Donna Cona Supports Wabano Health Centre
Donna Cona is proud to support the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health Igniting the Spirit Gala as a Platinum Sponsor. We are committed to working with Aboriginal organizations to enhance the social and economic development of communities. As Canada’s largest Aboriginal professional service company, we are particularly interested in creating opportunities for Aboriginal youth in the information technology sector. Our support of Wabano is based on our commitment to ensure that Aboriginal youth have access to quality and culturally appropriate health services. These services are essential to provide Aboriginal youth with a good start and healthy lifestyle development.
The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health consists of a $14M building that includes a cultural gathering space, afterschool programs for children, social enterprise activities for young mothers, family counselling, mental health support, and social and community development initiatives. Wabano also offers many programs to assist in dealing with health issues such as fetal alcohol syndrome, HIV/Aids, smoking cessation, diabetes as well as healthy living programming.
The community based health care services and programs they provide to Ottawa First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people are of great value to the urban Aboriginal population. Statistics prove that the Aboriginal population is very young when compared to the overall Canadian population, and that 71% of Aboriginal children live in an urban setting. Wabano provides much needed services to meet the needs of this growing population by delivering services to over 9000 clients.
Please visit the Wabano website to learn more.
Donna Cona Sponsors Publication – Native Leaders of Canada
Donna Cona is proud to announce their support in the publication of Native Leaders in Canada. This important book recognizes Canada’s Native Leaders who have worked hard to make a better way of life for Aboriginal peoples across Canada. These individuals are extraordinary leaders and it is important to acknowledge their achievements.
It is an exciting time to be an Aboriginal person in Canada. Today, more than ever, we have a great respect of the significant contributions Aboriginal people are making to their communities and nations. This recognition is growing each year through literature, learning programs and award ceremonies. Through education and traditional storytelling, Aboriginal people are learning from the Leaders of the past and present in order to become part of the change for this generation.
The Leaders profiled in this publication come from First Nations, Inuit and Metis descent and have diverse backgrounds ranging from renowned artists to prominent political leaders. By staying true to their hopes and dreams, these Leaders have inspired change in the way Aboriginal people are perceived and their ability to achieve success and make a difference.
As a leading sponsor for this book, Donna Cona recognizes New Federation House for creating this inspirational book and taking the time to interview and research the Leaders. In addition, we recognize the contribution of the Advisory Committee members. The members were presented with many notable Native Leaders and it was a very difficult selection process.
Aboriginal Scholarship Fund, Trent University
Donna Cona contributed $30,000 to establish a renewable scholarship fund for Aboriginal students enrolled in Trent University’s Computer Studies program. Donna Cona’s October 2005 contribution was matched by equivalent funds under the Ontario Government’s Access to Opportunities Program. The endowment provides a minimum $2,000 annually to fund one scholarship per year.
National Aboriginal Achievement Award (NAAA), Business and Commerce
John Bernard, President of Donna Cona, was named year 2000 recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award (NAA Award) in Business and Commerce. Mr. Bernard is a member of Maliseet First Nations from New Brunswick’s Madawaska region. One of the Aboriginal community’s more prestigious awards, the NAA Award is presented annually to distinguished Aboriginal men and women who have made a significant contribution in their respective occupations.
Top 40 Under 40, Business Achievement Award
John Bernard was presented the “Top 40 Under 40” award in May 2000. The Globe & Mail award honours men and women who have become outstanding leaders in their chosen field before reaching 40 years of age. Mr. Bernard was recognized for Donna Cona’s technological achievement; installing wireless communications via satellite for the Government of Nunavut.
Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR), Silver Award
Donna Cona received the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Silver Award in February 2001. PAR is a national award given to companies committed to working proactively with Aboriginal people, business and communities. Donna Cona was recognized for its outstanding contribution in creating sustained economic business growth and development.