Director at Partners for Action - University of Waterloo
A mixed-methods geographer by training whose research focused on Canadian UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, Sharmalene has worked for several interdisciplinary research centres focused on advancing community well-being and social justice through community partnerships, program evaluations, and learning opportunities. At Laurier, she ran the Program Evaluation Certificate and Summer Institute of Research Methods and developed an applied research agenda on equitable approaches to evaluation. At We All Count, founded by Heather Krause to promote data equity, Sharmalene coached not-for-profits on how to collect and store social identity data and on other ways to think of and embed equity in data projects. Sharmalene is passionate about the not-for-profit sector and building community, and is currently the Co-Chair of the international Cultural Research Network and on the Board member of Reep Green Solutions after having been one of the staff who developed the community-engaged pilot RAIN stormwater management program in Kitchener-Waterloo.
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