Evergreen to Host Mid-sized Cities Researcher + Practitioner Roundtable

The impacts of technology, shifting demographics, and development means that cities must think differently about how they invest in and support residents. Mid-sized cities are well positioned to be leaders in creating innovative and inclusive urban environments, if we commit to learning from each other and finding new opportunities for participation and collaboration across sectors and communities.

On May 16th, 2018 the Mid-Sized Cities Researcher + Practitioner Roundtable will bring together leaders from mid-sized cities across Canada to share and discuss opportunities for innovative city-building. Through deep-dive discussions with experts in both theory and practice, participants will learn about age-friendly communities, creating smart mid-sized cities, advancing sustainable development, approaches to newcomer integration, partnership-building with Indigenous communities, and addressing pressing social issues.

Registration for the Mid-Sized Cities Researcher + Practitioner Roundtable is now open!

The roundtable will l bring together leaders from mid-sized cities across Canada to share and discuss opportunities for innovative city-building. Through deep-dive discussions with experts in both theory and practice, participants will learn about age-friendly communities, creating smart mid-sized cities, advancing sustainable development, approaches to newcomer integration, partnership-building with Indigenous communities, and addressing pressing social issues.

Date: Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Location: Museum London, London, Ontario

Time: 9 to 5pm

Register here.

Lunch and Learn Events

There are seven students doing various placement programs at CRHESI this term. And they are doing some great work. Don’t miss these opportunities to come visit Innovation Works, bring your lunch, hear their updates, and participate in some critical discussions. See the links for more information and to RSVP.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018, Noon @ Innovation Works: BMO Ideas Bank — Lunch & Learn: The History, Criticisms, and Applications of ‘Social Inclusion’ (Presented by Community Engaged Learning students William Staples & Nicole Zouki)

Friday, March 9, 2018, Noon @ Innovation Works: RBC Vault — Lunch & Learn: The Future and Impact of #metoo (Presented by Community Engaged Learning students Sonia Thushiyandan, Sarah Cola, and Hireti Salinas)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Noon @ Innovation Works: BMO Ideas Bank —Lunch & Learn: How do journalists report suicides in London? (Presented by Media in the Public Interest student Siena Maxwell)

One Book One London reads ‘Brother’ by David Chariandy

One Book One London is an opportunity to read the same book as hundreds of other Londoners. It is like being part of a city-wide book club! The title for 2018 is Brother by David Chariandy. From the book’s description: “An intensely beautiful, searingly powerful, tightly constructed novel, Brother explores questions of masculinity, family, race, and identity as they are played out in a Scarborough housing complex during the sweltering heat and simmering violence of the summer of 1991.” Themes also include immigration, poverty, precarious employment, and housing. In a very short and accessible read, Chariandy beautifully weaves together a story that articulates how the intersections of various obstacles compound the difficulty of daily life for so many.

Many of the themes explored in Brother are near and dear to the hearts of us in the CRHESI ecosystem. This is a unique opportunity to listen and participate in a community-driven dialogue about the questions we investigate as researchers, practitioners, and care providers.

Join us for a discussion about Chariandy’s book, it’s themes, and its similarities or dissimilarities to the experiences of individuals in our community. All are welcome. Reading Brother before March 5 is not necessary, but definitely recommended. Come and join other Londoners in sharing your reading experience with the community. Follow along at #1book1ldn on Twitter.

Monday, March 5, 2018
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Central Library

More details at curiouspublic.com/brother

Panelists

Melanie-Anne Atkins is the Wellness Coordinator at the Wellness Education Centre at Western University.

Kristen Caschera (@librariankris) is a Librarian at London Public Library. She is a program coordinator for the One Book One London initiative.

Marcel Marcellin (@MarcellinMarcel) is the Director of Organizational Strategy at the City of London. He previously served as a Sergeant for the London Police for over 20 years.

Anaise Muzima (@anashakyss) is a Master of Laws graduate from Western University and is currently a settlement worker at Collège Boréal.

James Shelley (@jamesshelley) is a coordinator at the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion.

Let’s continue to make London a Trauma- and Violence-Informed Community

CRHESI and community members convened on November 15 for a collaborative symposium about trauma- and violence-informed care (TVIC) in our community. The discussion reviewed activities currently in progress and explored potential for collaboration moving forward.

Read the follow-up one-pager report of the event.

Presenters included:
Margaret MacPherson, who presented on the possibilities and characteristics of a trauma and violence informed community, including ongoing work by the Southwest Region Coordinating committee.

Susan McPhail, of CMHA and My Sisters’ Place, shared on-the-ground experiences and organizational lessons from MSP’s process of becoming trauma- and violence-informed.

Marilyn Ford-Gilboe and Nadine Wathen, both from Western University, shared current tools and lessons learned from EQUIP trainings. They also discussed the role of TVIC in broader Equity-Oriented Healthcare.

Based on this community conversation, important actions moving forward are:
1. To share what we know about trauma- and violence-informed care
2. To map out what different organizations and individuals are already doing, or need to do towards TVIC
3. To build capacity, commitments and evaluation of TVIC training and initiatives

This event was co-hosted by Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion (CRHESI) and the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC).

If you were unable to join us on Nov. 15, but are interested in joining this community of interest, please email us at info@crhesi.ca to be notified of further events and news. A compilation of resources for Trauma- and Violence-Informed Care is available at crhesi.ca/resources/tvic.