Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Coady Institute Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Funding Announcements of more than $1 Million

December 2nd, 2019
Eileen Alma, Coady Director of Women and Indigenous Programming, Elder Kerry Prosper, Indigenous Knowledge Keeper on campus, and StFX President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Kevin Wamsley chat at 60th anniversary celebrations for the Coady International Institute.

A strong history and a bright future.

That was the sentiment at a celebration of the Coady International Institute’s 60th anniversary, held December 2, 2019 – exactly 60 years to the day from the Institute’s opening.

Special guests and community members gathered for a reception in the Coady International Institute’s Antigonish Community Foyer, where they reminisced about the Institute’s incredible global legacy of sustainable, community-centered growth and development.

With a mural of Monsignor Moses M. Coady, founder of the Antigonish Movement and namesake of the Coady Institute, overseeing the festivities, attendees shared stories from the Institute’s past and shared hopes for its future.

Their hopes are high – and for good reason.

During the ceremony, Gord Cunningham, Executive Director of the Coady International Institute, announced over $1 million in funding from four groups to support and strengthen Institute programs over the coming years.

The funding includes $477,000 over four years for Coady’s work with the Supporting Transition, Retention and Training for Girls (START4GIRLS) program in Zimbabwe. Lead by CARE Canada, and funded through Global Affairs Canada, the project will work with girls, adolescent women, and their communities to promote vocational skills training. It will also place a special emphasis on married girls and teenage mothers who have dropped out of school.

Further funding of $125,000 USD from the Ford Foundation will support Coady’s work with partner group The Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in India. The three-year project will design participatory tools to measure how and where economic vulnerability affects women and their ability to participate in formal and informal employment.

Finally, a $300,000 contribution from the Comart Foundation will strengthen Coady’s ability to work alongside Indigenous peoples and African Nova Scotians, right here in our own province. The funds will be matched by the Jeannine Deveau Educational Equity Endowment, for a total investment of $600,000. The combined investment will strengthen Coady’s capacity to work more closely with Indigenous and African Nova Scotian students, whether through scholarships that bring students to the Institute or by bringing Coady programs into the community.

The diversity of funding announcements reflects Coady’s commitment to work closely with partner groups around the globe, and increasingly, closer to home here in Canada.

“The Coady Institute continues to be a place where change leaders – whether from other parts of the work or here in Nova Scotia – discuss issues, share innovations and develop real, tangible solutions,” said Gord.

“Local leaders are making change happen.”

Among the local programs celebrated at the event was the Centre for Employment Innovation (CEI), an initiative of the Coady Institute and StFX’s Extension Department. Alongside partners within the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, CEI has worked with more than 100 people from underrepresented groups, helping them gain access to meaningful employment as well as training and professional development opportunities.

It was also noted that Coady’s Global Change Leader program, one of almost two dozen programs that will be offered in 2020, recently received over 1,900 applications for just 20 spots. It’s a figure the Coady Institute says supports the need for such programming, and affirms the Institute’s positive reputation around the world.

In addition to remarks from Mr. Cunningham, speakers at the event included Jamie Smith, Director of Social Innovation; Eileen Alma, Director of Women and Indigenous Programming; Anthony Scoggins, Director of Education Programs, StFX President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Kevin B. Wamsley, and two recent graduates from the Coady Institute: Sheila Pelly and Andrea Curley.

Mr. Kerry Prosper, Indigenous Knowledge Keeper on campus, offered a territorial acknowledgement, in recognition of the fact that the Coady Institute is located on Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and un-ceded territories of the Mi’kmaq people.

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