About Us

Who We are


CEED Concordia is a not-for-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 20-25 youth from both communities become involved with our program through internships, academic initiatives, and various positions within our organization.

Our projects in Gulu, Uganda address a broad range of needs and issues faced by youth in the region. As a post-conflict and high-poverty region, the needs of the community in Gulu are serious and varied. With almost 80% of the population under the age of 30, Uganda is amongst the youngest countries 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

2006
From 2006 to 2014
2011
2014
2016
Now
2006
De 2006 à 2014
2011
2014
2016
Maintenant

2006

In 2006 Concordia undergraduate students Awel Uwihanganye and Peter Schiefke took an amibitious idea to their peers: Concordia students fund an experiential learning program in Gulu, Uganda that allows students to employ their skills outside the classroom to empower youth and young people in northern Uganda. The Concordia Volunteer Abroad Program (CVAP) was born.

From 2006 to 2014

From 2006 to 2014 CVAP connected passionate young people to amazing organizations in Gulu working on entrepreneurship, agriculture and sustainable food production, childcare and child healthcare, HIV/AIDS and other related projects.

2011

In 2011 the first CVAP volunteers stayed at our newly built facility in Gulu, Uganda. This facility was built with design support from Concordia University graduate students and financial support from different student and faculty support to be a demonstration centre for sustainable technologies.

2014

Following our revisioning in 2014, CEED Concordia and CEED Uganda emerged as two partner organizations, each guided by their own board of directors and each with their own staff and community of stakeholders. With a focus on empowering youth change-agents, CEED developed core in-house projects on Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Advocacy and Media.

2016

In 2016 we celebrated our 10 year anniversary in Gulu on July 8th and Montreal on September 23rd during Homecoming Week.

Now

To date over 250 Concordia students and 150 Ugandans have participated in our immersive cross-cultural model, staying at our facility in Gulu, Uganda and making sustainable contributions beyond the 3 months of their internship and to support our Ugandan office in its year-round activities.

2006

En 2006, deux étudiants de Concordia, Awel Uwihanganye et Peter Schiefke, ont eu une idée ambitieuse: les étudiants de Concordia financent un programme d’apprentissage expérientiel à Gulu qui permet aux étudiants de développer leurs compétences en dehors de la classe. Ainsi, le programme de Bénévolat à l’Étranger de Concordia (CVAP) est né.

De 2006 à 2014

De 2006 à 2014, le programme de bénévolat à l’étranger met en contact des jeunes passionnés avec des organisations à Gulu afin de travailler sur divers enjeux tels que l’agriculture durable, l’entrepreneuriat, les soins de santé pour les jeunes, VIH ∕ SIDA, etc.

2011

En 2011, les premiers volontaires ont séjourné dans notre nouvel établissement. Cette installation a été construite avec le soutien technique et financier des étudiants et professeurs pour en faire un centre de démonstration des technologies durables.

2014

À la suite de notre révision en 2014, CEED Concordia et CEED Ouganda sont devenues deux organisations partenaires avec leur propre conseil d’administration et leur personnel. Ce partenariat a pour objectif de susciter l’adhésion de toutes les parties prenantes pour développer des projets axés sur le développement durable, l’entrepreneuriat, la mobilisation et les moyens de communication.

2016

En 2016, nous avons célébré nos 10 années d’existence le 8 juillet à Gulu et le 23 septembre à Montréal.

Maintenant

À ce jour, environ 250 étudiants de Concordia et 150 étudiants ougandais ont participés à nos stages interculturels séjournant dans notre établissement à Gulu. Ceux-ci continuent à soutenir le bureau ougandais malgré la fin de leur stage de 3 mois.

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 projects that currently fall under the following categories; entrepreneurship, communications, technology education, sustainability, and community events.

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.

Awards and Recognition

FORCES AVENIR: Avenir, Entraide, Paix et Justice

April 8, 2008
FORCES AVENIR: Avenir, Entraide, Paix et Justice

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/

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FORCES AVENIR: Avenir, Entraide, Paix et Justice

April 8, 2008
FORCES AVENIR: Avenir, Entraide, Paix et Justice

Forces AVENIR vise à reconnaître, honorer et promouvoir l’engagement des jeunes dans des projets qui enrichissent les connaissances et suscitent le désir de réussir et de se dépasser. Ils encouragent le développement de la pensée communautaire et le développement de citoyens socialement conscients, actifs et responsables qui sont à la fois dévoués à leur communauté et ouvert d’esprit. Vous pouvez en apprendre davantage ici. http://www.forcesavenir.qc.ca/about/

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Concordia Council on Student Life Award

January 7, 2009
Concordia Council on Student Life Award

The CCSL award is given to Concordia students, staff, and faculty who have made an exceptional contribution to student life or services at the university. You can find more information about this award here. http://deanofstudents.concordia.ca/funding-and-awards/ccsl-awards/

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Prix du Conseil Concordia pour la vie étudiante

