The theme of Congress 2019 was Circles of Conversations. The pre-conference began on June 1 and was titled Catalyst: Sharing, Supporting, and Inspiring Community Campus Engagement. The Centre for Community Based Research sent representatives from Community Based Research Canada (CBRC) to the conference to deliver a workshop. The day provided a rich learning opportunity for those who work across different disciplines and sectors to participate in workshops in order to connect, support, and inspire community campus partnerships in engagement and scholarship.
CBRC is a national network and “Community of Practice” advancing research that leads to social innovation and social entrepreneurship. The workshop facilitators were Stephen Dooley, CBRC Co-Chair, Isabelle Kim, CBRC former Board Member, and Jess Notwell, CBRC Program Coordinator. They shared information about CBRC, the Community-Based Research Excellence Tool (CBRET), and the Community Research Ethics Office (CREO). Workshop participants shared their prior research experience that is community-driven, participatory and action-oriented and became better equipped to reach the next level of impact and quality in community-based research.
Further, participants learned about the upcoming Community-Campus Exposition (C2UExpo) which will be hosted by Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie in May 2020. This gathering will bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members and academics from colleges and universities across, and outside of Canada to share effective practices in community-based research. The conference seeks to develop new collaborations to advance better systems-level change in Canada and around the world.