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New Institutional Member – McMaster University shares about their CBR initiatives

McMaster’s Office of Community Engagement was formed in 2016 to develop new community-university partnerships. In January 2019 McMaster began piloting a Community Based Research Coordinator role, which facilitates and supports research at McMaster with connection and benefit to Hamilton communities through the Research Shop, supporting connections between faculty members and community groups, and liaising between partners and regional and national CBR networks. Becoming a member of CBRC was a natural way to build connections with other CBR partners across Canada. One early way that we have been able to support CBR in Hamilton was by co-organizing a report launch and knowledge mobilization event of a project led by Dr. Suzanne Mills entitled “Mapping the Void: Two-Spirit and LGBTIQ+ Experiences in Hamilton.”

Please feel free to have a look at the McMaster Office of Community Engagement’s new website!

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New Institutional Member – NORDIK Institute shares about their CBR initiatives

NORDIK Institute, affiliated with Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, was established in 2006, growing out of the university’s Community Economic and Social Development (CESD) program following significant demand for local research. Since its inception, NORDIK has served as a mechanism for university-community partnerships. NORDIK is dedicated to the practice of cross-cultural learning, holistic community development, and building Northern Ontario’s research capacity. Its research is grounded in the community resilience framework based on the four pillars of cultural vitality, social equity, environmental sustainability, and economic growth and diversity. A recognized leader in community economic development, NORDIK Institute has collaborated with non-profit, private and institutional partners across both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

NORDIK Institute’s team has been well recognized both locally and internationally. Its associates maintain an active research and community service program. Building on the past involvement in previous C2U Expos, the team at NORDIK is excited to expand its involvement with Community Based Research Canada.

NORDIK’s team includes:

Prof. Sean Meades, Director of NORDIK Institute.

Sean is a Lecturer in the Department of Community Economic and Social Development (CESD) at Algoma University and a PhD candidate in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at York University. His research focuses on political economy of language policy, discourse analysis, cultural and heritage policy, land-use planning and community economic development in northern, rural and Indigenous communities. Meades’ community involvement has included work with the LGBT2SQ community, anti-racism and Anishinaabe solidarity causes, cultural policy, and urban sustainability. He is currently the chair of FutureSSM’s Arts and Culture Action Team and serves on a number of Committees of Council for the City of Sault Ste. Marie.

Dr. Jude Ortiz, Research Coordinator of NORDIK Institute and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Community Economic and Social Development. She holds a BFA (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University), B.Ed. (Windsor), and PhD (Univesity of the West of England). With a strong background in the arts and community development, her research interests include the intersection of culture and the arts with community resilience; complex adaptive systems in regional identity transformations; and social enterprise and social entrepreneurship.  

Krista Bissiallon, Project Manager/Researcher

Krista is Anishinaabe kwe from Bawating (Sault Ste. Marie, ON) with roots in Mississauga First Nation. In addition to being a researcher with NORDIK Institute, she is co-founder of Young Leaders Circle. Krista has a B.A. (Hons) in Community Economic and Social Development and continues to live and work in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Since graduating, Krista has worked in various avenues of community development with a strong focus on supporting young people doing change work in her community. Krista is inspired by the good work of leaders creating systems change, and she brings her passion for people, learning, social justice and community development to her own practices.

Lisa Meschino, Manager of Operations and Communications.

Lisa holds a B.A. (Hons) in philosophy (York University), an M.A. in philosophy (University of Toronto), and a PhD in cognitive neuroscience (University of Waterloo). As a postdoctoral fellow at University of Waterloo, her research focused on community arts programs, culture change, and dementia care. As a community-engaged artist and researcher, she is committed to creative arts education, arts-based health initiatives, and social models of care.

Tamanna Rimi, Research Assistant.

Tamanna is currently completing her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University (ISU). She has a M.S. in Economics (Tufts University), Economics (University of Dhaka), and B.S.S. in Economics (University of Dhaka).

Sadaf Kazi, Research Assistant.

