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Community Social Planning Council

Research | Insights | Solutions


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20 December 2013 - 12:36pm -- Mary Katharine Ross

Community Social Planning Council 
United Way of Greater Victoria 

present a 


January 28, 2014
10:00am to 3:00pm
at the University of Victoria

Cadboro Commons Building - Haro Room




Join us for  this free community forum to learn more about place-based inititiatives in the region and across the country. Place-based initiatives address the collective problems of individuals, families and communities at a local level, usually involving a focus on community-strengthening and asset development.

The morning session is all about learning from other's experiences and the afternoon session is where we roll up our sleeves and explore what's happening locally and what could be possible.

10 am to Noon - Panel Speakers

  • Marika Albert
  • Leslie Brown
  • Molly McCracken
  • Scott Clark

12:00 to 12:30 - Lunch

12:30 to 3:00 - Facilitated Break-out Sessions 

Marika Albert is the Program Manager for the Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria’s poverty reduction and prevention initiatives. She conducts research on housing affordability, poverty reduction and prevention strategies, and monitors and reports on socio-economic trends for BC’s Capital Region. Her skills and experience cover a wide range of research methodologies and techniques, including community development research, program evaluation, population-level health research and organizational performance measurement. Before coming to the Council, Marika worked as a Research Analyst at BC Stats and as a Research Associate for the McCreary Centre Society in addition to research consulting on a wide range of community research initiatives. She received her Masters of Arts in Sociology from Simon Fraser University in 2006.

Leslie Brown is a professor at the School of Social Work, University of Victoria. Her research interests include Aboriginal governance and community practice, liberatory research methods and child welfare. Leslie was the Director of the School from 2001 to 2006 as well as the graduate advisor in 2007. She is a Principal Investigator with the Indigenous Child Welfare Research Network and the Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Human and Social Development.

Scott Clark is a co-founder and the Director of ALIVE (Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement Society) and is currently a team member of the Our Place Project, a collaborative, place-based initiative made up of residents, community-based organizations, and service providers committed to ensuring that children in the Strathcona neighbourhood of Vancouver have every opportunity for success.

Molly McCracken has been involved in social justice policy research for over a decade. She worked in inner-city Winnipeg facilitating an outreach program with street-involved women and later as Executive Director of an inner-city neighbourhood renewal corporation. Molly has been involved as an author, research manager and advisor in a number of areas: Aboriginal education, low income housing, inner-city neighbourhood renewal, the economic benefits of child care and Community Economic Development. She holds a Master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from Carlton University, has worked in government as an analyst and serves on the board of several not-for-profit community-based organizations.

For more information, please contact Lilaine Galway


telephone: 250.220.7363


Event Date: 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 -
10:00am to 3:00pm