Updated: Sep 29, 2021
York University is recognized as a national and international leader in knowledge mobilization (KMb) and understands the strong relationship between KMb and CBR. Beyond that, we believe in the values and services of Community Based Research Canada. This is a national organization which we're excited to join and engage with. Within this community of practice, we will seek to actively participate, learning much from other members and gladly sharing our experiences and good practices in the spirit of reciprocity. We have seen tremendous growth in CBRC over the years and the decision to join was an easy one.
We will be engaged members, seeking to make meaningful contributions to this dynamic community of practice. We have three examples we would like to share of our good practices: first is the Toronto Dominion Community Engagement Centre. Championed by our Provost office and supported through a generous gift from the Toronto Dominion bank, the TD CEC is located in the Jane-Finch community which is adjacent to our Keele Campus to the north and east. Programs, services and supports are co-created by meaningful engagement with community leaders and partners, and actively supported by offices across campus. Most notably, we've recently released a community engagement guide for research practices in the community (Click here to access the report). This was led by the TD CEC and a longstanding project, the Jane Finch Community Research Project. Second, we launched Y Space in our neighbouring Town of Markham. Y Space supports community-based entrepreneurs and also is a space for engagement with local community and schools. Finally, we're proud to share that York has developed a very active Community Engagement Community of Practice on our campus which is intended to create space for faculty and staff to meet, to learn and to engage around issues of community engagement. We foresee our membership within CBRCanada to help strengthen these initiatives along with the many others which are active across our campuses and in our neighbouring communities.