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Rachel  Gouin  - Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada / Repaires jeunesse du Canada. Ottawa , ON, CA

Rachel Gouin Rachel  Gouin

Director, Research and Public Policy / Directrice, Recherche et politique publique | Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada / Repaires jeunesse du Canada

Ottawa , ON, CANADA

Non-profit leader with expertise on children & youth





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I am an entrepreneurial non-profit leader who thrives in environments that call for strategic thinking and creativity. Throughout my career, I have convened and mobilized people to advance equality of opportunity for women and young people. I am skilled at government relations, communications, fundraising, research, and organizational development.

Industry Expertise (3)

Government Relations

Public Policy

Public Relations and Communications

Areas of Expertise (6)


Youth Activism

Youth and School-To-Work Transitions

youth mental health

Youth Engagement

youth political participation

Education (3)

Carleton University: Masters in Political Management, Political Management 2017

McGill University: PhD, Education 2006

University of Ottawa: BA, Women's Studies 2001

Languages (2)

  • English
  • French

Event Appearances (2)

Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities

Study: Poverty Reduction Strategies  House of Commons


Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration

Study on the integration of Syrian Refugees  House of Commons


Articles (2)

An Antiracist Feminist Analysis for the Study of Learning in Social Struggle

Adult Education Quarterly


This article outlines, critiques, and revises Griff Foley's analytical framework for the study of informal learning in social action. This reformulation is prompted by the author's own research on young women's experiences and learning in social struggle, and by the need to take into account the interdependence of systems of domination underlying their actions. She draws on anticapitalist and antiracist feminist theory to integrate an analysis of White supremacy and patriarchy within a Marxist political economy. This article helps to reconceptualize the study of learning in social movements so that it may contend with the complexity of society, social struggles, and the contexts in which learning takes place.

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Feminist participatory research in a social justice organization

Action Research


The authors of this article are staff members of a not-for-profit and non-hierarchical Canadian social justice organization. As members of a co-management team, they were mandated by their colleagues to lead research on the organization’s practice. In this article, they share their experience of conducting feminist participatory action research in an environment that functions by consensus. They provide an overview of the organization’s work and structure, then outline how the collective research process unfolded. The authors then discuss the synergy between the organizational structure and the research, that is, how staff members’ practice and commitment to process and consensus facilitated and strengthened the research. Finally, they share findings related to the importance of process for building alliances, learning, and collective action domestically and internationally.

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