During our second year in the Social Service Program we were introduced to the Social Enterprise course. The course gave us an in-depth introduction to the model and its benefits, as well as the possible barriers that are faced within social entrepreneurship. Out of this course the Social Innovation Hub was birthed by our professors-turned-directors Natalie Wood and Zuby Saloojee as an alternative placement for students in the Community Services and Deaf/Blind Studies faculty.
The planning phases have been a tad bit hectic yet we have come such a long way. Thus far we have developed our Mission and Vision statement, met with our first partner, made our mark on social media, and extended our knowledge of social enterprise to schools in the Peel Region. In such little time – ten weeks, but who is counting…- we have successfully executed the many projects and continue to build the Hub from the ground up!
Our excitement for the upcoming projects and ventures to come in the following weeks grows more and more every day. Working a part of a team of ten can be frantic but we have been able to come together and work effectively to meet our common purpose of generating social change in the 21st century.