Founded in a perspective that speaks to the diversity of contexts and processes used across Canada, this work is nevertheless firmly grounded in theory, offering an in-depth analysis geared toward advanced study in community practice.
This depth is further strengthened by the diversity of topics represented in this collective work: community work in various regions of the country exploring issues of poverty and environmental activism; community work with immigrants and refugees, and with trans communities; feminist community organizing as well as organizing with persons with disabilities and with members of linguistic communities; and, finally, artsbased community work with the elderly.
This book is published in English.
S’il reflète une diversité de contextes et de processus mis en oeuvre partout au Canada, cet ouvrage est toutefois fermement ancré dans la théorie, convenant aux études avancées en pratique communautaire.
La diversité des sujets que propose cet ouvrage collectif est d’un intérêt particulier, qu’il s’agisse du travail communautaire dans diverses régions du pays explorant les questions de la pauvreté et de l’activisme environnemental; le travail communautaire auprès des immigrants et des réfugiés et avec les communautés de personnes trans; l’organisation de la communauté féministe ainsi que celle des personnes handicapées ou celle des membres de communautés linguistiques, et enfin, le travail communautaire axé sur les arts auprès des personnes âgées.
Ce livre est publié en anglais.
About the authors
Sarah Todd is Professor at the School of Social Work at Carleton University. Her current research interests include community practice with youth, social-work education, and understanding uncertainty in social work practice. She is an award-winning educator and is published widely in national and international journals.
Sébastien Savard, PhD, est professeur agrégé à l’École de service social de l’Université d’Ottawa. Il s’intéresse à la pratique de l’organisation communautaire en travail social et à la gestion des services sociaux. Ses recherches actuelles portent sur le partenariat entre les organismes communautaires et les établissements publics, le développement des communautés fragilisées et l’offre active de services sociaux et de santé aux francophones en situation minoritaire en Ontario. Il est membre du GReFoPS.
Dr. David Este is a Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. He has published in the areas of immigration; historical and contemporary experiences of people of African descent in Canada and mental health. In 2019, David was part of a team that received the Governor General’s Award in History for Community Programming for the documentary entitled, We Are the Roots: Black Settlers and Their Experiences of Discrimination on the Canadian Prairies. He also received from the Canadian Association of University Teachers’ Lee Lorch Award for excellence in teaching, research and service to the University of Calgary to the profession of social work, and to the community.
By trade, Judy is a journalist, writer, editor, television news producer, and has been editor-in -chief of a peppy online magazine called rabble.ca. She has worked in TVland for The National on CBC, as well as for counterSpin and Face-Off on CBC Newsworld. Her work has been published in The Writing Space Journal, Kiss Machine, Geist, Canadian Forum, The Toronto Star, and Compass magazine. She spends as much of her summers as she can in a cold-water shack at Camp Naivelt ("New World"). The camp was founded by the United Jewish People's Order (UJPO), and is located just outside the ever-widening GTA belt. It is perhaps the last of its kind in Canada: it was built as a revolutionary kinderland for children of immigrants sweating away for Toronto's shmata trade.
Susan McGrath is professor emerita and senior scholar at the School of Social Work and Centre for Refugee Studies, York University.
Ken Moffatt is Associate Professor and Graduate Programme Director at the School of Social Work, York University.
Christa Sato is currently completing her MSW (thesis route) in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. She has worked on several projects focused on immigration, diversity, and social justice.
Excerpt: Canadian Perspectives on Community Development (edited by Sarah Todd & Sébastien Savard; contributions by Maurice Beaudin, Denis Bourque, Dillon Black, Mirna Carranza, Dominique Charbonneau, Omar Chouinard, Yvan Comeau, Sarah Cooper, David Este, Julie Guillemot, Alicia Kalmanovitch, Jane Ku, Claudia Lahaie, Lynn Lavallee, André Leclerc, Bill Lee, Mishka Lysak, Judy MacDonald, Susan McGrath, Ken Moffatt, Melissa Myers, Elaine Moody, Katherine Occhiuto, André-Ann Parent, Heather Peters, Alison Phinney, Christa Sato & Majella Simard)
[This collective work] maps Canadian approaches to community organizing—what they look like in practice and the theory that underpins them. The aim is not to create an impression of a singular Canadian approach to community organizing, but rather to show that there are strong links and connections across this country that, when taken as a sum, are distinctly Canadian.