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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of Research Services
December 10, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Advisory Board

The Centre's advisory board consists of dedicated community leaders, faculty members, students and staff.

Mohammad Akbar, Administration and Development Director, LSPIRG

Jane Hennig, Executive Director, Volunteer Action Centre Kitchener-Waterloo

Jane Hennig is the Executive Director of the Volunteer Action Centre which provides services and resources to strengthen and build the capacity of over 160 charity and not-for-profit groups to engage and support volunteers. Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies from the University of Calgary and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University. In addition to her role with the Centre for Community Research Learning and Action she is actively involved in numerous other Community University activities: on the Steering Committee for the Canadian Alliance for Community Service and the Community First Impacts of Community Engagement project; she also works directly with the Laurier Centre for Community Service-Learning and was active in the planning for the Community University Expo 2012. 

Brenda Murphy, Associate Professor, Contemporary Studies and Geography, WLU Brantford. 

Ph.D, Geography, 2001, University of Guelph.

Dr. Brenda L. Murphy is a tenured associate professor of Contemporary Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford Campus.  Using community-based research approaches, her work focuses on disaster risk and resiliency, emergency preparedness, community wellbeing and exploring opportunities for rural and Aboriginal climate change adaptation.  Most recently, through a focus on maple syrup production, her work develops approaches to undertaking research across disciplines and cultures, particularly in the context of climate change.

Gail Roth, Manager, Community Service Learning, Wilfrid Laurier University

Shawna Reibling, Knowledge Mobilization Officer, Wilfrid Laurier University

BASc, Simon Fraser University (Communications, Community Economic Development), MA, Simon Fraser University (Communications), BCIT Associate Certificate (Leadership)

Shawna L. Reibling has been involved in knowledge mobilization since 2004 and currently serves as the Knowledge mobilization officer at Wilfrid Laurier University in the Office of Research Services.  Her specialties include brokering relationships across in the often (too) distinct spheres of academic/research and "the real world", creating communications strategies that do more with less and sharing knowledge across digital and social media platforms.  Find her on Twitter @MobilizeShawna 

Melissa Riewald, Manager, Community Development, United Way Kitchener-Waterloo

Chris Sadeler, Executive Director, Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council

BA, Psychology and Sociology, MA in Community Psychology.

Chris is the executive director of the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, which is a municipally based justice initiative that seeks to prevent crime and victimization through social and community development. When not at board room tables or in policy or development work, Chris likes to spent as much time as possible with family and friends preferably in nature and in a canoe.

Sara Wicks, Masters Student in Community Psychology (CP) and Director, Reduce the Juice

Kathleen Worton,  PhD Student in Community Psychology (CP)