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International Volunteer Day—December 5
Mark W. Skinner is specializing in health geography at the Trent University and his research explores connections between the processes and outcomes of health care restructuring, the contemporary challenges facing the volunteer sector, and the provision of health and social care in the community.
Éric Gagnon is associate professor at the Université Laval and his research focuses on social exclusion, marginalization and forms of citizenship.
Jack Quarter is a professor in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. His research interests include non‑profits, volunteering, co‑operatives, social economy, and community development.
Rebecca Tiessen, Canada Research Chair in Global Studies and Leadership at the Royal Military College of Canada, has surveyed Canadians who are volunteering in developing countries in order to have a broader understanding of the contributions and impacts of Canadian volunteers internationally.
Traditions and rituals
Caroline‑Isabelle Caron is an associate professor of history at Queen’s University and her speciality is Quebec and Acadian cultural history, commemoration, and popular culture.
PearlAnn Reichwein is an associate professor at the University of Alberta in the faculty of physical education and recreation. Her research—“Holidays at school: culture, nature, and tourism in the Canadian National Park idea, 1933‑1969”—highlights Canada’s environmental and cultural history, particularly in western Canada and mountain regions.
Sylvie Fortin is an associate professor at the department of anthropology at the Université de Montréal and has worked on a project called “Religious Pluralism, social practices and rituals: Muslims Montreal”.
Jens Zimmerman, Canada Research Chair in Interpretation, Religion and Culture at Trinity Western University, examines the role of religion in providing ethical guidelines and definitions of our essential humanity in post‑Christian Western culture.
Lara Aknin of Simon Fraser University is exploring how spending money on others promotes happiness and well‑being.
Roberta Hawkins of the University of Guelph is studying “shopping to save the world” and the idea of consumption as development intervention.
Abigail Payne of McMaster University is researching charitable giving in Canada and the United Kingdom. She is exploring what motivates individuals to give, how government funding affects giving, and how increased community diversity affects giving and charitable operations.
Tripat Gill, Canada Research Chair in Market Insight and Innovation at Wilfrid Laurier University, is investigating consumer perception of new products that don’t seem to fit the stereotype of existing categories.
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