Director, Deepening Community
Remote Office: Caledon, Ontario
Sylvia is passionate about community engagement and the unique role that citizens play in creating dynamic and well-connected neighbourhoods and communities. She delights in delivering learning opportunities that profile, disseminate and share the resources, tools and experiences to Tamarack's vast network of learners primarily via the Tamarack Deepening Community Learning Community.
Sylvia is an internationally recognized trainer and community builder and provides coaching, leadership and support in the fields of collaborative leadership; collective impact and community engagement. Over the past four years, much of Sylvia’s work has focused on building awareness and capacity in Collective Impact throughout North America. She is also Editor of Engage!, Tamarack’s award-winning e-magazine.
From 2005 until 2013 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. Tamarack played a key role in launching HCIA and it has given Sylvia first-hand experience implementing a collective impact initiative. Sylvia’s 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. In 2013, Sylvia completed her Masters Diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo where she explored opportunities to create change within regional food systems.
Sylvia is an active volunteer who serves as a member of HCIA’s Leadership Council. She also served on the Board of Community Living Dufferin for nine years 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.
Seminars and Workshops
Area of Expertise
- Community Engagement
- Multi-Sector Collaboration
- Collective Impact
- Developing your Framework for Change
- Thinking and Acting Differently: The Collective Impact Opportunity
- Championing Community Change: Tools for Thinking Differently Together
- An Introduction to Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD)
- Cultivating the Power and Possibility of Citizen Leadership
- Growing Your Collaborative Leadership Capacity
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