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

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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

LE PROGRAMME DE BÉNÉVOLAT À L’ÈTRANGER DE CONCORDIA (CVAP) EST NÉ.

January 3, 2006

Deux étudiants de l’Université Concordia, Awel Uwihanganye et Peter Schiefke, obtiennent le soutien de leurs collègues pour financer un programme d’apprentissage par expérience à Gulu, en Ouganda, qui permet aux étudiants d’utiliser leurs compétences en dehors de la salle de classe pour autonomiser les jeunes du nord de l’Ouganda. Le précurseur de CEED Concordia, le CVAP, est fondé et, dans le cadre de ce programme, les jeunes travaillent sur des projets liés à l’entrepreneuriat, à la production alimentaire durable, à la garde d’enfants, aux soins de santé aux enfants et au VIH/SIDA à Gulu. 

PRIX FORCES AVENIR

March 3, 2008
PRIX FORCES AVENIR

Le travail de l’organisme est reconnu par un prix Forces Avenir. Ce prix reconnaît l’engagement des jeunes dans des projets qui enrichissent la connaissance et le bien-être de la communauté.  Le prix vise à encourager davantage de jeunes à devenir des citoyens conscients, actifs et responsables, à la fois dévoués à leur communauté et ouverts sur le monde.  

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/

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/

PRIX CONCORDIA COUNCIL ON STUDENT(CCSL)

December 12, 2009
PRIX CONCORDIA COUNCIL ON STUDENT(CCSL)

Nous recevons le prix CCSL qui est décerné aux étudiants, au personnel et aux professeurs de Concordia qui ont apporté une contribution exceptionnelle à la vie étudiante ou aux services de l’université. 

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

MÉDAILLE DE LA PAIX DU YMCA

July 10, 2010
MÉDAILLE DE LA PAIX DU YMCA

Nous recevons la médaille de la paix du YMCA qui célèbre des personnes ordinaires qui font preuve de vision, de créativité et d’engagement pour rendre nos communautés, notre pays ou le monde plus pacifique et plus juste. 

NOUS CONSTRUISONS UN COMPLEXE À GULU

January 1, 2011

L’organisation construit ses propres installations à Gulu, en Ouganda pour les stagiaires et le personnel. Le complexe a été construit grâce à l’aide d’étudiants diplômés de l’Université Concordia et au soutien financier d’un éventail de groupes d’étudiants et de professeurs. Le complexe est socialement et écologiquement durable grâce à l’utilisation de matériaux de construction locaux, d’un système de collecte des eaux de pluie, d’un système de compostage rotatif et de panneaux solaires. 

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

PRIX J.W. McCONNELL FAMILY FOUNDATION COMMUNITY SERVICE LEARNING

January 13, 2013
PRIX J.W. McCONNELL FAMILY FOUNDATION COMMUNITY SERVICE LEARNING

Nous recevons un prix de la Fondation de la famille J.W. McConnell qui récompense les initiatives communautaires réussies soutenues par des partenariats d’apprentissage par le service. Ils mettent en lumière des approches innovantes qui transforment les relations, les structures, les politiques et/ou les pratiques courantes.   

NOUS CHANGEONS DE DIRECTION

March 31, 2014
NOUS CHANGEONS DE DIRECTION

L’organisation redéfinit sa mission en mettant l’accent sur l’autonomisation des jeunes en tant qu’acteurs du changement. Par conséquent, nous nous concentrons sur le développement de projets internes sur lesquels les stagiaires peuvent travailler et qui sont liés à la durabilité, à l’entrepreneuriat et aux médias.   

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

NOS COFONDATEURS REÇOIVENT DES PRIX ET DES DISTINCTIONS

May 28, 2015
NOS COFONDATEURS REÇOIVENT DES PRIX ET DES DISTINCTIONS

En mai, le cofondateur Awel Uwihanganye a reçu le prix du jeune alumni de l’année de l’Université Concordia pour son excellence professionnelle et son leadership communautaire. En octobre, le cofondateur Peter Schiefke est élu député de la circonscription de Vaudreuil-Soulanges au Québec (Canada).    

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

10E ANNIVERSAIRE ET CHANGEMENT DE NOM

March 3, 2016

L’organisation célèbre ses 10 ans de service et présente son nouveau nom, CEED, qui vise à mieux refléter sa vision, sa mission et ses projets. CEED est l’acronyme de «Communauté, Engagement, Éducation, Développement».   

CEED S’ÉTEND AU-DELÀ DE GULU ET S’ADAPTE À LA COVID-19

March 30, 2020

Pour la première fois, CEED travaille sur des projets au Sénégal, au Ghana et en Colombie grâce à des partenariats avec les organisations Jeunesse Canada Mond et Nuestro Flow. L’équipe de Montréal pivote pour offrir des événements et des stages en ligne afin de s’adapter aux mesures de santé et de sécurité pour combattre la Covid-19.

15ÈME ANNIVERSAIRE

March 31, 2021
15ÈME ANNIVERSAIRE

Les stagiaires, le personnel et les anciens élèves de CEED ont célébré le 15e anniversaire de l’organisation aux côtés des cofondateurs de CEED lors d’un événement en ligne. 

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.