On Tuesday, October 2, 2018 CFICE presented Finding your CCE Champion: How to identify, establish, and grow your organization’s connections with post-secondary institutions.

In this webinar, presenters from the Volunteer Action Centre in Waterloo Region (VAC) and Laurier University shared their experiences finding, initiating and building mutually beneficial community-campus engagement (CCE) relationships.

The webinar touched on:

  • Volunteer Action Centre’s history of CSL brokering
  • Wilfrid Laurier University’s experience working with the Volunteer Action Centre
  • Tips and Pointers for connecting with a Post-Secondary Institution in your area

Video Link

If you missed out on the day-of presentation, not to worry. We’ve made it accessible below.

You can also access the presenters’ PowerPoint presentation as a PDF (includes two slides with tips and pointers for connecting with your local post-secondary institutions!).


Jane Hennig is the Executive Director of the Volunteer Action Centre, which provides services that strengthen the capacity of nearly 200 charity and not-for-profit organizations to engage and support volunteerism in Waterloo Region. Jane currently provides sector leadership through her work on the Board of Directors for Volunteer Canada and on committees for Wellbeing Waterloo Region and the City of Waterloo Neighbourhood Strategy. She is an active participant in the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network and continuously works to demonstrate the value of community engagement locally and beyond. Jane previously served on the steering committee for the Canadian Alliance for Community Service Learning (CACSL) and the steering committee for Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE). While her involvement in national work related to Community Service Learning has stepped back in recent years, she and her staff continue to work closely with faculty and staff at Conestoga College, University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Shannon Pennington is a Community Service-Learning (CSL) Coordinator with Community and Workplace Partnerships in the department of Co-operative Education at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus.  Shannon works with faculty at Laurier and community partners in the Kitchener-Waterloo area to coordinate community-engaged partnerships for courses and academic programs at Laurier.  Shannon enjoys taking a CSL approach to building partnerships, incorporating collaboration, reciprocity, and high quality reflective practices.  She has been involved with CSL at Laurier for 9 years.

Lisa Jarvis is the Manager, Community & Workplace Partnerships at Wilfrid Laurier University. This unit coordinates curricular Community-Service Learning and Work-Integrated Learning experiences. Coming into this new role about a year ago and being back in Waterloo, Lisa is again connected to organizations and people in the non-profit sector in Waterloo region where she began as a Social Worker in 2006. Lisa has lived and seen the transformative power that experiences like CSL can have on young people and believes creating opportunities for students to get out of the classroom and meet teachers and mentors in the community, be in relationship with people who are different than they are, and reflect on these experiences, can be a powerful tool in creating a more compassionate Canadian society.

Moderator: Tara McWhinney is currently enrolled in the PhD program at the School of Social Work at Carleton University. She works as a Research Assistant for the Centre for Studies on Poverty and Social Citizenship and works on research projects with community-based agencies. She has a keen interest and background in critical research methods and social policy analysis.  Working in the community for many years she also has front line experience assisting individuals accessing social assistance programs. With a Masters in geography Tara approaches social justice issues from a unique perspective using online participatory mapping platforms. Her PhD research focuses on how online mapping technologies can be employed in feminist research to explore women’s experiences of social policy.