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Honouring Dr. Kerry Preibisch




Jenna Hennebry

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It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to a dear friend and esteemed Guelph professor, Dr. Kerry Preibisch. After a brave battle with cancer, Kerry passed away the morning of January 28.

We want to honour the memory and legacy of Kerry Preibisch, a feminist sociologist and an internationally recognized scholar. Throughout her successful career, Kerry contributed actively to vast areas of research, such as: gender, migration, and rural livelihoods; temporary migration programs, migrant rights, and development; migration and social change, as well as ethical food production. This work was published in countless distinguished scholarly journals, and shared with colleagues and students. During her life, Kerry tried to transform the world through her research and outreach by engaging with migrant communities and working diligently to shape migration policies through engagement with national and international actors. Her work in these areas awarded her the César E. Chávez Black Eagle Award in migrant rights. She has shaped knowledge, influenced policy and directly contributed to the social movement in Canada aimed at improving the rights of migrant workers. She was an exceptional mentor, engaging collaborative scholar, and a wonderful friend.

We are all lucky to have known her – her heart, her ideas and her strength.

We will notify our network of any upcoming initiatives aimed at continuing Kerry’s legacy.


Jenna Hennebry

Director, IMRC

A short piece about Dr. Kerry Preibisch was recently published in the Guelph Mercury. It is written by colleague, and IMRC Associate, Dr. Janet McLaughlin. Please follow the link to read the article: http://www.guelphmercury.com/opinion-story/6253101-honouring-dr-kerry-preibisch/#


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