CFICE’s Community-Campus Engage Canada Working Group

Community Co-Lead
Maeve Lydon, Coordinator

Academic Co-lead
David Peacock, Executive Director of Community Service-Learning, University of Alberta

Academic Co-lead
Michelle Nilson, Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University

What is CCEC?

Participants present at the CCEC’s last National Roundtable in Ottawa, February 2018.

Community-Campus Engage Canada (CCEC) is formerly known as the Aligning Institutions for Community Impact (AICI) working group. It is one of the five working groups in Phase II of the CFICE project.

CCEC is an emerging national network and community of practice focused on strengthening Canadian communities by increasing the capacity, infrastructure and impact of equitable community-campus partnerships of all types, including student experiential learning, community-engaged research, and social innovation.

It focuses on shifting institutional cultures to break down barriers, and foster collaboration at post-secondary institutions (PSIs), community-based organizations (CBOs), funding agencies (including governmental bodies and private foundations) and other networks. In doing this, CCEC aims to promote and sustain nation-wide, positive social change and impact to strengthen ‘Community First’ community-campus engagement (CCE) in Canada.

How does CCEC work?

The CCEC working group is made up of CCE practitioners, faculty and civil society leaders from across Canada. The Working Group works on supporting partners in negotiating administrative challenges in CCE as well as augmenting and fostering equitable distribution of CCE grant funding and supports.

It is supported by:

  • Coordinator: Maeve Lydon
  • Academic Co-Lead: David Peacock, Executive Director of Community Service-Learning in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta
  • Academic Co-Lead: Michelle Nilson, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University

Currently, CCEC is convening regional and national roundtables to collaborate with grassroots partners, engagement practitioners, post-secondary institutions (PSIs), policy makers and funders with the objective of finding a common goal that shapes and funds this initiative as a sustainable community of practice for community-campus engagement (CCE) in Canada.

What are CCEC’s current goals?

  1. Establish a Canadian CCE network and community of practice to connect community engagement practitioners and campus engagement initiatives across Canada to share and develop CCE best practices, research, and resources.
  2. Convene high-level discussions among funders and university partners to advocate for funding policies and practices that better support and reward Community-First CCE.
  3. Develop and pilot, in coordination with community partners and PSI demonstration sites, a Community-First self-assessment/classification system and impact framework for the Canadian context