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Community Health, Engagement, and Workplace Safety

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New in 2020/2021

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Introduction to Community Services

Explore the Community Services sector with flexibility to customize your learning experience in this new program offered entirely online. Choose from streams in Food Security, Aging and Gerontology, and Community Engagement, or tailor to your interests.

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Nursing and Interprofessional Healthcare Leadership and Management

Prepare yourself for a leadership role with this new certificate that's offered entirely online. In just four courses, build knowledge and skills in healthcare services leadership using the LEADS in a Caring Environment Framework and related theories and concepts.

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Urban Agriculture

Help strengthen and respond to city-region sustainability and planning through the growing field of urban agriculture. Gain the knowledge, skills, and practical experience to address global system problems in local and global contexts with this fully online certificate.

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Data Analytics for Fundraising (CVFM 205)

This hands-on course is designed to provide an understanding of how charities can use data to make informed decisions.

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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 Food Security 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

Partners and Industry Accreditation

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 13 certificates, 14 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.