Activism Award

Jack Layton was a leader and visionary advocate for progressive change. But it was more than vision: Jack was a practical “doer” who worked at all levels, including in municipal government, in parliament, in collaboration with NGOs, in local communities, and most certainly at the grassroots! He was a joyful and passionate activist who believed in our collective strength to organize for transformative change in every conceivable way. A key component of the Jack Layton Legacy initiative is to encourage and support new waves of activism; to support the long-standing and new emerging groups who are committed to organizing for change in their community and social and physical environment.

The Jack Layton Legacy initiative is delighted to launch:

“ACTIVISM: Our Work Together”

This initiative, as part of Jack's Legacy, is designed to amplify the activism we see all around us. To support, grow, and move forward with the changes we want to see.

What is YOUR activism? What are you A PART OF? What MEANING does activism carry, and how will it change things for the better?

We invite you to participate in this activism initiative as part of Jack’s Legacy. Help lead the way. Help grow the movement. Help make your community - it’s people and environment - strong and sustainable.

HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE?

Let us know what you and your group are doing and why.

Describe and share your passion for change, and that of your group/organization.

Your involvement not only helps grow the movement overall, it opens up opportunities for your group to access needed resources and training as you continue your activism.

ACTIVISM: Our Work Together will provide 1 award of $5000.00 to the selected group and an opportunity to receive organizing for change training with the Institute for the Change Leaders.

Interested? Apply using the form below:

DEADLINE: The deadline to apply was July 18, 2022.

Based on the responses we receive, ACTIVISM: Our Work Together, will share and profile activist/organizing initiatives on the Jack Layton Legacy website (below).

We’re also excited to invite you to join us in person on Monday, August 22, 2022 for the Layton Activism Award Celebration. This initiative, as part of Jack's Legacy, is designed to amplify the activism we see all around us. To support, grow, and move forward with the changes we want to see. The award will be decided upon by an expert panel of judges from across the country with deep ties to Jack's life and work: Libby Davies (British Columbia), Yens Pedersen (Saskatchewan), Darnel Harris (Ontario), Hélène Leblanc (Quebec), and Bob Gallagher (Ontario).

The event will also feature a panel discussion between Bob Gallagher, Jack's former Chief of Staff, and Anne McGrath, the current NDP federal party secretary. This discussion will be moderated by Karl Belanger, Jack’s former press secretary and currently the President of the Douglas Coldwell Layton Foundation.

WHERE: George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, Toronto Metropolitan University, 245 Church St, Third Floor

You can RSVP for the event here. The event will also be live-streamed over Zoom. Click here to register on Zoom.

Have questions? Need more info? Please contact us at [email protected]

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