ICYMI: 3 must-read blog posts

Summer is in full swing! That’s why we’ve put together a list of easy summer reads that will inform, inspire and delight no matter where you are. Whether you’re on the dock or in the office, staying up-to-date on the issues that matter most has never been easier. Happy reading!

As convocation speeches go, this is one of our favourites…

A few months back, Heather McGregor’s speech at a Ryerson University convocation ceremony blew us away. So much so that we couldn’t wait to share it on Imagine a City. The CEO of YWCA Toronto, a United Way agency—and not to mention the largest women’s organization in Canada—shares why she believes life-long learning is the key to a good life. She also touches on the importance of tenacity, persistence and commitment—and how honing these characteristics can help us build healthier and more equitable communities. Inspired already? Then be sure to read the full post.

3 tips for leading philanthropic change at your company 

Do you want to position your company as a community trailblazer? Look no further, dedicated leader! Imagine a City caught up with James Temple, Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer at PwC Canada, earlier this year to learn how companies big and small can lead philanthropic change.  Don’t miss your chance to get the scoop from this internationally-renowned CSR thought leader—and we’re not exaggerating! In 2012, the Centre for Sustainability named Temple one of the top CSR practitioners in the world. Read more.

How to raise kids who give back

We know you care about making a difference in your community. So why not make giving back a family affair? We put together a list of smart and simple ways for parents to raise pint-sized philanthropists. Whether it’s leading by example or building on their interests, there are tons of great ways to get your young kids interested in volunteering. Check out the full post for more tips.

Do you have a favourite post from the past year? We want to hear from you!