University of Alberta’s CSL newsletter is now available.

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Join us at 2015 Health Promoting Universities conference

Researchers, practitioners, administrators, students and policy-makers from all fields are invited to this conference on developing healthy, sustainable campuses. The conference will take place at UBC Okanagan in Kelowna, BC, from June 22-26, 2015. To learn more:

The 2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities & Colleges will mobilize the power and highlight the responsibilities of institutions of higher education, supporting knowledge exchange among people interested in the intersections of: human and environmental health and wellbeing, ecosystem sustainability, economic development, and learning and productivity on campuses and beyond. The format includes plenaries, panels, concurrent sessions, talking circles, networking, and consensus building.

A renewal process for the 2005 Edmonton Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Institutions of Higher Education will enable an update on regional and global network activity, relationship building, and the design of a new Charter through dialogue.

Early bird, one-day, and student rates are available.

Thank you to our sponsors: Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Region of the Americas, International Union of Health Promotion and Education, Ibero-American Network of Health Promoting Universities, Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Co-hosted by Canadian Mental Health Association BC. Practice Leader: Simon Fraser University.

For more details, please visit the website: or email:

C2UExpo 2015 – May 26th to May 29th 2015


C2UExpo 2015

C2UExpo 2015 – May 26th to May 29th 2015

Citizen-Driven Policy: Strengthening Community Engagement for a Better World.

First and foremost, the C2U Expo 2015 conference provides the opportunity for participants to be inspired and energized by the successes of community-campus partnerships, community based research, and community service-learning. Furthermore, the conference provides a means for participants to build connections and share ideas through meaningful dialogue, work in solidarity to build on the cumulative legacy of the Expo’s networks, partnerships, and projects throughout Canada and the world.

The C2U Expo 2015 conference aims to build momentum for policy solutions that help civil society organizations navigate the current environment, and more effectively assert their interests through policy development and engagement; and Strengthen the growing national movement to deepen community-campus engagement as universities and colleges seek to enhance their potential to contribute to the development of Canada and the public good.


CACSL members will enjoy a 15% discount on the regular conference rate ($65.25 to $72.75 reduction).


Preconference Workshops

A number of pre-conference workshops and webinars will be offered prior to the conference in May.


The pre-conference workshops will be organized and facilitated by the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning and Volunteer Canada, Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship, and Community-Based Research Canada. Confirmed workshops are:

  • Collective Impact Pre-Conference Event.
  • Understanding and Advancing Impact, Policy and Funding for CBR and CCE.
  • Engaged Practice Learning Exchange Workshop.
  • Collective Impact and Community Engagement: From Idea to Action.
  • How to Build a Research Shop.
  • Translating Practice to Policy in Community-Campus Partnerships.


CACSL members will enjoy a $105 reduction in the Collective Impact pre-conference event.

 The pre-conference webinars will be hosted by the University of Saskatchewan and Memorial University. Confirmed workshops are:

  • Station 20 West – Community Enterprise Centre.


Please use the following flyer to distribute widely: C2UExpo 2015 CACSL info

Information on CACSL membership:


2015 Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference

This Friday, March 20, is your final day to submit a proposal for the 2015 Engagement Scholarship Consortium. Proposals are sought for posters, papers/paper symposia, and workshops that address this year’s theme of “Advancing Rigor, Elevating Impact.”

Make your submission by clicking the button at the bottom of this email. Please note you’ll be prompted to create an account and password and then asked to provide the following in an online form:

  • Title of your project or idea (no more than 15 words)
  • An abstract that describes the project or idea (no more than 300 words)
  • Brief description of the project’s or idea’s contribution to engaged scholarship, its measurable objectives, and the mutual benefit to all partners involved in the project

Please visit for more information and proposal submission links.

Technique of the Week #6: Webinars

What you need to know

  • Webinars use the internet to share knowledge with people in different cities, countries, or even continents.
  • People can access them from anywhere.
  • Webinars can be interactive including polls, question and answers, and dialogue.
  • Participants can also connect and contribute through chat forums.
  • Presentations can be saved and made available for additional users.

Resources, time, and skill

  • Although not required, you may want to have an opt-in registration page. Registration is useful because it gives a sense of the size, and diversity of the audience, and may connect with them later to provide follow-up resources, or to participate in on-going conversation. Freeware such as wordpress may be used to build this page.
  • There needs to be a mail-service that allows for participant tracking and to send out details about the webinar (e.g., freeware such as Mailchimp).
  • Lastly, a webinar platform is needed in order for participants to hear, see, and interact with the presenter. Webinar software can either be free (Anymeeting), or paid through a subscription model (e.g., GoToWebinar and Adobe Connect are the most popular paid version. Typically, paid versions offer more features such as custom branding, better security, webinar recording abilities, etc).

Key Considerations

Be mindful of your organization’s use of technology. Some people may not be experienced with using webinar software or technology in general. Weigh the pros and cons of using webinar

software. Ask questions such as “will webinars benefit our organization?” “Will implementation be met with a negative response?” “How big will the learning curve be?”.

Incorporating webinars in your KMb

  • Webinars can be a great way to keep your organization up-to-date if there are difficulties trying to arrange in-person meetings.
  • Webinars can be used as a training tool.
  • Webinars can be a way to present research findings to different people across cities or countries.
  • Webinars can be used to support collective thinking for a geographically dispersed group

 The take away

  • Webinars are a great way to engage participants from different locations all over the world, when face-face communication is not feasible due to time, travel, and/or costs.
  •  Webinars can be created with freeware and takes little time to set up.


How to Do a Webinar Using Free or Inexpensive Tools

What are webinars



Putting Community Service-Learning into Action- CSL and career development

Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network Sustainability Network

Software Examples

Any Meeting (freeware)

Adobe Connect (subscription)


Call for abstracts: CURA2 Poverty and Social Inclusion 2015 conference

There will be a $100 award for the best student presentation, a $100 award for the best lived experience presentation, and a $100 award for the best community solutions presentation at this conference.

When: October 28 & 29, 2015 from 9 am to 4 pm

Where: Best Western Lamplighter Hotel (591 Wellington Road, London, Ontario)

Type of Presentation: Oral Presentation/Story Telling (30 minute), Sharing Circle, Conversational Café, Round Table Discussion, Panel, Poster Board, or any other presentation methods of your choice.

Abstract Guidelines:
• 250 word summary of presentation
• Title of Abstract/Presentation
• Presenter(s)
• Contact Information: Telephone and Email
• Type of Presentation
• Equipment needs

Research Coordinator: Amanda Wright
Fax: 519-667-6870
Address: Suite 102, 750 Baseline Road East. London, Ontario N6C 2R5
Phone: 519-685-8500 ext. 75896

Please submit to Amanda Wright by Sunday, May 17, 2015 and feel free to contact Amanda with any questions!

Please see the following link for the submission form: Community Poster-Call for Presentation

CACSL Conference 2016: Impact for Sustainability

Mount Royal University (MRU) is pleased to host the 2016 national conference for Community Service Learning (CSL) and Community Engagement (CE). Victoria Calvert, the CSL coordinator for MRU is the Conference Chair, and Cynthia Gallop is the Academic Chair. This conference is held every two years and provides a national connection that reaches the constituents involved in CSL and CE. The discussions and exchange of ideas and research pertaining to curriculum, impact, and processes would be of interest to members of community organizations, faculty, post-secondary institutional organizers, and policy-makers.

Please follow the link for more information about abstract submission and share widely.

Call for Submissions: Community Service Learning and Community Engagement Impact for Sustainability