The Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute
The Donner Canadian Foundation

The Donner Canadian Foundation

November 17, 2008 09:00 ET

The Fraser Institute: Media Advisory; Donner Awards and $70,000 in Prize Money to Be Handed Out to Canada's Best-Run Non-Profit Agencies Wednesday

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 17, 2008) - Winners of the 2008 Donner Canadian Foundation Awards for Excellence in the Delivery of Social Services will be announced Wednesday, November 19 in Toronto.

The Donner Awards are Canada's largest non-profit recognition program, established in 1998 to recognize and encourage best practices in non-profit management and to increase public confidence and support for Canada's non-profit sector. Since 1998, the awards program has granted $720,000 in awards and has received 4,591 applications from organizations providing services in all 10 provinces and two territories.

The awards, administered by the Fraser Institute on behalf of the Donner Canadian Foundation, will be presented at a celebratory luncheon November 19 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Toronto. Additional information is available at

Non-profit organizations from across Canada submitted a total of 601 applications to the awards in 2008. 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 in the Delivery of Social Services will be presented to the highest performer overall. 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: Wednesday, November 19

Time: 12:30 - 2:15pm Awards ceremony and luncheon

1:05 pm Announcement of the nine Category Awards recipients

1:45 pm Announcement of the William H. Donner Award and Peter F. Drucker
Award recipients

2:15 pm Group Photo

2:20 pm Interview opportunities with finalists and award recipients

Location: Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 475 Yonge Street, 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 2008 Donner Award Finalists (by category)

Alternative Education
- Friends of the Canadian War Museum (Ottawa, ON)
- Planned Parenthood - Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Health Centre (St.
John's, NL)
- Sarnia Lambton Rebound (Sarnia, ON)

Counselling Services
- Elizabeth Fry Society Mainland Nova Scotia (Dartmouth, NS)
- Sudbury Action Centre for Youth (Sudbury, ON)
- Youth Services of Lambton County - Huron House Boys' Residential Home
(Bright's Grove, ON)

Crisis Intervention
- Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre (Calgary, AB)
- London Crisis Pregnancy Centre (London, ON)
- Sarnia Lambton Rebound (Sarnia, ON)

Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse
- Fresh Start Recovery Centre (Calgary, AB)
- 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)

Services for Children
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peterborough (Peterborough, ON)
- Educational Program Innovations Charity Society (North Sydney, NS)
- Harmony (Sarnia, ON)
- Kids Come First Child Care Services (Thornhill, ON)

Services for People with Disabilities
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Society of Manitoba (Winnipeg, MB)
- Maidstone Group Home Society (Maidstone, SK)
- Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada - Calgary Chapter (Calgary, AB)
- Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (Burnaby, BC)

Services for Seniors
- Alzheimer Society of Oxford (Woodstock, ON)
- Calgary Meals on Wheels (Calgary, AB)
- Community and Primary Health Care - Lanark, Leeds and Grenville
(Brockville, ON)

Traditional Education
- Edmonton Chinese Bilingual Education Association (Edmonton, AB)
- Cornwall Alternative School (Regina, SK)
- Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of British Columbia
(Vancouver, BC)

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

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