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Winter 2023: A message from the co-chairs of CBRCanada

As always, there is so much to look forward to in the CBRCanada network as we move toward spring. First and foremost, we are so pleased that C2UExpo, in person, is back!

Please join us at Lakehead University, in beautiful Thunder Bay Ontario, June 5th to 8th, for C2UExpo 2023, Connected Communities. Collective Change. Where during COVID we hosted two online Mini C2UExpos, with a focus on celebrating excellence in community engaged research, the in-person gathering at Lakehead marks the first chance to connect face-to- face since C2Uxpo 2017 at Simon Fraser University in BC.

In Thunder Bay, CBRCanada will be announcing this year’s winners of the Award for Excellence in Community-Campus Research Partnership and Award for Emerging Community-Based Researcher. Applications for the Community-Based Research Excellence awards are now open.

We also want to bring to your attention to our new webinar series title Moving the Dial. This series highlights action-oriented community-based research that is ‘moving the dial’ on today’s pressing societal challenges. The first session in the 10-part series was provided by Dr. Ameil Joseph from McMaster University on Moving the Dial on Health Equity Advocacy. Dr. Joseph made a compelling link between community engaged research and activism to authentically advocate for health equity. In the second session, Dr. Jutta Gutberlet from the University of Victoria shared the story of the ‘Mapping Waste Governance Project’, a fascinating exemplar in how research and action intersect. A description of the webinars in this series running from March to June 2023 can be found in this e-newsletter and webinar recordings are posted on the CBRCanada website.

A companion to CBRCanada webinar series is our Community of Practice. Loosely based on the open space concept, the community of practice (which meets the second Friday of every month), gives a member from the network a chance to raise a topic and to facilitate a dialogue with attendees. We have nearly 300 people registered for the Community of Practice. It has become the go to place for lively discussions about issues that impact all of us who work in the community engaged research space.

And if you, or anyone in your network, is interested in hands on community engaged research training, consider registering for CBRCanada’s Community-Based Research Certificate Course: Fundamentals and Excellence. The second cohort of the eight-week online course will be available this Spring 2023 between April 12th to May 31st. This interactive course, facilitated by Joanna Ochocka and Amanda Demmer, with guest speakers from academia and community, will offer participants training in community-based research theory and practice, and tools for conducting community-driven, participatory, and action-oriented research with excellence.

As you can see, there is a lot going on at CBRCanada. We want to conclude our note, by bringing attention to our 2023 membership drive. With 54 members and counting we look forward to continuing to attract new members. This year we are putting a particular emphasis on making sure CBRCanada is relevant to Indigenous organizations across Canada.

Thank you for your continued support of CBRCanada! We look forward to seeing you in Thunder Bay, June 2023!

Steve Dooley and Joanna Ochocka CBRCanada Co-Chairs

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