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Event: The Need, History, and Legacy of Social Purpose with CWCF, May 23

The Canadian Worker Co-op Federation (CWCF) is hosting an exciting event on Business Conversions to Social Purpose Organizations (SPO) for Equity-Denied Groups at Glitter Bean Cafe in Halifax, NS. 

Tuesday May 23rd at 7-8:30 pm ADT, 6-7:30 pm EST, CWCF JEDI Business Conversion Project Coordinator, Janielle Maxwell, and CWCF Board member, Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido from Black Women Professional Worker Co-op, will present on “The Need, History, and Legacy of Social Purpose” which will include an overview of some key systemic issues women and BIPOC groups face in the employment sector and details on the CWCF’s JEDI initiative: the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Business Conversion Project.

Juliet will discuss the importance of African Indigenous frameworks in shaping co-operative/social enterprise spaces, as well as the pre-existing cultural and social connection between racialized individuals and the solidarity economy/ SPOs. From lived experience, she will also discuss some common challenges racialized groups face when converting from a traditional business to a SPO as well as how business conversions to SPOs play a vital role in the preservation of cultural heritage and community, advancing alternative finance models, creating space for formal and informal economies, & building capacity for investment readiness. Refreshments and drinks will also be available for in-person registrants!

If you’re interested in attending this free in-person event that will be simultaneously live streamed via Zoom,– please register here.

For more information on the event and speaker bios click here.