Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond at UBC Robson Square– The welfare of BC’s children and youth: What research questions should we be asking?

IMG_5524On April 14th, as part of the Faculty of Education’s Year of Research in Education, the Faculty’s Office of Graduate Programs and Research and the Office of the Dean co-sponsored a Distinguished Speaker event featuring BC’s Representative for Children and Youth, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond.


5:30-6:00 Registration
6:00-6:15 Opening Statements and Introductions
6:15-7:00 Representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond Speech
7:00-7:20 Questions & Answers
7:20-7:30 Closing Remarks
7:30–8:30 Reception

Ms. Turpel-Lafond addressed the important question of “What can research do to promote the wellbeing of children and youth in British Columbia?”  Drawing upon her uniquely informed perspective on the needs of BC’s vulnerable children and youth, she discussed the types of research and evaluation that are needed to better inform policies and practices designed to support B.C. children’s rights and welfare and their developmental, psychological and medical needs.

The event, held at UBC Robson Square, was well attended by a diverse audience including teachers, school board members, social services professionals, community members, UBC alumni, graduate students and faculty from across UBC and SFU.