Who We Are

1. Who We Are

2. Learn more about the Dragonfly and Dragonfly Activity

3. Our Work, Vision and Values

4. Jarislowsky Chair in Families and Work

5. Strategic Plan

6. Centre Staff and Members

7. Become a Member

8. Student Opportunities


Who We Are

The Live Work Well Research Centre is committed to nourishing families, livelihoods and living environments. We anticipate and respond to the changing needs of families, work and well-being in all their diverse forms and we do this through research, teaching, knowledge sharing, policy, and community-engaged activities--and have done so for 20 years. 

Our founding mission was to direct research and promote family and individual well-being, responsive workplaces, and sustainable communities. Our renewed mission embraces and continues this tradition of research impact and innovation, while also cultivating and connecting with communities where all families, livelihoods and living environments flourish. 

We engage in work through research, communities of practice, knowledge mobilization, student engagement, teaching, and learning. Beginning from the margins, our research is focused on five intersecting research clusters, each cluster exploring complex themes and the ways they influence work, family and well-being in all their diverse forms. 

When we look at the research within and across each cluster and beyond, we explore the effects on diverse families and individual well-being, changes in work and livelihoods, factors that shape work and family relationships, needed policy changes, and community actions.

Research clusters at the Live Work Well Research Centre

The Dragonfly

The dragonfly is a symbol of the Centre's work. We chose this dragonfly because of the mosaic pattern within its wings. In this dragonfly we see diverse individuals, forms of family, livelihoods, and beings within our living environment. To some, the dragonfly is representative of change, transformation and swiftness. Its ability to move in all six directions radiates a sense of strength and poise - something that often comes with age and experience. 


Dragonfly with mosaic coloured wings

Words written on puzzle pieces, which fit together to create a dragonfly

  An attendee at our relaunch placing his thoughts about the meaning of family onto a hexagon piece that fits into the dragonfly.

 Thoughts about family, work, and well-being on puzzle pieces fit together to create a dragonfly.

On November 29, 2018, The Centre for Families, Work and Well-being celebrated 20 years of innovative research, and relaunched as the Live Work Well Research Centre. At a gathering in Guelph, Ontario, we asked attendees to help us mark the occasion by sharing their thoughts about diverse families, livelihoods, and well-being. They completed the sentences below and wrote their answers on hexagon pieces that fit together to form a dragonfly.

Now, we want your help! Complete the sentences below with your thoughts on diverse families, work, well-being and our living environment. We will take your thoughts and write them onto a hexagon piece, and place them into the dragonfly. Your thoughts are completely anonymous. Once the dragonfly is complete, we will use it as a symbol of the Centre's commitment to diverse understandings of families, work, and well-being.

Using just one or two words, complete the sentences below...

6 + 12 =