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Research Recognition: Dr. Jeff Karabanow receives the Senate of Canada 150th Medal

Posted by Dawn Morrison on August 23, 2019 in News

The Government of Canada has recognized the work of Dr. Jeff Karabanow (Social Work). In March, he received the Senate 150th Anniversary Medal, awarded to those who are “actively involved in their communities who, through generosity, dedication, volunteerism and hard work, make their hometowns, communities, regions, provinces or territories a better place to live.”

He received the award in recognition of his community-based research and initiatives. Senator Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard made the presentation.

Jeff Karbanow (left) receives his Senate 150th Anniversary Medal from Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard. (Provided photo)

Dr. Karabanow says he was surprised to receive the Medal. “I was honoured to know that my research and work with the Dalhousie Social Work Clinic and the Out of the Cold Shelter were being discussed and recognized at Senate,” he says. “It was very meaningful to me that both were mentioned, allowing for Dalhousie and even Halifax and Nova Scotia to be celebrated.”

“I was really humbled by the recognition, but the work has long been a collective effort. Everything we have done has been through strong teamwork and partnerships.”

Jeff Karbanow (left) receives his Senate 150th Anniversary Medal from Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard. (Provided photo)

The medal recognized his work in community-based research over the past 20 years, specifically in homelessness and trauma. His research is highly participatory, not just shining a spotlight on problems, but actively partnering with others to find solutions. The work involves Dal Social Work and other students, faculty, service providers, policy makers and research participants themselves, including homeless youth.

“We’re not doing research ‘on’ people; we are doing research ‘with’ people,” he says, adding that the work has included videos, animated shorts and comic books that have been distributed to schools and others across Canada. “I want my work to expand to the field and the streets,” he says.