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Public Forum Explores How to Make Research Work for Local Community-Based Change


March 30 Event to feature Keynote Address by GPA EDC
President and CEO Andy Mitchell

Tuesday, March 27, 2007, Peterborough

The Trent Centre for Community-Based Education (TCCBE) will host “Doing Our Homework: A Forum about Making Research Work for Local Community-Based Change” on Friday, March 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Peterborough Public Library.

By focussing on the environment, organizational development and evaluation, history and heritage, and diversity and advocacy, the forum will explore such questions as: How often do Peterborough County residents experience racism and what are the implications for our community? And how do past economic and settlement trends in the region inform our current sense of place and economic growth?

“It’s a chance for student researchers, community hosts and academic supervisors to come together with other local researchers, policy makers, educators, interested citizens,” says Todd Barr, executive director for the TCCBE. “It’s about working together for better information-sharing, evidence gathering and decision-making about important issues in our community.”

This first annual event is sponsored by the TCCBE and its Community-Based Education Committee – both of which have been brokering community-based research projects between students and faculty at Trent University and local organizations in Peterborough and County for over ten years.

Andy Mitchell, the president and CEO of the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation, will be the keynote speaker at the event. Other highlights include a research “Show and Share” – informal roundtable discussions on important issues in Peterborough & County, and a Next Steps plenary and panel, which will explore the challenges and successes of making research work.

Registration for this event is free and all members of the public are invited to attend. For more information and to register, visit www.trentu.ca/academic/tccbe/forum.htm.

Partners for the event include: Trent University’s Office of Research, Kawartha Heritage Conservancy, New Canadians Centre, Peterborough Green-Up, Peterborough Social Planning Council, and the Workforce Development Board.

The Trent Centre for Community-Based Education (TCCBE) is a cooperative initiative that facilitates community-based research, service learning and experiential learning. The Centre provides opportunities for students, faculty and local organizations to pool their resources and work together on community-inspired projects that enhance the social, environmental, cultural or economic health of our community.


For more information, please contact:
Todd Barr, Trent Centre for Community-Based Education, 705-743-0523