MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning - Annual Report 2021

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Connecting Passion and Purpose Through the Arts

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Collage-Making, Portapique Summer Camp 2021

TABLE OF

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Equity Work Message from the MacPhee Centre Co-Chairs & Executive Director Meet Annica & Craig Collective Impact throughout 2021 Community Interest and Support Financials

MISSION

We are a community that empowers youth to access their individual creativity and a path to success.

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VALUES

Inspiring Youth Education as a Foundation Compassion and Nurturing Creative Learning Community and Mentorship

VISION

The MacPhee Centre & its youth are celebrated and supported province-wide for creative brilliance and community engagement.


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As the result of the brilliance and dedication of over twenty community leaders, this year the Centre introduced more than 50 actionable steps to be taken to continue working towards being an actively anti-racist organization. Below is a partial overview of the actions - the successes and failures - taken this year.

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MESSAGE FROM THE

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & BOARD CO-CHAIRS Greetings Friends of MacPhee!

2021 was another eventful year both globally and locally. It’s a challenge, to sum up, the events of the past year, as many people have faced personal struggle, lived through year two of the global pandemic and a period of global consciousness-raising. However, like most moments of struggle, there is also the balancing effect of growth and beauty embedded in the journey. Several themes encapsulate the year that was, and that can also be used as the launching pad for the year that will be. The two we chose to reflect upon within this message are ‘transition’ and ‘perseverance’. The MacPhee Centre has undergone numerous significant transitions over the past year, including saying goodbye to our beloved ED Heather MacDonald, and Karn Nichols passing the torch as Board Chair. Both Heather and Karn were incredibly important and instrumental in setting the foundation and shaping the direction and values of the MacPhee Centre. These are rooted in inspiring youth, highlighting education, compassion, creative learning, and community mentorship. Both Heather and Karn have had a lasting positive influence on the DNA of our organization, leading us with skill matched by passion and heart. There were other transitions throughout the year. Our Centre’s staff are essential to the success and impact we have with the youth and community. We said goodbye to amazing people in Magda and Katie and welcomed equally powerful people in, Pam and Diana. We were fortunate to have Penny join our team as an Interim ED while we embarked on our search for Heather’s successor. With the support and guidance of P4G, we are thrilled to welcome Sharon as our new Executive Director. Transitions also influenced our programming at the Centre, as staff continued to navigate the ever-changing public health guidelines and offer world-class programming both in-person and online. Through these numerous transitions our staff, youth and community continued to show incredible perseverance. The resiliency demonstrated by the youth we have the privilege to support is remarkable. They weathered all the changes within the Centre and they continued to endure during challenging times within the community, illustrating how through challenges come opportunities for growth. Regardless of the changes that were happening within and around the Centre, our core programming continues to focus on delivering highquality opportunities to youth to further enhance their well-being, creative pursuits, and ability to explore in a safer and inclusive space. Through our outreach programming, we began to provide support to the Portapique community, as well as continued to engage with communities across HRM. Through the innovation and passion of Courtney and others, the Centre was able to develop and deliver ongoing support with the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and because of their leadership, the MacPhee Centre is seen as a thought leader in supporting the community. We have also focused our programming within and outside the Centre to support efforts around justice, equity, diversity and inclusion and being responsive our community, following the recommendation of our anti-racism working group (ARWG). We have also partnered with Wisdom to Action to embark on a new strategic plan engaging our staff, youth, community members, and partners to help shape the future direction of the MacPhee Centre and our journey of growth in supporting community. Literature often talks about evidence-based practices and the importance of these in delivering quality support and services to youth. What is not as often discussed are evidence-based values and how these values are fundamental in shaping the practices that get endorsed. As an organization, the MacPhee Centre ‘lives’ our values in all that it does. We are committed to social justice and wholistically supporting youth as their whole selves. We are striving to create a sense of belonging for individuals and the community. We believe in compassion and acceptance and these stances guide our interactions. We are excited to see what this next year will bring, and how we will continue to bring our organizational values and put them into to practice to foster and strengthen community. All of these endeavours would not be possible without the generous support of contributors and partners. Thank you all for supporting a positive and creative environment for youth that allows us to continuously look at how we can maximize opportunities to support youth. Together we co-create spaces where passion and purpose intersect to make a lasting impact.

