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October 10, 2015
Canadian Excellence

Advisory Board

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

Christine Bird, Facilitator & Manager, Alliance for Children and Youth of Waterloo Region

BA (Psychology), BEd, MA (Community Psychology)

Christine Bird is the lead staff person with a collaborative of child and youth-serving organizations working to enhance the well-being of young people in Waterloo Region. 

Mark Eys, Canadian Research Chair, Kinesiology and Physical Education.  

B.Sc. University of Waterloo, M.A The University of Western Ontario, Ph.D The University of Western Ontario.

Mark Eys is the Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Group Dynamics and Physical Activity at Wilfrid Laurier University.  Joint-appointed between the Departments of Kinesiology/Physical Education and Psychology, Dr. Eys examines issues pertaining to the role of the group and other social influences on sport and exercise involvement. 

Ravi Gokani, Coordinator, Laurier Centre for Community Service Learning Brantford

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. 

Terry Mitchell, Associate Professor in Community Psychology (CP), Director of Indigenous Health and Social Justice Research Group, CCRLA Executive Director 2008-2012.  

BFA, Intermedia, NSCAD.  MEd, Feminist Counseling, OISE, U of T. PhD, Community Psychology, U of T.

Terry Mitchell is an Associate professor and Director of the Laurier Indigenous Health and Social Justice Research Group.  Her work focuses on addressing colonial trauma through political processes and collaborative multidisciplinary research. 

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.

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 

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.

Alex St. John, Research Coordinator for Equity, Sexual Health and HIV Research Group.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

Alex is a research coordinator in the Equity, Sexual Health and HIV Research Group.  He recently completed his undergraduate degree in political science and psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University and has a passion for social justice, politics and rugby. 

Darren Thomas, PhD Student in Community Psychology (CP) and Co-Director of Indigenous Health and Social Justice Research Group

BSC, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Darren Thomas is a member of the Seneca Nation; he is a Bear Clan and he currently resides at the Grand River Territory of the Hodinohso:ni. Darren currently is pursuing his PhD in community psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University.  His research has focused on First Nations community development, Indigenous research methodologies, suicide prevention and colonial trauma. Darren specializes in working with First Nations peoples, inspiring them to be proud of their heritage and take a rightful place in modern society. Darren has over twenty years of experience working in radio, education, addiction and community development.

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

Liz Weaver, Vice President, Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement.  

BA, Carleton University, Masters of Management, McGill University.  

Liz works with communities across Canada to build multi-sector roundtables focused on poverty reduction.  This work has impacted the lives of more than 202,000 individuals living with low and limited incomes.