Community Leaders

“In both my community planning work and my former role as Sudbury city councillor, I recognize how important it is for local citizens to be not only informed but actively engaged in thinking about planning issues and solutions to local problems. We need well-trained community practitioners and urban planners to facilitate this kind of meaningful civic engagement.”

– Janet Gasparini, Former Executive Director, Social Planning Council of Sudbury and former two-term Sudbury city councillor

“In our network of 34 neighbourhood-based, multi-service centres across Toronto, the issue of supporting community residents to participate in planning or decisions being made in their communities or at the city-wide level is a constant concern. Our agencies' leadership sees great advantage in training and education at the university level that would improve the knowledge and skills of community workers to effectively engage community members in improving community well-being. We were pleased to have an opportunity to provide some input into the development of this certificate program in Community Engagement.”

– Rob Howarth, Executive Director, Toronto Neighbourhood Centres

Students in Certificate Program

“The certificate program in Community Engagement, Leadership and Development has complemented my own experience by offering me a broader theoretical foundation as well as an opportunity to learn from the wisdom of others involved in the program. The flexible program delivery and incredibly relevant course content makes this program a perfect fit for my continuing education studies.”

– The Reverend Bill Mous, Director of Justice, Community & Global Ministries, Anglican Diocese of Niagara

“The content in this course has been the most worldview-altering I've experienced since my first summer of university when I read a bunch of feminist authors. That's over twenty years ago. So thank you so much for opening my eyes. I see things differently already (and of course, still have further to go).”

– Carina Cojeen, Neighbourhood Animator, Toronto

The course surpassed my expectations . . . I can now connect the dots. The instructors were very knowledgeable, very interactive, very structured. I feel the course was a very valuable use of my time and my time is the most valuable thing I have. I am extremely satisfied.”

– Community activist in CSWP 935 Community Engagement Practices course

Capstone Course Placement Organizations

“We're so glad we said yes and became a community partner in Ryerson’s Community Engagement, Leadership and Development certificate program. The program’s thoughtful approach to community-engaged research enables change and learning to happen together. The rich curriculum prepares students to shift from theoretical frameworks to practice, connecting community organizations with student partners that bring experience, passion and practical tools that make meaningful contributions to our work.” 

– Meredith Hayes, Schools and Student Nutrition Senior Manager, FoodShare

“Taking on a student from the Community Engagement, Leadership and Development certificate program at Ryerson exceeded our expectations. Students from the program come with a strong understanding of community development work and experience working in a professional environment. By partnering with this program, we were matched with a student that was well-versed in and passionate about community engagement and food security, and had learning goals that were a great fit with our current research needs.”

– Sonya Silva, Volunteer & Program Evaluation Coordinator, Regent Park Community Resource Centre

“This course is a superb example of how a progressive university conducts continuing education, making learning relevant and applicable to the context in which people live and work.”

– Vera Taylor, Board Chair, Metropolitan United Church, Toronto