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Strong Roots for Powerful Growth

Growing from the desire to share knowledge and the need to develop sustainable alternatives to funding sources, SCIO’s Cortree Disability Education Centre was planted as a seed of social enterprise.

What is a Social Enterprise? A social enterprise (sometimes called a Social Venture) is an organization or program that is mission-driven, aiming to sell goods or services to earn a revenue, while also helping achieve positive social, cultural or environmental objectives. 

SCIO has been sharing our knowledge with the SCI community for years. Making much needed information available to our core community of people with SCI and their families is one of our most valued services. The learnings are created for and with people with disabilities and are made available to them at no-cost. 

In addition to personal learning, Cortree has been developing and offering professional courses. These professional training courses and programs are designed to enhance disability awareness, knowledge in providing support for people with disabilities, and skills to keep everyone safe during these often-confusing days of health-related change. Cortree also offers mediation and conflict coaching services and are continuously developing new training to meet ever evolving needs. All Cortree proceeds are reinvested to support new programs and services, education and advocacy campaigns by and for people with disabilities.

Recently Cortree was a recipient of a grant from the Investment Readiness Program funded by the Government of Canada’s SI/SF Strategy and provided in partnership with the Toronto Foundation and Community Foundations of Canada. The Investment Readiness Program aims to is to help social enterprises grow and to build their capacity to participate in Canada’s growing social finance market.

If you have knowledge,
let others light their candle in it.

– Margaret Fuller

Cortree was provided funding for a strategic advancement in its online marketing presence and the development of a tactical plan to engage in significant opportunities with industry. 

This project is an important step in advancing Cortree to the stage where it is delivering a level of social and financial return that is a solid basis for investments that will allow it to have even greater social impact.

The project has been a success, and many of its positive effects will have positive long-term implications.

Cortree and Spinal Cord Injury Ontario are grateful to the Government of Canada for funding this visionary effort and to the Toronto Foundation and Community Foundations of Canada for their playing an essential role in its success.


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