Paula Carr

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Paula Carr

Past Executive Director, Collingwood Neighbourhood House



Profile: Past Executive Director of Collingwood Neighbourhood House; Executive Director of several social profit agencies; Community Developer and Organizer;, Strategic Planner; Fundraiser; Consultant; Teacher; Executive Coach and Mentor.

Paula Carr has worked in the community services sector and with municipal and provincial departments, supporting leadership within locally based organizations for over 30 years in Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.  Paula is the former Executive Director of the Collingwood Neighbourhood House, a non-profit centre delivering a wide variety of community-based services ranging from childcare and recreation to settlement services and capacity building in a highly multicultural Vancouver neighbourhood. For 25 years, CNH has been a leader in integrated service delivery and organizational development. Under Paula’s leadership, over 200 new services and supports and more than 140 sustained collaborative partnerships have been developed. In 2007, CNH was recognized internationally with the European BMW Award for Intercultural Learning.

Paula is a certified Executive Coach, holding a degree in leisure studies from the University of Ottawa, and has developed strong skills, abilities and experience in the areas of leadership development, and building intercultural communities and workplaces.

Fellowship Project : An analysis of the methodologies around welcoming, creating socially inclusive environments and developing intercultural leadership that have distinguished the community development practices of a Neighbourhood House in a highly culturally diverse Vancouver neighbourhood, in order to create resources for work in similar contexts.


2010 Alan Thomas Fellowship, Carold Institute
2007 International BMW Award for Intercultural Learning
2002 Province of British Columbia Queens Medal
2000 City of Vancouver Environment Acheivement Award
1999 City of Vancouver Cultural Harmony Award
1992 Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation


Collingwood Neighbourhood House, Intercultural Neighbourhood Development Organization

Job Title: Executive Director

Organization Address:
5288 Joyce Street
Vancouver, British Columbia,

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