In her imagination, Sarah Todd owns a small sandwich shop with a large garden in which she can dig in the dirt all year long. In reality she teaches community practice in the school of social work at Carleton University. Before becoming an academic she worked in a variety of community-based agencies in Southern Ontario and continues to be involved in the Ottawa community.
She loves working with students and the challenge of bringing community work to life in the classroom. Sarah works from a feminist perspective while exploring what post-structuralism can contribute to efforts for social change. She has had the privilege of working with community activists in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua and is continually intrigued to realize how much there still is for her to learn about communities and social change.
Learn more about Sarah’s academic career.
Bill Lee has worked and taught in community practice for many years. Experience taught him early on that problems were rooted in unequal power differentials, poverty, racism and other structural issues. Working with groups engaged in changing the world became a lot more important to him than attempting to help people adjust to unjust or inhumane situations and policies.
While he often opines that community practice by itself cannot be expected to cure these issues, he also believes community is an absolutely crucial site for beginning and sustaining action for positive change. It is where our private and public lives merge, where we come together to talk, argue, identify problems and solutions and begin to take action. Community practice became Bill’s life work and life journey. As a consequence, he has managed to acquire a lot of experiences, read a lot and obtain a variety of academic bells and whistles.
More importantly, he has met great numbers of great people in many parts of the world, particularly First People, who have shared his passion for social justice and have provided him with their wisdom and stories of their experiences as they have struggled toward social justice. This has impelled Bill to write books, to provide a framework that makes community organizing accessible and exciting to others.
Bill also finds that he respects and loves dogs. He rather thinks this is probably because they are communal animals.
Learn more about Bill Lee’s academic career and community activism.