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Collective Impact: Shared Vision for Social Innovation

Date: Thursday, May 12
Time: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Virtual

This collaborative event aims to share social innovation research and partnerships at Durham College and identify challenges and opportunities for further collaboration. Attendees will learn about social innovation activities at the college and how they can become involved. The event will provide space for the creation of new partnerships and synergistic ways to engage with a variety of participants, including service providers, researchers, community agencies and students and how applied research can be used to identify ways to address societal issues of concern.

Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and carried out in partnership with the Regional Municipality of Durham and the City of Oshawa, this event will include an overview of current Social Impact Hub applied research projects followed by a panel discussion, delving into a variety of social challenges and potential areas where applied research and social innovation can intersect to define a path forward. Participants will have an opportunity to collaborate in breakout groups to further discuss challenges they see and potential solutions that leverage socially innovative ideas.


9 a.m. Welcome, Land Acknowledgement and opening remarks

  • Crystal Garvey, Emcee
  • Don Lovisa, president, Durham College
  • Dorothy Taylor, Indigenous Elder
  • Elaine Popp, executive vice-president, Academic, Durham College
  • Stella Danos-Papaconstantinou, commissioner of social services, The Regional Municipality of Durham
  • Mayor Dan Carter, City of Oshawa
9:25 a.m.   Video presentation
9:30 a.m.  Community Safety and Well-Being Plan

  • Kiersten Allore-Engel, Manager of Community Safety and Well-being, The Regional Municipality of Durham
9:40 a.m. Panel discussion moderated by: Crystal Garvey, Researcher and Durham College faculty member

  • Indigenous perspectives: Chief Emily Whetung, Curve Lake First Nation
  • Black Mental Health and Anti-racism: Allison Hector-Alexander, The Regional Municipality of Durham
  • Human Trafficking: Krista MacNeil, Victim Services of Durham Region
  • Access to Justice Hub: Laurie Marshall, Durham College faculty member
  • Inclusivity and self-advocacy in the workplace: Jesse Dick, DC Alumni
  • Housing and mental health: Doreen Hume McKenna, Lakeridge Health
10:20 a.m. Break
10:25 a.m. Breakout discussions:

  • Mental Health and Homelessness
  • Supporting People with Disabilities
  • Experiences of Racism
  • Access to Justice and Legal Services for Disadvantaged Populations
  • Supporting Victims of Crime
  • Truth and Reconciliation
  • Seniors and Isolation
12:30 p.m. Next steps and closing remarks

Support provided by:

Logo for Durham Region.
Logo for Oshawa.
Logo for SSHRC.