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Academic Partners

Academic partners are individuals who share the values and goals of MCCHR and are inspired to work in a university-community framework. Several of our academic partners are people with whom we have worked in the past or presently in certain community development and/or research projects. Communities of practice guide and inspire the work that we do and are informed by the academic/students who wish to collaborate with us.

Global Health and Development

Bree Akesson
Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

Jose (Frank) Arocha
School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo

Lamine Diallo
Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

Carmen Logie
Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

Sonia Meerai
Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

Magnus Mfaofo-M'Carthy
Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

Srimanta Mohanty
Executive Director, Social Planning Council Peel Region

Michelle Skop
Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

Wenjang Song
Community Organizer and Registered Social Worker

Eliana Suarez
Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University 

Michael Woodford
Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

Indigenous Wholistic Healing

Kathy Absolon- King
Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

Gus Hill
Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

Lori Hill
Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

Tim Leduc
Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

Banakonda Kennedy-Kish Bell, Elder-in-Residence 
Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

Community Partners

Community partners work in collaboration with MCCHR on subjects which are important to their needs. For example, a community partner can reach out to us for assistance in drafting a funding proposal or engage our services to offer board training or workshops on diversity. Inversely, because MCCHR acts as a crossroad between academics, students and other community partners, we often connect individuals who are seeking to work collaboratively with partners in various sectors. As such, we fulfill our mandate as a centre who is committed to creating opportunities for mutually satisfying partnerships between various stakeholders within the community. Additionally, we are often contacted by people working in the arts who wish to connect with our members in order to promote or offer services which may be beneficial to our membership. The backdrop to all of the work that we do is etched within a social justice framework. This allows for a broad understanding and execution of multiple types of projects within the local community and beyond.

An excellent example of a mutually beneficial university-community collaboration can be found between the Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) and MCCHR. In 2012, members of our research team worked with SASC in order to draft with members of the Sexual Assault Review Team (SART) a sexual assault protocol for the region of Waterloo. It took three years to finalize the protocol and we are happy to report that in 2017, we were retained by SASC who had received money in order to update the protocol in order to make it more meaningful for other stakeholders in the Region. Once again, members of our research team worked collaboratively with members of SASC and SART and a launch for the protocol is anticipated for October 2017. We are proud to say that many of our community partners are ones which we have nurtured since 2014.

Environment and Water Issues

Robert Case
Renison University College, University of Waterloo

Brenda Murphy
Social Justice and Community Engagement Program, Wilfrid Laurier University

Souleymane Ndiongue
Walkerton Clean Water Centre/ Centre de Walkerton pour l’assainissement de l’eau

Abdoul Ahad Cissé
Maître de conférences en Sciences Économiques

Women and Gender

David Caron
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, University of Michigan

Carol Stalker (retired)
Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

Karen Stote
Department of Women and Gender Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

Margaret Toye
Department of Women and Gender Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

Francophone Issues

François Boudreau
School of Social Work, Laurentian University

Francois Huot
School of Social Work, Université du Québec a Montréal

Khady Ndiaye
Présidente, Regroupement de l'association sénégalaise de l'Ontario

University-Community Collaboration

Alan Blum
Department of Communication and Culture, York University and
The Culture of Cities Centre

Kieran Bonner
School of Planning, University of Waterloo

Cheryl-Anne Cait
Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

Sandra Hoy
Laurentian University

Herbert Pimlott
Department of Communication Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

Shoshana Pollack
Assistant Coordinator, Walls to Bridges Canada

Sue Weare
Associate Director, Centre for Community Research, Learning and Action (CCRLA) Wilfrid Laurier University

Wilfrid Laurier University Student Researchers

Amy Brown
Masters of Social Work 

Eden Hennessey
Doctoral candidate

Joshua Hulley-Carroll
Masters of Social Work 

Katrina Pearson
Masters of Social Work 

Amal Qutub
Masters of Social Work 

Islai Rhys Rathlin
Masters of Social Work candidate

Contact Us:

Ginette Lafrenière, Director

E: glafreniere@wlu.ca

Laura Coakley, Research and Project Coordinator

E: lcoakley@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x5280
Office Location: FSW206a

Andrew Malcolm, Communications Specialist

E: andrewrichardmalcolm@icloud.com