Sharing knowledge and process

My community-engaged research explores wellness from critical, decolonizing and feminist frameworks, with a focus on responsive supports, including therapy dog visiting.

Photo by Barb Fornssler

Artwork for the project Indigenous women's reproductive and sexual justice. Artwork by Jannica Hoskins
Artwork by Jannica Hoskins

Project: Indigenous women’s reproductive and sexual justice

Learn more about this collaborative project I facilitated with urban Indigenous women on the Métis homelands and Treaty Six territories.

Picture of Kal, who is a black Labrador Retriever dog and a Therapy Dog in Training.
Kal, a Therapy Dog in Training, after a visit at a busy care home with Kenro Dog Training. Kal is loved and owned by Yvonne Dyck who took this photo.

Project: Fostering PAWSitive wellbeing and support

Learn more as I gather knowledge about how to foster therapy dog-handler teams’ support of people dealing with concerns related to mental health and/or substance use.

Picture of Holly McKenzie, researcher
Photo by Maki Photos

About me:

Learn more about my research journey and other projects I am involved with.

What does community-engaged academic research mean to me?

“It means using the skills and tools I have developed through my training to facilitate research in ways that benefit the communities I am working with, including non-human animals, as well as to challenge institutional norms and values that reinforce inequity, colonialism and anthropocentrism.”

-Holly McKenzie

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