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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.

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Fostering Connection, Sharing Stories, and Creating Community

Posted by Sylvia Cheuy on July 6, 2017

“People become the stories they hear and the stories they tell.”

- Elie Wiesel

Over the past several weeks I have had the opportunity to learn, and be inspired by, examples that illustrate how powerful the simple act of engaging in heart-felt conversation and listening can be when it is is rooted in compassion and curiosity.

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Berrett-Koehler Birthday Book Sale July 10–16!

Posted by Sylvia Cheuy on July 6, 2017

Since it’s release in 2015, Paul Born’s book, Deepening Community: Finding Joy Together in Chaotic Times has become a national best-seller.  As growing levels of loneliness and isolation are reported amongst people of all ages across the country, the need to discover new ways to foster connection between neighbours has never been greater. 

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Why Citizens Should Prepare for Emergencies and How to Do It

Posted by Sylvia Cheuy on June 21, 2017

Most Canadian Municipalities have emergency preparedness plans in place that detail how various departments and staff will work together to respond in the event of a natural disaster or extreme weather event.  

Citizens and neighbours can always be relied on to help one another during these times as well, however, this capacity could be significantly enhanced if neighbours -- like municipalities -- created opportunities to know one another and proactively develop plans.

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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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