From October 3 to 5, 2014, the Suncor Energy Foundation (SEF) hosted 140 funding partners, community organizations, social innovators, government representatives, Aboriginal youth and thought leaders for a second Gathering. The event focused on two topics: Aboriginal youth engagement and capacity building for non-profit organizations.
The Gathering events explore complex social issues that require collaboration to make progress and see lasting community change. The Gathering does not seek to solve these issues, but provides a forum to:
“There is power and possibility in coming together, listening to each other and considering multiple perspectives,” says Cathy Glover, director of community investment and the SEF. “No single organization or individual has all the answers. We all need to come together – Suncor, community partners, thought leaders, government and other funders – if we want to make progress on complex social issues and ultimately build strong, sustainable communities.”
The first Gathering event was held in 2013 to mark the 15th anniversary of the SEF. The SEF hosts The Gathering as part of our community investment strategy focused on achieving lasting change on complex social and environmental issues and building more resilient, sustainable communities.
“Through the power of many we can create strong, sustainable communities that benefit us all, and work towards a more prosperous future for the whole country,” reflects Eric Axford, executive vice president, business services, and SEF board chair. “Coming together and embarking on the difficult conversations that are needed for lasting change are what The Gathering events are all about.”