Fonds F0757 - Pat Armstrong fonds

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Pat Armstrong fonds

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5.3 m of textual records

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Dr. Pat Armstrong was born in Matheson, Ontario. She received her BA in Sociology from Victoria College, University of Toronto in 1966, her MA in Canadian Studies from Carlton University in 1974, and her PhD in Sociology from Carlton University in 1984. She is recognized as an expert in the areas of gender equity; women’s work, women’s health and care labour; expertise acknowledged not only by Canadian courts and international consultations but also by reports commissioned by the Canadian and Ontario Governments as well as by the Romanow Commission and the Pan American Health Organization. She has held various academic positions, most notably: Teaching Master at Sir Sandford Fleming College of Applied Arts and Technology (1971-1973), Professor of Social Sciences at Vanier College (1974-1987), Lecturer at Concordia University-Layola Campus (1975-1976), Associate Professor of Sociology at York University (1986-1990), Director and Professor of Canadian Studies at Carlton University (1994-1999), and since 1990 she has been Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at York University. From 2001-2011 she held one of twelve Canada Health Services Research Foundation/Canadian Institute of Health Research Chairs in Health Services and Nursing Research. From 1998-2011 she was Chair of the Women and Health Care Reform Working Group. In her other work, Armstrong has served as an expert witness on women’s work, in particular on cases related to pay equity and she has been heard before bodies ranging from the Federal Court to the federal Human Rights Tribunals and the Ontario Pay Equity Tribunal.

Armstrong has published widely, co-authoring and co-editing such books as Thinking Women and Health Care Reform in Canada (2012); Women’s Health: Intersections of Research, Policy and Practice (2008); They Deserve Better: the Long-term Care Experience in Canada and Scandinavia (2009); A Place to Call Home: Long-term Care in Canada (2009); Critical to Care: the Invisible Women in Health Services (2008) and Wasting Away: The Undermining of Canadian Health Care (1996), as well as more than seventy-five book chapters and numerous journal articles. Armstrong is a recipient of the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sociology (2002), and has also been recognized with invitations to give multiple keynote addresses to domestic and international audiences and received professional honours in the form of special lectureships across Canada including McGill, University of Toronto, University of Saskatchewan and Ryerson. At York University, Dr. Armstrong is the recipient of the Dean of Arts Award for Outstanding Research (2007) and the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Contribution in Teaching (1991-92). In addition, she has been recognized in 2010 as a York University Distinguished Research Professor. Since 2011, she has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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Fonds consists of records documenting Armstrong's academic and research career, as well as records pertaining to her role as an expert witness and CHSRF/CIHR Chair in Health Services and Nursing Research. Includes research materials, drafts of published works, correspondence, meeting minutes, speeches, grant applications, annual reports, conference materials, as well as some personal correspondence.

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Research files were originally loosely arranged by research topic or project, with no order at the file or item level. Material was arranged into distinct files based on research project by the processing archivist in discussion with the creator. For larger research projects, material was further arranged into smaller units based on function (i.e. correspondence, data analysis, research notes, etc.). There are some grant applications and speeches interfiled with the research files. Rather than separate these into the Grant Applications series and Speeches and Presentations series, they were left as is to respect Armstrong's original order and working process.

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2022/02/24. T. Rayan. Creation.
2023/03/09. M. Moir. Imported description.

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