Clockwise from top left: Pamela Klassen, Michelle Firestone, Laura Rosella, Lori Ross, Farzaneh Hemmasi

Five researchers win awards from Connaught Community Partnerships Research Program

Five University of Toronto researchers have received awards from the Connaught Community Partnerships Research Program – for projects that explore everything from what makes Kensington Market a distinctive neighbourhood to the experiences and knowledge of community workers during the pandemic. 

“The Connaught Community Partnerships Research Program has recognized collaborations between U of T researchers and a diverse array of partners including local business improvement areas, community health organizations and community groups,” said University Professor Ted Sargent, vice-president research and innovation, and strategic initiatives. “These researchers are doing important work with their community partners – and these awards will help them to build on each others’ knowledge, expertise and capabilities.

“ I look forward to seeing how these collaborations evolve and strengthen the relationships between researchers and their community partners.”

The winners and their projects are:

The Connaught Community Partnerships Research Program is supported by the Connaught Fund – the largest, internal university research funding program in Canada. Established in 1972 through the sale of the Connaught Medical Research Laboratories, the fund has provided nearly $170 million to U of T scholars through a range of programs including the Connaught New Researcher Award, the Connaught Global Challenge Award, the Connaught Innovation Award, the McLean Award and international doctoral scholarships.