About Sylvia

Sylvia Cheuy

Consulting Director, Community Engagement
 
Contact Details:
p. 416-988-6887

Remote Office: Caledon, Ontario

About Sylvia

Sylvia is a Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institute’s Community Engagment Idea Area and also supports Tamarack’s Collective Impact Idea Area.   She is passionate about community engagement 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 Community Engagement and Collective Impact throughout North America. 

Prior to joining Tamarack, Sylvia was the founding Executive Director to Headwaters Communities in Action (HCIA), a grassroots citizen initiative that fosters collaborative leadership and action in support of a long-term vision of well-being for Ontario's Headwaters region. This experience gives Sylvia practical knowledge and first-hand experience of what it takes to engage and mobilize positive community change.  Her work with HCIA was published as a chapter entitled, A Citizen-Led Approach to Enhancing Community Well-Being in the newly published Handbook of Community Well-Being Research.

Sylvia completed her Masters Diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo in 2013 where she explored opportunities to create change within regional food systems.   An active volunteer in her community, Sylvia serves as a member of HCIA’s Leadership Council. She also served for nine years on the Board of Community Living Dufferin where she was instrumental in securing $2.8 million in funding for CLD's shared home with Theatre Orangeville, the community's professional theatre company. Sylvia lives in Caledon, Ontario with her husband John Graham and their three children: Gabriella, Garrett and Sean.


Area of Expertise
  • Community Engagement
  • Multi-Sector Collaboration
  • Collective Impact
Recent Work 

Seminars and Workshops

  • The Power and Possibility of Community Engagement
  • Mobilizing Citizen Leadership to Create Resilient Communities
  • Working Well with Friends, Allies and Enemies
  • Asset-Based Community Development
  • Neighbourhood Change: Tools for Thinking Differently Together
  • From Debates to Dilemmas: Framing Our Shared Issue
  • Exploring the Collective Impact Opportunity

 

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Community Engagement workshopLearn about Tamarack's upcoming learning calendar

Interested in expanding your knowledge and capacity to tackle the community issues you're facing? Tamarack hosts a number of in-person workshops as well as free online webinars and communities of practice to help you meet this challenge.

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