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Network for Community-Campus Partnerships

The Network for Community-Campus Partnerships was established in September 2013 as a flagship recommendation of McMaster’s Forward With Integrity (FWI) Community Engagement Task Force. Compiled of colleagues from all areas of the University, the purpose of the Network is to provide a shared framework for McMaster to support its goals related to community engagement.

Any inquiries about the Network may be directed to Dave Heidebrecht, Coordinator at

Network Members

Please scroll below to learn more about our Network members and their community engagement priorities. 

Sheila SammonSheila-315

Director of Community Engagement
Faculty of Social Sciences

In June of 2014, Sheila was appointed the first Director of Community Engagement for McMaster. A professor in the School of Social Work, Sheila brings years of community-based experience to the role. Throughout her teaching career she has focused on integrating theory and practice. She is concerned about helping students learn by linking academics to real life experiences. Her research and service relates to teaching, learning and practice. She is one of the founding co-chairs of the McMaster Community Poverty Initiative and a member of the original steering committee for the McMaster Discovery Project.  She is the recipient of two McMaster President’s Awards for Outstanding Contributions for Teaching and Learning and the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association award for educational leadership. For the past year, she has also served as the Chair of the Network for Community-Campus Partnerships.

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 23780

Dave HeidebrechtDaveHeidebrecht_ProfileImage_squaresmall
Coordinator, Network for Community-Campus Partnerships

Since graduating from McMaster's Masters in Globalization Studies program in 2010, Dave has worked directly with academic, non-profit, and community organizations to help them work towards their goals. In this time, Dave has collaborated with local, national, and international groups to foster and support organizational strategies that produce positive, sustainable, and effective change. Especially interested in the intersections between environmental, political, and social issues facing our global society, Dave is very excited to be working with the Network for Community-Campus Partnerships to strengthen relationships amongst colleagues -- both at McMaster and in the community -- who are working to address these issues in our communities.

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 26279

Gord ArbeauGord Arbeau
Public and Community Relations

Leading a team of communications professionals, Gord is responsible for the reputation management at McMaster University, of one of the world’s Top 100 Universities - a campus of over 30,000 students and 7,500 faculty and staff.  With over twenty years’ experience leading high performance teams, he is responsible for crafting and leading implementation of  the University’s communications, branding, media, digital and community strategies, while providing key issues management counsel and guidance. Drawing on experiences as a reporter, advertising executive and brand manager, his teams have won numerous international awards including several CASE Circle of Excellence and Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education Prix d’Excellence honours. Gord is a Commissioner on the CASE Commission for Communications and marketing.


Karen BalcomKarenBalcom
Faculty of Humanities

Karen teaches in the History Department and in the Gender Studies and Feminist Research Programme. Over the last five years, Karen has developed social justice-themed activist placements for level one students designed to break down the walls between the lecture hall and the 'real world' and demonstrate to students how they can make change in world around them.


Kathy Ballkathy-ball
University Library

Kathy is currently serving on committees at Mohawk College and Hamilton Public Library.  She is also on the executive of the Hamilton Association for the Advancement of Literature, Science and Art.


Sean Beaudettesean-beaudette
Housing and Conference Services

Sean moved to Hamilton and 2012 and is quickly discovering all of the wonderful opportunities that this city has to offer. As the Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Program Coordinator, Sean's goal is to help McMaster students engage in the Hamilton community in meaningful and sustainable ways. His areas of focus include the MacServe Series and the Pop the Bubble initiative.


Cynthia Belaskie bioCynthia Belaskie
Research Office for Administration, Development and Support

The Research Office for Administration, Development and Support (ROADS) helps researchers access funding from external granting agencies.  Formerly known as the Office of Research Services, ROADS supports McMaster's research community through the funding application process and helps bring awarded projects into operation.


Andrea_160Andrea Cole
School of Graduate Studies


Josh Dockstatorjosh dockstator
Indigenous Studies Program

Since its inception, the Indigenous Studies Program incorporates a very unique teaching structure of Indigenous knowledge which involves many Native peoples and Elders. This unique perspective assists all students from various cultures and background in learning about the history and lives of Aboriginal people within an Indigenous perspective. The faculty and staff who works within the Indigenous Studies Program are dedicated to educating Indigenous perspectives and issues, as well the success of our students. Josh works as an Indigenous Counsellor within the Indigenous Studies Program.


Laura HarringtonLauraHarrington

Forward With Integrity Project Director

Laura has led a number of projects related to the priorities identified in the President’s Forward With Integrity letter.  She is focused on facilitating the development of reciprocal relationships with members of the community that will both bring benefits to the community and enhance the University’s academic mission and research priorities.


Rob Heenan
Institutional Research & Analysis

The Office of Institutional Research and Analysis reports to the provost and provides leadership, advice and support for planning, policy formation and informed decision making activities at McMaster University.


Kris Knorrkris_160px
McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching & Learning

Kris Knorr is an Educational Research Coordinator in the McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning.  One of his current research interests involve exploring community engaged education in large classes.  He has been member of the Idea Exchange planning committee since it’s inaugural year in 2012.


David-latulippeDavid Latulippe
Faculty of Engineering


Lucia Lee bio photoLucia Lee
Graduate Students Association



John MaclachlanJohn-MacLachlan4
Arts & Science Program

Dr. John Maclachlan is an Assistant Professor in the McMaster University School of Geography and Earth Sciences as well as the Arts & Science Program. He is also a Research Fellow in the McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (MIIETL). With Kris Knorr of MIIETL he is researching the scalability of teaching Community-based learning in large courses and has worked on projects with students exploring the benefits and challenges of community gardens. Much of John’s teaching incorporates experiential learning in the community and he is the coordinator of the McMaster Interdisciplinary Experiential Learning courses (


Kathleen Martin-GinisKatheleen_Martin-Ginis
Faculty of Science

Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis has a profound commitment to knowledge translation; she is internationally recognized as an innovator and leader in the development and implementation of evidence-based best-practices to advance physical activity participation among persons with disabilities. For instance, her team has developed the first evidence-based physical activity guidelines for people with spinal cord injury, implemented a nation-wide service that provides telephone-based physical activity counseling to adults with spinal cord injury, and created an online physical activity resource centre to serve the international spinal cord injury community ( She is also the Director of the McMaster Physical Activity Centre of Excellence (; a centre dedicated to research, education and community engagement regarding physical activity to enhance the health and well-being of adults with chronic disease or disability.


Amber methamAmber Metham
McMaster Industry Liaison Office



Sandra MollSandra Moll
Faculty of Health Sciences



Emad MohammadEmad Mohammad
DeGroote School of Business


Spencer Nestico SemianiwSpencer Nestico-Semianiw
McMaster Students Union


Alexia Olaizola
McMaster Students Union


Jeremy SandorJeremy Sandor
Student Success Centre


Olive WahoushOlive Wahoush
Faculty of Health Sciences


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