Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Government of Canada

Government of Canada
Community-University Partnership (CUP)

Community-University Partnership (CUP)

December 03, 2010 11:30 ET

CUP Runneth Over as U of Windsor Social Work Partnership Marks Five Years of Success

WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 3, 2010) - The University of Windsor's School of Social Work marked the first five years of the Community-University Partnership (CUP) with the Advisory Committee along with partners and sponsors at a luncheon today.

The primary purpose of this Partnership is to transform social housing neighbourhoods and communities in Windsor and Essex County through the engagement of the University of Windsor and community partners.

"The University of Windsor is very proud of our five year alliance with CUP and the knowledge, values and skills our students have gained and practiced in the community, which serves as a foundation for their future careers," said Dr. Wildeman, the University of Windsor's President and Vice Chancellor. "The residents have welcomed our students and taught them about real-life experiences. In turn, our students have helped revitalize an urban community and have given them access to resources and support. This alliance the University has with the community demonstrates how partnerships can strengthen not only a student's education, but also benefit an entire neighbourhood."

"After five years, CUP has much to celebrate," according to Mary Medcalf, a founding member of CUP in her role as Coordinator of Field Education Programs in the School of Social Work at the University of Windsor. "The impact of civic engagement is evident in stronger, healthier and revitalized social housing neighbourhoods. When we began this partnership we had no idea that it would tap into something very powerful – the ability for the community and the University to form a strong alliance to improve the quality of life of our citizens while at the same time providing a top notch educational experience for our students." 

Under this innovative, community-university collaboration, students from the school of social work gain practical experience working with clients and the tenants of six social housing neighbourhoods get access to a range of skills and services to help them improve their lives, and neighbourhoods.

"This initiative was inspired by the belief that through partnerships and community engagement, a better life for residents of social housing neighbourhoods could emerge, and builds upon our long range goals to further our vision and mission for CHC," said Jim Steele, Chief Executive Officer of Windsor Essex Community Housing (CHC). "CUP's involvement in our communities continues to facilitate leadership development among neighbourhood residents."

Today's event recognizes the importance of community-based partnerships and acknowledges those individuals and groups committed to working with the wider community to develop effective affordable and social housing solutions.

The event was hosted in conjunction with CUP's advisory committee which is comprised of the University of Windsor, City of Windsor, Windsor-Essex Community Housing Corporation, Drouillard Place, Legal Assistance of Windsor, Windsor Police Services and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

"CMHC is committed in assisting communities across Ontario build strong and healthy neighbourhoods. Through this partnership we can ensure that these neighbourhoods are getting the right tools to meet their needs," said Peter Friedmann, General Manager, Ontario Business Centre, CMHC.

As Canada's national housing agency, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) draws on over 60 years of experience to help Canadians access a variety of quality, environmentally sustainable, and affordable homes – homes that will continue to create vibrant and healthy communities and cities across the country.

Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    University of Windsor
    School of Social Work
    Mary Medcalf
    519-253-3000 Ext: 3065
    Judy Binder
    District Manager, Southwestern Ontario