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:
- Michelle Firestone, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Community Voice and Leadership from within Institutionalized Care Models: Lessons from COVID-19
- Farzaneh Hemmasi, Faculty of Music, Keeping Kensington “Kensington”: Value and Affordability in Toronto’s Kensington Market
- Pamela Klassen, Faculty of Arts & Science, Treaty Teachings: How Universities, Communities, and Museums Can Work Together to Tell the History of Treaty 3
- Laura Rosella, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Community Partnerships in Action: Using Data Science to Improve Population Health, Community Safety and Community Wellbeing
- Lori Ross, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer (2SLGBTQ+) Ontarians’ Experiences with Social Assistance: Conducting Preliminary Research to Nurture Partnerships in the Area of 2SLGBTQ+ Poverty and Health
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.