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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    The Episodic Caregiver Support Initiative (ECSI) was launched in the fall of 2013 as a year-long project designed to explore the needs of family/friend caregivers of individuals with episodic disability in Ontario. Episodic disabilities are long-term conditions such as MS, arthritis, HIV/AIDS, and certain mental health conditions that are characterized by fluctuating periods of wellness and incapacity that affect employment and the need for care and assistance from family members/close friends and professionals. read more...

  • Monday, September 29

    International Year of the Family: Dr. Meghan McMurtry presenting on "Pain in Children"

    This talk will explore the science of ouchies - in particular, what happens when children and teenagers have important needle procedures such as immunizations and blood draws. Cutting edge research on the best way for caregivers to help children when they are afraid and in pain will be reviewed and some of the findings may surprise you! Family/clinician-friendly tips and resources will be provided. read more...

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    The Canadian Human Rights Commission Webinar Series

    The Canadian Human Rights Commission is hosting a 4-part webinar series on Family Status, Caregiving and Human Rights. read more...

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