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St. Paul's partners with Centre for Community Based Research

Monday, September 14, 2015

St. Paul's University College is pleased to announce an affiliation with the Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR) to collaborate on research that contributes to community development. The CCBR is an organization based in Kitchener with 33 years of applied research and knowledge mobilization projects at the local, provincial, national, and international levels.

The affiliation will allow the two institutions to strengthen their missions, both of which are based on the idea of finding solutions to pressing societal problems. Both value and engage in research that is important for community groups to effectively address issues that matter to them, and both engage in research that leads to societal innovation and change.

“Our students want to change the world. We prepare them with sound theory tested through experiential learning. With the CCBR connection, we can now engage students in relevant research that contributes to community problem-solving,” said Graham Brown, Principal of St. Paul’s.

“What this collaboration means is: If you want to use research to solve societal issues, this is the place for you,” said Joanna Ochocka and Rich Janzen, Co-Directors at CCBR.

CCBR will eventually be housed at St. Paul’s, but the formal collaboration will begin before that with two CCBR senior researchers being appointed Research Associates at St. Paul’s. Research and community projects will be based around four key areas: community health and wellness, Aboriginal and cultural diversity, international development, and faith and society.

Members of the two organizations at signing

Above, left to right: Joanna Ochocka, Rich Janzen, Peter Frick, Graham Brown (front).


For more information, contact:

Eugenia Xenos Anderson
Communications Coordinator
St. Paul’s University College
exanders@uwaterloo.ca

Kyla English
Centre Researcher
Centre for Community Based Research
kyla@communitybasedresearch.ca