Funder: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC): Partnership Development Grants – Community and College Social Innovation Fund
Enhancing the Well-being and Civic Engagement of Immigrant Women Retirees is a two-year SSHRC-funded Community and College Social Innovation Fund project. Bow Valley College and the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association have partnered to investigate the critical barriers and available supports for retired immigrant women.
At the end of 2018, the project is nearing the completion of its concurrent phases two and three and Dr. Martha Fanjoy and her team are working collaboratively with research participants and partners to co-create a community-delivered program focused on immigrant women retirees’ well-being and engagement.
By engaging with a significant yet overlooked sector of an aging population this research aims to raise awareness of the needs and potential of retired immigrant women and to create strategies to promote their civic engagement.
The research process and results can help immigrant-serving agencies and community organizations working with seniors to develop, plan, and implement programs for immigrant women. Further, service providers will be able to use, replicate, and adapt the co-creation program strategy, methods, and tools in order to address a number of broad social concerns.
The project’s scholarly outcomes are grounded in the principles of social innovation, participatory program design, and developmental evaluation. In addition to supporting programming and policy specific to older immigrant populations the research speaks to the inter-sectional vulnerabilities of being a woman, immigrant, and senior while significantly contributing to the limited knowledge base on retired immigrant women in Canada.
For more information, including the Phase One report and quarterly newsletters, please visit us online. You can also contact Dr. Martha Fanjoy at firstname.lastname@example.org or Hana Taleb Imai at email@example.com