Samara Canada's Impact

 

 

Impact


 

2017: BUILDING A STRONGER DEMOCRACY FOR A BETTER CANADA

 


This past year, Samara Canada’s work resonated more than ever. With political crises around the world, Samara continues to meet the challenge of strengthening Canada’s democracy with action-oriented research and inspiring programming. 

As a charity, Samara relies on dedicated donors who believe in our mission, and we want to thank them for their support. 

In this report, you’ll find a snapshot of Samara’s 2017: the fifth year of the Everyday Political Citizen Project, which has recognized the community involvement of over 1,200 Canadians; the second Democracy 360, a report card on the health of Canada’s politics; and the second round of Exit Interviews with former Members of Parliament, which features MPs from all over Canada and of every political stripe.

Canada needs people to stand up and fight for democracy. In 2017 we refined our mission and crafted a bold plan for a stronger democracy and a better Canada.  

We hope you’ll join us. 

Jane Hilderman, Executive Director
Michael MacMillan, Chair and Co-Founder

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Without generous support, Samara would not achieve the impact shared in this report. In addition to extending our gratitude to our diverse base of individual donors, we also want to acknowledge the following companies and foundations:

Bay Tree Foundation • Bennett Jones LLP • BMO Foundation • Community Foundations of Canada • Chawkers Foundation • EY • Google Canada • Judy and Lawrence Tanenbaum Foundation • Laidlaw Foundation • MacMillan Family Foundation • McCarthy Tétrault Foundation • Ontario Trillium Foundation • Panicaro Foundation • RBC Foundation • Telus Community • Your Canada, Your Constitution

Thank you for the investment in Canada’s democracy.  

We are also proud to have worked in 2017 with:

Agincourt Community Services Association • Cannes Young Lions • Community Knowledge Exchange • Elections BC • Elections Canada • Elections Ontario • Institut du Nouveau Monde • iPolitics • North York Community House • Parks Canada • The Parliamentary Internships Programme •  The Public Policy Forum • Ryerson University • The School of Public Policy at U of T • Twitter Canada • The Walrus



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2016 IMPACT REPORT

 


Samara was founded in 2007 on the belief that democracy and politics matter. In ten years, Samara has grown from that idea into Canada’s most trusted non-partisan champion of increased civic engagement and a more positive public life.


As a charity, Samara relies on the generous support of donors and is proud to have a broad base of support from foundations, the private sector and individuals across Canada. This impact report is dedicated to this group of people, the real force behind the work and impact we are proud to share with you here.

 

This report is a snapshot of just one year, 2016, and highlights work in all our focus areas: Research, Education and Engagement, and Everyday Political Citizens.


We hope you agree that with a modest team—but a network of thousands—Samara is able to achieve big impact. Building a stronger democracy for a better Canada is no small mission, but it’s one we stand behind.


We welcome you to stand with us.


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In 2016, Samara contributed to improving politics through illuminating research, innovative programming and engaging events.


 

 

 

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"I feel like I'm giving a voice to my people, [speaking] to those who don't always listen to us. That's a very special honour."


- Ruth Kaviok, Nunavut
  Winner of Samara's 2016 Everyday Political Citizen contest

 

 

 

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newly elected Members of Parliament received tools, research and tips in a "Welcome to Parliament" package


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Canadian recognized and celebrated as an Everyday Political Citizen

 

 

 

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"Whenever I'm looking for up-to-date, reliable data and analysis about the state of Canadian politics and democracy, I turn to Samara."

- David Moscrop, British Columbia
Writer and academic








"Whenever I'm looking for up-to-date, reliable data and analysis about the state of Canadian politics and democracy, I turn to Samara."

 

- David Moscrop, British Columbia
Writer and academic





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minute video to educate Canadians about the work of MPs

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youth hand-delivered posters with advice to improve youth engagement to 160 elected officials


 

 

 

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"I learned that everyone needs to be heard. In DT, participants talk and contribute. They feel like they have a voice; they feel empowered."

- Nowshin Choudhury, Ontario
  Frontline facilitator of Democracy Talks (DT)
  programming at North York Community House



 

 

 

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increase in website traffic when the Government of Canada featured Samara's research as a resource for Canadians


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kilometres: furthest distance traveled by a 2016 Everyday Political Citizen winner to attend award celebration


 

 

 

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"2016 made it clear that getting involved in politics matters. Our most important values require active protection. This is the job that Samara takes on."

- Sophie Borwein, Ontario
Samara donor, individually & through the Clarkson Laureateship Award







"2016 made it clear that getting involved in politics matters. Our most important values require active protection. This is the job that Samara takes on."

- Sophie Borwein, Ontario
Samara donor, individually and through
the Clarkson Laureateship Award


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Outsized Impact on a Budget: Samara's Financial Snapshot

 

 

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The impact you read about here was achieved with an annual budget of $835,872. Like the maple tree’s helicopter seed for which Samara is named, from a small seed, you can expect big things!


We’re so grateful that Samara’s community of supporters continues to grow. Many have been with Samara since the beginning, giving year after year. In addition to 180 individual donors in 2016, we would also like to acknowledge:


Bennett Jones LLP  ·  RBC Foundation  ·  Ontario Trillium Foundation  ·  Toronto Telus Community Fund  ·  PwC  ·  Your Canada, Your Constitution  ·  Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy


Thank you. We hope you will consider these achievements your achievements.


We are also proud to have worked with:


Elections Ontario  ·  North York Community House  ·  Agincourt Community Services Association




 

2015: SAMARA BY THE NUMBERS

 


Media Coverage: Our research findings are extensively reported on in media outlets across the country, provoking national conversations.


Education: Our work has been incorporated and adapted into educational materials for high-school and university classrooms. 


Inform Legislation: Our research is cited in legislation currently before the House of Commons, and we have been invited to Parliamentary Committee to give expert testimony. 


Positive Social Effects: Through our programming, people find out that talking about politics and democracy can be fun, countering the reflexive negative association many Canadians have with our political system. In many cases, our programs have a transformative effect on people’s perception of their own participation in Canadian civic life.

 

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2014: CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS

 


In 2014, five years after Samara Canada became a charity, we looked back at all we had accomplished with the help of staff, volunteers and donors. Take a look!



 

 

 

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