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Be innovative. Affect change. Make a positive impact in your community.

Everyone a changemaker

CPI Students at MIF 2015

Students as changemakers?

Changemaker – “One who desires change in the world and, by gathering knowledge and resources, makes that change happen.” – Ashoka

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Georgian’s Centre for Social Entrepreneurship brings together faculty, students and non-profit organizations to respond to complex issues and effect positive social change. Through student-led projects, research, workshops and innovative curriculum, the centre is inspiring the next generation of changemakers to use social entrepreneurial skills and mindsets to transform their community.

The goal of the centre is to promote and build on the capacity of students’ social entrepreneurial skills and mindsets through changemaking activities and in-class experiential learning opportunities. These skills include team-building, problem-solving, leadership development, and communication.

“Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.”

Inspiring innovative opportunity for change in our communities!

I am a changemaker – Make the change – Be the change


Graduate with innovative and creative skills and mindsets that are in demand in today’s workforce and that will set you apart from the rest of the field.

2015 CPI Students Final Presentations

a group of students raising their arms in the air in the theatre seats

Be a changemaker!

Georgian College’s Centre for Social Entrepreneurship provides experiential learning opportunities, skill development, teamwork and networking that will inspire you to influence social change in your community.

Experiential learning opportunities

Experiential learning

Takes place when individuals engage in a process that involves meaningful experiences, reflection and integration, and active experimentation to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes.

Student changemaking experiences

The Centre for Social Entrepreneurship provides students with a unique and hands-on environment to develop essential changemaker skills and to influence positive social change in their fields.

Community Service Learning (CSL)

Child and Youth worker student sin front of a displayWhat is CSL? 

CSL is an experiential teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.

Community Projects Initiative (CPI)

The Cumberland Beach Unity Tree is just one of many community projects carried out through Georgian's Centre for Social Entrepreneurship in 2015.

What is CPI?

A unique vehicle of teaching that allows students the opportunity to develop social entrepreneurial skills and mindsets through experience, resulting in innovative and transformative social change in the community.

Students who choose CPI as their placement are matched with a community partner that has indicated a gap in services. Teams undertake a project to be  completed over a 14-week alternative field placement.

CPI provides opportunities for our students to graduate with innovative and creative skills and mindsets that differentiate them in the workforce.

As researched, Miller, Westley and Williams/Academy of Management Learning and Education, 2012, Vol. 11, No. 3, 349-370

  1. Ability to problem solve
  2. Ability to develop collaborative relationships
  3. Management of financial capital
  4. Ability to lead others
  5. Ability to communicate
  6. Interpersonal communication
  7. Ability to market organizations
  8. Manage strategy development
  9. Capacity to measure outcomes
  10. Build effective teams

United Front workshop series

united front against child abuseWhat is the United Front?

An exciting inter-professional student workshop series where students can network and collaborate with professionals, social services and various community organizations to gain information, insight and knowledge from real-time changemakers.

Student opportunities

Social entrepreneurship:  The creative use of resources to generate social and environmental change.

Changemaker Wednesdays


What is Changemaker Wednesdays?

Hosted by Georgian College, an exciting opportunity, as a student, faculty member or community partner to come and learn about social entrepreneurship, craft, develop and pitch a social enterprise idea or join like-minded social innovators and be the changemaker through our new Changemaker Club.

The Sept. 23 session Social Entrepreneurship 101 asks the questions: What exactly is social entrepreneurship? And how can you use it to create meaningful and lasting change in your community, on campus and beyond?

  • Learn from each other through creative collisions in our changemaker space at the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
  • Join the discussion and learn through the Entrepreneurship Learning Channel (ELC) series
  • Make a pitch to a panel of social entrepreneurship experts (and possibly win some money) showcasing why your social enterprise idea is viable through the Excite! program
  • Join like-minded social innovators and be the changemaker through the Changemaker Club

Join the conversation #gcchangemaker

The Duke of Edinburgh


Duke of Edinburgh Fall 2015 PosterWhat is the Duke all about?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a self-development program available to young people ages 14 to 25. To date, over 500,000 young people from Canada, and over seven million youth in 130 countries have been motivated to participate.




The Duke Award encourages young people to:

  • set their own goals and challenges
  • work towards achieving them
  • be recognized for sustaining the commitment they have made

299-634117689010430268-786270551 This non-competitive award program is based on self-motivation with no set standards to achieve. The criteria for gaining an award is based on each participant’s individual improvement and potential at the starting point of the award. Even if an award is not attained, just being involved brings new friends, new knowledge and new adventures. The award program has three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each requires an increasing level of commitment and effort.

