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Foundation Partners

 Dads Can promoted responsible and involved fathering by supporting men's personal development into fatherhood and healthy fathering patterns in society. Dads Can was founded by psychotherapist, Neil Campbell, who developed The Dad Classes, Canada's longest standing educational program for expectant and new fathers.

 ProsPère was a Quebec -based network of researchers and practitioners that has promoted father involvement in province of Quebec since 1994. ProsPère also hosted Canada's first national symposium on fathers in 2000, and designed a training program, used in Quebec, France and British Columbia, to help professionals work more effectively with fathers.

 The Father Involvement Initiative - Ontario Network (FII-ON) is an Ontario-based coalition whose work has helped professionals in CAPC/CPNP programs, Ontario Early Years Centres, and public health units to work more effectively with fathers. FII-On has also developed numerous social marketing and educational materials to promote and enhance father involvement.

Father Involvement in Educational Institutions Action Group (FI-EI), was a partnership of schools of social work, nursing and education. FI-EI undertook a national survey to determine the extent to which father involvement is covered in social work, education, nursing and psychology courses at the university level. FI-EI also developed a web-based father involvement curriculum for use in graduate and postgraduate courses.

 My Daddy Matters Because... www.mydad.ca  With funding from the Public Health Agency National Project Fund, My Daddy Matters Because... was a national fathering project that conducted a nationwide survey of community programs for fathers 2002 and 2004,  and launched a nationwide social marketing campaign to promote responsible father involvement.

 The Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being at the University of Guelph conducts research and outreach to workplaces on work-family conflict, workplace policies, and community supports.


 Additional Research Collaborators

Dr. John Beaton (University of Guelph) researches fathers in the context of the dynamics of co-parenting in different kinds of families (he is also a member of the special needs cluster).

Dr. Anna Dienhart (University of Guelph) conducts research on shared parenting and divorced fathers, and evaluates fathering programs.

Dr. Michael Pratt (Wilfred Laurier) researches intergenerational parenting roles and narratives within the family system.

Dr. Andrea Doucet (Carleton University) is conducting an SSHRC study on Canadian fathers as primary caregivers and is serving as a member of the new fathers cluster.

Dr. Donna Lero (University of Guelph) holds the Jarislowsky Chair in Families & Work at the CFWW, is Coordinator of the Expert Panel on Children and Families presently evaluating impacts of Canada's federal extended parental leave and benefits policies, and will serve as the leader for the creation of the policy documents.

Dr. Zenaida Ravanera (University of Western Ontario) has conducted several population studies on men and fathers by using event history and other statistical techniques applied to large data sets. She will lead the analysis of the national data set studies.

Cluster and Dissemination Partners

The Vanier Institute of the Family
Alan Mirabelli, Ottawa, Ontario
Bow Valley College
Anna Kae Todd, Calgary, Alberta
Brighter Futures for Children of Young Single Parents
Chapman J. Uko, Ottawa, Ontario
City of Ottawa, Community Services Branch
Early Years Health Program
Brenda MacLean, Ottawa, Ontario
African Community Association of Calgary
Michael Embaie, Calgary, Alberta
Canadian Institute of Child Health
Miriam Levitt, Ottawa, Ontario
Research Alliance for Children with Special Needs
Thames Valley Children’s Centre
Gillian King, London, Ontario
Catholic Community Services of York Region
Roger Manning, Richmond Hill, Ontario
St. Michael’s Hospital
Dr. W.J. Watson, Toronto, Ontario
LGBT Parenting Network, Family Service Association of Toronto
Peter Crosby, Toronto, Ontario
Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres
Elaine Orrbine, Ottawa, Ontario
Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Services
Valerie Elliott Hyman, Toronto, Ontario
Bloorview MacMillan Children’s Centre
Joan Ferguson, Toronto, Ontario
Centre of Excellence for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs
Dr. Julia O’Sullivan, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario
The Hospital For Sick Children
Cathy Sequin, Toronto, Ontario
Father Involvement in Educational Institutions
Jean-Marc Belanger, Universite Laurentienne, Sudbury, Ontario
Prince George Native Friendship Centre
Tina Fraser, Prince George, British Columbia
Prince George Aboriginal Head Start Program
Prince George, British Columbia
Pqusnalhcw Child Care Centre, Lil’wat Nation
Jessica Frank, Mt. Currie, British Columbia
BC Men’s Resource Centre
Dr. Jerry Arthur-Wong, Vancouver, British Columbia
Nanaimo Men’s Resource Centre
Theo J. Boere, Nanaimo, British Columbia
Wazdidadilh Aboriginal Infant and Family Development Program, Prince George
Anita Zakresky, Prince George, British Columbia
Catholic Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Roy McIntyre, Vancouver, British Columbia
University of Guelph (Family Relations, Psychology, and Sociology)
Guelph, Ontario
Carleton University (Sociology)
Ottawa, Ontario
University of Victoria (School of Child and Youth Care)
Victoria, British Columbia
University of British Columbia (School of Social Work and Family Studies)
Vancouver, British Columbia
University of Québec in Outaouais (Social Work)
Gatineau, Quebec
University of Western Ontario (Population Studies)
London, Ontario
Wilfrid Laurier University (Psychology)
Waterloo, Ontario
University of Calgary (Social Work)
Calgary, Alberta
University of Toronto (Social Work and Family and Community Medicine)
Toronto, Ontario

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