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Project Team

Structures for Governance and Participation

The collaborative effort that originally generated the ASHRA proposal has been maintained within the research project through the four provincial stakeholder groups. Over the 5-year grant term from 2005-2009, Stakeholder Meetings were held bi-annually in each province, as well as monthly conference calls with the ASHRA Research Management Team (RMT), which includes all provincial representatives (Co-Investigators) and collaborators. The large number of research participants and the widespread interest in the results required a three-tiered structure of governance and participation.

Research Management Team (Regional)

Members: Principal Investigator, Co-Investigators, and Collaborators

Purpose: To design, direct and manage the implementation of the research methodology in conjunction with input from partner organizations.

Seniors’ Housing Stakeholder Groups (Provincial)

Members: RMT members, project partners, collaborators, supporters, and other interested entities, such as seniors’ organizations, housing developers, service providers, government departments (municipal, provincial and federal), and universities.

Purpose: To review the findings of the research, and to develop recommendations related to the public policy issues emerging from the data analysis.

Working Groups (for each research area)

Members: Any person from within the ASHRA stakeholder membership who is interested in participating.

Purpose: To strategize on the development and implementation of research tools, processes, and protocols for each area of study, including the ASHRA Survey, focus groups, policy research, and knowledge mobilization plans.

The structure for governance and participation outlined above provides a framework that blended the research expertise of the university-based applicant and co-applicants, with the research interests, policy development experience, and knowledge of the grassroots issues possessed by the community-based stakeholders, collaborators, and partners. This structure allowed for the participation of community-based collaborators in the RMT and, as such,  facilitated the development of methodological and project management skills at the community level. Further, the Stakeholder Groups in each province provided a forum for discussion of the research findings, and policy implications and recommendations within a group that assembles an even broader range of stakeholders. Finally, the working groups, which included a wider diversity of community-based partners, ensured that the grassroots knowledge of representatives from a range of participants informed the design and implementation of the research at all stages.

Click here for a detailed list of all participants, including partners, collaborators, and stakeholders from the public, private and community sectors.

Project Investigators:

Dr. Donald Shiner, Mount Saint Vincent University

As a marketing expert, Dr. Shiner has concentrated on applied research in the area of consumer behaviour. His recent focus has been on understanding the aging baby boomers and how they will make consumption decisions as they age.

Dr. Robin Stadnyk, Dalhousie University

Dr. Stadnyk teaches at Dalhousie's School of Occupational Therapy where her focus is on community practice', and the everyday lives of frail elderly persons and services to support them.

Dr. Janice Keefe, Mount Saint Vincent University

Dr. Keefe was selected as MSVU ’s first Canada Research Chair in Aging and Caregiving Policy and was awarded funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to develop the Maritime Data Centre for Aging Research & Policy Analysis (MDC). Dr. Keefe’s research areas include informal caregiving (specifically elder care), financial compensation and assessment, human resource issues, and rural aging and
                               continuing care policy.        

Dr. Kathleen Cruttenden, University of New Brunswick

Dr. Cruttenden is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at UNB. Her areas of interest include; Gerontology/Psychogeriatrics, Community and Facility Long-Term Care, Community Development, and Parish Nursing. She received her PhD from the University of Waterloo, School of Urban and Regional Planning where her dissertation focused on participatory planning research for
                                  policy decision-making.

Dr. Judy Lynn Richards

Dr Richards teaches in the faculty of Sociology and Anthropology at UPEI. Her interests include the demography of aging.

Dr. Lori Weeks, University of Prince Edward Island

Dr. Weeks teaches in the Family and Nutritional Sciences Department at UPEI. She has experience working in a nursing home, adult day services, an agency on aging, and Meals on Wheels. Dr. Weeks is a member of the PEI Centre for Study of Health and Aging, the National Council on Family Relations, and the Canadian Association on Gerontology.

Cathy Crouse, Metro Community Housing Association of Nova Scotia

A registered social worker, Ms. Crouse has had an active interest in both the issues of housing and aging. She combines these in her current role as Executive Director of Metro Community Housing Association in Nova Scotia.


Dr. Patrick Parfrey

Dr. Parfrey teaches in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial with a specialty in Nephrology. He is active in research at the Patient Research Center, Health Care Corporation of St. John's.

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