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SDN is a broad cross section of non-profit organizations in Ontario, Canada working in the areas of human, social and community development. We believe that telecommunications technology should be publicly accessible and affordable to all people and communities in Ontario for the following purposes:

  • to bring together the people and information important to community life,
  • to provide an electronic forum for not-for-profit organizations to work together in support of social development in Ontario,
  • to make technology easier to use for organizations and people in this sector,
  • to promote cooperation among organizations in the not-for-profit sector and among people involved in movements for social change.

SDN’s governance structure encourages broad-based participation in decision-making, which flows from mutual accountability and commitment to this vision.


Current News

SDN’s proposal was approved by the Ontario Network Infrastructure Program’s Advisory Committee, a panel of primarily private sector representatives. It was then approved by the Minister of Economic Development and Trade [link]. At the time of the June 8, 1995 election of a new Progressive Conservative Government, the project was under final review by Treasury Board in preparation for contracting. This project is an implementation of a public policy for developing a provincial technology infrastructure which has a history of all party support. We look forward to review and approval by the new government.

Project Summary

List services, approach and technology. Web and APC links


Application of computer networking to organizational and people networking. history of collaboration. informal initial explorations. Submission of community planning network. Expansion. Competitive proposals. Amalgamation.


The original SDN proposal [TOC link] to ONIP and an amendment [ Text link] outlining the integration of another related effort, E-Connections, are currently available in part. Budgets, timelines and network diagrams are not yet available.

One of the consultants for the previously mentioned E-Connections effort has compiled an Overview of Information Infrastructure Resources for Non-Profits [link]. Background and policy documents relating to the Telecommunications Strategy for Ontario are available from the ONIP FTP site [link].

SDN is making these available as an aid to other collaborative efforts in voluntary sector networking initiatives. Your acknowledgement of source is expected and your comments are welcome.

Alternatively, you could make a one paragraph summary about each one. It is also possible to make direct links to the publication itself.


Lead organization:
Ontario Social Development Council (OSDC)
contact: Malcolm Shookner
130 Spadina Avenue, Suite 402
Toronto, ON M5V 2L4
416-594-0552 fax

Partner organizations:
Assaulted Women’s Help Line
Contact: Jean Cooper
PO Box 222 Station P
Toronto, ON M5S 2S7
416-516-0767 fax

Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC)
Contact: Frank Herr
5233 Dundas Street West Suite 102
Etobicoke, ON M9B 1A6
416-236-0431 fax

Canadian Hearing Society (CHS)
Contact: Tom McNeil
271 Spadina Rd.
Toronto, ON M5R 2V3
416-964-2066 fax
Co-operative Housing Association of Ontario (CHAO)
Contact: Bill Morris
2 Berkeley St., Suite 207
Toronto, ON M5A 2W3
416-366-1711 x238
416-366-3876 fax

Coordinating and Advisory Groups of Ontario (CAGO)
Contact: Michael Cushing
Niagara Community Services Council
operating as: Niagara Children’s Services Committee
3550 Schmon Parkway
Thorold, ON L2V 4Y6
1-800-461-3032 (toll free)
905-984-6610 fax

Contact: Kirk Roberts
401 Richmond St. W Suite104
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
416-596-1374 fax

Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC)
Contact: Kerry McCuaig
500A Bloor Street West, 2nd Floor
Toronto ON Canada M5S 1Y8
416-538-6737 fax

Ontario Healthy Communities Secretariat (OHCS)
Contact: George Welcher
1202-415 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M5B 2E7
1-800-766-3418 (Ontario only)
416-408-4843 fax

Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse (OPC)
Contact: A. Simon Mielniczuk
415 Yonge St. Suite 1200
Toronto, ON M5B 2E7
416-408-2121 x241
800-263-2846 x241 (Ontario only)
416-408-2122 fax

National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC)
(NAC Ontario CED Committee)
Contact: Janet Maher
#204 – 234 Eglinton Ave.East
Toronto ON Canada M4P 1K5
416-932-0172 fax

Social Planning Network of Ontario (SPNO)
Contact: Elaine Eastman
Halton Social Planning Council
760 Brant Street Ste. 406B
Burlington, ON L7R 4B7
905-632-0778 fax
Solinet – the Labour Network
Contact: Marc Belanger
21 Florence Street
Ottawa ON Canada K2P 0W6
613-237-5508 fax


Related Information

This is where you point the reader to other interesting people, organizations, places and documents you’ve found on the net. Doing this helps build the information network and shows that you may have made good use of existing resources before tying to re-invent the wheel. It is a good idea to check out the links before you put them online.

Here are some examples: In addition, select one of the following to leave this project description and link directly with outside resources.


Links to places:

Social Development Network
c/o Ontario Social Development Council
130 Spadina Avenue, Suite 402
Toronto, ON M5V 2L4
416-594-0552 fax

Last Update: Monday, July 17, 1995



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