The Carleton Centre for Community Innovation (3ci), with the support of the Office of the Deputy Provost, invites members of the Carleton community and its many partners to participate in a two-day online workshop focused on how community and campus partnerships can help build a just and sustainable pandemic recovery at local, regional and national levels. The workshop, taking place May 25 and 26, assembles community-based organizations, post-secondary faculty and students, and members of community-campus engagement offices from across Canada. It will focus on the impacts of COVID-19 experienced within our communities, and how we can work together to strengthen community resilience beyond the pandemic.

The event will feature Carleton University’s Dr. Peter Andrée and Carleton Alumna Dr. Magda Goemans delivering a keynote presentation titledBuilding resilience to future large-scale challenges through community-campus collaboration.”  This presentation will recap key lessons learned about gaps in nonprofit and public infrastructure exposed by the COVID pandemic, before considering how partnerships between community-based organizations and the post-secondary sector can help address future challenges, such as the anticipated effects of the climate crisis.

Through an engaging panel, keynote speakers, and facilitated sessions, participants in this workshop will reflect on the steps taken by community partners and consider paths for community-campus partnerships to address impacts of this crisis and beyond. Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about promising strategies and innovation from rural and urban communities.
  • Hear about the experiences of organizations working to support marginalized communities throughout the pandemic.
  • Discuss the role of campus-community partnerships in creating a post-pandemic future that is inclusive of everyone.
  • Consider how community-campus partnerships may address community needs, building on promising strategies.
  • Identify opportunities for collective action to address the gaps in public and non-profit infrastructure exposed by the pandemic.

This event is spearheaded by the Community Engagement and Research Centre (CERC) at the University of Regina and Community Campus Engage Canada (CCEC). The Ontario sessions of Seizing the Moment, taking place online on May 25, are coordinated through the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation (3ci) with the support of Carleton’s Deputy Provost.

Visit Seizing the Moment’s Ontario’s eventbrite page to learn more about the two-day online workshop, register, or contact the organizers. Registration is free, but space is limited. A recording of the event will be provided on May 28th, 2021 at  To register, please click here.

Related Links

●      Seizing the Moment: Pandemic recovery and partnerships – Ontario