January 7, 2009
Prix du Conseil Concordia pour la vie étudiante

Le prix du CCSL est attribué aux étudiants, au personnel et à la faculté de Concordia qui ont apporté une contribution exceptionnelle à la vie étudiante ou aux services. Vous pouvez trouver plus d’informations sur ce prix ici. http://deanofstudents.concordia.ca/funding-and-awards/ccsl-awards/

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YMCA Peace Medal

July 10, 2010
YMCA Peace Medal

The YMCA Peace Medal exemplifies ordinary people who demonstrate a vision, creativity, and commitment in making our communities, country, or world more peaceful and just. These individuals and groups are peacemakers who inspire others and serve as models for their community. You can learn more about this award here. http://www.ymcaquebec.org/data/PDF/YQC_Peace_Medal_recipients2010.pdf

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Médaille de la paix du YMCA

July 10, 2010
Médaille de la paix du YMCA

La Médaille de la paix du YMCA est décernée à des personnes qui font preuve d’une vision, d’une créativité et d’un engagement pour rendre nos communautés, notre pays ou notre monde plus pacifiques et plus justes. Ces individus et ces groupes démontrent un engagement aux valeurs de paix, inspirent les autres et servent de modèles à leur communauté. Vous pouvez en savoir plus sur ce prix ici. http://www.ymcaquebec.org/data/PDF/YQC_Peace_Medal_recipients2010.pdf

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J.W. McConnell Family Foundation Community Service Learning Award

January 13, 2013
J.W. McConnell Family Foundation Community Service Learning Award

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

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Prix d’apprentissage par le service communautaire

January 13, 2013
Prix d’apprentissage par le service communautaire

Le prix ASC de la Fondation de la famille J.W. McConnell reconnaît le succès d’initiatives communautaires soutenues par des programmes d’apprentissage expérientiels. Ce modèle d’apprentissage par le service communautaire permet une approche innovatrice qui transforme des relations, des structures, des politiques ou des pratiques courantes. En 2013, les prix ont été décernés lors de la Community-University Expo à Corner Brook, Terre-Neuve. Vous pouvez en savoir davantage sur ce prix ici. http://www.mcconnellfoundation.ca/en/programs/community-service-learning/csl-awards

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Young Alumni of the Year

May 28, 2015
Young Alumni of the Year

CEED’s co-founder, Awel Uwihanganye, was awarded Concordia University’s Young Alumni of the Year award in 2015. This honour is given to a Concordia graduate from within the past 10 years who has demonstrated professional excellence and community leadership. You can learn more about the award here. http://www.concordia.ca/alumni-friends/applause/awards/young-alumnus-alumna-of-the-year.html

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Alumni junior de l’année

May 28, 2015
Alumni junior de l’année

Le cofondateur de CEED, Awel Uwihanganye, a reçu le prix Jeunes diplômés de l’année de l’Université Concordia en 2015. Cet honneur, établi il y a 10 ans, est décerné à un diplômé de l’université qui a fait preuve d’excellence professionnelle et de leadership communautaire. Vous pouvez en savoir plus sur ce prix ici. http://www.concordia.ca/alumni-friends/applause/awards/young-alumnus-alumna-of-the-year.html

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CEED Founder Elected to Parliament

October 19, 2015
CEED Founder Elected to Parliament

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

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Le fondateur de CEED est élu au Parlement

October 19, 2015
Le fondateur de CEED est élu au Parlement

Peter Schiefke, cofondateur et ancien directeur général de CEED, a remporté un siège au Parlement dans sa circonscription de Vaudreuil-Soulanges pour le Parti Libéral lors des élections fédérales canadiennes du 29 octobre 2015. C’était la première fois qu’il se présentait pour un poste de fonction publique. Peter a été nommé secrétaire parlementaire du premier ministre pour la jeunesse. Toute notre organisation est extrêmement fière de ses accomplissements. http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members/Peter-Schiefke%2888649%29

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Fee Levy


CEED Concordia is a fee-levy organization supported by the Concordia University undergraduate student body. Undergraduate students contribute $0.35 / per credit to CEED. This support from the thousands of undergraduate students at Concordia allows us to minimize costs to participate in our student internship projects in Uganda and also to finance our sustainable community empowerment, education and development projects.

As a fee-levy organization CEED is active in the fee-levy community at Concordia, coordinating with other fee-levy organizations and working to ensure that as a community we are accessible, accountable and inclusive of all students at Concordia University. To learn more about fee-levy groups at Concordia please visit http://concordiacommunity.org/

As an organization CEED appreciates the support of Concordia's undergraduate students, the support of the CSU and all student members associations and the Administration and Faculty of Concordia University.

CEED is a not for profit organization committed to transparency and financial accountability (NEQ 1163519540). To see excerpts from our 2016 financial audit please click here . For previous financial years please email director@ceedconcordia.org to request past audits.

Keep up to speed with our activities and financial reporting here.