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Groundswell Speaker Series: Fuelling a Meaningful Livelihood with Marcia Nozick, EMBERS CEO

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Are you doing what you love? Are you using your skills and passions in the work that you do?

How do you continue creating purpose-based, meaningful livelihood for yourself, and help others find it? 

This Tuesday, meet social entrepreneur Marcia Nozick, and hear some answers from the lessons she has learned in building EMBERS (the Eastside Movement for Business and Economic Renewal Society). 

This is your chance to learn more about Groundswell, too:
Stay after the talk to meet with our staff and participants for an informal information session about our social venture programs, launch pad, marketplace, and community. 

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About Our Speaker

In 2001, Marcia Nozick founded EMBERS as a community economic development charity with a mission to createemployment opportunities for people living on low incomes in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

A long time community advocate, Marcia’s leadership at EMBERS over the past 15 years has helped thousands of people facing barriers to work lead productive lives by providing access to self-employment education, job placements, training and support. In 2008, Marcia broke new ground by launching EMBERS Staffing Solutions (ESS), an award-winning temporary staffing agency. Her goal was to create flexible, short-term work placements for people looking to re-enter the workforce.

A social enterprise, ESS is self-sustaining and invests 100% of its profits back into the community through higher hourly wages, medical benefits, equipment and training for workers.

Thanks to Marcia’s leadership and this sustainable, independent model, ESS is able to have a tremendous social impact; in 2015 alone, the organization employed 1,200 people and paid out over $4.3 million in wages and benefits.

An innovative leader, Marcia has been recognized nationally for her passion and contributions to the fields of community economic development and social enterprise. In 2015, she won the TPH Charitable Giving Award at the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards ceremony – a prestigious national award that celebrates women entrepreneurs. Marcia also won the #SocialForGood award – a national award that recognizes women who use their businesses to promote social change.

Prior to founding EMBERS, Marcia was the coordinator of Healthy Communities in Winnipeg, the associate editor and publisher of City Magazine, an instructor of Community Economic Development at Simon Fraser University for eight years and an accomplished concert pianist. She holds a Master’s Degree in City Planning, has run her own small business, and is the author of the Canadian bestselling book, No Place Like Home: Building Sustainable Communities (1992) that David Suzuki called “a bright beacon for a dark time, points to a health community as the goal of society, and provides a blueprint to achieve it. This is must reading.”