I am very pleased to announce the launch of our new NFP program CREATIVE SPARK DEVELOPMENT.  We kicked off this new initiative May 1st 2018.   The program runs until April 2022.

Leveraging its own ten-year track record as a successful community based grass roots mental health program Creative Spark Development will improve and embolden other Grass Roots Programs (GRPs) across Canada. By supporting promising Grass Roots Programs in a structured way they in turn improve their particular strength and reach to support individuals and families struggling with mental health issues within the community(s) they serve.

Community based Grass Roots Programs are paramount to the support and recovery of those suffering with mental illness.  Well managed Grass Roots Programs provide significant help reducing shame and low self-esteem through resilience building and helping to fight the stigma around mental illness. They also provide a direct link to professional services where and when they are needed, what we call the Safety Net.

In short CREATIVE SPARK DEVELOPMENT supports other Grass Roots Program by providing a unique approach to improving their best practices and good governance leveraging leading edge cloud technology.   Within each Pillar are a series of interactive modules.   The Five Strategic Pillars are delivered through a series of online modules and face to face workshops all linked together in a dynamic and proprietary collaborative process, what we call the Creative Spark Development GRP Online Collaborative Tool Kit, or just GRP TOOL KIT for short.  It should be noted that for participating Grass Roots Programs* they receive these services for free as well as incentive funding where applicable.   *A qualification process is required.

The Creative Spark Development Tool Kit consists of numerous interactive modules linked the five Strategic Pillars, they are: 1. Best Practices; 2. Governance; 3. Stakeholder Alignment; 4 Passionate Programming; and 5. Sustainability.

The Creative Spark has recently hired a new General Manager Caylee LaBranche.   Along with our website designer Brent Scholl we will soon be publishing new webpages describing the program in detail. In the meantime, if you are interested in learning more please feel free to contact us at info@creativespark.ca.  You can address you email to either Rob or Caylee.