Christa Hesselink is the Director of Next Generation Engagement at BIC Canada, a nimble, innovative Canadian denomination that took a leap of faith this year in offering a round of grants for young social entrepreneurs. Stronger Philanthropy walked together with them by providing a grant process and infrastructure as well as financially supporting the endeavour. The Spark Initiative attracted 43 applications from across Canada, and recently the eight finalists were announced.
In this podcast, Christa discusses the genesis of the Spark Initiative and how it was fleshed out, outlines the process of selecting the award recipients, and reflects on why millennials are leading a new wave of social impact. We end with our shared addiction: the transformative process of walking the Camino de Santiago; she discusses how it has led her to reframe how she does her charitable work.
Quote of the Podcast:
“What really matters on the Camino ends up being the only thing that matters: you’re just a fellow pilgrim on this journey … walking. And you’re doing it all together, and you’re here to help.”
- The Spark Initiative
- BIC Canada
- Life’s Great Dare by Christa Hesselink
- The Way is Made By Walking by Arthur Boers
- Q Conference
- Praxis Labs