Christian Higher Education Canada Showcases and Celebrates Collaboration

Winnipeg, MB: Christian Higher Education Canada (CHEC) welcomed over 100 participants to three days of events held at Booth University College, Winnipeg, MB, from May 27 - 29, 2013. Events included a seminary conference, the ninth annual CHEC conference and the first Native Peoples Symposium in cooperation with the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS).

Highlights included an innovative church-based Master of Divinity program for seminaries, a national database on Christian higher education, the approval of a comprehensive student satisfaction study, and an important discussion on walking together in dialogue with Canada's Native Peoples, which culminated in the defining of next steps to further the conversation, and with the signing of a memorandum of agreement between NAIITS and Providence University College to jointly offer a new undergraduate program.

Emőke J.E. Szathmáry, President Emeritus and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Manitoba opened the
the CHEC membership conference with the theme, "Why Bother with Christian Higher Education?".

"We were challenged by Dr. Szathmáry’s keynote address to be more bold in recognizing and celebrating the value and cultural contribution of Christian higher education,” said Dr. Cooper. “This helped to foster significant conversations and decisions that will advance the excellence of education offered on our member campuses and assist in documenting and promoting the value of Christian higher education.”

A special meeting of CHEC presidents will gather together October 24-25, 2013 in Ottawa, ON, and will include an informative breakfast session for Members of Parliament about Christian higher education in Canada.

Future events include CHEC's tenth annual conference in Toronto, ON, in October 2014; the second National Forum in Winnipeg, MB, at Canadian Mennonite University in May 2015; and organization of a follow-up event to this year’s first Native Peoples and Christian Higher Education Symposium is also underway.

CHEC (Christian Higher Education Canada, Inc) is a non-profit association of Christ-centred higher education institutions, based in Dundas, Ontario. Members include 32 fully accredited, degree-granting institutions representing a broad spectrum of undergraduate and graduate Christian higher education within Canada, and serving over 17,000 students. The mission of CHEC is to advance the efficiency and effectiveness of Christian higher education at member schools, including, fostering institutional cooperation, and to raise public awareness of the value of Christian Higher Education in Canada. Christian Higher Education Canada, Inc. qualifies for tax-exempt status as a registered charity under paragraph 149(1)(f) of the Income Tax Act. View our current websites and initiatives at www.checanada.ca and www.checusout.ca.

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For more information or an interview contact: Justin Cooper, Executive Director
Christian Higher Education Canada
905.627.4540 jcooper@checanada.ca