The Canadian Arab Institute (CAI) is a charitable, non-partisan policy and community engagement think-and-do-tank. It was founded in 2011 with the aim of starting a new conversation about the life and contributions of Canadian Arabs and offering a unique perspective on public policy issues. CAI generates original discourse that engages Canadian institutions and the public and helps improve understanding between communities.
The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) is a social enterprise with a mission to catalyze social innovation in Toronto and around the world. They believe that society is facing unprecedented economic, environmental, social and cultural challenges. The CSI also believe that new innovations are the key to turning these challenges into opportunities to improve our communities and our planet.
Civic Tech Toronto is a diverse community of Torontonians interested in better understanding and finding solutions to civic challenges through technology, design or other means. Civic Tech Toronto aims to create a safe, welcoming and fun space for collaboration because they know that when people from different backgrounds take a collective and human-centred approach to addressing civic issues, amazing things can happen!
iamsick.ca is a digital start-up which connects Canadians with access to healthcare. Since 2012, this website has helped Canadians locate health practitioners and lets you book an appointment online. Another service offered is to find healthcare professionals who speak the patients mother tongue. Through our partnership WHTO and iamsick.ca have tailored this service to the needs of Syrian refugees, to overcome language barriers.
JAYU is a registered charity which is dedicated to sharing human rights stories through the medium of art. Their name originates from the korean word for freedom; and that’s exactly what they provide for their patrons. Through art they have empowered individuals to share their stories, and express empathy with communities far-away. JAYU embodies WHTO’s pillars and overcomes communication barriers to share inspirational stories.
MCIS Language Solutions has been a champion of connecting newcomers with public services in their mother tongue since 1989. This organization is becoming a global language hub with cost effective services. MCIS Language Solutions net profit is redirected into English programs for vulnerable populations. A champion of empathetic innovation, WHTO and MCIS Language Solutions partnership was a natural development.
On the Spot Language is an organization dedicated to English as a second language programs. Their unique learning model focuses on taking students out of the classroom to practice their English speaking. Real-world English speaking experience is the very essence of On the Spot Language mission to build confidence in their students. Our partnership has resulted in a pilot ESL program for newcomers.
Why Should I Care? is an organization composed of individuals who advocate for a democratic and transparent political system in Canada. Their mission is to inform individuals on issues which effect their community and society. Why Should I Care? has developed a grassroot forum model allowing discussions and advocacy to develop on the micro-level from engaged citizens.