Presentation on Social Enterprises

Categories: Events
Published on: June 16, 2014

Transition Brockville / 15 June 2014

In the face of the deepening global economic crunch, Transition Brockville has been looking into various alternative work arrangements, including home-based production, worker-owned cooperatives and buyer-owned cooperatives.

Making big profits is not always the key driver for a business. This is particularly true of the “social enterprise” business model, which looks beyond financial gain to the social and environmental benefits from operating a business. Transition Brockville has invited Shelley McCaffrey, case manager at Leeds-Grenville Mental Health (LGMH), to talk about social enterprises at our next public presentation.

McCaffrey has been given the go-ahead from LGMH to combine three separate projects the agency has been fostering into a sustainable social enterprise. “That includes an artists’ studio, our garden project making raised garden beds from wooden pallets, and our bike repair service, which has already repaired 40 bikes,” McCaffrey said. These projects give LGMH clients throughout the counties the opportunity to express their creativity and their desire to serve the wider community.

Her goal is to set up a social enterprise distinct from LGMH that gives the agency’s clients the chance to engage with the general public and work together for a better, more inclusive community. She envisions a central location where the three current projects can operate and expand, and which could include other enterprises. The artists’ studio could start offering workshops; the garden beds are just one of 30 ways wood from free pallets can be re-purposed; and the bike repair shop could start renting bikes, she said.

“I’m hoping this presentation will help Brockville and area residents to think outside the box for ways to create our own jobs in the community,” she said.

WHEN: Sunday, June 22, 2:00 pm
WHERE: Brockville Public Library, 23 Buell Street, Brockville