Community Engagement Subcommittee

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Name: Community Engagement Subcommittee
Function: The Department of Internal Medicine Community Engagement Subcommittee exists as the members believe we must be invested, engaged and active in contributing back to our community.

The mission is to foster an atmosphere of engagement with our community, through active and passive involvement with charities and service organizations in our neighbourhood, city and province, by both faculty members and the staff of the department.


  1. To seek and review suggestions from members on engagement opportunities
  2. To provide advice and feedback to the Department Head regarding which organizations to contribute money and time
  3. Organize and lead the engagement activities
  4. To report on the various engagements
  5. Any other purpose as determined appropriate by the Department Head


The committee shall consist of:

  • Up to four GFT members who must sit on Executive Committee at the time of nomination.
  • Each GFT member is asked to commit to a one-year period, renewable at their discretion
  • The Managing Director, Department of Internal Medicine
  • One of the Department of Internal Medicine Managers
  • The Manager will sit for one year only
  • Membership may be increased at the committee’s discretion, as the committee may require specific expertise, or feel that wider input to the deliberation is necessary.
  • Expanded members are non-voting.


Committee Chair

The Chair of the subcommittee will be the Managing Director. Their office will also provide administrative support.

GFT Nomination Process

  1. The committee was formed in September 2018 by volunteers from the Executive Committee.
  2. Every September, existing members of the subcommittee will be asked if they wish to continue.
  3. Should any of the four spots become/be available, Executive Committee members will be asked to volunteer by sending an e-mail to the Managing Director.
  4. Any of the four available spots will be filled by a random draw of names.

The Department of Internal Medicine Manager will be selected by the Managing Director.


The Community Engagement Subcommittee meet a minimum of four times per year, or more as required or deemed advisable by the Chair.

The annual meeting schedule is set by the committee in September, to ensure maximum attendance.

Seeking Suggestions on Engagement Opportunities

1)Engage with a local family (nearby to campus) and arrange funding to have their roof redone (or something else) by a BBB A+ company. Ask the company for an "in kind" donation if feasible. Feature the family in the Annual Report;

2)Have a group of staff adopt a nearby residential street and pick up garbage;

3)Volunteer as an English tutor (1.5 hours/week/person) either one-on-one or preferably in a team (two people) at the immigrant centre as well as provide a donation;

4)Provide basic computer literacy classes to refugees they have been cancelled by IRC at the library and provide a donation;

5)Provide volunteer services in a section by a refugee so they gain job experience;

6)Purchase a computer, monitor and printer for a low income refugee family. Pay their Internet for a year. Provide the family with lessons;

7)Go on a fun shopping trip with a refugee family and buy them food as well as clothing and household items (items they wouldn't normally purchase);

8)"Sponsor" a refugee family by taking them on a shopping trip once a month for one or two years;

9)Give a part-time job to someone with a disability and try to integrate them fully into the department so that they can move into a full-time job see: see. Give them ongoing mentorship-which we all are privileged to get as staff members from our bosses and fellow employees. We all know that mentorship is vital to helping a staff member grow. Maybe we can offer them a job at the School, depending on their skill set, anything from someone giving out coffee to patients to a friendly faced greeter at the school or something complex (depending on their ability-disabled people can do anything). This can be part of the Annual Report. It would be a wonderful indication to staff and the community that we are engaged;

Discuss.gif AbilityAxis has not updated their site since 2014 or so. Why reach that far when we are right next door to SMD? I like the idea of doing this, a lot! User:Ttenbergen 22:11, 2019 June 2 (CDT)

10)Encourage staff members to engage with patients as they are part of the community. That means helping a patient find their way at least twice a week. It makes you feel good and it makes the patient feel welcomed and cared for. Personally have seen managers in our department doing this which is imitated by staff. Great leadership means leading by example, and when leaders praise employees for doing the right thing (i.e. ask employees in a meeting if they've helped patients, then praise them) the principle of reciprocity is in place-the employee, because of simple psychology, feels obligated in return to the manager.

The subcommittee will seek ideas from members at the committee’s discretion and as required.

Constraints on Engagement Opportunities

  • Must be in Winnipeg or Manitoba.
  • Preference will be given to those engagements where department members and staff can be actively involved (e.g. time and service contributions, in addition to financial) and to those engagements where a long-lasting relationship can be built.
  • The engagement must be relatable to one of the three academic pillars: Education, Clinical Service or Research.
  • No funding or contributions of money will be made to any national / international charitable foundations.
  • Contributions to any Winnipeg hospital foundation or the University of Manitoba will be at the sole discretion of the Department Head – the subcommittee will be advisory only.
  • Strategic donations from a public relations perspective will be considered.


  • Each quarter, the subcommittee will present to the full Executive Committee activities and financial contributions.
  • Annually each January, the subcommittee will provide a submission to the department's Annual Report.
  • Annually the committee will report at the department's Town Hall meeting.

Additional Responsibilities for the Chair

The budget for the subcommittee will be set annually, and tracking and reporting will be the responsibility of the Managing Director.

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