The Antigonish Movement was a “made-in-Nova Scotia” people’s movement that emerged in the 1920s and rippled throughout the world. What began with ordinary Nova Scotians analyzing their own situations in small study clubs and then taking action collectively resonates today —ordinary people are realizing they can, in the words of Moses Coady, “use what they [have] to secure what they [have] not!”
With your help, we can engage in a modern Antigonish Movement that includes Coady graduates from Nova Scotia, Canada, and around the world. Graduates like Innocent Manda and Michelle Hanson-Cunningham who are using their learnings from Coady to improve lives in their own communities. Innocent is working in Malawi with nearly five hundred households living adjacent to national parks. He is helping them to become beekeepers and to earn a good livelihood while protecting the forests upon which the animals in the parks depend. As a graduate of Coady’s Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program Michelle has developed a strengths-based approach to working with families and children in High Prairie, AB.
“When I came to Coady, I had no knowledge how value chains worked and how to link farmers to markets. Coady has assisted me a lot, at first I was teaching farmers only how to produce honey but now I am able to help farmers to aggregate honey and link them to the markets. This helps them from being donor dependent. When the project phase ends, these farmers will be able to continue what they are doing. To be where I am now is because of Coady Institute.”
– Innocent Manda (Livelihood and Markets, 2018)
– Michelle Hanson-Cunningham (Indigenous Women in Community Leadership, 2017)
Although we have missed welcoming Coady participants to campus in 2020, we have developed 10 online courses with enrolment numbers beyond our expectations while engaging with our alumni and partners through a series of online webinars and ongoing projects. These opportunities build accessibility, increase diversity, and reduce our environmental footprint while bringing change leaders from around the world together for co-learning opportunities.
Never before has there been more urgency to support Coady! Coady graduates and our partners are at the frontlines of community responses improving the lives of thousands of people during this global pandemic. This includes the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in India, a long-time Coady partner. When the pandemic struck, nearly 500 women from SEWA took action and learned how to manufacture personal protective equipment producing masks for 1.7 million members in the first two months of the pandemic at a fraction of the cost of what governments spent. The COVID-19 pandemic is far more than a health crisis. It is affecting societies and economies at their core, increasing poverty and inequalities. Educational programs and project-based activities provide more opportunities, bridge capacity gaps, and indeed, can be a lifeline to many. The long-term success of Coady’s graduates and their communities depend on the choices made now and the received support.
We are also looking forward to 2021 with the goal of offering an initial round of on-campus course offerings for Canadians, including ones with Indigenous participants in our Circle of Abundance and young Canadians taking part in the Pathy Foundation Fellowship. Coady will also continue to work closely with the Centre for Employment Innovation on a variety of local initiatives. Moving forward, we will again offer on-campus courses for international participants, such as Global Change Leaders, certificate courses, Fellowships, and the flagship program, Leadership for Citizen-Led Development.
We need your help today because none of this can happen without you. As supporters and friends, you are the heart of Coady. Will you make a commitment this year to give a gift sustaining Coady’s work and to collaborate with us? Will you help others “secure what they [have] not?”
Executive Director Coady Institute
There are many ways to show your support:
Donate for Social Change
Or download a donation form to donate by mail.
Donate by mail:
Coady International Institute St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000 Antigonish, NS
Join the Coady Community Leaders' Club
Coady Community Leaders’ Club
The Coady Community Leaders’ Club specially recognizes donors who make annual gifts of $1,000 or greater, or who have set up an endowment.
To learn more about the benefits of becoming a CCLC member, contact us.
Canadian charitable tax receipts are issued by St. Francis Xavier University. US donors, please contact us at 1(902) 867-3960 to discuss donation options. CRA Registration # 10808 3270 RR0001
Support Future Coady Participants
Coady Scholarship Fund
Historically, close to two-thirds of accepted candidates are forced to defer or withdraw their participation due to a lack of personal and organizational financial resources. Scholarships provide the difference and ensure these dedicated leaders can access skill development opportunities.
You can designate your donation to the Coady Scholarship Fund today. Simply choose ‘Coady Scholarship Fund’ in the designation section when making a donation online.
Partner with Us
Coady often works in partnership with other organizations to bring about social change locally and globally. If you are interested in collaborating with Coady to support development, or implementation of programming in your community, contact Anthony Scoggins, Director of Education Programs and Project Development.
Become a Coady Neighbour
Coady Neighbours Program
Coady participants who study on-campus in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada may live in the community from ten days to five months. While here, we strive to provide connections with the local community – individuals and organizations – to create a supportive, memorable, and positive local community experience.
If you would like to support participants by connecting personally in shared learning and culture, please contact us for information about becoming a Coady Neighbour.
By supporting Coady International Institute, you are empowering community leaders to make impactful positive change in their communities locally and around the globe.
Learn about the impact Coady alumni are having through their stories of change.
Coady International Institute hosted an Open House, December 2, in celebration of the institute’s 60th anniversary. The reception included several funding announcements, totaling more than $1 million supporting Coady’s commitment to, “a full and abundant life for all”.
“For my mother, development in Africa and women’s empowerment were very important goals. I just know that were she here today, she would be so proud of the work Yvonne has done and continues to do to empower women and girls to use tools like entrepreneurship to lift themselves out of poverty.”
During the Catholic Women’s League of Canada annual national convention, Faith Anderson (Chairperson of Education and Health, CWL) presented Kathleen Provost (Campaign Director, Advancement, StFX University) with a $23,991.44 cheque designated to support...
It is helping people with a hand up. It is unleashing passion in people. It is unleashing a passion for change in individuals and communities. That is in your DNA at Coady.
I was first impressed by the Coady philosophy as a student at StFX in the 1950s and have followed the impressive work of Coady Institute ever since, and note how respected Coady is throughout the world. Janet and I are committed to build scholarships to provide support for individuals who will study at the Coady and bring their knowledge and leadership skills back to their communities.