Dr. Chava Finkler is no stranger to bringing two worlds together and finding common ground. A skill she’ll need in her role as grants facilitator with the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation and the School of Social Work.
Dr. Finkler was an activist, first in the women’s movement, and then in related social justice efforts. In this role, and in order to support social change, she had to raise funds, which was often challenging. However, she was often successful at not only raising money, but at bringing funders together with activists to garner moral and social support as well.
“Identifying sources of funding is not everyone’s cup of tea. However, I enjoy the challenge associated with the research endeavour. Finding potential cash is a form of research. It’s also a matching game. The grants facilitator must be able to create the right match between the professor and the source of funds.”
Now, Dr. Finkler combines the important lessons she learned in the community at the grassroots level with her academic experiences and shares those insights with others. In her new role, she will identify funding opportunities, revise and edit grant applications, as well as ensure compliance with funding policies, procedures and eligibility guidelines.
Dr. Finkler has spent much of her career advocating for persons with disabilities but still found time to obtain an interdisciplinary PhD from Dalhousie University in Halifax with a specialization in planning, law and disability studies, as well as a masters of environmental studies (planning) from York University, Toronto.
She is a former Memorial postdoctoral fellow and was a research affiliate as well as a post-doctoral fellow with SafetyNet. She has published widely in areas related to mental health law and disability studies, and more recently, land use law and affordable housing.
A recipient of eleven academic scholarships and community awards, including a Trudeau Foundation Scholarship, Dr. Finkler says she is committed to academic inquiry that establishes and maintains links between knowledge creators and knowledge users. “I like helping faculty find money for their research. I enjoy being exposed to new ideas and new ways of thinking. Most importantly, I like the people.”
Dr. Finkler says she is looking forward to helping her colleagues in Human Kinetics and Recreation and in Social Work to maximize their research potential.