Sadaf has her B.A. (Hons) in Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting. Since moving to Canada and Sault Ste. Marie, she has been an active volunteer with the Rotary Club and its community-driven activities.

Dr. Gayle Broad, Research Associate

Gayle is Associate Professor Emerita in the Community Economic and Social Development (CESD) program at Algoma University and inaugural Director at NORDIK Institute (2006-2017). Gayle’s research interests include the social economy particularly in Northern, rural and Indigenous communities; and research methodologies for participatory practice.

Dr. Linda Savory Gordon, Research Associate

B.A.(Queen’s); M.S.W.(McGill); PhD (Bristol) R.S.W.

Linda is Associate Professor Emerita in the Community Economic and Social Development (CESD) program at Algoma University. For the past 13 years, she had dedicated herself to volunteering and conducting research to support the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT), a grassroots initiative bringing together Indigenous and Settler communities.

Dr. Sheila Gruner, Associate Professor, Community Economic and Social Development

Sheila holds a B.A. Hons. (Guelph), M.E.S. (York); PhD (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto). She has been instrumental supporting organizations working for the defense of political, cultural, and territorial rights of Indigenous and Black communities in relation to the Colombia peace accord process.

Dr. Laura Wyper, Assistant Professor, Community Economic and Social Development

Laura holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery (Laurentian University), a B.Ed. (Trent University), a M.A. in Adult Education and Community Development (OISE/UT), and a PhD in Adult Education and Community Development with a specialization in Comparative, International and Development Education from (OISE/UT). Living on a small hobby farm outside Sault Ste. Marie, she is able put into ‘praxis’ some of the ecological and food sovereignty practices she teaches at Algoma University.

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Graduate Diploma in Community-Engaged Research & Evaluation at McMaster University

This Graduate Diploma offers students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in community-engaged research and evaluation, and to contribute to community and agency learning, effectiveness, and change.  It is 16-month, part-time, course-based program offered by the McMaster school of social work. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2019. To learn more, visit their website.

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Journal Article from Lakehead University

Lakehead University recently published an article titled, “A multi-faceted community intervention is associated with knowledge and standards
of workplace mental health”. Click here to read it.

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The Journal of Participatory Research Methods calling for LOIs

The Journal of Participatory Research Methods will give participatory researchers an outlet for explaining and sharing those practices and for learning from others who are doing community-engaged work. The deadline for LOIs is August 15, 2019. Read more here.

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Gateways Journal Profile

Gateways Journal maintains significant growth in article downloads and strong evidence of engagement from scholars and communities. This profile demonstrates the genuine public demand for important and innovative community-centred research. Read it here.

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New CBRC Board Member

CBRC welcomes Steven Hermans to the CBRC Board of Directors! Steven is the Partnership Development Officer in the Division of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, at the University of Toronto. Read his bio here.

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CBRC Annual Planning Meeting

In late April 2019, CBRC held an Annual Planning Meeting for its Board of Directors in Ottawa, Ontario. After enjoying a lively welcome dinner on April 25th, seven Directors met at Carleton University on April 26th to discuss strategic and program planning for 2019-2020. The day was equal parts reflective and forward-thinking. To begin, the Board Co-Chairs guided the Directors through a review of CBRC’s existing strategic goals, value propositions, and previous activities. They explored current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, as well as challenges and successes of the previous year. From there, the conversation turned to the CBRC mandate and strategic goals, which were originally drafted in 2014. Throughout the meeting there was a strong focus on the key functions of CBRC and the changing state of community-based research in Canada. With these in mind, the Directors felt that updates to CBRC’s foundational documents were needed and a small working group was formed to draft recommended changes.

The Board will work towards updating the CBRC mandate and strategic goals and offering refreshed program activities for the year ahead. Four sub-committees are being formed to take action on CBRC mandates. The Board of Directors is confident that the dialogue started in Ottawa will result in a suite of services and activities that meet the needs of CBRC members and foundational documents that reflect the current goals and priorities of the network.

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