The Creative Spark is pleased to announce the launch of our new program CREATIVE SPARK DEVELOPMENT.
As we prepare our new website please feel free to read the following Project Overview.


Project Overview

Effective grass roots programs improve mental health at the community level. Many promising grass roots programs lack best practices, good governance and proper alignment with regional mental health stakeholders.

Rob has acted as a mentor, advisor and coach to numerous members of the not-for-profit community.  He freely shares his insights, best practices and learnings from 10+ years as the Executive Director of a successful not-for-profit operation.  Likewise, as a former Fortune 500 CIO Rob brings a pragmatic acumen for collaboration while getting things done.

His passion to support mental health knows few limits.

I am confident his initiative Creative Spark Development will help other community focused grass roots organizations thrive.

Ted Moriarty – Director Organization Development Seneca College
previously Director of: STAPLES Canada; Loblaw Companies; Rogers Communications
Board of Directors – Creative Spark Inc. Logon for Mental Wellness

Project Description: Leveraging Creative Spark’s ten-year track record as a successful community-based grass roots mental health program, Creative Spark Development’s mission is to help other community focused grass roots programs (GRPs) improve their best practices and governance. Embolden them, make them stronger and more sustainable so they can provide better support for individuals and their families dealing with mental health issues.

Using five Strategic Pillars, Creative Spark Development works with GRPs across Canada to improve their core business skills and to collaborate more effectively with other GRPs while establishing relationships with their regional stakeholders. These include provincial healthcare services, national mental health agencies and community based clinics and professionals.

Over the next four years our goal is to support up to 780 GRPs across Canada. This support may end up reaching as many as 1.5 million people suffering from the negative impacts of mental illness. Likewise, many thousands of volunteers and the regional stakeholders already invested in their communities’ benefit in equal measure.

Cloud Based Technology: In addition to face to face collaboration and training, to connect with GRPs across the country and in remote communities Creative Spark Development uses a proprietary cloud-based portal which combines online workshops, e-training as well as an interactive set of modules for each Strategic Pillar, what we call the GRP TOOL KIT.

Why Grass Roots Programs? Community based Grass Roots Programs are paramount to the support and recovery of those suffering with mental illness. Well managed GRPs provide significant help reducing shame and low self-esteem through resilience building and helping to fight the stigma around mental illness. Although well-intentioned, many GRPs lack solid best practices, good governance and are not sustainable over the long run.

Objectives: Creative Spark Development’s overall objective is to support community-focused, mental health oriented GRPs by improving their best practices, governance, increase collaboration with other GRPs, reduce strategic overlap, share resources (financial and otherwise) and to align with regional stakeholders.

Creative Spark Development does not charge GRPs for the services provided. We operate on external funding. Our sponsors and collaborative partners include Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund; Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health; Mental Health Commission of Canada; Alberta Government’s Ever Active Schools; Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental health and Addiction; Microsoft Canada; and more.

Creative Spark Development is a Not-for-Profit four-year initiative (May 2018 to April 2022) developed and run by Creative Spark Inc.-Logon for Mental Wellness. © 2016-2018

For more information, please contact:
Rob Heighington, Founder Creative Spark Inc.  Logon for Mental Wellness

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