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The Centre of Child Well-Being is evolving, and hopes to be a  'hub' of internal and external communities that will:

  • Facilitate research, discovery, and knowledge sharing

  • Foster collaboration

  • Create community connections

  • Maintain and disseminate best practices

To ensure that improvements are continually being made for the children, youth, and families we work with, it is crucial to foster a collective movement that engages all stakeholders. To do this, we are hosting a series of ‘Communities of Practice’ to spark discussion, and build community.

What is a Community of Practice?

Attributed to Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger, the term community of practice refers to the “process of social learning that occurs when people who have a common interest in some subject or problem collaborate over an extended period to share ideas, find solutions, and build innovations.”

What does a Community of Practice do?

  • It will connect people: Communities of Practice are comprised of members who are unique in their background, experiences, knowledge base, and abilities. There is an extensive body of literature that argues that this type of intentional community is an effective way for diverse people or groups to come together. Through engaged dialogue, each member has a chance to share their unique perspectives and listen to others.

  • It values distributed leadership: There are many opportunities for leadership roles and initiative within this community. Communities of practice revolve around constructive partnerships based upon the principles of equality and the belief that all knowledge is partial.

  • It facilitates learning: Through engaged dialogue and insightful presentations, an opportunity for sharing and co-construction of knowledge with others arises.

  • It is a mechanism for real change and impact: These communities measure growth and make dissemination of ‘best practices’ more seamless. They also have the potential to engage key stakeholders in collaboration to incite change.



Further Reading

Interested in learning more?

Introduction to communities of practice. By Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner, 2015.

Leadership groups: a practice for fostering leadership in social learning contexts. By Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner, 2012.