Reimagining Livelihoods Forum: Call for Proposals

You are invited to submit a proposal for the “Reimagining Livelihoods” Forum, hosted by the Live Work Well Research Centre (LWWRC), University of Guelph. This three-day hybrid forum welcomes proposals from both individuals and organizations and will be held between August 22nd and 24th, with in-person components taking place at 10 Carden Shared Space in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The deadline for proposal submissions was previously May 31st, 2023, and has now been extended until June 12th, 2023.

Imagining a More Just University: a Panel Event with the Live Work Well Research Centre

On November 15, 2022, the Live Work Well Research Centre (LWWRC) hosted “Imagining a More Just University”, a panel event that explored how to create more just academic spaces by reducing barriers to access and ensuring equity for all. The panel was moderated by then-Acting Director of LWWRC, and the Co-Lead of the Displacements, Emergence, and Change Cluster, Dr. Leah Levac.

Dr. Lynn Gehl's political model of disability, informed by critical epidemiology. The medical model of disability focuses on the individual, and the social model of disability focuses on social structures and barriers. The political model of disability shifts attention to the genocidal policies and laws in Canada that map disease and disability onto Indigenous bodies.

Interview with Dr. Lynn Gehl: NWAC Shadow Report on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Collaborating with the Native Women's Association of Canada, we've produced a Shadow Report for the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It addresses 17 key issues faced by Indigenous women and 2SLGBTQQIA people with disabilities. We recently interviewed Dr. Lynn Gehl, who worked as an Advisory Committee member on the report, to discuss the issues outlined in the report and more!

Live Work Well Research Centre Strategic Plan Renewal Process (2023-27)

The Live Work Well Research Centre is embarking on renewing our strategic plan for the next five years. We are inviting our partners and collaborators to join us in discussions over TWO sessions in March (March 8th, and March 21st), to reflect, discuss, recommit, and reimagine the Centre’s vision, work, values, and goals for 2023-27.

Latest Newsletter: The News That Nourishes Winter 2023 Edition

We published our Winter 2023 newsletter! Check it out by clicking here!

The Live Work Well Research Centre is excited to share the projects our team have been working on, news, upcoming events and more with you through our newsletters.

We publish and distribute our newsletter four times each year, with collaboration and input from diverse families, organizations, and communities.

Announcing the Canadian Feminist Disability Coalition

The Live Work Well Research Centre is thrilled to share the following interview with Siobhan Grant, Project Coordinator for the recently announced Canadian Feminist Disability Coalition. To learn more about this exciting project, click here!

Transgender Day of Remembrance: The Urgency of Inclusion

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) started as a vigil in 1999 to honour the memory of Rita Hester, a Black, transgender woman who was brutally murdered in 1998. Started by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, the vigil evolved into an annual day on November 20th, commemorating all transgender people who have lost their lives to anti-transgender hate and violence since Rita’s gruesome murder.

Stories as a Medium for Change: A Reflection on the Storied Lives Project

Stories have the power to make change; this is a driving idea behind the Storied Lives project, a SSHRC-funded research project hosted by the Live Work Well Research Centre, the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute, and the Guelph-Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination, that aims to improve peoples’ understandings of the complex experiences of individuals living with poverty in Ontario and beyond. At the heart of Storied Lives is a series of four podcasts, each telling a composite story.

Dr. Deborah Stienstra Featured on DDA Podcast to Discuss Disability Rights in Canada

Dr. Deborah Stienstra, Director of the Live Work Well Research Centre, was recently featured on the Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA) podcast to discuss the current disability rights landscape in Canada and her book, "About Canada: Disability Rights, Second Edition". The book examines the evolution of disability rights in Canada since 2012, when Dr. Stienstra wrote the first edition.

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