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What I Want to Tell You About One Spark

Sunday, July 19, 2015 3:48 PM



If you know me, you know that One Spark is a living piece of my heart: I immediately think about our work at One Spark when my eyes open in the morning and it's often the last thing I think about before shutting things down for the night.  Honestly, one of my greatest joys in life is when I see people excited, impassioned, engaged, and committed to our mission.  I'm always trying to think of ways to share and express my love for this organization.

So, for this week's blog, I thought I would give a quick synopsis of the Top Ten Things I Love About One Spark in the hope that it might move someone reading this to help us continue our work by supporting our 2 For 2 Marathon.

Here it goes:

10.  We are in a constant state of innovation.  When the people involved with One Spark are around a table, we are constantly trying to find meaningful solutions to eliminate violence against women and to brainstorm how we can rally communities in new ways to support women impacted by violence.  It is an amazing wellspring of ideas.

9.  We are acting on our ideas.  We started with an Entrepreneurship Program and our Candle Campaign.  We are in the process of bringing more amazing programming to life, including some very cool programming for girls: let's use entrepreneurship as a vehicle for prevention by engaging girls in our mission.

8.  We've been embraced by the most amazing organizations.  CCI Studios and The Workplace Group in particular have been such amazing champions on our behalf in our first 2 years of existence.

7.  We are committed to exceptional standards of accountability.  We match our innovative thinking with our concern for maximizing the use of the donations we receive and meeting and exceeding all standards of accountability required of Canadian charities and federally incorporated non-profits.

6.  We are an ever-growing band of individual supporters: people are constantly asking what they can do to support our work and wanting to engage in such amazing ways.  We believe we have incredible growth potential and will continue to engage the most amazing souls in our work.

5.  We have some exciting fundraising initiatives on the horizon: a social enterprise called Hey Babies; an amazing concert event called Revelree; our golf tournament; and our upcoming marathon are just a few of the great events that will be supporting us in the near-term (drop me a line if you're interested in supporting any of the above!).

4.  We have the most incredible Board of Directors.  I can't say enough about this group.  These spectacular individuals are smart, passionate, committed, trustworthy, and all-around fantastic people.  They are the heart and lifeblood of One Spark's work.

3.  We are serious about our work, but we never forget to laugh.

2.  We are seeing meaningful outcomes.  As one of the women we work with recently wrote, "I have gained confidence, not only in myself, but as a women with substance that does have something to bring to the table. One Spark has listened to my idea's, even during the current struggles that I continue to have. They give me a direction and keep me on track as this has to be one of the hardest things to accomplish as an abused women, especially with children. The support from all of the experienced board members and all that they have to offer is supreme to say the least."

1.  We work with courageous, resilient, incredible women.  We never stop learning from the women we work with and are so excited and hopeful about their next steps.  They are at the heart of One Spark's work and the reason we want to see One Spark continue to grow in leaps and bounds.

If you need more reasons, email me any time at corrie@one-spark.ca.  I could talk your ear off about One Spark's work, where it's going, and what we will continue to achieve.  If you're already feeling my love for this organization, please consider supporting it with a donation to the marathon my sister and I will be running to get two new women set up in their own business to help them move towards a life free of violence.  You can make a donation at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/2-for-2-marathon-two-sisters-for-two-women/.  Thanks so much for your support!

Peace,
Corrie