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Blaney Award Nominations Due Nov 16

November 02, 2012

Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue is now accepting nominations for the 2013/14 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue. This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated, internationally, excellence in the use of dialogue to further understanding of complex and profound public issues. Nominations are encouraged from diverse fields such as human rights, arts and culture, environmental sustainability, social justice, spirituality, government and journalism.

Far more than a simple ceremony, the Blaney award supports SFU’s mandate to be Canada’s most community-engaged research university through the delivery of programming designed to achieve meaningful community impact and tangible outcomes. The Centre for Dialogue will establish partnerships with community organizations suitable to assist in the development and execution of programming, as well as to sustain community involvement after the award. Past examples of award outcomes include staging workshops to build community capacity, hosting the launch of new civil society initiatives and partnering in the development of novel school curriculum.

Criteria used to select the recipient will include the candidate’s demonstrated international excellence in the use of dialogue; the importance of his or her work to global and/or local communities in addressing complex and profound public issues; and the programming opportunities that exist for the recipient’s residency. The recipient must be available to join SFU for a multi-week residency, providing the awardee with a platform to further personal and organizational missions through dialogue-based activities. Recent Blaney awards have collectively generated over 7,000 person hours of in-person community programming and have attracted significant national and international media attention.

To download the nomination form and learn about past Blaney Award recipients please visit our Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue program page.