Sharon Ishimwe Executive Director

Emma Beukema Co-Board Chair

Jeffrey Thoms Co-Board Chair

Photography, Portapique Summer Camp 2021


THE

COLLECTIVE IMPACT THE

COLLECTIVE IMPACT OF CREATIVE ARTS PROGRAMMING

OF CREATIVE ARTS PROGRAMMING

Annica is no stranger to the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning. When she first attended a kayaking summer camp with her two siblings three years ago, she didn't anticipate what the space would come to mean to her as more time went by. Now a grade nine student, she loves the Centre "because of all the the great facilitators and volunteers who make it a welcoming and accepting place where people can figure out who they want to be without judgement". Since her first day, she has found herself in all sorts of programs. Why? "I love new things. I loved thethe sewing summer camp because it helped me loveart. art.Crafty Craftystuff, stuff,because becauseititlets letsme metry try new things. I loved sewing summer camp because it helped find fashion expression. The sculpture campcamp gave me lots oflots great and ways create artnew pieces." One of memy findown my own fashion expression. The sculpture gave me oftechniques great techniques andtoways tonew create art pieces". One of those programs just so happened to be our cooking program from the Fall term: Putting it All on onthe theTable Table. Putting it All on the Table allowed youth to learn some basic cooking skills, gain confidence in crafting their own recipes in the kitchen, and explore the ways that food brings people together. Not only did it bring MacPhee youth together, but it was the product NourishNS NS and the MacPhee Centre, with support from the folks at Hope of an incredible partnership between Nourish HopeBlooms Bloom. When asked, the facilitator Craig, who happens to be a Hope Blooms alumni and current staff member said that as someone who has been able to see the changes and development in his community, he was excited to take this program ' across the water' and encourage more creative brilliance. By making this connection, we get the chance to share some of our (organizational) knowledge. It was really awesome". He shared that one of his favourite memories of the program was when the youth got to choose one of their favourite recipes from the term and put their own spin on it. We are so fortunate to have had the support and commitment to youth-driven programming from the folks at Nourish NS. Partnerships like these give youth and the broader community the opportunity opportunity to take risks in new things, explore what it means to exist within a community, and be themselves. Something Annica's Mom, Tracie, felt was particularly true in her child's experience. "She doesn't seem to remember it as vividly, but from my point of view, the program that, hands-down, seemed to have been the most impactful was Annica's very first GSA program. I had encouraged her to join the GSA at her school because she was so full of questions about labels and gender and sexuality, but she was adamant that she didn't want to. I convinced her to try one GSA group at MacPhee to see what she thought, with people who would not be from her school. She loved it! A few months later, all of a sudden she was active in her GSA club at school and making new friends, which made her school experience much better than it had been. When I asked she told me that the MacPhee group had given her the confidence she needed to be herself in school, and for that I am very grateful". Annica pictured top-right; Craig pictured in bottom, Putting it All on the Table 2021

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Outreach Programs with the North End & JWL YMCA, Spring & Summer 2021

3983

SNACKS

SERVED IN OUR INHOUSE AND

OUTREACH PROGRAMS

71

UNIQUE

PROFESSIONAL

ART FACILITATORS

IMPACT REPORT This past year, the MacPhee Centre experienced the most growth through our online and in-person programming. We are so grateful for our facilitators, volunteers, community members, and all those who nsupport the work the Centre does throughout the year.

