I am very fortunate to work with clients who are doing extraordinary work. It’s nice to be working with the New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council again, this time on a project to develop a relationship agreement and consultation process between the Council and the Government of New Brunswick. Part of that work will involve creating a meaningful needs assessment and membership engagement process to ensure that Council membership has a clear voice in the direction of that consultation. I am delighted to make my first foray into the world of self-publishing with Dr. Susan O’Donnell and Brian Beaton on a book celebrating the people, projects and accomplishments of the First Nations Innovation and First Mile Connectivity Consortium projects. I really appreciate how forthcoming and cooperative everyone has been in the evaluation work I am doing on the Coordinated Community Response pilot launched by the Department of Justice and Public Safety. The same goes for the folks at the Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre who are working on programs to make it easier for victims of violence to access trauma-informed care and support from service providers, agencies and the Justice System.
I hope that the new NBAPC consultation process will address the concerns raised by the the membership in research project from 2016 I did on the housing and support service needs of First Nations seniors who live off-reserve. I learned a great deal in 2016 working with Dr. Julie Maitland on usability testing and adoption measurement at Populus Global Solutions, a Fredericton-based company that specializes in integrated electronic health records. Just prior, I worked with Dr. William McIver Jr., Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial Research Chair on funding proposals for various projects happening at the Mobile First Technology Initiative at the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC). At the end of 2015, I had a contract for a literature review on tobacco and obesity policy as part of the Wellness Initiative in the New Brunswick Department of Social Development.
I had the good fortune to work for many years with the late Dr. Vanda Rideout, Professor of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). From 2013 until Dr. Rideout’s death in early 2016, I was project coordinator and a research associate on the “Measuring high-tech digital skilled workers in New Brunswick’s Information and Communication Technology Sector” project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). In that project, which examined the nature and quality of employment in the New Brunswick information technology sector, I managed project logistics and communications, contributed to instrument design, ran the research pilot, conducted data collection and analysis, and made presentations about our preliminary findings. In the past, I played similar roles in Dr. Rideout’s Community Intermediaries Research Project (2004-2006), which examined the uses of communication technology in the health sector, and the Information Society Inequalities in Atlantic Canada study (2002-2003), which looked at digital divides.
I have been fortunate to have worked with a number of other terrific people in various capacities on a wide range of research projects. In 2015, I worked with Dr. Lucia O’Sullivan, UNB Psychology, and Dr. Jo Ann Majerovich, MD, on the first national survey of services provided by Canadian STI/Sexual Health Clinics. The study was funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. I was responsible for building and maintaining the contact database of participants, English-language participant recruitment, data cleaning and supervising an undergraduate student who was recruiting in French.
Between June 2013 and March 2015, Dr. Susan O’Donnell hired me to work on various projects under the SSHRC-funded project First Nations Innovation, which she was leading with partners Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey: Atlantic Canada’s First Nation Helpdesk based in Nova Scotia, the First Nations Education Council in Quebec, and Keewaytinook Okimakanak in Ontario. The project looks at the diverse range of network and information technology use by Canadian First Nations communities. My projects included transcription, research dissemination, organizing an international online videoconference of authors for a special issue of the Journal of Community Informatics, and submitting requests for information.
In early 2013, I assisted Dr. Jacki Low from Sociology at UNB on her research into Alternative Level Care Patients, a study designed to ascertain the home support needs of seniors in New Brunswick. From June 2011 to July 2013, I supported Jennifer Philips, Project Manager of the Maritime Early Literacy Team with project logistics, data collection and coordinating the Advisory Committee. Funding for this project, which was designed to evaluate early literacy projects in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, came from the Canadian Institute of Health Research.
I was first hired as a Research Assistant in the e-Government group at the National Research Council, Institute of Information Technologies (NRC-IIT) in the summer of 2003. I was rehired on a succession of contracts from 2006 to 2011 as part of the People-Centred Technologies Group, during which I worked on a variety of research projects with various research officers. In that time I conducted literature reviews, organized research schedules, participated in data collection and analysis, was lead and contributing author and editor on publications, presentations, reports and funding proposals.
In addition to research, I have organized and run aspects of different conferences. As local arrangements coordinator, I was able to provide support for the Program Chairs and organize pre-conference events at the NRC-IIT as part of CONGRESS 2011. I also maintained communications, reviewed papers and was responsible for all local arrangements and events for the 2008 International Symposium on Technology and Society held at the NRC-IIT and UNB. In 2007-2008, I provided organizational and logistical support to the co-chairs of the Qualitatives conference, which was held at UNB and Saint Thomas University (STU). For the 2006 International Conference on e-Commerce, I coordinated registration, conference materials, social activities and the volunteer schedule.