January is National Mentoring Month

January  is National Mentoring Month. Much has been written about the value of mentoring and most of us remember mentors, in our high school or college days, who made a difference in our lives. Mentoring takes many forms. It may have been a teacher, a coach or an employer. Anyone who took a particular interest in us and gave a piece of themselves. We can … Continue reading January is National Mentoring Month

Philosophy of Endurance During this era of Muted Returns

Our foundation uses an investment consultant who we pay on a fee for services basis and we use specialized managers to do the investing.  For some years now, they have been advising us that the years of investment returns being at least 10% or higher are a thing of the past.  We have maintained an investment philosophy that is very diversified.  Although we may occasionally … Continue reading Philosophy of Endurance During this era of Muted Returns

In 2017 We will “Keep Going”

Phil Buchannan, CEO of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, in his 2016 Essay, “Big Issues, Many Questions”, notes that the fundamentals of good philanthropy are straightforward and timeless: define your goals, pursue them with focused strategies, execute with discipline and measure results. He goes on to opine, however, that the issues facing foundations change and present new challenges. One of the new challenges that Buchannan … Continue reading In 2017 We will “Keep Going”

Diversity in Health Care at Dalhousie University

Through the partnership with the Johnson Scholarship Foundation, Dalhousie University is advancing its commitment to increase Indigenous and African Nova Scotians find a pathway into a health career. Summer Camps Creating Space for Students For the third year, Promoting Leadership in health for African Nova Scotians (PLANS) delivered a health science summer camp to African Nova Scotian learners from across the province.  In 2015, the … Continue reading Diversity in Health Care at Dalhousie University