MPACS Bulletin – November 24th -December 8th

This will be the last bulletin to go out for Fall 2015. For any additional information please keep checking your email or the Facebook page.

  • Make a Difference Market
  • Does Governance matter? A Discussion about a global public good
  • Global Climate March
  • Human Rights Film Festival
  • Reduce Your Stress To Find Everyday Balance
  • Puppy Therapy
  • Apply for a Non-Academic Grant
Call for Papers
  • University of Waterloo Political Science Student Conference
  • 2016 Notre Dame Student Peace Conference
  • Youth Engagement Worker
  • Promise of Partnership Counsellor

Disclaimer: Events and opportunities above are not all endorsed by the PACS department; this bulletin includes opportunities that we think PACS students may be interested in but are not sponsored by PACS. Please use your own discretion to determine if an opportunity is right for you.

Make a Difference 12186384_1390096891289057_7945338505960709730_oMarket
When: November 28th, 2015 from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Location: Conrad Grebel University College, Upper Atrium

Every year Conrad Grebel’s Peace Society holds a market to give back to our community by supporting local and fair trade vendors as well as raising money for charity. This year Peace Society will donate to a charity that will support refugees.

For more information contact:
Follow updates of market details on their Facebook event


Does governance matter? Discussion about a global public good
When: Friday November 27, 2015, 10:00AM – 11:30AM
Location: Room 1-43 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ON
For almost two decades, the international development community has gradually paid greater attention to  strengthening the capacities of aid recipient countries. A whole set of very different reasons could explain these changes. In the meantime, a specific emphasis has been put on the situation of falling or failed states, later called fragile states, and now generally labelled as countries affected by fragile and conflict situations. During last September UN Sustainable Development Summit, these evolutions lead the international community to commit to a governance objective, namely to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”. This could have dramatic impact on development assistance in general, and eventually on the development of some of the poorest countries… should some conditions being met.
Register here


Global Climate March

On November 29th we are collaborating with like-minded gr

climate march poster

oups and individuals to host the Global Climate March – Waterloo Regio

n.  Join people from across the region for this peaceful family-friendly march to send a powerful message of encouragement and hope in support of decisive action at COP21.  We will meet at Waterloo Public Square at 2pm and march to 22 Willow.




Human Rights Film Festival

2015 Human Rights Film Festival Programme is out! 12 Films! 8 Premieres! And 16 countries in focus! It all kicks off on December 10 at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema with the Canadian Premiere of Viko Nikci’s, Coming Home, a documentary about a man who was wrongfully imprisoned for 13 years for a crime he never committed.


Reduce Your Stress To Find Everyday Balance  

When: Every Thursday from 3:30-4:20pmBlog_ReduceStress_Homepage
Location: Counseling Services,  Needles Hall  (new building), Group room

This drop-in program is designed to help you reduce stress and learn ways to find balance and enhance your productivity and well-being. Facilitators will introduce you to a variety of experiential practices each week to help you find relief from stress, These practices will be something you can learn to do yourself to prevent and reduce the negative impact of stress.
Wear comfortable clothing and bring a note pad and pen.

For more information please visit the counseling services website

Puppy Therapy

On Tuesday, November 24 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., the SLC Multi-Purpose Room will be filled with therapy dogs from St. John’s Ambulance, the Humane Society, Therapeutic Paws of Canada and Autism Service Dogs. Warning: you may fall in love

For more events visit the Feds website


Applying for Non-Academic Grants
When : Friday November 27, 2015, 2:00PM – 3:00PM
Where: Room 1-43, Balsillie School of International Affairs
67 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ON

Grant writing and proposal development are key skills for many careers in the the humanitarian/development field. Grant preparation and submission guidelines vary on the funding agency; however, there are tips and tricks that will increase your chances of being successful. Join us to discuss how to successfully apply for non-academic grants and, specifically, about the funding application process for NGOs applying for Government of Canada/Global Affairs Canada funding for humanitarian programming. 
Speaker bio:
Heather Pryse is a Program Officer for Humanitarian programming and Public Policy at Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR). CLWR is an international humanitarian agency engaged in emergency relief around the world. In her role as Program Officer, Heather has vast experience applying for both federal and provincial grants in support of CLWR’s humanitarian programming. Heather manages a number of humanitarian projects in Ethiopia, Uganda, Nepal and Jordan. She is also a graduate of the MAGG program at the BSIA.


Call for papers
University of Waterloo Political Science Student Conference

The University of Waterloo Political Science Graduate Program is pleased to announce our fifth annual graduate student conference. The conference will be held at the University of Waterloo Campus in Waterloo, Ontario in early March.

This year’s one-day conference will focus on evolving state priorities in domestic and international democracies. Our theme focuses on new challenges and issues facing democracies today. The day will consist of three panels and a key note speaker.

We recommend that interested graduate students submit an abstract to Selected papers will be published in Inquiry & Insight, the peer-reviewed University of Waterloo Graduate Student Journal of Political Science.

Please see graduate conference link for further information on the event and abstract. The deadline for abstract submissions is January 4th, 2016.

2016 Notre Dame Student Peace Conference

We are pleased to announce the annual Notre Dame Student Peace Conference, scheduled for April 8-9, 2016 at the University of Notre Dame.

This year’s theme is Members of the Mosaic, which will explore the unique perspectives, backgrounds and experiences that each person and group brings to the process of peacebuilding.  We invite the students from your institution interested in peace-related issues to submit papers, posters, discussions, workshops, or other presentations that represent their work on peace and non-violence.

