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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 20, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Ginette Lafrenière

Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work; Director Social Innovation Research Group; Director, Manulife Centre for Community Health Research

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-1970 ext.5237   |  lab 519-884-1970 ext.5232

Office Location: FSW-310

Languages Spoken


Academic Background
 B.A. (Laurentian), M.A. (Université de Sherbrooke), M.S.S (M.S.W.) (Laurentian), Ph.D. (McGill).

Dr. Lafrenière teaches Master's and Ph.D. level courses in research methods, diversity, community development and social change. She is the founding director of the Social Innovation Research Group (S.I.R.G) which is a research and training incubator comprised of a multidisciplinary group of researchers and community practitioners dedicated to  university/community collaboration. Currently S.I.R.G interfaces with over forty health and social service agencies throughout Ontario. Her current research interests focus on gaps in services for survivors of war and torture, experiences of racism within health care systems, economic integration of immigrants and refugees through the social economy and gaps in services in the area of domestic violence work. Ginette also works with video and photography mediums within arts based social development projects.

Dr. Lafrenière has recently been appointed the Director of the Manulife Centre for Healthy Living (MCHL) which is a research centre dedicated to understanding global health issues. She is presently organizing research clusters and communities of practice for interested stakeholders, both within academe and the larger community. 

The guiding philosophy behind her work through SIRG and the MCHL is etched in the belief that universities should be of service to the communities in which they operate. To this end, Dr. Lafrenière has recently written a manuscript on the merits of university-community development based on her experiences of organizing a community garage sale within the FSW which won an inclusion award by the Festival of Neighbourhoods in 2010.