In 2017, CFWW's Deborah Stienstra was named Jarislowsky Chair in Families and Work.
The Chair was endowed by the Jarislowsky Foundation, which was established by Canadian businessman and philanthropist, Stephen A. Jarislowsky. Mr. Jarislowsky is co-founder of Jarislowsky Fraser, one of Canada's largest private investment counseling firms. The Foundation has contributed to numerous initiatives in health, science, the arts, and education including the endowment of over thirty academic chairs at Canadian universities in disciplines ranging from Business Administration and Public Sector Management to Environment and Health and Democracy.
In 2003, the Foundation endowed the Jarislowsky Chair in Families and Work at the University of Guelph, the first academic chair in Canada to address the healthy integration of work and family responsibilities as critical economic and social policy issues, with Donna Lero as the inaugural holder of the Chair.
As the Live Work Well Research Centre is poised to celebrate two decades of facilitating innovative, interdisciplinary research and collaborations tackling critical issues related to families, work, and well-being with the intent to inform policy, improve equity, and affect meaningful change, we are honoured to have Dr. Stienstra as Jarislowsky Chair and Director of the Centre.
The Centre thanks the Jarislowsky Foundation for its ongoing support and for helping to sustain work and family balance as an important domain of academic and policy work.