Fostering positive change within the community

Your connection to changemaking starts now!

Connect, network, share knowledge, learn, be a leader!

Since 2012, the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE) has  provided community partners with the opportunity to utilize the enthusiasm, creativity and innovation of our student learners to work on projects that build capacity and address specific gaps in services that they otherwise lack resources to achieve.

Become a community partner through CPI

The best centres of learning do more than transmit knowledge – they’re catalysts for change.

The Centre for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE) believes that people are innate changemakers and are invested in supporting student learning through development of social entrepreneurial skills and mindsets, that promote innovative and transformative positive social change in collaboration with community partners.

The CSE works closely with community partners to share knowledge and determine gaps in services, then utilizes the enthusiasm, creativity and innovation of student-led projects to provide changemaking opportunities for community partners that they may otherwise be lacking resources to fulfill.

Three young women and one man sit on a bench, surrounded by bright artwork.

Chad Lubelsky, J.W. Family Foundation Fund with CPI Students – Winter 2015

Social Enterprise Network Central Ontario (SENCO)

June 15 – Save the date!

9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Venue to be confirmed


Are you a social enterprise and want to participate?

Contact us to find out how

What is the Social Enterprise Network Central Ontario (SENCO)?

With a focus on strengthening the not-for-profit, social enterprise sector across Central Ontario, we believe in an environment of collaboration and partnership, networking and co-creation within an organized network structure. We have created a support system where “creative collisions” take place and “social change” happens!

SENCO initiatives invite not-for-profit organizations – and other interested stakeholders within Central Ontario who are considering developing, in the midst of developing, or currently running a social enterprise – to join us as we offer new professional development, networking, information sharing and support opportuinties.

Join us on June 15 as we;

  • Answer questions in follow up to the numerous free Introduction to Social Enterprise sessions we conducted throughout Central Ontario.
  • Provide you with essential information regarding next steps of your journey toward social enterprise.
  • Engage in conversations surrounding social enterprise through our skilled panel guests.
  • Offer a networking opportunity during our free  lunch.
  • Leave you inspired!

For more information on SENCO or to RSVP, please contact:

Jacqueline Bayley, RECODE Special Projects Liaison/Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

705.325.2740, ext. 3430


Move it Forward 2016 – Social Innovation in Education

What is Move it Forward?

An annual  event to say thank you for our communities and partners for not only supporting and providing learning experiences and opportunities for our students but for giving back to the community.

This event offers a professional development opportunity to explore, recognize and connect with others interested in making central Ontario an even better place to live, work and play.

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Save the date – Move it Forward 2016

Friday, June 10 – Focus on Social Innovation in Education in recognition of our educational community partners in the changemaking activities across our communities.

Join us for a day of professional development and networking on the latest social innovation trends.

The day includes lunch, mocktails and treats,  free parking and more!

Past student-led projectsin collaboration with our community partners

CYW CPI projects fall 2013

CPI projects winter 2013

SSW CPI Winter 2013

CYW CPI projects fall 2014

CYW CPI Fall 2014

CYW CPI projects winter 2014

CYW CPI Fall 2014

Changemaking in our communities

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Partners 2012–15 CCI logo

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Partners 2012–15 D4S

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New Partners 2015/16 orillia public library

New Partners 2015/16Huronia Transition Homes logo

New Partners 2015/16 City of Orillia

Partners 2014/15 Ardtrea/Cumberland Beach Public School simcoeCountySDLogo

Partners 2014/15 McConnell Recode

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Partners 2014/15 town of severn

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Partners 2014/15 St. Monica’s Catholic Schoolst monica's catholic school

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Partners 2013 -15 Wellness LabyrinthThe new Georgian logo -- including a leaf symbol on the left and a modern, blue wordmark on the right

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We are catalysts for change


Meet our Centre for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE) team:
Helping to instil social entrepreneurial skills and mindsets


General information, ext. 3195

Suzanne Addison-Toor, Manager Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Field Placement Suzanne Addison-Toor     ext. 3161

Christine Hiles – Special Projects Assistant Christine Hiles      ext. 3067

Jill Dunlop – Experiential Learning Liaison Jill Dunlop     ext. 3427


Valerie Barath – Community Projects Initiative Liaison Valerie Barath     ext. 3309

Jacqueline Bayley – RECODE, Special Projects Liaison  Jacqueline Bayley      ext. 3430

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