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  • February 05, 2018

Expanding the Impact of the Positive Voice Program

Nokee Kwe receives Ontario Trillium Foundation funding

Expanding the impact of Nokee Kwe’s Positive Voice program was the focus of an announcement this morning. Deb Matthews, MPP for London North Centre visited Nokee Kwe to talk to past program participants and to share the news that the Ontario Government is investing a $216,500 Grow Grant to support the growth and expansion of this program.

Positive Voice is an innovative program in London that supports the development of community connections by urban Aboriginal women, 18 years and older, who are transitioning to employment or education. It was recently the recipient of the 2017 Pillar Community Innovation Award and a nominee for the 2017 Champion of Mental Health Awards.

The project is part of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Grow Investment Stream, which helps organizations expand an existing, proven not-for-profit project.




“Local non-profits continue to deliver services and initiatives that make a real difference in the lives of residents in London. I am thrilled our government is supporting Nokee Kwe’s Positive Voice program and look forward to seeing the impact it has on participants and our community.”

— Deb Matthews, MPP London North Centre


“We are proud to support excellent projects across Ontario, and we thank all our volunteers for their work in assessing these great grants. With projects like these, communities will thrive. We are glad to support Francophone, Indigenous, rural communities and other underserved communities with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport to ensure that we are building healthy and vibrant communities.”

— Tim Jackson, Board Chair, Ontario Trillium Foundation


“Receiving Grow Grant funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation will allow us to expand the +Positive Voice community, with the goal of reducing social isolation of urban Indigenous women in the London area. We are excited to offer more of our 7 week programs, in addition to stand alone workshops. We will also extend the reach of our participant's projects through the publication of a book, the development of digital content, and conference presentations. Our funding also supports one year internships for two previous program participants, so they can build on the skills learned during the program. We are grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the London community who have embraced +Positive Voice, and in turn, recognized the resilience, strength, and potential of our program participants.”

-       Summer Thorp, Employment Counsellor and +Positive Voice Program Coordinator




  • Nokee Kwe received $216,500 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Grow Investment Stream.
  • Ontario is investing over $50 million to expand 145 non-profit initiatives that are helping to build strong social and cultural communities across the province. 134 initiatives are receiving a total of $49 million in funding as part of the Grow Investment Stream, and 11 programs are receiving a total of $780,000 as part of the Collective Impact Grant.
  • Since 2013, the Ontario Trillium Foundation has invested over $452 million in projects to help build healthy and vibrant communities.
  • Sixteen Grant Review Teams across Ontario, composed of active community-based volunteers, review applications and guide granting decisions for the OTF.
  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations.
  • An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.




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