NORDIK Researcher Krista Bissiallon has taken a seat on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet). Bissiallon was nominated by Executive Director of the 4Rs Youth Movement, Jessica Bolduc (also a former NORDIK employee) and will serve for two years.
CCEDNet is a member-driven organization that, for twenty years, has helped organizations and individuals strengthen their communities and create solutions to local needs by scaling up community economic development. Community Economic Development (CED) is action by people locally to create economic opportunities that improve social conditions, particularly for those who are most disadvantaged. CED solutions are rooted in local knowledge and led by community members.
“I’m excited to join a diverse team of board members who share a commitment to multi-disciplinary approaches to community development, “says Krista Bissiallon. “I’m looking forward to bringing Indigenous values to this work.”
A graduate of Algoma University’s Community Economic and Social Development program (CESD), and a NORDIK NOHFC intern, Krista recently returned to NORDIK as Urban Indigenous Youth for Change (UIYFC) Project Lead. In addition to this experience, Krista will bring to CCEDNet a diverse skill set and knowledge base from her years of work as a changemaker. She was Algoma Regional Lead with Youth Social Infrastructure, a provincial network of young people and adult allies working to amplify the conditions for youth-led organizing in Ontario and Regional Lead with Northern Lights Collaborative, a five-year project currently working with youth and institutions across Northern Ontario to center youth storytelling, reduce social isolation and increase organizational accountability to youth voices. Krista has acted as Project Lead of the year-long Edgewalker Project, funded by the Laidlaw Foundation, investigating the relationship between youth and the philanthropic sector in Ontario. Most recently, Krista has co-founded the youth-led project, Young Leader’s Circle (YLC), which is currently prototyping a model for shared leadership and community development.
While the activities of CCEDNet members are as varied as the communities in which they live, CCEDNet activities aim to improve local well-being by focussing on: supporting individuals; building enterprises; and strengthening communities.
To find out more about CCEDNet’s initiatives and resources, please visit the website at: https://www.ccednet-rcdec.ca/en
NORDIK Institute is Algoma University’s community based research organization whose goal is to build Northern Ontario’s capacity to conduct research that contributes to social, economic and environmental justice in rural, Indigenous and northern communities and provides evidence for informed policy and decision making.