Telefonica Ability Awards
The very first edition of the Telefónica awards in Spain intended to reward sustainable business models taking into account disability. Dianova was nominated in the category of “Prevention & Retention” with a social support program for its employees, a program which objective is to enable those suffering from chronic health problems keep their jobs with the guarantee of an optimal quality of work life. The organization received the “Organization Ability” award.
Foundations of Dianova’s Education Project
For nearly forty years, the Dianova network has vowed to give each person in their care the means to achieve greater freedom and self-reliance, and to be able to change. To achieve such a commitment, we have developed practices which are based not only on introspection and adequate relationships between people, but also on learning. Learning means change; thus education, whether formal or informal, has always been the core of Dianova’s social projects.
A New Chairperson for VNGOC
3 December 2010 – Mr. Michel Perron, Director General of the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse (CCSA), has been appointed the new Chairperson of the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC). Mr. Perron is no stranger to the VNOGC, or to the Dianova team in Quebec, whose members have had already the opportunity to work in close partnership with CCSA. Dianova’s representative, Ms. Elena Goti is appointed Deputy Secretary.
An Appeal from Amnesty International
Amnesty International recently released a series of four documentary films directed by Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal. The films are designed to attract public concern about the fate of hundreds of migrants travelling in hope of reaching the USA, through Mexico. Instead of hope they often face abduction, rape and murder while travelling in Mexico where most of those aggressions take place.
The Bosc Animat, Awarded Best Initiative
On December 2, the Bosc Animat of Catalunya en Miniatura was awarded “Best Entrepreneurial Initiative” at an award ceremony organized by the municipalities of de Molins de Rei, Corbera de Llobregat, Cervelló, La Palma de Cervelló, El Papiol, Sta. Coloma de Cervelló, Torrelles de LLobregat, Pallejà, Sant Vicenç dels Horts, Vallirana and Sant Feliu de Llobregat, in collaboration with PIMEC and Barcelona’s City Council.
In Portugal, Dianova Joins EFTC
In Portugal, Dianova became a member of the European Federation of Therapeutic Communities – official agreement was announced at EFTC General Assembly held in Italy, during the month of October.
World AIDS Day
The world is living with AIDS for over twenty-five years. And in twenty-five years, the evolution of the disease has been fundamentally different, depending on countries and regions.Over the past decade, citizens of rich countries feel less and less concerned about the disease and prevention efforts’ efficiency dropped.
Follow-up Study in Sweden
On Dianova in Sweden’s initiative, the Department of Pyschology of Lund University launched an outcome study in a cohort of 72 individuals having requested Dianova’s services. The study begun in 2005 and was made possible by the fieldwork of Ms. Johana Crabo and Maja Gradowska, as part of their final psychology dissertation, under the supervision of Dr. Mats Friedel, professor of clinical psychology and Psychotherapist, with financial support from Swedish government agency “Mobilisering mot Narkotika” and Dianova in Sweden
UNESCO Affiliation in Nicaragua
On Nov. 19, 2010, school year ended with a high note at Dianova’s Las Marias Holistic Education Center for the official awarding of the certificate of affiliation to UNESCO’s Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet)
The Dianova Network Manifesto
At Dianova International’s General Assembly, held in Madrid on October 30th, threpresentatives of the network’s member organizations have approved two important documents: “The Dianova Network Manifesto” and the “Charter of Accountability”.