Community-Based Learning Opportunities, Winner, 2006 – Tamarack: An Institute for Community Engagement (2007)

Established in 2001, Tamarack is a national charitable institute that works closely with local organizations to help Canadian communities develop collaborative solutions to challenges they face. Tamarack has developed a website on community engagement and collaboration, with the site acting as a catalyst for disseminating the knowledge needed to develop and maintain safe, healthy, and progressive communities.

One of Tamarack’s major projects is the Vibrant Communities initiative, which began in 2002 as a partnership with the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation and the Caledon Institute for Social Policy. Vibrant Communities connects 15 communities from British Columbia to Newfoundland in a collective effort to reduce poverty in Canada.

At the heart of Vibrant Communities is the Pan-Canadian Learning Community (PCLC), a virtual network of communities, policy-makers, and funders who share experiences, coordinate learning activities, develop annual learning work plans, and work with project evaluators and sponsors to assess overall effectiveness.

Tamarack has developed a learning approach entitled COADE, which stands for Capturing, Organizing, Animating and Disseminating information and knowledge, while Engaging learners. COADE helps groups working locally to learn together nationally by creating a fluid system of information sharing and learning.

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Douglas Watt. Community-Based Learning Opportunities, Winner, 2006 – Tamarack: An Institute for Community Engagement 2007. Web. 2 Mar. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/cblo_tamarack_winner_2006/cblo_tamarack_winner_2006.pdf>
Douglas Watt (2007). Community-Based Learning Opportunities, Winner, 2006 – Tamarack: An Institute for Community Engagement. Retrieved March 2, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/cblo_tamarack_winner_2006/cblo_tamarack_winner_2006.pdf
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