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Sylvia Cheuy

Sylvia Cheuy
Sylvia is a Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institute’s Collective Impact Idea Area and also supports Tamarack’s Community Engagement Idea Area. She is passionate about community change and what becomes possible when residents and various sector leaders share an aspirational vision for their future. Sylvia believes that when the assets of residents and community are recognized and connected they become powerful drivers of community change. Sylvia is an internationally recognized community-builder and trainer. Over the past five years, much of Sylvia’s work has focused on building awareness and capacity in the areas of Collective Impact and Community Engagement throughout North America.

Recent Posts

Montréal: A Leader in Neighbourhood Innovation

Posted by Sylvia Cheuy on May 9, 2017

Montréal is the second largest city in Canada. Throughout its 375-year history,

Montréal has experienced several transformations.  Multiple waves of immigration have contributed to making Montréal one of the most diverse Canadian cities and a model of bilingualism and tolerance. 
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Collective Impact Peers Share Their Experience

Posted by Sylvia Cheuy on April 10, 2017

As a Learning Institute, Tamarack is committed to making the work of community change easier and more effective.  We do this by teaching, writing and both hosting face-to-face and online learning opportunities to provide leaders with the knowledge and inspiration they need for success in their community change efforts.  In 2016 we were proud to welcome more than 22,000 learners to engage with us. 

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Our Growing Understanding of Community Well-Being

Posted by Sylvia Cheuy on March 10, 2017

What is community well-being and how is it improved?  Those curious about this question will find much to engage them in the newly-published Handbook of Community Well-Being ResearchIt is the first publication of its kind to bring together foundational and leading-edge research to offer a compendium of knowledge, approaches and insights for improving quality of life in communities of place. 

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Community Heart & Soul Field Guide 2nd Edition

Posted by Sylvia Cheuy on January 10, 2017

The Orton Family Foundation’s Community Heart and Soul Initiative is rooted in the belief that, “the strength of a community lies in the hands of its residents."

Its Community Heart & Soul Field Guide 2nd Edition summarizes the essence of wisdom gleaned from more than a decade of listening, learning, refining and partnering with more than a dozen small towns (under 50,000 residents).  The field guide is both practical and comprehensive.  It outlines an array of resources and tools that they have used and refined to promote proven, resident-driven approaches to community engagement and change that reflect genuine involvement that engage all sectors in planning so that small towns can build their own successful futures. 

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Lonely? Seeking Community? There’s an App for that!

Posted by Sylvia Cheuy on November 11, 2016

Interestingly, in an age where social networking and abundant “virtual” connectivity is at our fingertips, it seems that people, especially the elderly, are lonelier than ever before. Truly, the negative effects of loneliness have many consequences- including poor health:

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Why Community Resilience Matters

Posted by Sylvia Cheuy on November 3, 2016


“In every community there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart there is the power to do it.” - Marianne Williamson

Tamarack’s Deepening Community Practice Area is a learning community for people interested in neighbourhood-based change and those eager to deepen their understanding of the unique role citizens can play in leading positive community change. It is an online space to meet, share resources and learn together.

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