Invasive Species Council of British Columbia

Mini Summit Series: Unlocking Community Potential Through Collective Impact

Published: March 10, 2021

The ISCBC Volunteer Mini Summit Series is a collection of inspiring participatory workshops that empowers volunteers to take action in their communities. Our volunteer team has made a remarkable impact in protecting habitats and landscapes across BC. These events recognize their extraordinary contributions and provide them with the tools they need to support future community service projects.

ISCBC was excited to host the third session in the Mini Summit Series: Unlocking Community Potential Through Collective Impact. Collaboration – with funders, allies and community partners – is a significant part of how our work gets done these days.  But not all forms of collaboration are the same. Collective Impact is a disciplined form of mulit-sector collaboration that is demonstrating powerful results on tough community issues. This session offered volunteers an overview of the Collective Impact Framework and stories of Collective Impact in action. Participants had the opportunity to explore the challenges and opportunities of using the Collective Impact Framework to address the issue of invasive species in BC.

About the presenter: Sylvia Cheuy is a Consulting Director in Collective Impact with the Tamarack Institute. She is passionate about what becomes possible when residents and various sector leaders share an aspirational vision for their future. Sylvia believes that when the assets of residents and community are recognized and connected, they become powerful drivers of community change. Sylvia completed her Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo in 2013 where she explored opportunities to create change within regional food systems. Prior to joining Tamarack, Sylvia was the founding Executive Director of Headwaters Communities in Action (HCIA), a grassroots citizen initiative that fosters collaborative leadership and action in support of a long-term vision of well-being for Ontario’s rural Headwaters region. This experience gives Sylvia practical knowledge and first-hand experience of what it takes to engage and mobilize positive community change.