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Research Assistants

Igor Pekelny

Igor Pekelny is a research associate at the Resilience Research Centre, Dalhousie University and the Sociology/Criminology Department, Saint Mary’s University, with experience in mixed methods project evaluation, online survey design and implementation, and crime prevention program design and management. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology (Magna Cum Laude) and Psychology (Magna Cum Laude) and now pursuing his Master of Arts in Criminology, all from Saint Mary’s University.

Daniel Blais

Daniel Blais is a research and evaluation associate with the Resilience Research Centre and Wisdom2Action network. With an interest in cultural sociology and a background in youth care and advocacy, Blais has an interest in program evaluation that applies mixed methods research and evidence-based practices. While completing the written requirement for an MA in Sociology (forthcoming) from York University on the topic of professionalization, Daniel has worked with the RRC-ETI and W2A on projects focusing on youth program evaluation, public policy development, opioid addictions, and youth resilience.

Yasmeen Ghebari

Yasmeen Ghebari received a BA with a double major in Psychology and Sociology/Social Anthropology from Dalhousie University. She completed her Honours in Sociology (written about helicopter parents). Her focuses are on developmental psychology, animal behaviour, and a number of topics in Sociology (race/ethnicity, gender, and social justice to name a few). She also completed a Bachelor of Education degree, and is pursuing teaching elementary school. In her teaching, she hopes to instil in children an appreciation for nature, and to encourage them to just be kids (it's okay to go outside and get dirty!) in this ever expanding world of risk-management and screen time. Her hobbies include travelling, volunteering with animals, arts and crafts, and being in nature.

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