184

1478

PROGRAMS FACILITATED

CREATIVE

7 STUDENT

PLACEMENTS

FROM NSCC OR DALHOUSIE

HOURS OF

UNIQUE

PROGRAMMING

FACILITATED

4876

YOUTH VISITED MACPHEE CENTRE PROGRAMMING WE DESIGNATED POSITIONS FOR

BIPOC COMMUNITY

WE

897

CONSISTENTLY MEMBERS AND HIRE AT LEAST YOUTH VISITS TO HIRED PERMANENT STAFF POSITIONS

50% BIPOC

FACILITATORS 2SLGBTQ+

EACH TERM PROGRAMMING

17 UNIQUE PROGRAM

LOCATIONS &

19 UNIQUE

PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

346

YOUTH VISITED MACPHEE

CENTRE PROGRAMS FROM THE

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MacPhee Day Camps, Summer 2021

PROGRAMS

THE FIRST PILOT

LAUNCH IN

PARTNERSHIP

SITE WAS LAUNCHED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

WITH

THE PORTAPIQUE COMMUNITY BUILD-UP+

The MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning has a pan-provincial reach.

WE DESIGNATED QUINN FINISHED POSITIONS HISFOR TIME AS A

BIPOC COMMUNITY

GSA

MEMBERS AND

HIRED PERMANENT FACILITATOR

STAFF POSITIONS AFTER 5 YEARS

This map represents where youth in the province have tuned in to virtual and in-person programming. This amid the incredible highlights from this past year...

IN THE

PROGRAM

GSA YOUTH

INTRODUCTION OF THE

KARN NICHOLS

NAMED AS THE

PASSION & PURPOSE

HALIFAX PRIDE AMBASSADORS

SCHOLARSHIP ANNUALLY

WELCOMED WE DESIGNATED EMMA BEUKEMA POSITIONS FOR AND COMMUNITY BIPOC

LAUNCHED WE PAN-

JEFFREY THOMS MEMBERS AND HIRED PERMANENT AS THE NEW

CONSISTENTLY PROVINCIAL HIRE AT LEAST VIRTUAL

CO-CHAIRS

PROGRAMMING EACH TERM

STAFF POSITIONSBOARD

50% BIPOC

2SLGBTQ+ PILOT LAUNCHED THE

'ED SNACKS' IN MARCH

GSA FACILITATORS

FIND THEM ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL


OUR COMMUNITY MacPhee Centre programs are made possible by generous contributions of our partners who believe in our mission of empowering youth. Achilles Hencher Acadian Embassy Records Accomplice Content Supply Co. ADP Canada Adrie Wilkie Al & Mary MacPhee Alana Robson Alana Weatherbee Alderney Landing Theatre Alexander Colaiacovo Alexandra Diggs Alexi Rodriguez Alfred Burgesson Alison Critch Alison O'Hanley Allie Lum Allison Baldwin Alysia Fox Amber Solberg Amy Vinnedge Andrea Chute Andrea Smith Andrea Wells Anneisa Huggarth Anonymous (2) April Beattie Ashley Hill Ashley MacNeil Asja Dillet Atlantic Developments Audrey Chan Avery Morris Bai Bintou Kaira Becky Daley Behrooz Mihankhah Beth MacNeil Beverly Anthony BGC Greater Halifax Bird Stairs Bjorn Carr Black Beauty Culture Association Blair Duhamel Bluenose Charity Challenge Board Room Cafe Boyne Clarke BGC Club - Dartmouth North Breanna Rudolph

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Brittany Campbell Brittany LeBlanc Brody Weaver Brook Bennett Brunswick News Inc. Business is Jammin' B'Y Local Dartmouth Caitlyn Spence Canada Summer Jobs Carla Hage Carleana De Wilde Carley Mullally Carley Warner-Hussey Caroline Harper Caroline Urquhart-Campbell Catherine Baker Catherine Rose Catherine Williams Cathy Porter Celia O'Shea Chelsea Lacey Cheryl Pope Chiedza Jones Chrissy Duggan Christ Church Christine Lucas CI Private Wealth Cindy Reid Claudia Chender, MLA Colleen Warren Courtney Connor Craig Cain Daniel Allain Darini Pathirana David Graham Demetreous Lane Tenants Association Denise Boutilier Denise Roche Diana Rumsey Diane Sadowski Downtown Dartmouth Business Association Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission - Nocturne Grant Dr. Henry Bishop dre Thoms

