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About Us

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Who we are

CEED Concordia is a non-profit organization operating in Montreal, Canada and Gulu, Uganda. We are an organization dedicated to social justice, community empowerment, and positive change by supporting youth in our communities. CEED offers Concordia and Ugandan students an opportunity to contribute to sustainable community projects in northern Uganda for 3-month internships during the summer semester. We are working to shape better communities and future leaders for a better tomorrow.

Our program is supported by a fee-levy of Concordia University’s undergraduate students, a tangible expression of Concordia’s commitment to civic responsibility and experiential learning. We strive to create opportunities for students from Montreal and Uganda to gain firsthand experience in the international community development sector. Every year, approximately 25-30 youth from both communities become involved with our program through internships, academic initiatives, and various positions within our organization.  Through our year-round projects in Gulu that our interns help design and implement CEED engages over 500 youth in our diverse projects.

These projects in Gulu, Uganda address a broad range of needs and issues faced by youth in the city and surrounding areas. As a post-conflict and high-poverty District, the needs of the community in Gulu are serious and varied. With almost 80% of the population under the age of 30, Uganda is the youngest country in the world. As such, any issues that affect youth automatically affect the majority of Uganda's population. CEED has therefore dedicated itself to focus on the particular challenges faced by youth in the region, building their capacity to transform themselves and their country.

Our History

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Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission

We foster community engagement through youth skills development and information sharing.

Vision

We see youth as change agents in their communities.

Values

  • Equality
  • Integrity
  • Social Justice
  • Sustainability

Our Approach

CEED believes in community leadership and adapting to the needs of the community, rather than applying blanket solutions. As such, the way we approach our youth development programs in Gulu will differ from our approach at Concordia. In Gulu, we develop in-house core projects; entrepreneurship, communications, and environmentaly sustainability. Each year CEED typically will offer new internship projects to test or pilot new ideas and/or to better engage youth in northern Uganda. Our internships emphasize social, community, and personal development through experiential learning and cultural and skills exchange. At Concordia, our organization benefits the student body through meaningful skills-based internships, public events, academic courses, research opportunities, and employment opportunities.

Our Philosophy Statements:

  • We are youth working with youth for youth;
  • We believe in community-led development;
  • We develop programs and strategic partnerships to support youth in our communities;
  • We offer learning opportunities for youth in community development, project planning, cross-cultural engagement, entrepreneurship, and environmental sustainability.

Current internships

To learn more about what our organization does, browse our current projects. Summer 2018's internship program features 6 projects open to apply, including the Youth Entrepreneurship Project, the Youth Advocacy and Communications Project, the Environmental Sustainability Project, the Design for Social Engagement and Education Project, a Video Documentary Project, and the The Community Events Planning Project. All the projects employ a wide variety of skills and present many learning opportunities. Some projects may be merged or altered depending on the intern skill sets recruited and other factors.

Awards and Recognition

19 Oct 2015

Peter Schiefke, CEED co-founder and former Executive Director, won a seat in Parliament at his riding of Vaudreuil-Soulanges for the Liberal Party during the Canadian federal elections on October 29th, 2015. It was his first time running for public office. Peter has since been named Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for youth. The entire CEED family is extremely proud of Peter’s accomplishments.

http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members/Peter-Schiefke%2888649%29

28 May 2015
13 Jun 2013

The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation CSL Award recognizes successful community initiatives supported by service-learning partnerships. They highlight innovative approaches that transform relationships, structures, policies, and/or mainstream practices. In 2013, the awards were presented at the Community-University Expo 2013  in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. You can learn more about the award here.

http://www.mcconnellfoundation.ca/en/programs/community-service-learning/csl-awards

10 Jul 2010
07 Jan 2009
08 Apr 2008

Forces AVENIR aims to recognize, honour, and promote the commitment of young people in projects that enrich knowledge and arouse the desire for success and for surpassing oneself. They encourage the development of community thinking and the development of socially conscious, active, and responsible citizens who are both dedicated to their community and open to the world. You can learn more about them here.

http://www.forcesavenir.qc.ca/about/

Board of Directors (Uganda)

