Information for Our Community Partners

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As a co-educator in service learning experiences, community partners play a crucial role in helping civil engineering students understand the influence of context on project goals, constraints, criteria for success, and project outcomes.  The material provided here is intended to help community partners achieve their project goals while co-educating the engineering students.

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Background Information about Community Service Learning

  • The 2010 McConnell Foundation Report on Community Service Learning:  Getting Wisdom:  This report, by Silver Donald Cameron, introduces community service learning and reports on CSL activities across Canada.  (CIVL 202 students Sam LaRoche and Tanner Watteyne are featured on page 19.)
  • This is a 2-pager that describes CSL at UBC.
  • Here is a 1 hour video of Dialogue with John McKnight focused on how the university works with communities to achieve change.  Here is another 10 minute video of McKnight speaking about Asset Based Community Development.

Getting Started as a Community Partner with Civil Engineering at UBC

If you have a project idea, please contact Jay Penner, the Community-based Engagement and Learning Officer, Faculty of Applied Science at UBC, Phone 604 822 0493 | Cell 604 369 4345 | Fax 604 822 2457.  Jay is a great guy who can connect your idea to the right group of students.  Also, please feel free to contact the course instructor at any time:  Susan Nesbit (nesbit@mail.ubc.ca).

PARTNERING COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

Since 2006, several amazing community organizations have partnered with the Department of Civil Engineering to offer service learning to CIVL 202 students.  The Department is very grateful for these community organizations for their support.  Past and current community partners are listed below:

  • BC CYCLING COALITION
  • BETTER ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND TRANSPORTATION
  • BEECHER CREEK STREAMKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
  • BYRNE CREEK STREAMKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
  • CITY REACH
  • CITY STUDIO
  • DR. SUN YAT SEN CLASSICAL CHINESE GARDEN
  • GUN LAKE RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION
  • EVERGREEN
  • HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
  • LIGHT HOUSE SUSTAINABLE BUILDING CENTRE
  • LIONSVIEW SENIORS AND NORTH SHORT CONNEXIONS
  • MODO
  • NORTH SHORE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATION
  • PACIFIC STREAMKEEPERS FEDERATION
  • RAYCAM COMMUNITY CENTRE
  • RICHMOND FRUIT TREE SHARING PROJECT
  • SAINT JAMES MUSIC ACADEMY
  • TELUS SCIENCE WORLD
  • TERRA NOVA SCHOOLYARD SOCIETY
  • TETRA SOCIETY
  • UBC FARM
  • UBC LEARNING EXCHANGE
  • UBC RISK MANAGEMENT SERVICES
  • UBC SEEDS
  • VANCOUVER NATIVE HEALTH SOCIETY
  • VICTORIA CIVIC HERITAGE TRUST
  • YWCA CRABTREE CORNER
  • YWCA MUNROE HOUSE
  • YWCA ROOF TOP GARDEN

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