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 with it a sense of renewal…and this year is no exception. We have a number of new initiatives under way!
As a result of the financial support we’ve received from TD, we were able to launch the TD Environmental Leadership program. Under this program, three projects will be implemented each year for the next 10 years. Each one involves developing local initiatives to promote or improve environmental protection. A group of committed students will participate in these projects by volunteering with one of our community partners, under one of the partner’s team leaders and supervisors. If you are a community partner and have an idea you’d like to talk to us about or would be interested in having one of our student volunteers work with your organization, please send me an email at scardina@uOttawa.ca.
The Alternate Student Break program is back this year with five new community engagement opportunities. Three of these opportunities are being offered during the February 2014 break and two during the summer of 2013, at a location abroad. Check out uOcal for the dates and times of our information sessions. The Community Service Learning (CSL) program is also back this coming year. A total of 55 courses are part of the CSL program this fall. We thank all our professors and community partners who have made it possible for us to offer this opportunity again this year to students from a number of programs. Thanks to this program, students will be able to apply the concepts they’ve learned in class in a real workplace…whether on Parliament Hill, on the front lines of a social service organization or in a school. Finally, the Students for Canada’s North program and other funds, scholarships and bursaries managed by the Centre are again being offered. These funds provide financial support that can help make a community engagement project a reality by offsetting some of the travel costs for a CSL placement. In this issue of our newsletter, we are also highlighting the accomplishments of some community members. Enjoy!