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New CCBR Staff

Aug 10, 2018

CCBR is growing!  We are thrilled to welcome Cameron and Maddie to our team, get to know them below.

We posed a few questions to our newest team members:

Maddie Gritzan (Intern)
Community Psychology Masters Candidate, Wilfrid Laurier University

What was it about CCBR that made you want to be involved here?
I wanted to get involved with CCBR to see how community and academic work can be balanced and integrated.

What are you most looking forward to in your role at CCBR?
I am most looking forward to understanding the breadth and depth of the work done here and as an intern, get a taste of what the day-to-day is like.

Of all the places you've travelled to, what is the place you would most like to go back to?
I always dreamed of going to Sweden, and last summer I spent a week in Stockholm. I would like to go back and explore more of the country!

Tell us about one of your favourite things to do when you’re not working.
One of my favourite things to do when I'm not working is thrift shopping. I love hunting for unique pieces and getting a good deal.

Cameron McCordic, PhD (Senior Researcher)

What was it about CCBR that made you want to be involved here?
The way that CCBR carries out research was very appealing for a number of reasons. First, the community-based approach is one of the most effective applied social research approaches when wading into complex social challenges. Many of the most pressing social challenges we face do not divide neatly across academic disciplines and are not easily understood without the input of community partners. The orientation of CCBR’s research approach towards action also provides a great compass to ensure that research products are relevant to the problem being investigated. Second, there is an important ethical component to the way that CCBR carries out research. By working collaboratively with communities in the research process, many of the common ethical pitfalls of social research can be approached and resolved together with community partners. Third, the historical focus on improving human services (which still carries through in many of the projects at CCBR) was a great way to combine my own professional background in health and social services with my academic interests.

What are you most looking forward to in your role at CCBR?
I think the chance to meet new people, engage in new research projects and learn/develop new research tools is very exciting! At the moment, my work at CCBR is focused on very diverse research topics with different networks across Canada so it has been an exciting start.

Of all the places you’ve traveled to, what is the place you would most like to go back to?
I feel lucky to have visited and worked with very gracious and fascinating people from different places in the world. If I had to choose one place, though, Cape Town probably takes the cake. I don’t think I have ever been to a city quite like it and I am still waiting for the chance to see a Springboks-All Blacks game there.

Tell us about one of your favourite things to do when you’re not working.
It could be because I’m a new dad, but I am having a lot of fun playing with my two daughters. Our family lives close to some nice parks and trails so we try to make the most of our time together outdoors when we can, but I’ve found that kids can be pretty creative at home too.

Read more about Cameron here