Cheryl Rose

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Cheryl Rose
Partnerships and Programs, SiG@Waterloo

Prior to entering the post-secondary field, Cheryl Rose gained professional experience in capacity development for social service organizations. Her extensive background in both local and national leadership initiatives enhanced her role as the Citizenship and Leadership Educator and Community Service-Learning (CSL) Specialist on the University of Guelph campus, where she developed four national award-winning programs and research projects. She was the founding Executive Director of the Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning and for more than three years, she encouraged the development of post-secondary courses and programs across Canada to facilitate effective teaching and research partnerships between academics and social sector agencies.  In 2007, she joined Social Innovation Generation at the University of Waterloo, directing Partnerships and Projects for this new national initiative. As a key member of this collaborative, she works closely with Dr. Frances Westley for strategic program, network and communication development.

Ms. Rose holds a Masters of Science degree in Capacity Development and Extension Studies, and she presents widely on Leadership for Social Innovation, Enhancing Individual and Organizational Resilience, and Creating Effective Networks. Her work has previously been spotlighted on CBC News and in University Affairs. She has published in the international journal,, and in a national university-based magazine Communique, Her writing focuses on building partnerships in complex environments and the role of individuals and organizations in strengthening social systems. She also contributes to Social Innovation Generation publications, and is currently involved in a case study of organizational collaborations in Waterloo Region.

Ms. Rose is a founding and/or contributing member on a number of regional and national committees, including Community-Based Research Canada, as well as, Community Innovations Project, an initiative to strengthen the social sector system in Waterloo Region.


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