Joanna, former CCBR Executive Director (1996-2021) and current Senior Research Advisor, has led community-based research and knowledge mobilization activities for over 25 years. She has been a primary applicant in over 150 exciting and innovative research studies on a range of social issues, including community mental health, disabilities, immigration and family support and overseen other 300 projects collectively conducted at the Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR). More broadly, Joanna is interested in community-based research methodologies and excellence. The mobilization of knowledge and people have been at the heart of many of her activities. For example, she led a National Summit on pursuing excellence in collaborative community campus research that was a sprint board for the community-based research excellence tool (CBRET) assessing the quality and impact of research projects and proposals.
Joanna actively promotes community-based research excellence by publishing, teaching, and providing training nationally and internationally. She is an adjunct associate professor at both University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses. Joanna won the 2020 Teaching Excellence Award at Renison University College at University of Waterloo and the 2005 Teaching Excellence Award at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has authored over 60 academic publications and provided CBR training in various universities and communities across Canada, Poland, and Indonesia.
Nationally, Joanna provides leadership to Community Based Research Canada (CBRC) as Co-Chair and Treasurer, and to Community-University Expositions (C2UExpo), a Canadian-led international conference showcasing community-university partnerships. Also, she is a founding member of Community Research Ethics Office (CREO).
Outside of work, Joanna loves the outdoors. She is a mountaineer (the Himalayas five times), a skier, sailor, and hiker. Joanna and her family love to travel to diverse places around the world: Cambodia, Peru, Myanmar, India, Nepal, Indonesia, Europe, and Algonquin Park being among her places for adventure. But home in Waterloo is where they are most content, where they play tennis and basketball, and enjoy foreign films at the Princess Cinema.