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GA Award recipients

Congratulations to #UREdu Dr. Fatima Pirbhai-Illich and Dr. Fran Martin (UExeter) on being recognized by the Geographical Association with a Journal article award for Excellence in Leading Geography for their article, “Fundamental British Values: Geography’s Contribution to Understanding Difference” in Primary Geography.

The eCelebration took place April 8, 2021 on YouTube:


Jim Pattison Children’s Research Grant recipient

Dr. JoLee Sasakamoose with the Wellness Wheel team is recipient of $49,982 from the Jim Pattison Children’s Research Grant program.

Guided by the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, to provide a culturally secure space for knowledge exchange, mobilization, and co-creation, Dr. Mamata Pandey (SK Health Authority) and Dr. JoLee Sasakamoose (U of R) will be leading the study entitled “Okawimaw Kanosimowin (Mother’s Bundle): A Peer-Driven Approach to Improve Indigenous Maternal and Birth Outcomes.”

According to the Wellness Wheel Facebook Page, the researchers aim “to train Indigenous peers to advocate and assist Indigenous mothers through pregnancy, labour and delivery to postpartum stages. Another goal of the study is to create a mothers care bundle consisting of individual support links and services, essential mother and baby products and traditional medicines in partnership with the multi-disciplinary team.”

University of Regina 3MT® Competition winner

Congratulations to MEd student Whitney Blaisdell on winning the University of Regina 3MT® competition. Along with the recognition, Blaisdell takes home $1500 and she will represent the U of R in the Western Regional 3MT® competition.

The three-minute thesis competition proved to be a “great challenge,” says Blaisdell: “I was surprised at how challenging it was to attempt to describe the importance and current state of play, the research methods I used, the emergent theory, and the implications of the research in three minutes!”

Blaisdell says she benefitted from other aspects of participating in the competition, including the “opportunity not only to share this research on play in an accessible format but also to listen to other students share their fascinating and important research. The finalists had the opportunity to attend a workshop on presenting with Dr. Kathryn Ricketts that was so helpful.”

Overall, Blaisdell says that she has had, “a wonderful experience studying here at the University of Regina in the Faculty of Education with the supervision of Dr. Marc Spooner and the support of Dr. Valerie Triggs and Dr. Patrick Lewis as members of my committee.”

As for the future, along with supporting the offshoots of her current research and doing more research around play, Blaisdell plans to follow her own advice–to play: “I look forward to taking a small break to play and enjoy some warm weather with my family.”

The University of Regina Graduate Student Association (URGSA) described the competition as follows:

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an internationally recognized competition for thesis-based graduate students in which participants present their scholarly and creative activity and its wider impact in 3 minutes or less. The challenge is to present complex research in an accessible and compelling way with the assistance of only one static slide. Created in 2008 by Dr. Alan Lawson at the University of Queensland, Australia, the 3MT® competition celebrates exciting and innovative graduate student research while promoting communication, public speaking, and storytelling skills. The competition offers an exciting and thought-provoking opportunity for graduate students, pushing them to consolidate their ideas and crystalize their research discoveries. Presenting in a 3MT® competition increases the capacity of graduate students to effectively explain their scholarly and creative activity in a clear and concise manner, and in a language appropriate to a general audience.

URGSA has posted a video of the competition to YouTube:

Save the Date – Spring 2021 Virtual Conference

SAVE THE DATE: May 7 – 9, 2021!

Teaching and Learning Here and Now: Innovations and Radical Re-Imaginings in Education.

We are hosting a Virtual Conference this spring!

A conference for Faculty of Education undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, K-12 teachers, and education practitioners.

Keynote Panel will feature Dr. Celeste Snowber (Simon Fraser University): Embodied Presence in the Classroom & Dr. Bill Pinar (University of British Columbia): Attending to the Complexity of all Relations in the Classroom

Register by May 5 for the Teaching and Learning Here and Now: Innovations and Radical Re-Imaginings in Education virtual conference. To Register visit

HRI Fellow recipient

Congratulations to Dr. Kathleen Nolan who has been awarded an Humanities Research Institute (HRI) Fellowship for 2020-2021, for her project “Engaging the public in critical and justice-oriented global actions: Moving beyond child sponsorship.” This award includes funding of $4762.00.

