With a degree in Health Studies with a minor in Political Science from the University of Waterloo, Connor has a deep understanding of the social determinants of health and its intersection with policy. From his time as in intern at Tamarack, he was able to intertwine his understanding of health with the theory of asset based community development. This led Connor to pursue an action-oriented masters of Public Health and Health systems at the University of Waterloo. His research was focused on understanding how an Indigenous self-government in the Northwest Territories can increase food access through a mobile abattoir. In addition, his research critically investigated the use of language within contemporary treaty texts to understand if the local food system is within the jurisdiction of an Indigenous self-government. Connor's experiences spans program evaluation, community-based research, food sovereignty and and policy analysis. He believes food insecurity is a symptom of poverty, thus an important piece of the complex puzzle that is poverty to address. He is a strong believer that food can be a powerful vehicle to build relationships, develop community and act as a catalyst for social change.
Last month, the Deepening Community team hosted Tamarack's first in-person event in over two years. This blog post is a reflection of the most significant learning I took away from the event.
Earlier this week, I was browsing through the Globe and Mail and stumbled upon this interesting article by Amira Elgawaby. After reading, I took a moment to think about the impact that technology has had on the concept of community.