CIHR Graduate student workshop hosted by YLRL

June 4-6, 2014, Kate and the Young Lives Research Lab hosted a graduate student workshop on Mental Health Patient Journeys, as part of the CIHR (Canadian Institute of Health Research) funded and ARTC (Atlantic Research Training Center) coordinated project studying the Barriers and Facilitators in Child & Youth Mental Health in Atlantic Canada.

Students from all Atlantic provinces participated in the three day workshop which was coordinated by Dr. Brandi Bell, CIHR Post-Doctoral Fellow, here at UPEI. Additionally, a big thanks goes out to the entire Young Lives team for their efforts organizing the event.

Please follow the links to learn more about the project and the investigation team.

Access Mental Health project overview

ARTC project site



Kate’s Tier 1 Canada Research Chair awards ceremony

Group CRC

With Kate (from left to right) is UPEI President Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, Honourable Minister Gail Shea, and UPEI Vice-President Research Dr. Robert Gilmour.

UPEI – May 21, 2014

The Honourable Gail Shea, Canada’s Minister for Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of the Hon. Ed Holder, Minister of State for Science and Technology, formally announced today the awarding of a new Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Young Lives in Global & Local Contexts at the University of Prince Edward Island. The chair was awarded by the CRC Secretariat and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to Dr. Kate Tilleczek, a Professor in the Faculties of Education and Arts (Sociology/Anthropology) at UPEI. Dr. Tilleczek is also an Adjunct Research Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. See full article here

The CEA and UPEI introduce “The Facts on Education Series”

Our Young Lives Research Manager Valerie Campbell has published a series on “The Facts of Education”. This project is a team effort between the Canadian Education Association and the University of Prince Edward Island, and is sponsored by the Canadian School Boards Association.

“The primary goal of this project is to get relevant and needed research into the hands of parents and other interested people. They are written in plain language on topics of interest to parents, such as homework and class size”.

Follow the links below to review each report:

The Facts on Education: What is the Value of Standardized Testing?

The Facts on Education: Under what conditions does technology impact learning?

The Facts on Education: Do good grades in high school guarantee post-secondary success?

The Facts on Education: How can we create conditions for Aboriginal student success in our public schools?

The Facts on Education: What are effective approaches to improving students’ mental well-being?

2013 Year in Review

It’s been an exciting year for Kate and the Young Lives Research Lab at UPEI.

The lab has seen major transformations, with the completion of the CFI funded research ColabCFIcentre and collaboratory, along with the addition of new qualitative software and computer hardware that are advancing Qualitative research at UPEI to new and exciting levels.

See UPEI Qualitative Research Lab.

The lab has changed and so has the team, with new members Monica Kelly and Matthew Munro joining the staff at UPEI in the fall of ’13. With so many projects in motion at a local, national, and international level, and a team that will continue to grow in 2014, members new and old are busy researching and coordinating the projects for the Young Lives Research Lab.

See Research Team.

Some great strides have been made in Chile, with the Wekimun Rural Training Centre. Canadian team wekiumgraduatesmembers made the trip south in 2013 to improve school infrastructure and outfit the school with internet and computers. The project saw its first graduates in October (pictured right) and in February 2014 another team from UPEI will return to Chile. The goals are to further community engagement, further curriculum development, and discuss new opportunities for the Wekimun School.

See  project Wekimun Rural Training Centre

Finally, the year has wrapped up very nicely for Kate. After being awarded the Canadian whitworthEducation Association (CEA) Whitworth Award for research in education, Kate traveled to University of Oxford to present at the Young Lives UK Seminar Series, only to return to Canada to be officially awarded the Tier I Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Young Lives in Global/Local Contexts. Everyone is extremely proud of the research she has done and are excited to keep the momentum going into the upcoming year!

CEA Whitworth Award

Presentation: ‘These are all new winds’: Indigenous youth teach the perils of education in Canada and beyond

In November of 2013, Kate presented at the Young Lives Research series for the University of Oxford, Department of International Development and Young Lives UK. Her presentation addressed the failures in public education to address the learning and educational needs of Aboriginal youth and communities in Canada and southeast Chile.

For more information on Kate’s presentation see: Oxford Department of International Development Events

For more information on Young Lives – An International Study of Childhood Poverty see:

First graduates from Wekimun school in Chiloe, Chile


A group of UPEI staff and faculty recently participated, via Skype, in a graduation ceremony for the first class from Wekimun, a school in Chiloe, Chile created by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) funded project on rural training for Aboriginal youth in Chile.

These graduates participated in an experimental course in the local indigenous dialect of Williche, an educational need decided through consultation with the community. The Wekimun center provides gender-inclusive, contemporary education and training that reconnects trainees to their elders’ knowledge in areas such as agriculture, marine industries, and businesses in rural and urban settings in Williche territories. See project

Dr. Tilleczek said that, “The first graduation was a delightful ceremony in which all the collaborations and hard work of the international team had been realized in the faces and experiences of these students”.

2013 CEA Whitworth Award Winner!

Congratulations to Kate!

We are proud to announce that Dr. Tilleczek has been presented the 2013 Whitworth Award for Career Research in Education. In a press release the CEA recognizes “Dr. Tilleczek’s work in articulating the impacts of modern society on marginalized students in the context of transitions through school, mental health, and technology”. Details linked below.

CEA Whitworth Award

She will formally accept the award at the CEA’s Calgary Conference Oct 21st, where she will provide a discussion titled, “What’s standing in the way of change in Education”.