  • Voting members

    • Muzaaya Godfried – Chair
    • Philippa Mbonye – Deputy Chair
    • Eshban Kwesiga – Director
    • Peter Odoch – Director
    • Anne Kipwola – Director
  • Non–voting memebers

    • Joshua Byabashaija – Secretary & Legal Council

Board of Directors (Canada)

  • Voting members

    • Vinay Nawani – Treasurer
    • David Li – Community
    • Michelle Savard – Community
    • Darina Blaszczyk – Community
    • Emilie Salvie – Community
    • Tomas Cordoba – CASA
    • Bianca Bruzesse – ASFA
    • Travis Sanderson – Student at Large
  • Non–voting memebers

    • Chelsea Lewis – Chair
    • Angela Hatto – Secretary

Our staff

Thomas Prince

Thomas Prince

Executive Director

Having been involved with the organization since 2009, few people have had such a close and lasting relationship with CEED and with Gulu : “When I first volunteered with CVAP in 2009, I never expected how I would fall in love with Gulu, or how the organization would play such a formative role in my life.” 

After his first trip to Gulu, Thomas stayed on with the organization as the Administrative Assistant in 2010, and as the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator in 2010-2011. He returned to Gulu several times to conduct research for his Master’s in Anthropology, which he obtained from Concordia University in 2014. 

Thomas lived in Gulu for several years where he worked as the Program Director of The Grassroots Reconciliation Group. This Ugandan NGO works in rural communities affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) conflict. He is also the cofounder and former Executive Director of Beads of Awareness - a small social business in Canada that supports women in Gulu who make jewelry from recycled paper to earn additional income. 

Thomas has shown unwavering commitment to community development both in Canada and Uganda. He has extensive experience in NGO work and has a proven track record for leading successful projects and teams.

Labeja Julius Acire

Labeja Julius Acire

Executive Director

Labeja Julius Acire comes from a programs management background and completed his Bachelors Degree in Development Studies with specializatons in Participatory Methods in Rural Social Development, Research Methods, and Enterprise Development. He also holds certificates in Project Monitoring & Evaluation and Project Planning & Management from Makerere University.

Julius has over five years of experience in significant Strategic and Operational Management gained while working with national, regional and international projects & NGOs, including the International Red Cross, Norwegian Refugee Council, Arbeita Samarita Band, and the World Food Program in Northern Uganda. He later worked for 3 years in Kampala with two social enterprise organizations; The Achievers Foundation and The R.A.I.S.E Program, where he worked as Project Coordinator and Project Manager, respectively.

Julius is passionate about community empowerment, nurturing youth programs, and education. He is committed to supporting social entrepreneurship and building teams that deliver long term impact and growth.

Gabrielle Bruser

Gabrielle Bruser

Internship Coordinator

Gabrielle participated in CEED’s environmental sustainability project during the summer of 2017, working with secondary schools in Gulu to conduct sustainable waste management workshops and implement composting systems on the school grounds.

She remained involved with the CEED team, becoming the Internship Coordinator in fall 2017. She is responsible for the recruitment and training of the interns, providing support throughout the summer program to ensure that they have a challenging and fulfilling learning experience.

Gabrielle is currently completing an undergraduate degree in Human Environment, with plans of pursuing a Master’s degree in Environment, Development and Health. She is passionate about sustainability and eager to contribute to the development of CEED’s sustainable community projects.   

 

Bernard Loum

Bernard Loum

Program Officer

Bernard Loum joined the CEED Uganda team in 2016. He holds a bachelors degree in Social Work and Social Administration from Makerere University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree course in Governance and Ethics from Gulu University. He attended a specialization course on Election Observation from the Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution in Austria and is an accredited election observer with CCEDU.

Previously, he worked with the Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD) for over seven years as Program Officer in charge of Governance, Elections and Transitional Justice. For a number of years, he also coordinated and implemented various programs and projects aimed at promoting social justice and development in the post-war northern Uganda. He has vast experience in Non Governmental Organization work in various sectors and has also worked with the Citizens Election Observers Network (CEON-U) as a Regional Coordinator for the northern region. 

