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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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Dave Heidebrecht talks about the Office of Community Engagement at McMaster University

Dave Heidebrecht, a CBRC board member, was interviewed on Cable 14 Now. To watch the interview, click here.

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DemocracyXchange in Toronto

The University of Toronto Centre for Community Partnerships just co-hosted with two of their community partners (Great Lakes Canoe Journey Project and the Regent Park Community Food Centre) two packed sessions within the DemocracyXChange Summit’s open house event.

To learn more about the event, click here.

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New Issue of the International Journal of Community Research and Engagement

Volume 12 of Gateways is the first volume under the new partnership between UTS Shopfront Community Program at the Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia, and the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University, USA. It is their first ‘open’ volume, to which new articles will be added over the coming months, as soon as they are ready for publication; and it is the first volume to feature a research article that has come through our Author+Editor mentoring program for engaged scholars from historically underrepresented countries.

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Knowledge for Change: Mentorship Training Program Report

The University of Victoria (UVIC) and
Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) in support
of UNESCO Chair have collaborated to create
and deliver a 21-week Mentorship Training
Program to support and strengthen community-based
research to address locally pressing
societal challenges, including UN Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs).

The Mentorship Training Program (MTP) is
designed for experienced practitioners and
community-based participatory researchers
within and outside academia. The certified
mentors play a key role in the development of
the local hub, including the creation of teaching
curriculum and pedagogy, and the development
of research capacities.

Read about the most recent cohort here.

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A Civil Society Impact Report from Victoria, BC

Crystal Tremblay, a CBRC board member co-authored a study, in partnership with the Victoria Foundation and the University of Victoria. It
examines the social impact and economic activity
of civil society (also known as the ‘charitable’ or
‘third’ sector) in the capital region in the 2016 fiscal
year. It was conducted to help better understand
and strengthen the sector for the betterment of all
Greater Victorians.

Read the study or view the infographic.

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