Call for Abstracts for the C2U Expo Conference!

C2UExpo (Community, College, University-Exposition), a bi-annual 3-day conference, showcases the best practices in community-campus partnerships worldwide and attracts presentations from community-campus partnerships forged around social, cultural, health, environment, and economic issues that exist at all levels of society. The conference attracts upwards of 400 attendees from all parts of the world, providing conference presenters with an opportunity to significantly expand their professional networks while at the same time allowing them to encounter new and innovative work being done through various types of collaborations.


  1. Read through the submission information on our website (
  2. Draft your submission keeping this information in mind.
  3. Enter your submission via the online form:
    1. Note: Saving and returning to the form will not be available, so you will need to have all your submission information already prepared.
  4. You will receive a confirmation email once you have submitted your abstract. Be sure to keep this email for your records.
  5. Applicants will be notified of acceptance status via email by the beginning of February 2015.

For more information on C2UExpo 2015, please visit our website:




Webinar: Lessons from an evaluation of community-university partnerships in the Regina Community Food Assessment

Join to hear about the lessons learned in a collaboration between the University of Regina Community Research Unit, Regina- Qu’Appelle Health Region, and REACH, Regina Education and Action on Child Hunger. They are undertook a participatory, community-led community food assessment while evaluating their own partnership in the process. The community food assessment considers through research the strengths, challenges, gaps and actions areas for the food system in Regina, Saskatchewan. Throughout this project, two levels of community – university involvement were considered.

Throughout this project, two levels of community – university involvement were considered – a role with academic professionals in the completion of an environmental scan, and the role of university based organizations such as community research unit designed to connect community groups with University of Regina faculty and students to find answers to questions through research & collaboration. The Webinar will review the process, outcomes, successes and challenges of engaging organizations and individuals from outside community-based organizations and the importance of establishing a structure, process and communication tools that attends to key differences in operational environments in the private and non-profit sector and in this case the University.

Presenting on behalf of the community food systems steering committee are Tracy Sanden, Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region and Naomi Beingessner with Community Research Unit, University of Regina.

The full evaluation report can be found here. For more information on the community food assessment and partners, click here.

This webinar is part of a series offered through a collaboration between Food Secure Canada and Carleton University on the Community Food Security Hub of the CFICE project (Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement).

Webinar date:
Tuesday, 4 November, 2014 – 13:00

– See more at:

Career Development Challenge

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Spread the News: Career Development Challenge COMING SOON!

The Canadian Council for Career Development (CCCD) is pleased to celebrate Canada Career Week November 3-7, 2014, and this year the members want to inform you about a new online career service tool, the Career Development Challenge.

The Challenge weblink is  The Challenge will formally launch on November 3rd; however, members of CCCD can start to use the quiz immediately. We hope you will encourage your clients, friends, and colleagues to try it out!

The Challenge, which only takes 5-10 minutes to complete and is an interactive tool that explores skill and will relating to career development. In order to promote this Challenge, we have produced a button that you may upload to your member publications or news bulletins. We would also encourage you to place this banner or button on your website to be linked directly to the Challenge.

We would also encourage you to follow us on social media:


Twitter: @cccdchallenge

Later, CCCD will be gathering data from the anonymous participants to share career development trends with Canadians.

If you have any questions about the quiz, please don’t hesitate to contact:

Kalene DeBaeremaeker

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Partagez la nouvelle : Lancement prochain du Défi en développement de carrière

 Le Conseil canadien pour le développement de carrière (CCDC) est heureux de célébrer la Semaine canadienne de carrière qui se tiendra du 3 au 7 novembre 2014. Pour cette occasion, les membres désirent vous informer de la mise en ligne d’un nouvel outil d’aide à la carrière : le Défi en développement de carrière.

Vous trouverez le Défi à l’adresse suivante : Le Défi sera officiellement lancé le 3 novembre; toutefois, les membres du CCDC peuvent commencer à remplir et partager le jeu-questionnaire dès maintenant. Nous espérons que vous encouragerez vos clients, amis et collègues à relever le Défi!

Le Défi est un outil interactif explorant les compétences et la motivation en lien avec le développement de carrière. Il vous faudra environ 5 à 10 minutes pour remplir le jeu-questionnaire. Afin de promouvoir le Défi, nous mettons à votre disposition un bouton que vous pouvez télécharger et insérer dans vos prochains bulletins ou publications. Nous vous encourageons également à mettre le bouton ou la bannière sur votre site Web, en l’accompagnant d’un lien menant directement vers le site du Défi.

De plus, nous vous invitons à nous suivre sur les médias sociaux :

Facebook : Canadian Council for Career Development

Twitter : @cccdchallenge

Par la suite, le CCDC cumulera les réponses des participants, en respectant leur anonymat, et partagera les tendances du développement de carrière avec la population canadienne.

Si vous avez des questions à propos de ce jeu-questionnaire, n’hésitez pas à communiquer avec :

Kalene DeBaeremaeker

Volume 21 Number 1 of The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning Release date!

Since 1994, The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (MJCSL) has been the premier national, peer-reviewed journal publishing articles written by faculty and service-learning educators on research, theory, pedagogy, and other issues related to academic (curriculum-based) service- learning and community-engaged scholarship in higher education. The Michigan Journal, published by the University of Michigan’s Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, contributes to the national dialogue on community engagement.

The Fall Issue (Volume 21 Number 1) of The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning is about to be released. The yearly subscription rate for Volume 21 which includes both the Fall and Spring issues (released respectively in November, 2014 and April, 2015) is $29.00. Shipping is included in the price except for Canada ($5) and International addresses ($20).

