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Lush Valley Food Action Society

Gather and Share - local food distribution and engagement with the housing insecure

Food systems changes are needed to address the root causes of food insecurity and the unsustainability of global food systems. Through a process of community input and by deepening relationships with social housing partners, local growers, and people with lived experience, we are working together to co-create a new system of local food aggregation and distribution that serves the needs of and engages with those living in social housing across our region. This is a way to support new attitudes and behaviors, where benefits of local solutions far outweigh the local costs of the global food systems and where healthy local food and social innovation is at the heart of community well-being.

Steps Forward - Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Society

Scaling the Impact of Inclusive Post-secondary Education

The issue at the heart of our proposal is the seamless inclusion and equitable participation, at all levels and across all sectors, of adults with developmental disabilities. The first step is ensuring access to an equitable and inclusive post-secondary education. Students have demonstrated they want this, proven that it works, and seen campuses that broaden their inclusive practices. As more and more students graduate, we need to ensure that we are supporting them by being a catalyst for systemic changes reducing barriers and increasing opportunities for them after convocation. It is time to not limit this social innovation to campuses but move the knowledge and experience into community.