MPACS Bulletin -February 2nd- February 23rd


  • “Burma’s Transformation” – A Talk with Ambassador Mark McDowell
  • “The Need for Reconciliation in Canada” – The Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience is Honored to host Miiyubinoskum (He who brings new life), Abraham Bearskin
  • Transformations: Stories of Partnership, Resilience and Positive Change in Nepal


  • Criminology Study – Department of Sociology and Legal Studies
  • PACS Scholarships


  • Operation Groundswell – Backpacking with a purpose


  • Community Animator – Manager of Strategic Engagement with the Tamarack Institute



“Burma’s Transformation” – A Talk with Ambassador Mark McDowell
When: February 5 at 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Location: Balsillie School of International Affairs – Room A120

Burma is at a critical moment in its history. After decades of authoritarian rule, it has recently become one of the world’s newest democracies. While the future holds great promise, the transition has been anything but smooth.

Mark McDowell will offer insights into the transformative changes currently taking place in Burma, highlighting both the opportunities and challenges confronting the country as it re-engages with the international community after years of isolation, and the implications for Canadian policy

About the speaker:MarkMcDowell-135x189

Ambassador Mark McDowell joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1994 and has served abroad in New York, Taipei, Bangkok, and Beijing. At headquarters his most recent position was Director of Public Diplomacy and Domestic Outreach, and he has worked extensively on international Aboriginal/Indigenous issues.

He received his BA in History and Philosophy from the University of Toronto, and has Masters degrees from the University of Toronto and Harvard University. From 2008-09 he was an Asia Research Fellow at the Ash Institute for Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Mark McDowell is Canada’s first resident Ambassador to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, and presented his credentials to H.E. President U Thein Sein on August 14, 2013

“The Need for Reconciliation in Canada” – A discussion with Miiyubinoskum (He who brings new life), Abraham Bearskin
When: February 5, 2016 from 12:00pm – 2:00 pm
Location: Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre – Room 228
(Lunch provided)

Abraham-Bearskin-300x225A Cree Elder from Chisasibi on the eastern shores of James Bay, Miiyubinoskum has worked for the Cree board of Health and Social Services of James Bay.
As a residential school survivor, Miiyubinoskum founded his own healing in ancestral teaching and rituals, Mediation,and reconnecting back to Mother Earth. today, his work focuses on helping others heal from, and raise awareness about, the trauma and persistent social issues associated with residential schools.

He is currently Coordinator for the Nishiiyuu Miyupimaatisiiun Department of the CBHSSJB, where he contributes to transforming the way of life, health, and Miyupimaatisiin (Wellness) for Cree individuals, families, and communities by introducing traditional practices and methods into CBHSSJB’s overall mandate.

 Transformations: Stories of Partnership, Resilience and Positive Change in Nepal

When: Friday, February 5th from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Centre for international Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Join the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC), World Accord, the University of Waterloo School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) in the Faculty of Environment, and St. Paul`s University College for a public panel discussion, photojournalism exhibit launch and reception on the complex social, political, and environmental realities in Nepal after the earthquake in April 2015.

Reminder and Information

2016 Sangster Award

CODATA Canada would appreciate your assistance in bringing the following Sangster Award announcement to the attention of potential applicants.

This award will enable a Canadian graduate student enrolled in a Canadian university, or recent graduate (within 3 years of graduation and of Canadian citizenship), to attend and present his or her work at the 25th International CODATA Conference (jointly organized with World Data System), SciDataCon 2016, “Advancing the Frontiers of Data in Research”, 11-13 September, Denver, Colorado (USA).



Call for Proposals – SMF Research Symposium
When: April 1st, 2016

This year’s them considers culture quite broadly, and invited an exploration of intersecting cultural identities (or pluralities) in families, relationships and sexuality research and the discourses this research produces

Proposal deadlines February 12th, 2016
Please send proposals to Jess Huston

For more information visit their website :




Community Animator – Manager of Strategic Engagement



Tamarack is looking for the right person who has a strong interest in supporting the fundraising function at Tamarack, understands the value of strategic engagement with key stakeholders to the resilience of an organization and wants to make a difference in the world. The Manager of Strategic Engagement will support the President and Directors to meet Tamarack’s fundraising and stakeholder engagement goals. In addition, the Manager of Strategic Engagement will work with the President to manage and support his directors and the Tamarack board. This position is an essential component of our growing team and the ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about taking on a variety of tasks.

The President of Tamarack is the lead fundraiser for Tamarack and also provides strategy and coaching to Tamarack’s 5 Directors in their efforts to raise funds. Tamarack will raise $15 – $20 million over the next 5 years to support our work in poverty reduction and community innovation and to provide more than 55,000 people days of training and coaching. This will include more than $3 million from donors and $3 – $5 million through government grants.

Tamarack has more than 250 stakeholders and partners including thought leaders, top tier learners, learning event partners and funders.

Tamarack is a registered charitable organization that develops and supports learning communities that help people to collaborate, co-generate knowledge and achieve collective impact on complex community issues. Our vision is to build a connected force for community change. Join us as we discover how communities can act together for positive change! Learn more about Tamarack go to and click on About Tamarack and the Staff Page.


The Manager of Strategic Engagement will take direction from and report directly to the President, Tamarack and be supported by the Director of Engagement. The Manager of Strategic Engagement is a member of the, Engagement team, Operations team and the overall Tamarack team and will be required to contribute to the achievement of Tamarack’s overall strategic goals and deliverables.

Work Environment:

This job is full-time and, as with most jobs at Tamarack, can be home-based, at an office close to home or performed occasionally at Tamarack’s office at the University of Waterloo. The Manager of Strategic Engagement will travel to Waterloo on a bi weekly basis to meet with the President and will be asked to take occasional trips for training, to support learning events or to represent Tamarack at strategic events.

Tamarack provides a competitive salary with benefits and an RRSP package. We operate within a progressive management philosophy. This is a full- time 40 hour per week position and is rated at between $55,000 and $65,000 per year. This role also qualifies for a senior community animator designation which has a salary range up to $75,000.

Key tasks:

Community Animator:

  • Follows processes and uses technologies consistent with the CA role.
  •  Leads or supports event logistics, the learner experience, writing and editing, social media management, as well as management and development of an online database, websites and communities of practice.
  • Uses key skills (art and science) associated with CAs and is on track to become a senior community animator.

Fundraising Support:

  • Maintain prospect CRM
  • Prospect research and Prospect engagement
  • Grant writing and grant coaching with directors
  • Create fundraising materials
  • Campaign planning
  • Donor reports
  • Support CAs and directors with grant reports.

Top 100

  • Maintain “Top 100″ CRM
  • Develop and execute an engagement strategy with directors.
  • Support the President and directors to meet their strategic engagement goals


Leadership support

  • Support President with his Director meetings and internal and external stakeholder engagement including scheduling, building agenda’s and in between meeting follow up.
  • Support President and directors in hiring.
  • Support President’s custom services portfolio, teaching and writing.
  • Supports President with board and annual meeting.
  • Take on special projects for directors related to organizational excellence.
  • Occasionally attends director team meetings .

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

Maia Fujimoto
PACS Communications Assistant
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