Meredith is a strategic planning, evaluation and research specialist with 15 years of experience dedicated to promoting community well-being in Canada and abroad.
Meredith’s academic and professional work has focused on areas including poverty reduction, food security, rural planning, community economic development, sports and recreation, engagement through storytelling and the performing arts.
She has a Master of Science degree in planning and community development and formal graduate level education in program evaluation and quantitative and qualitative research methods. Meredith is a Credentialed Evaluator with the Canadian Evaluation Society. She has also completed training in facilitation, strategic planning, adult education and Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis.
Meredith has designed and implemented a number of community-based evaluation and research processes. She is a strong communicator and skilled in evaluation and strategic planning, survey and focus group design, interviewing techniques, group facilitation, theory of change development, indicator selection and program logic model design.
She has a demonstrated understanding of the on-the-ground realities and constraints of carrying out strategic planning, evaluation and research, having worked in the non-profit sector for over ten years, most recently as Research and Evaluation Manager at the national food security organization Community Food Centres Canada.
Engaging citizens and building communities are at the heart of Christie’s career.
Christie has a strong understanding of the intersection between the governance and practice of building healthy, inclusive, and hopeful communities. With over 15 years of leadership experience in the not-for-profit and public sector, Christie is a strategic thinker, planner, facilitator, and diligent project manager with expertise in collective impact, process and outcome evaluation, qualitative research, community engagement, and strategic communications.
Prior to consulting, Christie co-developed national learning communities at the Tamarack Institute, spearheaded local poverty reduction work, and facilitated hundreds of community-based research and education projects. She holds an M.Ed. in Adult Education and Community Development from OISE at the University of Toronto. A former Board Member, Christie now sits on the Community Impact Committee of United Way Peterborough and is an active volunteer in the community.