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Our team

At the Social Research Centre (SRC), we are committed to helping train the next generation of social science researchers. Our student workers receive practical, hands-on experience in all aspects of applied social science research, including study and questionnaire design, data collection, analysis and presentation.

The SRC relies heavily on its staff and as such we feel it is important to highlight each of them. If you would like to learn more about our team, please scroll through the tabs below.

Brendan Nolan, Communications and Marketing Officer

Brendan Nolan - Student Volunteer

TEAM MEMBER SINCE SPRING 2017

Brendan Nolan is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Ontario Tech University majoring in Political Science and minoring in Communications. He began volunteering in 2017, and is now the SRC's Communications and Marketing Officer.  He is interested in Canadian politics and how government policies affect citizens on a macro level. His work at the SRC has helped him develop an understanding of how policy affects people on all levels. He is interested in dealing with public and government relations as well as the development and sustainability of Durham Region. In working for Ontario Tech, his goal is to help better the community, while developing his own skills along the way.

Contact:

Brendan Nolan
Ontario Tech University
61 Charles Street Building, DTA 203
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 5687
brendan.nolan@ontariotechu.ca

Gibran Khan, Corporate Engagement Officer

Gibran Khan

TEAM MEMBER SINCE FALL 2018

Gibran Khan is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Criminology and Justice and has hopes of continuing his education into post-graduate studies. He joined the SRC team in the fall of 2018 as a volunteer to explore new avenues of research with a particular interest in survey design and analysis. He is now the SRC's Corporate Engagement Officer. His research interests include power imbalances within Canada as well as various local injustices. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, Gibran is interested in either completing graduate school or entering the police force.

Contact:

Gibran Khan
Ontario Tech University
61 Charles Street Building, DTA 203
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 6742
gibran.khan@ontariotechu.ca

Zarah Javaid, Research Assistant

A picture of Zarah Javaid

TEAM MEMBER SINCE SPRING 2018

Zarah Javaid is an undergraduate student majoring in Criminology and Justice and minoring in Communication and Digital Media Studies. She joined the SRC team in the spring of 2018 as a volunteer to gain new skills in research and create connections among the community of Durham Region. Zarah now works as an ongoing Research Assistant with community partners. Her research interests include examining the relationship of poverty and homelessness. She is interested in developing her professional skills to help pursue graduate school and potentially a career working in the realm of community development.

Contact:

Zarah Javaid
Ontario Tech University
61 Charles Street Building, DTA 203
Oshawa, Ontario
zarah.javaid@ontariotechu.ca

Domenic Johnson-Mele, Research Assistant

Domenic Johnson-Mele

TEAM MEMBER SINCE SPRING 2017

Domenic Johnson-Mele is an undergraduate student majoring in Criminology and Justice, and minoring in Political Science. He is interested in the way laws and policies are created and is interested in earning a law degree. His interest in the SRC came from the opportunity to learn about how statistics are read and how proper research methods are carried out on a professional level and how these methods can help various types of communities. Outside of the university, Domenic is a competitive martial artist and theatre performer who enjoys the creativity and expression that result from these activities.

Contact:

Domenic Johnson-Mele
Ontario Tech University
61 Charles Street Building, DTA 203
Oshawa, Ontario
domenico.stevensonmele@ontariotechu.net

Each staff member you see listed here started as a student volunteer. By volunteering, students are able to gain hands-on experience and work with community and business partners from around the Greater Toronto Area.  If you're a student at Ontario Tech, and you're interested in joining our volunteer program, please fill out an application.

 

Current SRC student volunteers:

  • Dominika Kawecka, second-year undergraduate Criminology and Justice student.
  • Alexandra Sanita, second-year undergraduate Communication and Digital Media Studies student.