We are attaching a PDF of the full Call for Papers and would appreciate your help sharing it with your students and encouraging their participation.  You can also view the Call for Papers on our website at

The deadline for priority submission is December 22, 2015.  Proposals submitted by that deadline will be given priority consideration.  The final deadline for proposals is January 22, 2016.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at


Youth Engagement Worker

Carizon Family and Community Services specializes in children’s mental health, youth engagement and development, family violence services, individual and family counselling, parental support and education, credit counselling, workplace resilience, settlement support and community wellness.
The Youth Engagement Worker within the Erb West neighbourhood works with diverse community stakeholders, coordinating programs within the community, acting as a liaison between partner organizations, the Agency and the community, and promoting youth capacity and leadership development opportunities within the community.

• Promote and support youth capacity and leadership development opportunities within the Community
• Supervise and support volunteers as needed
• Liaise with the Neighbourhood Association, and/or Partner Agencies
• Identify community assets and needs
• Build relationships with community members and support relationships development between community members
• Maintain open communication with community members, volunteers, partners and the community services team
• Support initiatives that are a result of the neighbourhood engagement (events, programs, etc.)
• Recommend and assist in the development of policies and procedures for the community leadership team and support the work of Carizon in other ways as required

• Diploma or degree related to youth engagement and community development
• 2-3 years of experience with youth engagement and community building

• Ability to work independently within the community with limited supervision
• Understanding of multiple approaches to youth engagement, participation, and collaboration
• Knowledgeable and experienced in working and communicating with a diverse population
• Excellent communication skills required which include: courtesy, tact, discretion, providing detailed explanations, mediation or guiding, problem solving interpretation, negotiation, counselling and diplomacy
• Ability to interact effectively with external stakeholders such as community partners, program funders and other clients
• Ability to manage time pressures; deal with lack of control over outcomes and set boundaries with community members
• Sensitive to complex experiences of participating communities
Head office: 400 Queen St. S., Kitchener 519-743-6333
• Demonstrated group work, conflict resolution, mediation and problem solving skills to support community programs
• Diploma or degree related to youth engagement and community development
• 2-3 years of experience with youth engagement and community building
Interested applicants are invited to submit their resume (in confidence), before 4:00 p.m. on December 4th: Human Resources via email:, quoting the competition number in the cover letter and email subject line. We request that candidates please send their cover letter and resume together as one combined document (Word.doc, PDF etc.).

Promise Partnership Counsellor

Carizon Family and Community Services specializes in children’s mental health, youth engagement and development, family violence services, individual and family counselling, parental support and education, credit counselling, workplace resilience, settlement support and community wellness.
As part of a team of clinical, research, and community partners, the Promise of Partnership Counsellor will provide psycho-educational groups, case management, crisis intervention, advocacy and education to Government-Assisted Refugees (GARs) and Privately-Sponsored Refugees (PSRs) and contribute to the ongoing development of the Promise of Partnership project. In addition to providing these direct services to clients, the position involves collaborative team work, and community capacity building through engaging with local service providers to improve the alignment of mental health services to GARs and PSRs in the Waterloo Region. Individuals and families supported by this position gain the insights, information, tools and skills necessary for navigating the community and mental health services systems within Waterloo Region.

• Maintain knowledge of current best practices in serving refugees, to ensure that the project activities remain responsive to the needs of clients and community partners.
• Active involvement in training, outreach, and community capacity building activities to enhance the local response to the mental health needs of refugees.
• Work closely with staff from Reception House, providing consultation and training as required.
• Refer clients to other community agencies and professionals to increase the support and services needed by the client.
• Accept group referrals and engage clients in appropriate and meaningful intervention in order to facilitate effective therapeutic change.
• Advocate on behalf of the client as well as provide information on services at the agency and other community resources as appropriate.
• Work as a team with community social services agencies as appropriate.
• Maintain and promote on-going professional development to enhance counselling skills and participate in regular peer supervision sessions.
• Adhere to the ethical standards of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and in particular maintain confidentiality with respect to client matters.
• Develop and facilitate group sessions, identify needs for new programs and design and deliver such programs.
• Stay current on program development and design practices to ensure consistent high quality service delivery.
• Participate in internal and community committees as assigned.
• Demonstrate flexibility in responding to clients needs and work through workforce planning and staffing as required.
• Support the Outcomes Evaluations program and requirements for continuous quality improvement.
• Identify trends and issues presented by clients and keep the Community Services Clinical Manager informed of such trends and issues.
• Promote a positive and professional image of Carizon.
• Complete all required documenation in a professional and timely manner.
• Participate in client and program evaluations as required.
• Represent the agency and maintain professional relationships with community agencies and clients, providing expertise in the field of counselling.
• Supervise student interns from MSW university programs as required.

• Bachelors Degree or greater in Social Work, or related Human Services field.
• Minimum 5 years post-graduate experience.
• Candidates should possess an extensive knowledge of issues associated with Government Assisted Refugees and Personally Sponsored Refugees and the systemic barriers refugees confront on a daily basis.
• Multilingual – Arabic and Somali languages preferred.
• Previous experience working with refugees.
• Exemplary skills in group facilitation, crisis intervention, advocacy.
• Strong clinical skills and knowledge of violence and trauma counselling an asset.
• Ability to manage time and quality pressures in a fast paced work environment and instances of unpleasant client interaction.
• Self -motivated, committed, very organized and sensitive to the needs of clients.
• This position requires a high level of confidentiality for the protection of the client.

Interested applicants are invited to submit their resume (in confidence) to: Human Resources via email:, quoting the competition number in the cover letter and email subject line. We request that candidates please send their cover letter and resume together as one combined document (Word.doc, PDF etc.) The posting period will be open until the position is filled

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to give me a shout!
I hope you all have a wonderful week
and Happy Holidays!

Maia Fujimoto
PACS Communications Assistant
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