On February 23, 2016, Vanier Institute of the Family CEO Nora Spinks will be presenting this year’s Harshman Lecture at the University of Guelph.

In her lecture, Families in Canada: Complex, Dynamic and Diverse, Spinks will explore modern families in Canada through a human rights lens, focusing on evolving family realities and the policies, practices and procedures that currently support Canada’s families.

“We need to understand the diversity of families and the complexity of family life,” says Spinks. “Most family supports are based on a fairly traditional model of a mother, father and children or a couple with children. Increasingly, we’re seeing extended families and other diverse family forms emerging within that context.”

Workplace and community supports, she adds, need to be inclusive of families in transition, such as new immigrants, families with very young children or elderly people, and families with members in the military or in prison.

Free admission. A reception will follow.

Sponsored by the H. H. Harshman Foundation, this lecture series began a year after the death in 1977 of Dr. Page Harshman, former chair of the foundation. Previously affiliated with the University of Guelph’s former College of Family and Consumer Studies, the H. H. Harshman Foundation now supports undergraduate and graduate scholarships in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences.

Event details:
Families in Canada: Complex, Dynamic and Diverse
Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

University of Guelph, Cutten Fields
190 College Avenue East
Guelph, Ontario