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Lynn Gidluck

Community Director

Office: CL 432
Phone: (306) 585-4084

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Lynn is excited to have the opportunity to help make connections between community-based organizations and University of Regina faculty members and students to facilitate community-based research projects and community service learning. Nothing gives her more pleasure than to conduct or facilitate research that helps contribute to positive social change. She is on the steering committee for Community Campus Engage Canada, a national network and community of practice for organizations and individuals involved in community-campus engagement.

Lynn's personal research interests are varied. Currently, she is the co-lead for the western hub for the Canadian Phlanthropy Partnership Research Network, funded through a SSHRC Partnership Grant to evaluate the role and actions of Canadian grantmaking foundations in addressing issues of social inequalities and environmental challenges. She is collaborating with the United Way of Regina and 211 Saskatchewan on a project looking at how non-profit and emergency service providers can work more effectively with each other during emergencies.

One of her favourite roles with the Community Research Unit is leading the Arts Work Experience Internship Program.

Together with co-researcher Dr. Sonya Corbin Dwyer, from Grenfell College, Memorial University of Newfoundland, she has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on issues of race, racism and racial identity in transracial adoption. The research for her PhD focussed on funding to sport, culture and recreation, highlighting the unique collaborative governance model Saskatchewan has with Saskatchewan Lotteries. Her book Giving Us a Sporting Chance: The Story of Sask Sport, chronicles the history of amateur sport and its role in running the lottery system in Saskatchewan. Her first book, which traces the history of social democracy in Canada, Visionaries, Crusaders and Firebrands: The Idealistic Canadians Who Built the NDP, was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan book award.

When Lynn is not wearing her "academic hat" through her role with the Community Research Unit, she is a partner in a Regina-based public relations firm, Benchmark Public Relations.