Awards & accolades

We’re extremely proud of the awards we receive. Probably because it’s not easy to do what we do. There is no playbook for working in First Nations and Inuit communities, nor for international development work. Sticking with it—let alone getting good at it—requires enormous resilience. In the North, basic communication, logistics and travel are sometimes a challenge. These factors can impact the ease of delivering programs. Overseas, the challenges are no less pronounced: civil war, drought…sometimes the government of the very people you are helping tries to bump you out for political reasons.

So when Tanzania’s Ministry of Education wants to talk with us about rolling out the programming we’ve kickstarted on a massive scale, it feels pretty good. That’s when you know you have the expertise, the experience and the resilience to endure and to succeed. It shows that we’re maturing as an organization.

Donner Canadian Foundation Award for Excellence in the Delivery of Education, 2012 & 2013

Image Description It also means a lot when we win something like a Donner Award, which we did in both 2012 and 2013. Of the 554 not-for-profit organizations that applied for the award in 2013, 128 were short-listed. Using the evaluation benchmarks that they created, the Fraser Institute scored short-listed applicants and came up with Elephant Thoughts as the winner, two years running.

Ashoka Fellowship Award

Ashoka_logo-new In 2013 Elephant Thoughts won the coveted Ashoka Award for our approach to First Nations, Inuit and Métis Education. Ashoka is the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs. The organization, active in 70 countries, provides start-up financing, professional support services, connections to a global network across the business and social sectors, and a platform for people dedicated to changing the world.

The Award was presented to us by the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the Counselling Foundation of Canada and Ashoka Changemakers.

YMCA Peace Award

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This award was presented to Lisa Farano, President of Elephant Thoughts. It recognizes the achievements of individuals and groups in local communities who demonstrate the values espoused by the YMCA.

Paul Harris Award

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The Rotary Club of Collingwood South Georgian Bay recognized Bill Sloan, Elephant Thoughts’ CFO, as a Paul Harris Fellow for his exemplary humanitarian service.

Me to We Award

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Me to We chose Jeremy Rhodes, Elephant Thoughts’ Executive Director, for this award, for making a difference at home and abroad.

Service Above Self Award

Rotary Club of Collingwood and Rotary Club of Colingwood- South Georgian Bay

The Rotary Club of Collingwood South Georgian Bay recognized Jeremy Rhodes, Elephant Thoughts’ founder, with a Rotary Centennial Award for Service Above Self, for his exceptional work in serving others.