Bernard is eager and excited to join CEED Uganda: "I am very glad to join a team of highly experienced and knowledgeable staff at CEED. I pledge to work diligently with the team to achieve the vision and mission of CEED Uganda. The youth form the greatest percentage of the Ugandan population and so we need to engage them meaningfully and position them strategically at all levels of decision making, particularly on issues that matter to them. Together we can empower the young people to become the change agents in their communities for a better future."

Genevieve Prisca Lanyero

Genevieve Prisca Lanyero

Finance and Administration

Genevieve Prisca Lanyero, born and bred in Gulu, joined the CEED Uganda team in March 2017. She studied Business Administration with an Accounting major at Makerere University Business School, prior to which she attended Trinity College Nabbingo. Today, she’s studying to obtain a CPA professional qualification and become a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda. She’s an avid reader and learner. “With training and experience in accounting, finance, and banking, I strive to incorporate the vast knowledge acquired into ensuring integrity and accountability in handling CEED’s resources.”

Julie Hoang

Julie Hoang

Events & Communications Coordinator

Julie started at CEED as an intern for the Youth Advocacy and Communications project in 2017. Continuing her work as social media coordinator during her internship, Julie manages CEED Uganda’s social media accounts alongside her work as Events and Communications Coordinator at CEED Concordia.

As the Events and Communications Coordinator, Julie plans and executes events, maintains CEED’s online presence and alumni engagement, and develops materials pertinent to CEED’s external activities.

Completing her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Julie is passionate about social justice issues, education and awareness building. She hopes to complete her Master’s in International Development next year.

Bidong Sunday

Bidong Sunday

Security

Sunday joined CEED in April 2011 and currently works as a Security Officer. He has received trainings in brick laying and concrete, driving, and painting and often applies these skills within the CEED compound in Gulu.

In his free time, Sunday enjoys watching football, doing laundry, and playing soccer.

Eunice Akello

Eunice Akello

Office Attendant

Eunice joined CEED in April 2011 and works as an Office Attendant and in the kitchen when the interns are present during the summer months. She has received a certificate in Catering. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, reading, and watching movies.

Miriam Ayoo

Miriam Ayoo

Office Attendant

Miriam joined CEED in May 2014 and currently works as an Office Attendant and in the kitchen when interns are present during the summer months.

Miriam holds a Uganda Advance Certificate of Education. In addition, she received training in the field of Marketing through the UAP Insurance Company located in the Gulu district. Her training includes basic data collection methods and data entry that was organized by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics. She has also acquired a certificate in Microsoft Office Application.

In her free time, Miriam enjoys reading, watching movies, and swimming.

Thomas Prince

Thomas Prince

Executive Director

Having been involved with the organization since 2009, few people have had such a close and lasting relationship with CEED and with Gulu : “When I first volunteered with CVAP in 2009, I never expected how I would fall in love with Gulu, or how the organization would play such a formative role in my life.” 

After his first trip to Gulu, Thomas stayed on with the organization as the Administrative Assistant in 2010, and as the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator in 2010-2011. He returned to Gulu several times to conduct research for his Master’s in Anthropology, which he obtained from Concordia University in 2014. 

Thomas lived in Gulu for several years where he worked as the Program Director of The Grassroots Reconciliation Group. This Ugandan NGO works in rural communities affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) conflict. He is also the cofounder and former Executive Director of Beads of Awareness - a small social business in Canada that supports women in Gulu who make jewelry from recycled paper to earn additional income. 

Thomas has shown unwavering commitment to community development both in Canada and Uganda. He has extensive experience in NGO work and has a proven track record for leading successful projects and teams.

Gabrielle Bruser

Gabrielle Bruser

Internship Coordinator

Gabrielle participated in CEED’s environmental sustainability project during the summer of 2017, working with secondary schools in Gulu to conduct sustainable waste management workshops and implement composting systems on the school grounds.

She remained involved with the CEED team, becoming the Internship Coordinator in fall 2017. She is responsible for the recruitment and training of the interns, providing support throughout the summer program to ensure that they have a challenging and fulfilling learning experience.

Gabrielle is currently completing an undergraduate degree in Human Environment, with plans of pursuing a Master’s degree in Environment, Development and Health. She is passionate about sustainability and eager to contribute to the development of CEED’s sustainable community projects.   

