Providing young leaders with an international and multidisciplinary network of likeminded people was at the core of the Honourable Jeanne Sauvé’s vision when setting up the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation. The recent addition of the Alumni Collaboration Fund is designed to meet that goal.

This alumni-oriented initiative will foster collaborative efforts and deepen engagement amongst Fellows from different cohorts, varied disciplines and diverse parts of the world.

The Alumni Collaboration Fund aims to amplify the impact of the Sauvé Fellows community by supporting its efforts in tackling key global challenges through public leadership. Moving forward, the Foundation will award three impact-driven projects with a $5,000 grant each.

This year, the Collaboration Fund selection committee was composed of representatives from the Board of Directors, staff, Alumni and Senior Fellows. Theirs was not an easy task given the quality of proposals, and the committee would like to congratulate everyone who applied for their thoughtful and innovative projects.

The Jeanne Sauvé Foundation is pleased to announce the following 2015 Alumni Collaboration Fund grants awarded to:
  • Jon McIntosh (2007-08, UK) and Ed Vainker (2008-09, UK), who have been working together to open a new state school in the United Kingdom: Reach Academy Feltham. The Alumni Collaboration Fund will help support the creation of a documentary that will showcase the Feltham experience to spark local debate about education, equality and advocacy.
  • Sokhna Mame Bousso Ndiaye (2012-13, Senegal), Özlem Elgün Tillman (2006-07, Turkey) and Tairah Firdous (2012-13, Kashmir), who have been collaborating on the creation of an international women’s network that will generate dialogue around gender equality and female empowerment. The grant will support Mame, Ozlem and Tairah in carrying out a strategic planning process to consolidate their objectives and visions.
  • Stéphanie Jensen-Cormier (2011-12, France) and Joshua Monk Vanwyck (2011-12, Canada). The grant will go towards the construction of a sustainably designed courtyard home in Gucheng village, Hebei Province, in China, that will be used as a model for alternative building practices and systems. The house will utilize multiple integrated green building strategies, from rammed earth walls, to rainwater collection, to a more sanitary waste system.

 Congratulations to all!