Collaborative Research Award
Judy Finlay, School of Child and Youth Care
Judy Finlay has been a pioneer in non-traditional research methods that are based on a deep engagement of marginalized and often extremely vulnerable communities as partners in her research. Finlay has, over the course of the past thirty years, developed collaboration among academics, community leaders, Indigenous leaders, and young people that has produced knowledge of immediate consequence to the wellbeing of real people in real circumstances. Her research is the foundation of social innovation and change-making. The benefits of Finlay’s research have been enormous to those often left voiceless, but also to students and the university.
Dean’s Teaching Award (RFA)
Tara Collins, School of Child and Youth Care
Tara Collins is an extraordinary teacher who combines a strong commitment to inclusive classroom communities with a personalized approach to ensuring effective and rewarding learning outcomes for students. She shares her vast professional and academic connections in the broader field of children’s rights with her students, so that virtually every aspect of the curriculum is tied to the very summit of scholarly and professional activity in the area of children’s rights in Canada and globally. From retired Senators of Canada to some of the best known scholars in the field, Collins ensures that students have access to the cutting edge of children’s rights theory, research and practice.
The Usha George Faculty Recognition Award
Kiaras Gharabaghi, School of Child and Youth Care
Kiaras Gharabaghi is an out-of-the-box thinker, an inquisitor of taken-for-granted assumptions and a colleague who infuses collaboration with joy. As the prime architect of the Child and Youth Care (MA) graduate program, he secured its approval in record time. As the strategic lead for social innovation in the faculty, he has charted an authentic approach that resonates with the social justice activism of our schools. His reputation as a transformative teacher and scholar landed him a seat on the Ministry of Children and Youth Services Residential Services Panel, where he championed the voices of young people. His work enhances the reputation of Ryerson University, the Faculty of Community Services and the School of Child and Youth Care.