Dr. Spitzer traveled to the Philippines to engage in a variety of research and educational opportunities. For instance, she offered a number of presentations on research methods including participatory visual ethnography at the University of the Philippines-Baguio. Then in Manila, she conducted interviews with representatives from government, non-governmental and health professional organizations, as part of a CIHR-funded cross-country research study on “Source Country Perspectives on the Migration of Highly Trained Personnel” directed by Drs. Ivy Bourgeault, Ron Labonté and Gail Tomblin-Murphy. In collaboration with one of her community partners, Migrante International, Dr. Spitzer worked with individuals waiting to join family members who have migrated to Canada under the auspices of the Live-In Caregiver Program to tell their stories using photography and text. This photo-voice project complements the other two carried out under the auspices of the Transnational Families in Transition: Filipino Families, Canadian Issues study that examined the challenges faced by Filipino families being reunited on Canadian soil.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans invited Dr. Spitzer to anchor their International Women’s Day celebration. She delivered her presentation, “102 Years Later: Does International Women's Day Still Matter?” at their event on Friday, March 8 from noon to 1:30 PM at 200 Kent Street.
Once again, Dr. Spitzer hosted the University of Ottawa’s Women’s Health Research Day. This year’s event featured Dr. Angel Foster, ECHO’s Endowed Chair of Women’s Health Research, at the University of Ottawa.
“Visualizing the Lives of Filipino-Canadian Families in Transition Photo-Voice Projects: Photo Exhibit and Community Discussion” will be held from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Room 4007, FSS. Focusing on the visual stories produced by a former live-in caregiver and a group of Filipino youth reunited with mothers and sisters, as part of her SSHRC-funded project, Transnational Families in Transition: Filipino Families, Canadian Issues, Dr. Spitzer hosted a presentation and discussion from 6:00-7:30 PM.
Dr. Spitzer and Dr. Sara Torres hosted a workshop entitled “Re-United: The Experiences of Former Filipino Live-in Caregivers and their Families Renegotiating Gender and Familial Roles” at the 15th National Metropolis Conference in Ottawa.