I am a Registered Nurse, with a background in healthcare with people who are experiencing homelessness. In 2004-2005 I did a Master’s in Nursing with a focus on health promotion. My Master’s research was a critical ethnographic study of relationships in home-based palliative care, focusing on power in relationships. In 2005 I fast-tracked into the PhD in Nursing program at Western University, and studied client-provider relationships in community based care with people who are experiencing homelessness. My PhD was completed in 2011.
I am currently Assistant Professor and the Year 3 & 4 Lead at The Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Western University. I have cross appointments with Lawson Health Research Institute and the Department of Psychiatry, Western University, as well as serving as a member of the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion (CRHESI – http://crhesi.uwo.ca/). My teaching interests involve community health, mental health, global health, research methods/statistics, and advanced Nursing theory. My research interests include women’s homelessness, program evaluation, health promotion, critical ethnography, qualitative methods, participatory action research, poverty and health, critical theory, mental health, and others.
In 2016 I had the privilege of being awarded the Western Humanitarian Award for my work on ending homelessness.
This website is an opportunity to share my work and connect with others who may have similar interests, please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My blog is available HERE.
In 2010 I founded the London Homelessness Outreach Network, which has since merged with the London Homeless Coalition. You can find out more about the Homeless Coalition HERE.
I acknowledge that I live and work on traditional territories of Indigenous people. These people consist of: The Anishinaabe Peoples who consist of the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatami Nations; The Haudenosaunee Peoples who include the Oneida; and The Leni-Lunaape peoples, also referred to as the Delaware or Munsee. I’d also like to recognize the First Nations within the Middlesex-London area: Chippewas of the Thames First Nation; Oneida Nation of the Thames; and Munsee-Delaware Nation. I would also like to acknowledge the many longstanding treaty relationships between Indigenous Nations and Canada. I recognize that we all have a role to play in honouring the treaties, and contributing to reconciliation.
Miigwetch, Yaw^ko, Anishiik