Meet CRHESI: Marlene Janzen Le Ber

Marlene Janzen Le Ber is Assistant Professor, Leadership at Brescia University College and Adjunct Research Professor at the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership at Western University. Her PhD in Business Administration – Strategy followed a MScN, a career in mental health and public health nursing, and over 20 years in hospital and health research administration.

Marlene’s research focuses on the complex processes of leadership in social innovation at both the micro/individual level and at the more macro/organizational/systems level. The two ongoing projects at the individual level are: “Women’s Leader Identity Development” and “Organizational Culture and Leadership: Exploring the Practice of Leadership in a Women’s Circle.” Two additional projects, “From Intractable to Tractable: Transdisciplinary Processes of Innovation” and “Develop and Test Indicators of Ontario Local Public Health Agency Work to Address the Social Determinants of Health to Reduce Health Inequities” are at the organizational/systems level, with a focus on how social systems change. More specifically, Marlene focuses on the processes of social innovation that address issues of social (in)justice and equality for vulnerable, disenfranchised and marginalized populations.

Meet CRHESI: Yasmin Hussain

Yasmin Hussain is Violence Prevention Coordinator at the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration. In her role, Yasmin coordinates Reclaim Honour, a community-based violence prevention project grounded in youth participatory action. Reclaim Honour actively engages Muslim young women and men in co-creating and leading creative strategies that serve to invite Muslim communities in dialogue and action on issues of gender-based and family violence. Yasmin has extensive experience in community development and youth participatory action. She has coordinated various projects at different organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of London, Sexual Assault Centre London, and Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children. These projects created opportunities for young people to address social inequalities and lead change in their communities. Yasmin strongly believes in strengths-based and participatory models of community development and social action, as such strategies expand the space of who participates in the development of solutions to issues impacting communities.

Meet CRHESI: Nadine Wathen

Nadine Wathen PhD (nadinewathen.ca) is Associate Professor & Faculty Scholar at Western Univeristy, a Research Scholar at Western’s Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children, and a Member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada. Her research examines the health and social service sector response to violence against women and children, interventions to reduce health inequities, and the science of knowledge translation, with a focus on enhancing the use of research in policy and practice. Nadine co-leads a number of research initiatives, including: the PreVAiL Research Network, VEGA: A Public Health Response to Family Violence, EQUIP: Research to Equip Primary Health Care for Equity and the Domestic Violence @ Work Network.