The Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute

October 18, 2007 09:00 ET

The Fraser Institute: Media Advisory-Best Canadian Non-Profit Agencies to Be Named at Friday's Donner Awards and Share $70,000 in Prize Money

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 18, 2007) - Winners of the 10th annual Donner Canadian Foundation Awards for Excellence in the Delivery of Social Services will be announced Friday, October 19 in Toronto.

The Donner Awards recognize excellence in social service provision by Canadian non-profit organizations by encouraging best practices and greater accountability. Since 1998, the awards program has granted $650,000 in awards. Over the past 10 years it has received 3,990 applications from 2,305 unique organizations providing services in all 10 provinces and two territories.

The awards will be presented at a special 10th anniversary luncheon October 19 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto.

Almost 500 non-profit organizations from across Canada applied for the awards in 2007, submitting more than 630 unique social service programs for evaluation. The top organization in each of nine categories of social service delivery will win $5,000 awards while the $20,000 William H. Donner Award for Excellence will be presented to the highest performer overall. The Donner Awards newest honour, the $5,000 Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Management, will be presented to a non-profit organization with a consistent record of excellence and innovation in management and service delivery.

Media Opportunities

Representatives from all of the finalist organizations are available for interviews.

Date: Friday, October 19

Time: 12:15-2:00pm Awards ceremony and luncheon

12:50 pm Announcement of the Award Recipients

2 pm Group Photo

2:05 pm Interview opportunities with finalists &
award recipients

Location: Four Seasons Hotel, 21 Avenue Road, Toronto

The annual Donner Awards, sponsored by the Donner Canadian Foundation and administered by The Fraser Institute, recognize and reward excellence in program provision by non-profit agencies across Canada. The program is unique in providing participating non-profits with valuable performance information that ranks them relative to similar agencies in their field of social service delivery.

Listing of 2007 Donner Award Finalists (by category)

Alternative Education

- Continuing On In Education (Belleville, ON)

- Sarnia Lambton Rebound (Sarnia, ON)

- Teen-Aid Southwest Inc (Swift Current, SK)

Child Care Services

- Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Peterborough (Peterborough, ON)

- Educational Program Innovations Charity Society (North Sydney, NS)

- The Children's Garden Nursery School (Pembroke, ON)

Counselling Services

- Community Living Campbellford/Brighton (Campbellford, ON)

- Hospice Of Waterloo Region (Kitchener, ON)

- Sudbury Action Centre For Youth (Sudbury, ON)

- Youth Services Of Lambton County Inc. - Huron House Boys' Home (Bright's Grove, ON)

Crisis Intervention

- Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre (Calgary, AB)

- Canadian Mental Health Association For The Kootenays (Cranbrook, BC)

- Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre Of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC)

Services for People with Disabilities

- British Columbia Association of People Who Stutter (White Rock, BC)

- Multiple Sclerosis Society Of Canada - Calgary Chapter (Calgary, AB)

- Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (Burnaby, BC)

Services for Seniors

- Alzheimer Society Of Thunder Bay (Thunder Bay, ON)

- Calgary Meals On Wheels (Calgary, AB)

- Community & Primary Health Care - Lanark, Leeds & Grenville (Brockville, ON)

Prevention & Treatment of Substance Abuse

- Fresh Start Recovery Centre (Calgary, AB)

- InnerVisions Recovery Society Of BC (Port Coquitlam, BC)

- Simon House Residence Society (Calgary, AB)

- Sudbury Action Centre For Youth (Sudbury, ON)

Provision of Basic Necessities

- Alice Housing (Dartmouth, NS)

- Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank (Calgary, AB)

- Inner City Home of Sudbury (Sudbury, ON)

Traditional Education

- Cornwall Alternative School (Regina, SK)

- John Knox Christian School (Oakville, ON)

- Trenton Christian School Society (Trenton, ON)

The Donner Canadian Foundation is dedicated to supporting projects that emphasize self-reliance, individual initiative, and independence. For more information, visit

Established in 1974, The Fraser Institute is an independent public policy organization with offices in Calgary, Montreal, Tampa, Toronto, and Vancouver. For more information, visit

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