Volume 21 Number 1 includes the following articles:

  • The Impact of Service-learning Course Characteristics on University Students’ Learning Outcomes (Barbara E. Moely and Vincent Ilustre)
  • Developing Intercultural Competence by Participating In Intensive Intercultural Service-Learning (Nadia De Leon)
  • “Rekindle and Recapture the Love”: Establishing System-wide Indicators of Progress in Community Engagement and Economic Development (Emily M. Janke)
  • Democratic and Social Justice Goals in Service-Learning Evaluation: Contemporary Challenges and Conceptual Resources (David E. Meens)


  • Pushing Boundaries: Introduction to the Global Service-Learning Special Section (Eric Hartman and Richard Kiely)
  • “Learning Service” in International Contexts: Partnership-based Service-Learning and Research in Cape Town, South Africa (Janice McMillan and Timothy K. Stanton)
  • What Counts as Outcomes? Community Perspectives of an Engineering Partnership (Nora Pillard Reynolds)


  • Driving Social Change: How to Solve the World’s Toughest Problems, Paul C. Light (Reviewed by Sandra L. Enos)
  • Civic Work, Civic Lessons: Two Generations Reflect on Public Service, Thomas Ehrlich & Ernestine Fu (Reviewed by Nicholas V. Longo and Kerry Fleming)

To learn more and place an order:   ORDER ONLINE

Jeffrey Howard, Editor

7 Reasons Why You Should Register for CKX

We’ve got great speakers, sessions and spaces lined up for the Community Knowledge Exchange Summit next month. More than 200 people have already registered to attend and we’d love for you to be a part of what we’re building together. To help make your decision (or your manager’s!) easier, we’ve come up with 7 great reasons why you should register for CKX:

1. To learn about the complexities of systems change.

If systems change was easy, we wouldn’t be spending all of this time and energy building CKX, right? Sometimes we need to step back and explore how our work fits into the bigger picture – which is the point of the CKX Solutions Lab.

2. To hear inspired new thinking on the Open City
by Don Tap

You’ll be among the first to hear the breakthrough concept from best-selling author, strategist and disruptive thinker Don Tapscott (@dtapscott) on how institutions, companies and governments can unlock data, knowledge and ideas to create truly vibrant and open communities and cities.

3. To make catalytic connections.

Creating catalytic connections between participants is our top priority at CKX and we’ve designed the sessions and spaces to allow you to make the most out of our most valuable resource: each other. Whether it’s at the CKX Opener, our extended lunch on Thursday, at the HUB@CKX (pictured left), or while you’re playing hooky during a session block, there will be plenty of time, people (and whiteboards) available for you to connect with others.

4. To build your own custom CKX experience. 

We’re busting out of the hotel ballrooms and taking over inspired spaces at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and the CBC Broadcast Centre. We’re giving you the freedom and flexibility to eat what and where you want for lunch on Thursday – including the PwC 150 Networking Lunch at LUMA, or you check out restaurants, pubs and food carts in the neighbourhood. Whether you use our online and mobile-friendly CKX Sched App  or are going to mark up an old-school paper itinerary, you’ll be in charge of curating and building your own unique CKX experience.

5. To enjoy good coffee.

And tea. And snacks too. “Bad coffee!” is one comment we don’t want to hear on the CKX participant feedback survey. Whether you’re attending sessions or hanging out at the CBC Broadcast Centre or TIFF Bell Lightbox, we’ll be sure to keep plenty of delicious coffee, tea and snacks from Oliver & Bonacini on hand to keep you refreshed and energized throughout CKX.

6. To help explore action and work to carry forward beyond the Summit. 

Some have defined what we’re up to with CKX as field-building. Others as place or space-making. Whatever you want to call it, it’s clear that the CKX Summit in November isn’t a destination. It’s a starting point for new collaborations and partnerships, or a mile-marker for existing ones as we explore action and work related to our four thematic questions:

  • How can we turn existing data into knowledge to drive change?
  • How can we use research to make more informed decisions?
  • How can we use stories to demonstrate our impact?
  • How do we know we’re making a difference, together?

 7. To save $100 on the cost of your CKX
All-Access Pass.  

Register before October 31st using the CKX100 promo code to purchase your CKX All-Access Pass at the front-of-the-line rate of $395, a savings of $100 off of the regular rate. Are you with a charity, nonprofit organization or social enterprise? Send us a note to learn more about our group pricing options if you’re planning on registering three or more participants.

NGO guide – Key issues in research processes and managing researchers

Anne Bergen put together a compilation of resources & process suggestions aimed at community partners/NGOs who are struggling to deal with data requests from researchers. There was a strong response to this request – over 20 respondents provided diverse resource and process suggestions, and stories of dealing with similar issues. The resource deals with issues such as how does research work, what should be expected from researchers, and how to address issues of access to their data.

You can download the resource list here!

EVENT: The Festival of Dangerous Ideas: Food For Thought

Cathleen Kneen has forwarded me this event, which some of you may be interested in!

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas: Food For Thought is a dynamic event which will explore our relationship with our food system through the convergence of music, art and conversation. Our day-long festival on November 15th in Toronto will examine some ‘dangerous ideas’ about industrial agriculture, genetically modified organisms and the unsustainable nature of our current food system. Throughout the day, speakers will present new ways of thinking that can support the transition towards earth democracy, a just food system, and a world beyond pesticides. After an afternoon of engaging with academics, agricultural activists and NGO moguls, we will gather for a tapas reception and a keynote presented by the revolutionary Dr. Vandana Shiva. At night, we will put on our dancing shoes and enjoy a proper dance party, consisting of local producers and DJs.

What’s so dangerous about ideas? They have the power to change the world!

There is a link for tickets on the website.