 

Julie Hoang

Julie Hoang

Events & Communications Coordinator

Julie started at CEED as an intern for the Youth Advocacy and Communications project in 2017. Continuing her work as social media coordinator during her internship, Julie manages CEED Uganda’s social media accounts alongside her work as Events and Communications Coordinator at CEED Concordia.

As the Events and Communications Coordinator, Julie plans and executes events, maintains CEED’s online presence and alumni engagement, and develops materials pertinent to CEED’s external activities.

Completing her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Julie is passionate about social justice issues, education and awareness building. She hopes to complete her Master’s in International Development next year.

Labeja Julius Acire

Labeja Julius Acire

Executive Director

Labeja Julius Acire comes from a programs management background and completed his Bachelors Degree in Development Studies with specializatons in Participatory Methods in Rural Social Development, Research Methods, and Enterprise Development. He also holds certificates in Project Monitoring & Evaluation and Project Planning & Management from Makerere University.

Julius has over five years of experience in significant Strategic and Operational Management gained while working with national, regional and international projects & NGOs, including the International Red Cross, Norwegian Refugee Council, Arbeita Samarita Band, and the World Food Program in Northern Uganda. He later worked for 3 years in Kampala with two social enterprise organizations; The Achievers Foundation and The R.A.I.S.E Program, where he worked as Project Coordinator and Project Manager, respectively.

Julius is passionate about community empowerment, nurturing youth programs, and education. He is committed to supporting social entrepreneurship and building teams that deliver long term impact and growth.

Bernard Loum

Bernard Loum

Program Officer

Bernard Loum joined the CEED Uganda team in 2016. He holds a bachelors degree in Social Work and Social Administration from Makerere University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree course in Governance and Ethics from Gulu University. He attended a specialization course on Election Observation from the Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution in Austria and is an accredited election observer with CCEDU.

Previously, he worked with the Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD) for over seven years as Program Officer in charge of Governance, Elections and Transitional Justice. For a number of years, he also coordinated and implemented various programs and projects aimed at promoting social justice and development in the post-war northern Uganda. He has vast experience in Non Governmental Organization work in various sectors and has also worked with the Citizens Election Observers Network (CEON-U) as a Regional Coordinator for the northern region. 

Bernard is eager and excited to join CEED Uganda: "I am very glad to join a team of highly experienced and knowledgeable staff at CEED. I pledge to work diligently with the team to achieve the vision and mission of CEED Uganda. The youth form the greatest percentage of the Ugandan population and so we need to engage them meaningfully and position them strategically at all levels of decision making, particularly on issues that matter to them. Together we can empower the young people to become the change agents in their communities for a better future."

Genevieve Prisca Lanyero

Genevieve Prisca Lanyero

Finance and Administration

Genevieve Prisca Lanyero, born and bred in Gulu, joined the CEED Uganda team in March 2017. She studied Business Administration with an Accounting major at Makerere University Business School, prior to which she attended Trinity College Nabbingo. Today, she’s studying to obtain a CPA professional qualification and become a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda. She’s an avid reader and learner. “With training and experience in accounting, finance, and banking, I strive to incorporate the vast knowledge acquired into ensuring integrity and accountability in handling CEED’s resources.”

Bidong Sunday

Bidong Sunday

Security

Sunday joined CEED in April 2011 and currently works as a Security Officer. He has received trainings in brick laying and concrete, driving, and painting and often applies these skills within the CEED compound in Gulu.

In his free time, Sunday enjoys watching football, doing laundry, and playing soccer.

Eunice Akello

Eunice Akello

Office Attendant

Eunice joined CEED in April 2011 and works as an Office Attendant and in the kitchen when the interns are present during the summer months. She has received a certificate in Catering. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, reading, and watching movies.

Miriam Ayoo

Miriam Ayoo

Office Attendant

Miriam joined CEED in May 2014 and currently works as an Office Attendant and in the kitchen when interns are present during the summer months.

Miriam holds a Uganda Advance Certificate of Education. In addition, she received training in the field of Marketing through the UAP Insurance Company located in the Gulu district. Her training includes basic data collection methods and data entry that was organized by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics. She has also acquired a certificate in Microsoft Office Application.

In her free time, Miriam enjoys reading, watching movies, and swimming.