Mission and Goals

Our Mission

The Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being's mandate is to direct research and teaching expertise to promote individual and family well-being, responsive, productive work environments, and strong sustainable communities. It provides an intellectual and operational home for faculty, graduate students and undergraduates engaged in research, policy analysis, conferences, academic and community partnerships, and outreach and knowledge mobilization.

Our goals are to

  • Produce high quality research
  • Disseminate research and contribute to the public good
  • Conduct research and dissemination through strong ongoing partnerships and collaborations
  • Manage activities with maximum effectiveness and integrity

The Centre capitalizes on the expertise of University faculty and staff from many disciplines who work in matters relevant to individual and family well-being, the interface between work and family, and contextual factors that affect workplace productivity and community supports. Affiliated faculty include some of the leading researchers in Canada on topics such as organizational health, family dynamics, social support and community development. The Centre's core strengths include strategic research, policy analysis and best practices development. While supporting academic research and work-life practitioners, the Centre also provides unique learning opportunities for students to develop abilities in research, policy analysis and outreach. The Centre was founded in 1998 at the University of Guelph in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences.

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  • Thursday, June 18

    Paternity Leave

    This year for Father’s Day, CFWW’s Dr. Donna Lero spent time reflecting on the changing role of fathers. Many fathers are beginning to take paternity leave along with their partners. The reasons for extending leaves to fathers are mainly due to: greater gender equality, the changing roles of men and women at home and in the workplace, and the desire of fathers to spend time with their children in a full-time capacity. read more...

  • Friday, May 8

    Mothering and DisAbility

    Mothers have much in common. They share the joys and challenges of raising children, and love being appreciated for their efforts, not just on Mother's Day. However, mothers are also as diverse as we can imagine - younger or older, parenting alone or with a partner, employed or not, and from all races, cultures, backgrounds, and family structures (adoptive, blended, nuclear, etc.). We sometimes forget that some mothers also live with a disability or chronic health condition that can make mothering no less rewarding, but even more challenging. read more...

  • Tuesday, April 28

    The Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being welcomes the Sexual and Gender Diversity Research Lab

    This year, University of Guelph psychology graduate students Thomas Sasso and Amy Ellard-Gray started the Sexual and Gender Diversity Research Lab. The mission of the research lab is to provide a supportive learning environment for students and faculty who are interested in conducting sexual and gender diversity research. read more...

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