New U of G Speaker Series to Focus on Family

February 07, 2014 - News Release

A new speaker series at the University of Guelph will mark the 20th anniversary of the United Nations’ International Year of the Family.

Prof. Donna Lero will begin the series by discussing “Caring in Families, Caring for Families” Feb. 13 at the Innovation Guelph Atrium, 111 Farquhar St., from 7 to 9 p.m.

Lero is a professor in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition (FRAN) and holds the Jarislowsky Chair in Families and Work.

She says family members are critical to supporting each other’s health, development and well-being.
“But caring is definitely easier and more sustainable when families are supported by friends and have access to an adequate income, flexible schedules and a range of community resources,” Lero says.

She will share statistics, stories and strategies, and discuss how to better support families.

Co-founder of the University’s Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being (CFWW), she helps families to manage work and home responsibilities, and promotes responsive, family-friendly work environments.

A U of G faculty member since 1974, her recent research focuses on how public policies, employers and community services can better support caregivers to aging and disabled family members.

She also studies child care, parental and family-leave policies, and workplace support. She took part in the federally funded You Bet I Care! studies on the quality of child care in Canada.

The talk is free and open to everyone, but seating is limited. To register, email or visit

The speaker series is sponsored by U of G’s College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, FRAN and the CFWW.

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