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Creating a better future for communities through research

­­­­Annual Cocktail Fundraiser:

Wed., October 23, 2013

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Thank you for your generosity

The October event raised $1,000 which means we will receive matching funding from the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation, and will be able to award two scholarships next year.  Thank you!

Thank you to Guest Speakers and Artists

Ken Seiling, Regional Chair; Hari Bahadur & Rebecca Pister, 2013 Scholarship Recipients; Cellist Lorna Heidt; The Unaccompanied Minors choir; Chinese dancers Cynthia and Anna and their accompanist Dr. Peiyi Niu; and Prachi who performed Traditional Indian Dance. 

From 2012

Watch Timaj Garad, the 2012 Helmut Braun Award recipient, at the Cocktail Fundraiser, delivering her poem, "An Idea Proposed". 

Ongoing Fundraising

Donations for this fund are gratefully received by PayPal  or cheque.


Press on the button below and donate to Centre for Community Based Research using  as the address.



Make your cheque payable to the "Mennonite Foundation of Canada" (scholarship administrators) and reference the "Helmut Braun Memorial Fund". Send it to:

The Mennonite Foundation of Canada, Stewardship Consultant
207-50 Kent Avenue
Kitchener, ON  N2G 3R1


Thank you to The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) for providing matching funding for the Helmut Braun Scholarship Award.  KWCF's mission is, " improve the quality of life in Kitchener-Waterloo and area, now and for generations to come, by building community endowment, addressing needs through grant making, and providing leadership on key community issues".

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Hari Bahadur receiving 2013 award at CCBR.

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Mingling at the Helmut Braun Scholarship Award event. 



Molly Bannerman:

Street Level Peace

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Molly Bannerman - Recipient of the Helmut Braun Scholarship Award 2002

Read Molly's words about the scholarship award and her work in inner city Toronto:

"I'm grateful to have received the Helmut Braun Scholarship Award. This award not only helped to finance my Masters degree in Community Social Work Practice, but more importantly, opened professional doors for me which has allowed me to continue learning about community development and social justice.

I am honoured to be working with people in Toronto who are incredibly marginalized as a result of punitive, judgmental government policy - people who have incredible creativity, knowledge, and insight to offer the world but are so thoroughly excluded through government policy.  I am honoured to be doing community development work with people who are drug users - from the perspective of valuing people's experiences and skills rather than judging and trying to "treat" or change people.    This has taken me on an exciting path of individual work, community development and research, conference presentations, facilitating workshops and trainings, and advocating for change.  

I have learned not just from completing my Master's degree - but even more so from the opportunities this degree allotted me professionally.  I'm continuously excited by my work and the opportunities to negotiate peace and equity within conflictual realities - along side people who use drugs - and I am honoured to be able to do this at an individual level, community level, and at a systemic level.  

Without systemic change - working with individuals and communities falls silent.  And without working with individuals and communities, systemic change becomes disconnected from meaningful reality.

Molly Bannerman MSW RSW"