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Four trailblazing communities across Canada joined Tamarack's Building Belonging Membership Program. Through it, they built capacity, engaged and re-engaged youth, and learned to focus on and utilize the gifts and strengths of their communities.

The Cooperative Housing Federation of Canada (CHFC) is a vital advocate for housing cooperatives, emphasizing affordable, sustainable, and community-oriented housing solutions.

In 2022, CHFC sponsored four housing cooperatives to join Tamarack’s Communities Building Belonging membership program to learn how to rebuild the sense of community that had been impacted by the public health restrictions that were seen across Canada during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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"Why now? It has to be now!"
Watch our Belonging Webinar Highlights with former Mayor of Victoria Lisa Helps on Linkedin or Instagram.

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Connor Judge

By Connor Judge

With a degree in Health Studies with a minor in Political Science from the University of Waterloo, Connor has a deep understanding of the social determinants of health and its intersection with policy. From his time as in intern at Tamarack, he was able to intertwine his understanding of health with the theory of asset based community development. This led Connor to pursue an action-oriented masters of Public Health and Health systems at the University of Waterloo. His research was focused on understanding how an Indigenous self-government in the Northwest Territories can increase food access through a mobile abattoir. In addition, his research critically investigated the use of language within contemporary treaty texts to understand if the local food system is within the jurisdiction of an Indigenous self-government. Connor's experiences spans program evaluation, community-based research, food sovereignty and and policy analysis. He believes food insecurity is a symptom of poverty, thus an important piece of the complex puzzle that is poverty to address. He is a strong believer that food can be a powerful vehicle to build relationships, develop community and act as a catalyst for social change.

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