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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
September 20, 2017
Canadian Excellence

The Social Innovation Research Group (SIRG)

Groupe de recherche en innovation sociale (GRIS)

  • A research and popular education training incubator which honours a critical examination of community development and micro, mezzo, macro research initiatives on a local, national and international level;

  • An educational arena whereby faculty, students and community partners engage in community-based research projects designed to meet the needs of community partners and individuals who seek our support and networks to enhance their own community capacity building strategies;

  • A training portal whereby M.S.W. and Ph.D. students are encouraged to develop research skills in collaboration with community partners (funding proposals, process and outcome evaluations, needs assessments, etc.);

  • A bridge between the university and the larger community in order to enhance innovative and creative working partnerships which value arts based social development as a legitimate component of community development practice;

  • A crossroads of academic and community stakeholders who believe and honour the idea that universities should be of service to the communities in which they operate and value mutuality in working partnerships, social innovation and social justice.

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Dr. Ginette Lafrenière

Director, Manulife Centre for Community Health Research

Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work

Dr. Lafrenière teaches both at the Master's and Ph.D. levels 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. She has recently been appointed as the Director of the Manulife Centre for Community Health Research. Dr. Lafrenière's work is centered within three main areas of research and practice: university-community collaboration, violence against women, and poverty and social justice.