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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  • Tuesday, September 2

    International Year of the Family: Dr. Tricia van Rhijn presenting on "Being a Student Parent"

    This talk will explore the benefits and challenges faced by families when a parent engages in post-secondary study. Dr. Tricia van Rhijn will discuss the implications for student parents’ families and for student parents at school. Practical recommendations and resources for this unique minority population in Canada will be considered. read more...

  • Saturday, July 5

    Supporting Caregivers of Persons with Episodic Disabilities

    Dr. Donna Lero and Dr. Denise Whitehead had the pleasure of presenting their poster on "Supporting Caregivers of Persons with Episodic Disabilities" at the international Work and Family Research Network Conference in New York City on June 20th, 2014. This year's theme was "Changing work and family relationships in a global economy." This poster is part of a collaborative research project of the Episodic Disability Support Initiative which includes the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR). The poster is available for viewing and can be printed on legal size paper. read more...

  • Tuesday, May 27

    International Year of the Family Speaker Series: Queer Transgender Storyteller S. Bear Bergman

    S. Bear Bergman's presentation focuses on family. How we create it and nurture it, whether our family is original, chosen, or a hearty blend. Renowned queer transgender author and storyteller S. Bear Bergman's stories describe and exalt the lives of his grandparents, the hilarity of planning his wedding, his Shabbos table, and the story of Chanukah. At the same time, they make space for our drag mothers, step-parents emeritus, sperm donor's parents, spuncles and sparkles. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll call your mother. read more...

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