Initiatives

• Ongoing - BBFF continues to be the driving force behind the Peace Grantmakers Network, in partnership with an increasing number of philanthropic, institutional, and corporate members.

• Ongoing - BBFF continues to support implementation of the Zone de paix program at École Buissonnière in Montreal. The program uses the principles of non-violent communication as a basis for developing emotional intelligence, empathy, and conflict resolution abilities among primary school aged children.

• Ongoing - BBFF continues its support of Community Advocacy, an effort to empower underserved Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian communities. Community Advocacy is an important element of ICAN, the International Community Action Network, which teaches social advocacy skills to students from Israel, Palestine and Jordan while building relationships of understanding, respect, peace and collaboration among them. Brian Bronfman a member of ICAN's Advisory Committee.

• Ongoing - BBFF has a central presence at the YMCA Peace Medal event, the most significant annual event for peace in the province. The Foundation acts as a sponsor for the event, and Brian Bronfman acts as its co-President and chair of the Selection Committee.

• May 2016 – BBFF provides a multi-year commitment to Institut Pacifique’s development of an English-language version of its Ma culture dans le resPAIX program.

• May 2016 – BBFF funds the “Conversations Across World Religions” and “World Religions and the Cultures They Create” courses at the Faculty courses at McGill University’s School of Religious Studies. These courses are geared to promoting interfaith dialogue.

• May 2016 – BBFF pays for the hiring of an inter-cultural specialist to guide the development and implementation of the inter-cultural aspects of Camp Cosmos, an inner-city camp geared to children from diverse communities, including Syrian refugees.

• May 2016 – BBFF agrees to fund the creation of an educational guide for use in schools and universities as a complementary tool to Montrealers Garry Beitel and Barry Lazar’s film “In Pursuit of Peace.”

• May 2016 – BBFF agrees to sponsor the family day that is part of Diversité Artistique Montréal’s 10th anniversary celebrations.

• January 2016 – BBFF works with the City of Montreal, the Tools of Peace network, and members of the city’s Black community to hold its fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at City Hall. This year’s event is centered on refugee integration in a spirit of embracing diversity.

• November 2015 – BBFF becomes a lead sponsor of Aime comme Montréal, a forthcoming exhibition celebrating loving relationships between Montrealers of different religious and cultural origins.

• November 2015 – BBFF contributes to the Mosaic Institute’s Quebec-based programs, specifically its UMosaic Fellowships and its Citizen Summit. These efforts are geared to creating young leaders who have an expertise in facilitating dialogue around divisive global issues.

• August 2015 – BBFF provides seed funding for the PLATFORME project, a collaborative initiative of the University of Sherbrooke, the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution, and the Quebec Human Rights Commission focused on developing intercultural mediators and dialogue facilitators.

• July 2015 – BBFF funds the expansion and translation into English of QuébecoisEs, musulmanEs…et après?, a photo exhibit intended to demystify the province’s Muslim community by displaying ordinary people leading their lives, with accompanying explanatory text.

• 2015 – BBFF provides its first-ever funding to Kids Help Phone, the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, the Y des femmes, and the Montreal Assault Prevention Centre.

• 2015 – BBFF provides a second year of funding to Youth Fusion (for its Cree anti-bullying initiative), Imago (theatre for peace), and the Hagar School (Jewish-Arab education for equality in Beer Sheva).

• 2015 – BBFF continues to support core organizations Ensemble for the Respect of Diversity, Leave Out Violence, Mise au jeu, Centre de formation sociale Marie-Gérin-Lajoie, Centre de ressources sur la non-violence, Centre de services de justice réparatrice, Living Together, Initiatives et changement, the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution, and YOUCAN.

• November 2014 – BBFF moves from being a partner organization in PREVNet – the country’s leading bullying and violence prevention organization – to becoming a significant annual financial supporter as well. See the BBFF partner profile on PREVNet’s website.

• July 2014 – BBFF’s involvement with Equitas is solidified with the creation of the BBFF IHRTP bursary, through which one participant at the organization’s International Human Rights Training Program has their tuition and expenses covered for the summer. The recipient is selected based on the link between their work back in their home country and the BBFF’s peace mandate.

• July 2014 – BBFF makes a multi-year commitment to the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, with a special emphasis on bottom-up prevention within threatened communities.

• April 2013 - Online magazine Humago writes an article on Brian Bronfman's work.

• December 2012 - BBFF provides seed funding to Dawson College that leads to the creation of the Dawson Peace Centre.

• October 21, 2012 - Brian Bronfman receives the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution to the betterment of our society through the BBFF and the Peace Grantmakers Network.

• December 9, 2010 - Brian Bronfman provides the keynote address at the graduation ceremony for students in the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution's Third Party Neutral program. At the event, he is awarded CICR's Award of Merit for his "Outstanding contribution to the conflict resolution field. »

• November 18, 2009 -¬ BBFF hosts a Peace Soirée, attended by over 200 people, that both acts as the launch event for the Peace Grantmakers Network, and serves to develop a network around concrete peace initiatives.

• August 2009 - BBFF supports the Dalai Lama's visit to Montreal through a stand-alone contribution to the planning and organizing of the visit. The BBFF was especially interested in the central theme of the visit, "ethics through education." This visit included both a public talk at the Bell Centre entitled "Educating the Heart: The Power of Compassion," and, most significantly, an event at which the Dalai Lama met with over 500 teachers-in-training, who will be instituting Quebec's new Ethics and Religious Culture program in the coming years.

• July 2006 - The Brian Bronfman Family Foundation, in conjunction with David Bronfman, helps to complete the final philanthropic project of the Edward Bronfman Family Foundation, predecessor to the BBFF. Through this endeavour, the Post Partum Unit of the Jewish General Hospital is restored, renovated, and renamed in loving memory of Edward Bronfman.