Trish Altass - Workforce & Advanced Learning Critic
Trish is a sociologist and researcher at the Young Lives Research Laboratory led by Canada Research Chair Kate Tilleczek, housed at UPEI, where she is part of an interdisciplinary research team evaluating the scale-up of social and emotional learning programs in Atlantic Canada. Trish has co-authored book chapters and peer-reviewed publications that consider how education systems can best prepare youth for work in the knowledge-based creative economy, and conducted research exploring the paid and unpaid work experiences of women in PEI who identify as low income or facing economic hardship. Trish is a member of the PEI Working Group for a Livable Income, a former chair of the Research, Policy and Evaluation Working Group of the Guelph and Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination, was a founding member of the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute at the U of G, and has served as president and women’s council chair of CUPE 3913. Before starting her career as a researcher, Trish earned a diploma in Child and Youth Work and was a front line worker in residential care programs for youth. Trish Altass was born in Eastern PEI, and now lives in Summerside.