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Creating a better future for communities through research


The Centre for Community Based Research is committed to social change and the development of communities and human services that are responsive and supportive, especially for people with limited access to power and opportunity.

Demonstrating leadership through research, education and community involvement, CCBR stimulates the creation of awareness, policies, and practices that advance equitable participation and integration of all members of our community.

Guiding values

At the Centre for Community Based Research:

  • We value and respect the inherent worth of all individuals.
  • Every person has the right to equitable participation in all aspects of community life.
  • There is healing and empowerment when people tell their own stories in supportive and challenging environments.
  • Social change happens when individuals, organizations, and institutions collaborate to name and challenge unjust power relationships.
  • We value research that begins in community, involves community, and is used by community.
  • Community based research creates conditions for social innovation and social justice.
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 "Another strength of the Centre has been its value-based approach to research and action, paying particular attention to power and social context as it affects the lives of disadvantaged people. This is exemplified in the Centre's mission statement and core values, both of which are prominently displayed on poster boards in the Centre office and which are lived and breathed by Centre staff in their daily work and relationships with people."

Dr. Geoff Nelson, Department of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University