Community Engaged Learning Award
The Centre for Community Development has introduced the Community Engaged Learning Award. This award recognizes graduating undergraduate students who have made significant community building and co-curricular contributions at the Centre for Community Partnerships, in clubs, in their faculty or school, or in their Toronto communities.
This award is in honour of Holly Kramer, one of our earliest partners at the Centre for Community Partnerships. Holly dedicated her life to community and advocacy work, particularly in the area of harm reduction with the Canadian Harm Reduction Network. She took great pride in the work that she did with University of Toronto students. This award aims to honour her legacy by recognizing and celebrating students who have made significant contributions in community-engaged learning throughout their undergraduate careers.
The award is available to students who have demonstrated the values of community engagement, reciprocity and social justice, particularly students who have grown and deepened their commitment to community engaged work during their undergraduate years.
- The student should have made a distinctive and lasting contribution to community building and co-curricular contributions at the Centre for Community Partnerships, in clubs, in their faculty or school, or in their Toronto communities.
- The student should have demonstrated the values of community engagement, reciprocity and social justice.
- The student should have grown and deepened their commitment to community engaged work during undergraduate or graduate years.
Awards may be peer, staff or self-nominated. Nominations may be made by any member of the University of Toronto community.
A complete nomination package must include the following documents:
- Completed nomination form (completed by the nominee)
- Complete CV for the candidate
- Reference contact (please supply the contact info for one reference from a person in a good position to assess students’ suitability for this award)
Nominations are closed for 2019.
- Award nominations are due Monday, April 15, 2019 at 9 a.m.
- Awards will be announced on April 25.
- The winner will be invited to the Grants Showcase on May 1 where the prize will be announced (time TBA).
2019 Award Winners
Yin Liu - Yin has been involved in many community engaged programs in her years as an under graduate student and has contribute much to her community in doing so. She was a volunteer for Alternative Reading Week program at Center for Community Partnership in her first year where she volunteered at ArtHeart taking pictures of the paintings, scanning the artworks, and designing the painting books which would be auctioned to raise fund for patients with heart disease. She was an intern at English Testing Canada, a socially progressive organization which works with various community organizations in downtown Toronto. There she deepened her understanding of the values of socially-progressive organizations and realized how much impact non-for-profit organizations can have on society. She has been a Hart House Ambassador and is most proud of co-planning the Hancock Lecture; spread awareness of disability and inclusivity on campus.
Charmaine Nyakonda – Charmaine has grown and shared so much knowledge with the CCP community in her time at UofT. She channeled her passion for community building into Alternative Reading Week from being a volunteer in her first year to being a project leader and facilitating community building events for others as a lead project leader in her 3rd and 4th year. Charmaine also channeled her community engaged learning knowledge into a community based research project at St Michaels Hospital. This resulted in an HIV stigma intervention literature review which will guide the type of interventions the Centre for Urban Health. Solutions will take up to reduce HIV stigma and increase testing. She is most proud of her contribution as the CCP workshop project assistant where she shared the value of listening to understand and not to respond.