Westman Immigrant Services and Brandon University establish research partnership

May 2, 2016

Martie Kruger, Chair of the Board for Westman Immigrant Services, and Dr. Heather Duncan, Associate Vice-President (Research) of Brandon University, have announced a two-year, community-university research partnership agreement.

Westman Immigrant Services LogoThe agreement will combine the research expertise of the University with the front-line services of Westman Immigrant Services. Dr. Karen Rempel, Director of the Centre for Aboriginal and Rural Education Studies at BU, is the facilitator of the project.

The partnership is based on a ‘Researcher-in-Residence’ program that is aimed at developing in-house research capacity to consistently collect and analyze information about programs and services.

“This project is an example of the benefits of a community-university partnership,” Duncan said. “We are truly delighted to share our research expertise with Westman Immigrant Services.”

Kruger stated that, “This partnership will help our organization respond to current demands and future opportunities.”

Richard Bruce, Executive Director of Westman Immigrant Services, added, “Our Westman Immigrant staff is our best asset. We are looking forward to this partnership and the way that it will bring an additional set of skills to our staff.  With timely, relevant and accurate information, Westman Immigrant Services will be in a better position to respond to our clients’ needs and to determine if our programs are working effectively.”