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Location: Campus of the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Dates: June 21-24, 2017
Co-chairs: Tim Aubry & John Sylvestre (Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, University of Ottawa); Manuel Riemer (Centre for Community Research, Learning, and Action, Wilfrid Laurier University)
Sponsored by: the University of Ottawa in partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University
The 2017 SCRA Biennial in Ottawa will come just before an important historical moment in Canada – the 150th anniversary of Confederation on July 1st. The 2017 SCRA Biennial will be held in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa, an internationally recognized tourist destination that boasts many national museums, festivals, historical sites, diverse restaurants, and a remarkable range of leisure and recreational activities. Attendees to the 2017 SCRA Biennial will be able to witness the city as it prepares for this celebration as well as take part in the various events and festivities leading up to the big celebration.
The University of Ottawa is optimally situated steps from the scenic Rideau Canal, and minutes from the nation’s parliament buildings, shopping, and the Byward Market tourist destination. The history of the University of Ottawa stretches almost as far back as the history of the city itself. Founded in 1848 as the College of Bytown, it was officially incorporated as the University of Ottawa in 1965. The University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual (French-English) university in the world. The university has over 40,000 students in more than 450 programs across 10 faculties. The School of Psychology is one of the largest departments with 53 faculty members. Within the past few years, the School has created a Social/Community section that provides students the opportunity to pursue studies in community psychology.
Community psychology has a long history in Canada that stretches back to the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto in the 1920s. In fact, the first use of the term community psychology can be traced to University of Toronto professor William Line in 1951 (Nelson & Aubry, 2010). Today in Canada we have a committed group of community psychologists working in a diverse range of university, community, and institutional settings. Community psychologists in Canada have met regularly at regional and national community conferences and there is also an active community psychology section of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), which was started in 1982. More recently efforts have been made to revitalize community psychology in Canada by strengthening the community psychology section of CPA and finding new opportunities for assembling community psychologists from across our large country.
With the 2017 SCRA Biennial we will build on this long history through a national organizing committee, including colleagues from Wilfrid Laurier University. With the 2017 SCRA Biennial we will help to strengthen the community psychology community by welcoming and hosting the international members of SCRA in Ottawa as well as by assembling Canadian community psychologists in Ottawa to reflect on our shared past and values and to envision our shared future. Given that birthdays are times of reflection and renewal, the timing of the SCRA biennial to coincide Canada’s birthday will provide an excellent time for such a meeting.
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