Dunovan Kalberlah East Dartmouth Community Centre East Preston Family Resource Centre Edwards Foundation Eilish MacIntyre Elder Billy Lewis Elderberries Eli Warriner Elizabeth LeVatte Ella Christianson Emily Clarke Emily Ryan Emma Beukema Emma Cochrane Emma Cruddas Emma Fitzgerald Emy Stantcheva Erica Byenkya Evelyn White Excel Garay Family SOS Faune Creaser Finch Van Baal Flemming Charitable Foundation Frog Lake Productions II Inc. George Barrett Green Shield Canada Halifax Pride Halifax Recreation Halifax Regional Municipality Halifax Regional MunicipalityCapital Funds Halifax Youth Foundation Harbourview Elementary School Heather Anthony Heather Bellmore Heather MacDonald Heather Williams Helena Collins Hope Blooms Ian Bennett Indio Lefchak Isabelle Elie-Pierre The IWK Izzy Francolini

Visual Arts Camp, Summer 2021


Jaclyn Reid Jacob Leon Jacqueline Carter James Neish Jana Thorne Jane West Janet Webster Jeffrey Thoms Jenn Kavanaugh Jenn Prager Jennifer Carew Jennifer Waugh Jessica Stanford Jessie Dale Jill Aitken Jill Sheppard JJ Steeves Jo Treggiari Joanne Greene Jocelyn Desveau Jodi Wagg John MacDonald John Michael Brewer John W Lindsay YMCA Jolene O'Connell Jonah Ssenyange Jordan Hughes Joshua Chourney Joshua Santimaw Juanita Ford Julia Carter Julie Brown Julie Chender Kareem O'Keiffe Karli Aucoin Karn Nichols Kayla Bernard Kayza DeGraff-Ford Kelli Simms Kelsey Chiasson Kelsey Hackett Kendra Coady Kendrick Douglas Keri Robertson-Findlay Kim Hughes Kimberlee McTaggart Kimberley Hendricken Kimberly Mahoney Kiwanis Club of Dartmouth Kristen Kluk Kwento Taylor Kyla MacDougall Kyla Miettinen Lake Echo Community Recreation Society Larry MacEachern Lauren A Connor Leah Grimmer Leesa Hamilton

Letitia Fraser Levenhurst Foundation Leykey Beals Linda Hudson Lisa Ann Gallivan Lisa Ennis Lisa Tucker Lisa Weatherhead Lori Ann Lee-Dalton Lorraine Lewis Lorraine Vassalo Lux Habrich Médérik Ménard Maddison Dominey Mallory Breneol Mara Vizzutti Margaret Schwartz Marie Rowsell Maritime Auto Mark Holden Mary Brantnall Mary Daigle Matayah Weeks Matthew Clow Matthew Collicott Matthew Thomson Maureen Kavanagh Maureen McTague Maxwell Leadley McInnes Cooper Meagan Smith Meghan Pushie Melanie Hopkinson Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia Mercator Geological Services Michael Ackerman Michael Kelly Michelle Collins Michelle Ivany Michelle Leblanc Michelle Rideout Mike Allison Mildred Skeffington Ming Scott Miramichi River Co. Mitchell Folkins Mona Lynch Music Ontario Mustafa Alsayegh Nancy Burton Nancy Smithers Nat Quathamer Natasha Verbeke Niamh MacMaster Nick Nylen Nicko Johnson Nicole Gilkie