In a recent review and critique, I claimed that child sponsorship, in its noted absence of a critical examination of the root causes of poverty and global injustices, is not “better than nothing.” The charity-focused action of sponsoring a child in the global south raises questions centering on power, poverty, responsibility, complicity, and justice. As a follow-up to that critique, this research responds to the question: what critical and justice-oriented actions should the average citizen be doing?


HRI Research Fellow Profile

Outstanding Young Alumni Award Recipient – Christine Selinger

Christine Selinger BEd’11, BSc’11

Outstanding Young Alumni

Christine Selinger is a dedicated advocate, athlete and volunteer. While a student, she served as president of several student societies and received the President’s Medal for her academic achievements and extracurricular involvement. Selinger is an educator and emerging leader in the field of sex and disability. She is a two-time world champion in Paracanoe and, in 2010, she became the first paraplegic to traverse the rugged Nootka Trail off the west coast of Vancouver Island.

“After my injury, I was willing to try every sport I could, mostly because I wanted more social time with other people who have disabilities,” Selinger says. “I learned so much from my peers and I was eager to learn more. When I discovered paddling, I really fell in love with it. I loved being on the water and that kept me coming back each day. It didn’t feel like a chore to go to practice and I was eager to get faster and to keep up with my peers.”

Selinger sustained her spinal cord injury in a climbing accident at the age of 19. Subsequently, she completed two concurrent bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and education in 2011.

“My time at the U of R was transformative,” she says. “I feel that university in general is a time for discovery and I definitely felt that in my time with the U of R through both my studies and extracurricular activities. It gave me a view into the wider world that I was craving and chased after graduation. It gave me a view into the wider world that I was craving and chased after graduation. My university experience gave me a clearer idea of who I am and what I want to and can contribute to help my community thrive.”

Selinger worked as a peer support coordinator and instructional designer for the Canadian Paraplegic Association and Spinal Cord Injury Ontario. Through her openness and candor, she has had a tremendous impact on the lives of individuals with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities.

Selinger was a Canadian national Paracanoe athlete from 2008 to 2013, a two-time world champion, and Saskatchewan Athlete of the Month in August 2010. She was also shortlisted as International Paralympic Committee Athlete of the Month in August 2011.

In her professional and personal life, Selinger bravely faces challenges to help improve the lives of people with disabilities. Her contributions to promoting women in sport and her advocacy for the community of persons with disabilities, particularly related to issues of sex and intimacy, make her an extraordinary member of the University of Regina alumni community.

“I’m thrilled to receive an Alumni Crowning Achievement Award,” Selinger states. “Being recognized by peers and other alumni for my work means that the work is noticed. As someone who works in advocacy and awareness, that means a lot. It means I’m reaching people.”

When she’s not working, Selinger enjoys reading, playing games and crafting. She and her husband, Jerrod Smith, whom she met in a U of R modern algebra class, recently moved to Calgary after spending six years in Toronto and a year in Bangor, Maine. The couple have one dog named River, a mixed-breed rescue pup.

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Also see Where has your BEd taken you? Christine Selinger at

Book Launch – Save the date!

Save the date for the book launch of Decolonisation as Democratisation, edited by Siseko H. Kumalo,  which will be hosted virtually on Zoom, March 5, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Chapter contributor #UREdu’s Fatima Pirbhai Illich will be the joined by panelists, Siseko Kumalo (Ed.), Björn Freter, Frances Martin, Yvette Freter, and Ulrike Kistner.

Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar

Click this link to download the poster

Educational Milpas: Socio-Natural Frameworks for Well-Being

The Faculty of Education enjoyed a Lunch and Learn presentation organized by the Dean’s office entitled, “Educational Milpas (Milpas Educativas): Socio-natural Frameworks for Well-Being” (“Milpa” means cornfield) with Dr. Stefano Claudio Sartorello, Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City). The presentation was recorded Thursday, January 21, 2021.