Where are they now?
Former U-Links students explain their CBR experiences and where they are today
I was in the bioregionalism class of 1993-94. It was a huge influence in my life. Learning about community consultation, respecting and responding to community-based needs while also considering new ideas was at the heart of my experience to become more informed. My subsequent work in community and regional planning and developing federal environmental programs was built on the invaluable, foundational experience in the Bioregionalism course at Trent.
Manager and Principal Advisor
The Bioregionalism course was a key formative experience for me. It allowed me to imagine doing research in a more holistic way that complex, place-based issues demand to be understood. I got to do this research in the company of peers who also wanted to do this type of inquiry, inviting the community to be a part of it. I can trace a direct line from this course over 25 years ago to my current work in federal public health evaluation, helping to tell impact stories that weave together different points of view based on place, identity and experience. My thanks to Professor John Wadland for opening this door for me!
Senior Program Evaluation Analyst,
Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada
The Minden Riverwalk is a naturalized stretch of walkway bordering the Gull River, that flows through
the town of Minden. The walkway was once kept as a turf field, has been transformed into a haven of
biodiversity and beauty, after a project was launched to plant native vegetation around the river’s edge.
That project resulted in a naturalized shoreline that could host numerous insects and provide food and
habitat to wildlife.