LEDlab wins 2018 City of Vancouver Healthy City for All Leadership Award!
We are excited to share with you all that the Local Economic Development Lab received the 2018 City of Vancouver Healthy City for All Leadership Award! Many individuals, youth, and organizations of Vancouver were honoured at the annual Awards of Excellence ceremony, a City of Vancouver program that acknowledges outstanding civic achievements. LEDlab was nominated for the Health City Leadership Award by Exchange Inner City, and our nomination was supported by 2017 award winners, The Binners’ Project.
Current LEDlab project coordinators, alumni, as well as representatives from Ecotrust Canada and RADIUS SFU attended the ceremony to receive the award as named by Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Council. The Healthy City for All Award pays tribute to outstanding leadership by an individual or organization in working towards one or more of the City’s 13 goals to achieve a healthy city for everyone.
Since 2015, LEDlab has acted as a platform to activate projects that contribute to Healthy City Strategy goals of Making Ends Meeting and Working Well and Being and Feeling Safe and Included. Over three years, LEDlab’s work has helped to test and incubate 11 social enterprises and innovative social service innovations, offered 281+ hours of facilitation and strategic support to umbrella organizations such as Urban Core and Exchange Inner City, engaged a network of 60+ civic and government stakeholders to collaborate for systemic change, and provided 1006 person hours of workshop training in social enterprise development, social innovation and systems change. LEDlab also supported two public policy research projects that have informed advocacy and policy development efforts including the Downtown Eastside Community Economic Development Strategy’s core organizing principle of the ‘Income Generation Continuum’ and more recently, the Poverty Reduction Strategy consultations.
Exchange Inner City wrote in their nomination, “LEDlab exemplifies the Collaborative Leadership principle of the Healthy City Strategy. Recognizing that building a healthy city for all will take all sectors, LEDlab engages various stakeholder groups through an inclusive and developmental approach. LEDlab activities have built substantial trust and social capital amongst numerous parties, laying the foundation for the collaborative work now taking place in the DTES, manifesting through intermediary and backbone organizations like Exchange Inner City and Eastside Works (formerly the Lux). LEDlab showed great leadership in bringing over $300,000 of its own capital to the DTES communities, and allocating graduate student project coordinators to community-led ideas and innovations, which ultimately helped to set in motion a new type of culture around collaboration and abundance, rather than silos and scarcity. In its final year, Exchange Inner City would like to recommend LEDlab for a Healthy City Leadership Award to recognize the contribution that the organization and its founder, Kiri Bird, has had on the ecosystem of community economic development actors in the Downtown Eastside and beyond.”
The Local Economic Development Lab is modeled on social change labs worldwide. We are a longitudinal ‘think and do’ initiative concentrated on understanding the conditions required for inclusive and sustainable economic development in disadvantaged urban communities, and building ground up solutions engaging stakeholders from across the system. The Lab brings together a diversity of perspectives and professional capacities, it is experimental by nature, and it is focused on affecting systemic change.
Thank you to the City of Vancouver and all of our partners for your support!
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