Seizing the Moment

Graphic Recorder: Melissa Kendzierski

Supporting and learning from communities

The Seizing the Moment project was supported by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

The Seizing the Moment project brought together community-based organizations, post-secondary institutions, community engagement offices, and others across Canada for a series of conversations about pandemic experiences in communities. We also explored avenues for community-campus research, learning, and creative partnerships to help mobilize just and sustainable ways forward.

The Seizing the Moment workshop took place on May 25-26, 2021, with almost 400 participants registered to join our discussion about pandemic challenges and lessons learned in communities across the country. In Summer/Fall 2021 we presented a series of post-workshop webinars, and supported a Quebec-focused workshop event.

View the Seizing the Moment summary reports below:

For more information about the Seizing the Moment project, contact Magda Goemans at

Click below for workshop and post-workshop recordings and other materials:

Recordings from the Seizing the Moment workshop, held May 25-26, 2021

Graphic recordings from the Seizing the Moment May workshop

Regional discussion summaries from the Seizing the Moment May workshop

Summary of the Seizing the Moment Quebec-based workshop

Recordings from post-workshop webinars

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Community activities to address current challenges 

Partnership strategies in response to the crisis

Building new paths through and beyond the pandemic