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A Message from the Co-Chairs of CBRC

We hope this message greets everyone in a position to enjoy a relaxing holiday season with family and friends. The end of the year tends to be a time of both reflection and anticipation of what is to come in the new year. For CBCR, 2019 has been a very important year of re-imagining and solidifying our role as a conveyor, organizer, and supporter of all important things related to community-based research in Canada.

In 2019 CBRC hosted six webinars that showcased ambitious research projects and interesting community-campus partnerships. The audience included researchers from across of country and internationally. If you missed any of them, please visit CBRC website here where you can find all the recordings. We also facilitated highly evaluated and well attended Community-Based Research Excellence Tool (CBRET) workshops in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. Please check the website [here] about what’s involved to host this workshop in your organization. This year CBRC were so pleased to have 11 new institutional members come join us under the tent. A hearty CBRC welcome to University of British Columbia, McMaster University, University of Alberta, Dalhousie University, St Francis Xavier University, NORDIK Institute, Trent Community Research Centre, Georgian College, Aurora College, Interior Health Authority, and Positive Living North.

As a national organization, we have embarked on an ambitious strategic planning process that we will be rolling out for consultation and feedback in 2020. This process has been led by two CBRC board members, Dave Heidebrecht, Manager, Office of Community Engagement, McMaster University and Crystal Tremblay, Assistant Professor and Special Advisor on Community Engaged Scholarship, University of Victoria, who work closely with the Strategic Planning Subcommittee. Big thanks to you both.

Speaking of 2020, we are very excited about what is coming in the new year. We are thrilled that the 8th C2UExpo will be taking place in Sault Ste. Marie from May 12- 14th. Hosted by NORDIK Institute, Algoma University and Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, C2UExpo 2020- Culture, Place and Resilience will attract delegates from across Canada and around the world to learn about innovation in local, national, international community-campus initiatives and community-based research. Read the Call for Proposals here and plan to be there for intellectual and social benefits. CBRC will have a big presence in Sault Ste. Marie: we will be hosting a pre-conference workshop and will be sharing our strategic plan for feedback and consideration.

In 2020 CBRC will continue to provide variety of platforms to enable community engaged researchers to connect and learn from one another. Stay tuned to our website to learn about these opportunities as they emerge. And do not hesitate to drop us a line or two…

We wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season. Happy 2020 Year everyone!

Joanna Ochocka and Steve Dooley

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