Welcome back!

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A new school year is just around the corner! The team at the Centre for Global and Community Engagement would like to welcome you back and pass along our wishes for a successful year. The month of September always brings … Continue reading

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The Abhilasha Project (TAP): How it all began…and where we’re headed

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It all began during Christmas break in 2006 when I travelled to India on a family vacation. During this trip, I first visited the Abhilasha School located in Rajnandgaon, a small rural town in central India. The school was founded … Continue reading

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An interview with Professor Nérée St-Amand on an innovative approach to teaching

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What are the advantages of including a Community Service Learning (CSL) component in university courses? We spoke with Nérée St-Amand, a professor at the University of Ottawa who has been involved with CSL since the program was first introduced at … Continue reading

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Results of the Community Service Learning Program for 2012-2013 Academic Year

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About 1,630 uOttawa students participated in the Community Service Learning (CSL) Program in 2012-2013. This is a drop from previous years, as indicated in Figure 1. The number of front-line staff has since been adjusted, and the Centre’s capacity is … Continue reading

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Alternative Student Break program – Having a global impact in Ecuador and Nicaragua!

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In May 2013, 22 uOttawa students from various faculties participated in the Centre’s second summer Alternative Student Breaks (ASB) program. Eleven students travelled to Quito, Ecuador as part of a project to increase food sustainability and promote nutritional education, while the … Continue reading

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How donated Aeroplan miles are allowing uOttawa students to volunteer abroad!

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Thanks to generous donations from friends of the University of Ottawa, we have successfully collected several Aeroplan miles through the Aeroplan Charitable Pooling Plan. This initiative will be used to provide airline tickets to travel to overseas volunteer projects.  CGCE … Continue reading

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Meet Lindsay Walthert: 2013 PFF Community Leadership Program Fellow!

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Congratulations to Lindsay Walthert, who was recently named a 2013 PFF Community Leadership Program Fellow. As an undergraduate student in international development and globalization with a minor in business administration, Lindsay will work in Tëta Piau, Bolivia, in collaboration with … Continue reading

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Community Service Learning — Sarah’s experience

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In winter 2013, Sarah Brown, a first year joint honours student in psychology and linguistics, took a women’s studies course with Professor Corrie Scott. The course, Women, Gender, Feminism: An Introduction (FEM1100 C), offered a Community Service Learning (CSL) option. … Continue reading

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How do we increase community engagement?

The Centre for Global and Community Engagement is a member of the core research team that is developing a research project to address questions around ways to increase community engagement in the areas of volunteering and donating. Engagement = Mobilizing … Continue reading

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Learning…and doing what you love

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Many of our students will be graduating from the University of Ottawa very soon and facing a world of infinite possibilities. Thank you to all the community partners, supervisors and professors who have helped them have a wonderful volunteer experience. … Continue reading

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Congratulations to the 2012-2013 CSL Outstanding Achievement Awards recipients

Each academic year, the uOttawa Community Service Learning (CSL) program highlights the exceptional contributions of one student, one professor and one community partner to the CSL program.  This year’s recipients were chosen by a selection committee on April 8. They … Continue reading

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What do students learn through CSL?

In the past ten years, community service learning (CSL) programs have mushroomed across Canada. During the 2102-2013 academic year so far, over 1600 University of Ottawa students volunteered with community partners as part of their classroom learning. The theory behind … Continue reading

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Getting off to a good start with Community Service Learning

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The first year of university means different things to each of us. For some, it’s a new start. For others, it offers a second chance, or a glimpse of the future. For Mélissa Langlois, a criminology student from Quebec City, … Continue reading

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Meet Robin Mackin, Faculty of Medicine

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Former Canadian Olympian Robin Mackin has demonstrated, through her academic achievements and volunteer service. Robin is currently finishing her second year of medical school at the University of Ottawa. Her stellar athletic career included a spot on the Canadian softball … Continue reading

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Nardin Bekhit: An Inspiring Young Leader and Volunteer

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The Centre for Global and Community Engagement (CGCE) features uOttawa students who want to make a difference in other people’s lives, who are dedicated and who are turning ideas into action. Nardin Bekhit is a second-year biomedical science student who … Continue reading

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Volunteering for the Community Life Service: An unforgettable experience!

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For the past few years, the Community Life Service’s French programming section has been partnering with the Centre for Global and Community Engagement. Every semester, five students enrolled in Community Service Learning (CSL) through a French as a Second Language … Continue reading

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Three uOttawa students awarded Students for Canada’s North scholarships to implement community engagement projects

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In late fall 2012, the Centre for Global and Community Engagement officially launched the Students for Canada’s North (SCN) project.  Funded by Murray and Marvelle Koffler and the Alex Trebek Innovation and Challenge Fund, SCN aims to unite University of … Continue reading

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Tackling immigration and refugee issues during a February 2013 Alternative Student Break with the Catholic Centre for Immigrants

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As part of the Alternative Student Break (ASB) program, eight uOttawa students spent their February 2013 Study Week building healthy and inclusive communities in collaboration with the Catholic Centre for Immigrants (CCI).  CCI, a key Centre for Global and Community … Continue reading

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Alumni in the Community

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Alumni in the Community — Meet Kanika Gupta, uOttawa Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and founder of TheSoJo. TheSojo is a self-guided online resource that targets young people who have ideas for social good, and need help transforming these ideas into … Continue reading

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Learning French as a Second Language at University

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Initiatives that make it possible for students to apply what they’ve learned in university in community-based non-profit organizations were the focus of a panel discussion during the prestigious 44th annual conference of the Northeast Modern Language Association, which took place … Continue reading

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