David Suzuki Foudation: Woodland Caribou Habitat Conservation
Stretching from Yukon to Newfoundland and Labrador, the boreal forest makes up 55 per cent of Canada’s land mass. It is home to hundreds of Indigenous communities, 300 bird species and the iconic woodland caribou. That home is now at risk due to resource extraction, which is fracturing the land. Almost three-quarters of Canada’s boreal woodland caribou herds are not self-sustaining, meaning they need rapid conservation interventions to survive.
Caribou are heading toward extinction, and we must act now. Governments must fulfil their obligations to ensure a minimum of 65 per cent of caribou habitat is protected and restored to help them survive.
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The Salvation Army: Food Services
It is hard to imagine what it is like to have to turn to a food bank, soup kitchen or school feeding program in order to have a meal. But for too many Canadians, it is a reality they face day in and day out.
Last year, 3.2 million free meals were served at Salvation Army shelters and feeding programs. Guests include families with children, employed people whose low wages do not cover basic living essentials, individuals on social assistance, and Canadians living on a fixed income, which includes seniors and people with disabilities.
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Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation: Women With Epilepsy
The Women with Epilepsy Program based at Toronto Western Hospital is a one-of-a-kind program that touches the lives of women living with epilepsy across Canada. Under the leadership of Dr. Esther Bui, the program provides treatment, research and support for women at all stages of life. As a tireless champion for the cause, Dr. Bui collaborates with epileptologists across Canada, and currently leads the first-ever women’s group at Canada’s national epilepsy organization, the Canadian League Against Epilepsy. The Women with Epilepsy Program has tremendous impact across Canada. It is
- the only Epilepsy Program devoted solely to women in Canada and the first in North America.
- a training centre for physicians who will serve women with epilepsy across Canada.
- the leader in epilepsy research uniquely related to the Canadian female population.
The Women with Epilepsy Program will recruit and train a physician (a medical fellow) to allow the program to broaden its research and patient care abilities, while broadening its impact across Canada and the world.
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