the Best Buddies programs.
Artists for Peace and Justice
Since 2008, this solution-oriented charity—headed by co-chairs Susan Sarandon and Ben Stiller as well as their Canadian counterparts Suzanne Boyd, Shantelle and Yannick Bisson and George Stroumboulopoulos among others—has aimed to end the cycle of poverty by empowering communities in Haiti and worldwide through partnerships on the ground. Every penny donated by the public to this charity, of which Natasha is the president of the Canadian board and sits on US board, goes directly to bolstering their life-changing educational and creative teaching programs which steer in-need societies towards equality. Their successes have included building Haiti’s first free high school, which recently celebrated its fourth graduating class.
At this much-respected dog rescue and horse sanctuary based in King City, Ontario, abused and neglected animals are rehabilitated and nurtured back to their spirited selves as they await their forever homes. On Dog Tales’ sprawling, 50-acre grounds, the dedicated team provides medical care and vital TLC in an elegant space that encourages newfound joy in the dogs and their potential adopters.
Spurring the next generation of female leaders is G(irls)20, a charitable movement that harnesses young women’s innate power through their potential-building initiatives. By making strategic economic investments in girls as well as offering developmental and networking opportunities, their goal is to put more women at decision-making tables around the world.