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Faculty of Social Work research group wins neighbourhood award
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The Social Innovation Research Group (SIRG), a research and training incubator for Master's and PhD students interested in community-based research, was awarded a Festival of Neighbourhoods Inclusion Award recently for reaching out to the larger Kitchener community and building bridges of inclusion with various partners and stakeholders.
“We at SIRG are very proud of this award,” said Ginette Lafrenière, a Faculty of Social Work associate professor at Wilfrid Laurier University and SIRG director.
SIRG, located at Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work in Kitchener, was honoured for its work on a neighbourhood garage sale organized in June 2010, which was attended by over 250 people.
The group worked in partnership with the KW Habilitation Services, Van Gogh's Cafe, the Healing of the Seven Generations, the African Women's Alliance, and a local community-based radio station. The band, Professional Misconduct – made up of professors from Laurier and the University of Waterloo – provided entertainment.
“It is a testimony to the important contribution academic units can have when they are part of a community development strategy, such as the Faculty of Social Work’s raison d’etre in downtown Kitchener,” said Lafrenière.
Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work has been located at the historic former St. Jerome’s high school at 120 Duke St. W. since 2006.
The Festival of Neighbourhoods – started in 1994 – is a program designed to encourage individuals and families to build stronger relationships with their neighbours and celebrate their community through planning activities, projects, gatherings or events that bring people together. It is organized by the Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo, John MacDonald Architect Inc. and the City of Kitchener.