Steering Committee

CACSL Executive Director
Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement
Carleton University

Suzie Addison-Toor, MAL
Faculty Lead, Community Education Partnership Centre
Georgian College

Anurag Dhir
Coordinateur de l’engagement communautaire, Community Engagement Coordinator
Bureau de l’éducation en équité sociale et diversité / Social Equity and Diversity Education Office (SEDE)
Université McGill / McGill University

Anne-Marie Fisher
University of Western Ontario

Phaedra Hitchings
Community member

Valentine Mukuria
Curriculum Advisor, Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education)
University of Western Sydney
New South Wales, Australia

Nancy O`Reagan
Community member
Nova Scotia

Karen Swartz
Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Affairs, Faculty of Public Affairs
Carleton University

Reena Tandon
Ryerson University

Begum Vergee
Community member

Judy Woolridge
Graduate Studies, Faculty of Education
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Role of Steering Committee

  • To uphold and promote CACSL’s purpose, vision and values
  • To recruit, hire, train, supervise and evaluate the primary staff person (when applicable)
  • To review and approve budgets, reports and other organizational documents
  • To approve, through the signature of the Chair, any contractual agreements
  • To contribute to the planning and implementation of CACSL activities

 Joining the Steering Committee

  • Individuals can apply to become members of the Steering Committee (SC) by self-referral or by nomination  using the following process:
    • Individuals submit a letter of interest and resume to Chair of SC.
    • Chair notifies SC members of the list candidates.
    • All candidates are invited to a SC teleconference ‘chat’ with current SC members. The purpose of this chat is to allow candidates to get a more human perspective on the job of being SC member (i.e. asking questions, hearing some SC stories).
    • After the chat, interested candidates will notify the Chair that they are still interested. 
    • Once initial decisions have been made, the Chair will contact the new steering committee members to confirm their participation..

 Term of service

  • Minimum two year term of service.
  • All members are eligible for reappointment.

Steering Committee Composition

  • Membership on the Steering Committee will require interest and/or experience in CSL or other forms of experiential education, enthusiasm, energy, time and the ability to commit to the office for the appointed time.
  • Number of members will be no fewer than 7 and no more than 12. The group is intended to be representative of the diversity of the full membership:
    • No more than 2 members from any given educational institution or community organization at the same time.  When members are from the same institution, their role within the institution should differ. (e.g.  Senior administrator, CSL administrator, faculty member, student, etc)
    • Undergraduate and Graduate students may sit on the Steering Committee provided they are from an institution or organization already represented on the Steering Committee. This is necessary to ensure appropriate support to student committee members.
    • There shall be members representing at least five provinces or territories.
    • There shall be no more than four members from any one province or territory.
  •  The Chairperson will act as the titular head of CACSL.
  • The Director, CACSL will hold an ex officio role in the Steering Committee.


Apply to Join the Steering Committee:  Email Geri Briggs at