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Our Team

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The Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR) is a non-profit organization located on the University of Waterloo campus with a mission to build more responsive and supportive communities. Since 1982 CCBR has conducted over 400 projects on range of societal issues related to justice and equity. CCBR is a Canadian pioneer in community-based research/evaluation and regularly equips community organizations and academics to adopt this approach.

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Conrad Grebel University College is affiliated with the University of Waterloo, offering undergraduate courses in Music, History, Mennonite Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Religious Studies, and Sociology, as well as graduate programs in Theological Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies. In addition to academics, the College has a thriving residence program and operates the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement.

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Rich JanzenExecutive Director, CCBR

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Sarah Switzer
Senior Researcher, CCBR

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Jean De Dieu Basabose
Researcher, CCBR

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Paul Heidebrecht
Director, Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement

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Madeline Docherty
Student Intern, CCBR

Steering Committee 


A steering committee from the Waterloo region, made up of individuals known for their expertise and/or experience related to peacebuilding, violence prevention, education, gender equity and community mobilization helped guide all project phases. We thank them for their efforts and contributions.

Katie Gingerich, The Ripple Effect Education (TREE), Executive Director

Cassie Myers, Lunaria Solutions, CEO

Julie Friesen, Community Justice Initiatives (CJI), Director of Programs   

Justin Williams, Government and Stewardship, Tamarack Institute, Community Animator

Kate Pearce, University/college SDG space 

Wendy Martin, MCC Ontario, Program Associate

Mark Pancer, Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council

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