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Project Team

The Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR) and Mennonite Central Committee partnered to lead the development of this toolkit.

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Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR)

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 450 projects on range of societal issues related to justice and equity. Over 70 of these projects focused on newcomers and refugees. 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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Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)

Mennonite Centre Committee (MCC) is a global, non-profit organization working in relief, development, and peace building. In Canada, MCC has supported refugees who have no prospect of returning home to start a new life in Canada through the refugee sponsorship program.


MCC has been a leader in Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program since 1979, as one of the first Sponsorship Agreement Holders with the Government of Canada.

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Dina Taha

 Senior Researcher, CCBR


Ruth Wilson

 Senior Researcher, CCBR

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Kate Short

Student Intern, CCBR


Areej Al Shammiry

 Researcher, CCBR

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Rich Janzen

 Executive Director, CCBR

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Nelson Jean-Francois

 Evaluation Specialist, CCBR

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Laura Carr-Pries

 Refugee Sponsorship Monitoring & Evaluation Associate, MCC

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Cory Sawatsky Peters

National Migration & Resettlement Operations Coordinator, MCC


Brain Dyck

National Migration & Resettlement Program Coordinator, MCC

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Student Intern, CCBR

Hannah Bowley

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