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Build on Your Career in Community Health, Engagement, and Workplace Safety

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Certificate Programs

Choose from an array of certificate programs to help take your career to the next level.

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Course Series

Complete one of our course series programs with as few as two courses and earn a Professional Development Award.

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Part-Time Degree Programs

Our part-time degrees have flexible delivery options and scheduling.

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Experiential Learning

Selected programs offer project-based experiential opportunities so you can apply in-class theory to real-world contexts.

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Courses on Special Topics

Explore courses covering current and emerging issues offered outside of existing certificate and course series offerings, many of which are online.

New Course Series

Earn a Professional Development Award in Leadership in Accessibility and Inclusion

Expand your knowledge about policy and organizational changes to optimize accessibility in your workplace and community. This course series can be completed entirely online.

Leadership in Accessibility and Inclusion
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  • the different career paths in the field of aging
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Dawn Green

Being part of The Chang School allowed me to focus my energy in all the right places at the right time. While surrounded by incredible students and instructors, I was able to work my way into the nonprofit industry and complete the program at my own pace. I had some amazing instructors who cared about creating an inclusive and interactive experience, which left me feeling energized and excited after each class.

– Dawn Green
Certificate in Fundraising Management

Melissa Compton

All of the instructors for the courses were fantastic. The content of the courses and the instructors provided a space for me to engage and challenge my thinking in a different way. I learned how to become a stronger advocate for Indigenous peoples, which is a large part of my job working with Urban Indigenous youth in Toronto. I developed confidence in myself and grew stronger in my teachings as a Mi’kmaq individual.

– Melissa Compton
Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences

Catherine Robar

When I first read about food security, I had a light bulb moment and realized, ‘this is my calling,’ so I enrolled in the Certificate in FoodSecurity at Ryerson. Previously, in 2008, I travelled to South Africa to volunteer my time in a food-insecure community. In Thembalethu, I forged a partnership with a local man, Gcinisizwe Noyakaza, to improve food security, housing, agriculture, and access to education, and to plant fruit trees to improve access to nutritious food. In the same year, Gcinisizwe and I founded an organization, The Themba Development Project Association (a Canadian-South African registered charity), which benefits from both the practical, hands-on techniques and theory I learned at The Chang School.

– Catherine Robar
Graduate, Certificate in Food Security
Winner, Ryerson Gold Medal
Founding Director, The Themba Development Project Association

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Our certificates and course series are aligned to current competencies and many are developed in cooperation with industry leaders, community partners, government, governing bodies, and associations related to the areas of study.

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Meet the Team

Dalia Hanna, Program Director

Dalia is the Program Director for Community Services programs at The Chang School. She oversees the development of new curriculum, program reviews, and evaluations. Dalia manages the operational and organizational planning of 12 certificates, 15 course series, and 2 part-time degrees in collaboration with Chang School academic coordinators and Ryerson University’s Faculty of Community Services. Dalia is also a project management professional (PMP®), a certified internal auditor for ISO 9000 quality standards, and a certified facilitator and trainer for the internationally accredited Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) program.

As a contract lecturer at The Chang School, Dalia taught courses in professional communication. She is a PhD candidate in Ryerson’s Department of Computer Science; she holds an MSc in Instructional Design and Technology with a specialization in online learning and a BSc in Electronics and Communication Engineering with a major in software programming. Dalia has presented at many national and international conferences and has published on topics related to online learning, group work, public safety, and inclusive technology tools.

Samara Newman, Program Manager

As Program Manager, Samara plans, develops, and manages programs and initiatives for the Community Services program area at The Chang School and collaborates with internal and external partners to ensure that the program area meets the needs of both adult and undergraduate learners. She brings experience from charitable, public, and private sectors to the development of program marketing content, promotion, and evaluation of continuing education Community Services programs.

Samara holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences (BSc Env) and has over 15 years’ experience in community engagement and adult education programming, teacher professional development, program management, urban greening, and playwork. She has co-authored guidebooks on watershed education and volunteer management for community-based greening groups, has had her illustrations included in a variety of publications, and is currently completing her training as a crisis text line responder.

Rose Reid, Program Coordinator

Rose is the Program Coordinator for the Community Services program area at The Chang School. She joined The Chang School in 2001, initially working with Distance Education in the Business program area. Rose earned a Bachelor of Business Management – Accounting/Finance from Ryerson University and followed her degree with Chang School certificates in Business Communication and Proficiency in Spanish.

Rose provides a range of support such as guidance to Chang School staff and students, promotion of programs, coordination and monitoring of budgetary activities, and preparation of analytical and statistical reports. She enjoys assisting adult students and seeing them attain their goals.

Farheen Hasan, Coordinator, Experiential Learning Opportunities

Farheen has 15 years of experience liaising with organizations in a variety of sectors and industries to create, develop, implement and evaluate innovative work-integrated learning opportunities for students. Her own experience with hands-on experiential learning convinced her of its transformational values. Experiential learning gives students the chance to direct their own learning goals, test concepts and ideas in a variety of practice settings, network with clients and professionals, ask questions, reflect on answers, and come to their own conclusions about what they have learned.

Farheen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature, a Master in Education degree with a focus on Adult Education and Community Development, as well as a Post-Degree Diploma in International Project Management. As a lifelong learner she has earned certificates in Teaching English as a Second Language, E-Learning Instruction and Design, Technical and Professional Communication, and completed courses towards a Certificate in Student Affairs and Services.

Jouanna Labib, Student Affairs/Program Advisor, Nursing

As The Chang School’s Student Affairs/Program Advisor for the Nursing program, Jouanna provides academic counselling, support, and guidance to a diverse population of Chang School students registered in the post-diploma BScN degree and certificate courses.

Jouanna has been a member of the Ryerson University community since 2005. As an undergraduate, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and then went on to obtain her Master of Arts degree in International Economics and Finance.

Jouanna is dedicated to helping you achieve your academic goals and ensuring that your educational experience is exceptional!

Meet Dave Dalrymple, Academic Advisor, and Dena Marcos, Career Education Specialist

Contact Community Services at The Chang School

For more information about any of The Chang School’s community services offerings, contact Rose Reid, Program Coordinator.

Phone: 416-979-5000, ext. 5310

The Chang School also offers academic and career advising to help you plan and achieve your future goals.