About Sylvia

Sylvia Cheuy

Director, Deepening Community

Contact Details:
p. 416-988-6887

Remote Office: Caledon, Ontario

About Sylvia
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 ResearchIn 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. 

Area of Expertise
  • Community Engagement
  • Multi-Sector Collaboration
  • Collective Impact
Recent Work 
Seminars and Workshops
  • 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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The Latest From Sylvia

Fostering Connection, Sharing Stories, and Creating Community

“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...Read More

Berrett-Koehler Birthday Book Sale July 10–16!

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...Read More

Why Citizens Should Prepare for Emergencies and How to Do It

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...Read More

Montréal: A Leader in Neighbourhood Innovation

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...Read More

Collective Impact Peers Share Their Experience

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...Read More

Consulting ServicesRegister for the 2017 Community Change Institute

Join us for the 2017 Community Change Institute - Cities of the Future: Co-Creating Tomorrow taking place in beautiful Vancouver, BC. Learn through inspiring keynote speakers, peer discussion, design labs, arts and creativity, community tours, and over 30 workshops.

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