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CHASI observes Black History Month

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February is Black History Month, a time to reflect on the vital role of Black Canadians past, present, and future. One such family is the Starks. In 1858, 18 year-old Sylvia Stark — already a mother of two and a survivor of enslavement and scarlet fever — was one of hundreds of Black immigrants to … Read more

Guest post: living with dementia during COVID-19

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January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in Canada. At CHASI, much of our work focuses on topics of health and aging. This month we honour persons living with dementia who are advocating for change, reducing stigma, and raising awareness about dementia. One such advocate is Christine Thelker, who has graciously agreed to share her experiences and … Read more

CHASI Observes Raoul Wallenberg Day

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Today we acknowledge Raoul Wallenberg Day. Wallenberg saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust, more than any other person or organization. Using his privileges as a Swedish diplomat in Budapest, he was able to extend diplomatic immunity and offer Swedish passports to Jewish Hungarians during the final years of World War II. For his heroic … Read more

Annual observances and days of note

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CHASI presents a series of illustrations and blog posts to acknowledge some of the significant annual observances which align with our core values. CHASI’s goal is to turn knowledge into action, and in keeping with our community-minded approach, we believe that it is essential to recognize the current and historical contexts in which our communities … Read more

CHASI’s Former Student Research Assistants and Interns

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In addition to our current team and faculty associates, CHASI has collaborated with a number of past student research assistants and interns, and we thank them for their impactful contributions to our research. Research assistant: Gina Dhinsa Gina recently graduated from UFV with a bachelor of arts in global development studies and a minor in … Read more

CHASI Further Reading: Holiday Gift Guide

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In the spirit of our CHASI values, members of the Hub have compiled a list of what we’re reading as a helping hand to buy for that social justice-minded, activist-academic in your life for this holiday season. Larissa Kowalski Psychopolitics: Neoliberalism and New Technologies of Power by Byung-Chul Han. Written by Korean-born cultural theorist, Byung-Chul … Read more

New Report: The Utility of Physician Referred Outdoor Physical Activity for South Asian Women

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A new report by UFV’s Dr. Iris Lesser and Ms. Navdeep Rai, BKin, The Utility of Physician Referred Outdoor Physical Activity for South Asian Women, examines how outdoor group-based physical activity—recommended by a physician and carried out with other South Asian women—may be an opportunity to improve physical activity in a community that reports low … Read more

Orange Shirt Day resources

This Orange Shirt Day, CHASI asked Shirley Hardman, UFV’s Senior Advisor of Indigenous Affairs to recommend resources about the annual event, and specifically those useful in taking action toward truth and reconciliation: Phyllis Webstad’s contains a lot of information about the annual day of recognition of residential school system harm, including Phyllis’ story and … Read more

CHASI Faculty Associates

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The Community Health and Social Innovation (CHASI) Hub is privileged to work with the following UFV faculty members Dr. Satwinder Kaur Bains Dr. Sarah Beaulieu Dr. Shelley Canning Dr. Keith Thor Carlson Dr. Cherie Enns Dr. Luisa Giles Dr. Geetanjali Gill Dr. Sharon Gillies Dr. Lesley Jessiman Dr. Karun Karki Dr. Kathy Keiver Dr. Iris … Read more