Nicole Hachey Nicole MacLean Nikki Robar Norbert Caparica North End Community YMCA North Grove Nourish Nova Scotia NSCAD University NSHA NSHA Community Health Board - Halifax NSHA Community Health Board - Southeastern Oyindamola Akindele Paige Hoveling Pam Juarez Pascale Julien Paul Schwartz Paula McIsaac Penny Laite Portapique Build Up+ Province of Nova Scotia Province of Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage Province of Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness Province of Nova Scotia Health Promotion Branch Quinn MacIsaac Rachel Pushie Rachele Mannet Raphael Foundation Raye Leier Rebecca Rose Rebecca Thomas Rebekah Clench Reg Manzer Rhia Perkins Rhonda O'Callaghan Riverside Community Hall Robin Wolfe Roderick Davison Root Architecture Rubin Coward Russ & Sharon Brannon Sadie Bills Samanthia Kennedy Sara Courtney Sarah Hause Sarah Lefurgey Sean Beukema Seana Jewer Sheila Blair-Reid Sheri Hannam Sherry Farrell Shila LeBlanc Sonya Merrick

Stairs Memorial United Church Stephanie Caldwell Stephanie Gates Stephanie Harding Stephanie ThomasJohnson Steven Barnes Stuart Clow Sue LeBlanc, MLA Susan Elliott Sylvia Gawaad Tallahassee Recreation Centre Tammi Cross Tanya Godin Tara Taylor Tegan Daley Templeton Sawyer Terrence Taylor Terri Steele-Gates The North Grove The Trainyard Theresa Meuse Threesixfive Media Todd Saunders Tony Bourgoin Tracey Devereaux Tracey Hanlon Truefaux Films United Way Colchester Urusula Fournier Valerie Cobham Veronica Gutierrez Victor Fisher Vie Jones Vitamin Dee Entertainment Warren Mosley Watt's Wind Energy Whitney Kerr Wicked Bodies WILD Wonder'neath Wren Tian-Morris Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia Xian Niles Yeah Yeahs Pizza YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs YMCA Greater Halifax/ Dartmouth Yohan Black/Edwin Hull Youth Project Zabrina Prescott with the Clean Foundation

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Fashion Hacking Camp, Summer 2021


Painting, Winter 2021

FINANCIALS STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

2021

2020

$707,759

$472,066

123,035

276,493

43,541

34,698

172,275

150,275

$1,046,610

$933,532

$30,334

$17,937

21,912

21,912

184,330

175,972

Internally restricted net assets

363,525

197,372

Unrestricted net assets

446,509

520,339

Total liabilities and fund balances $1,046,610

$933,532

ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents Receivables and prepaid Capital assets Other non-current assets Total assets LIABILITIES Payables Other long-term liabilities Deferred revenue NET ASSETS

2.7% 14.7%

16.5% 4.2%

46.4%

12%

69.1%

32.4%

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ASSETS

LIABILITIES


Geek Week Camp, Summer 2021

STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS REVENUES

2021

2020

$349,357

$312,470

161,258

138,980

Fundraising

6,890

4,180

In-kind revenue

7,732

1,000

Program revenue and other

6,787

4,274

$532,024

$460,904

$6,130

$2,642

Amortization

9,499

10,687

Fundraising

2,426

1,469

688

570

67,449

67,188

8,467

6,350

Program costs

233,489

168,754

Administration

178,901

109,883

Total expenses

$507,049

$367,543

$24,975

$93,361

Government grants Donations

Total revenue EXPENDITURES Advertising and promotion

Interest and bank charges Occupancy costs Office

Excess of revenue or other expenses 1.5%

2.2% 15.4%

25.1%

30.3% 1.9%

65.7%

REVENUES

EXPENDITURES 53.3%

OTHER INCOME Canada emergency wage subsidy Canada emergency rent subsidy

$59,354 7,995

Excess of revenue or other expenses

$92,234

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"A lot of the youth I work with typically struggle with socializing or making any friends. When I heard that [MacPhee] was running a drop in program, I was so excited because it was an opportunity for these folks to meet people - not in front of a computer screen. One of the youth had never gone to a program without their parent or guardian, and now they go on their own." Student Support Worker, Caledonia Junior High Summer Programming, 2021

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