Douglas-Coldwell Foundation Awards Two $25,000 Cash Prizes

Ottawa, Ontario – The Douglas-Coldwell Foundation has announced the winners of the 2006 Douglas-Coldwell Award and has given two $25,000 prizes to two projects that best demonstrate Tommy Douglas’ vision for Canada. The winners of the 2006 Douglas-Coldwell Award are the Canadian Health Coalition in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee for its 1% Solution Campaign against homelessness.

These awards were given at the NDP Federal Convention in Quebec City. Accepting the award on behalf of the Canadian Health Coalition was Mr. Michael McBane. The Canadian Health Coalition will use the funds to put on a national conference on Medicare in Canada. SOS Medicare 2. Mr. Michael Shapcott accepted the award on behalf of the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee who will put the funds to work in the fight to end homelessness in Canada.

Tessa Hebb, President of the Foundation and Foundation Board member Alexa McDonough, M.P. awarded the prizes. “It is our pleasure to be able to help support two such worthwhile projects that promote the vision of Canada that Tommy Douglas represents, these are both projects that help deliver the kind of Canada we want to live in.”

The Douglas-Coldwell Foundation is a Canadian think-tank that promotes education and research into social democracy.

Founded in 1971 and based in Ottawa, the Foundation was named for and inspired by Tommy Douglas, the first federal leader of the New Democratic Party from 1961 to 1971, and M. J. Coldwell, leader of its predecessor Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) from 1942 to 1960. The foundation has awarded $350,000 in grants and scholarships over the past ten years.

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For further information:
Tessa Hebb, President, Douglas-Coldwell Foundation (613) 232-1918
Alexa MacDonough, MP Halifax Centre, DCF Board of Directors (613) 232-1918

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