DR. NORA DIDKOWSKY


Board Member (Rotary Peace Fellow 2020)


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PhD., Interdisciplinary Studies (Dalhousie University): M.A., International Development Studies (Dalhousie University) BSc Honors, Psychology (Acadia University)

Nora is a researcher, development practitioner, and leadership facilitator in the fields of child and youth development, socio-ecological resilience, and participatory community development. For the past 20 years, she has had the privilege of partnering with multi-sectoral teams, communities, and populations made vulnerable, to understand and foster environments that enable peace and resilience.

Nora has coordinated and collaborated on a wide range of local and international research, knowledge-mobilization and community action efforts toward: children's prosocial development in refugee camps; preservation of indigenous wisdom; child and youth resilience in challenging contexts; health care access for young mothers and children; positive mother-infant interactions and early child development; young women’s initiatives toward food security and sustainable livelihoods; ecological conservation; international cooperation; and wellbeing indicator and policy development.

She is passionate about research and community development that values local knowledge; prioritizes community participation and ownership in planning, design, and delivery; uses place-based assets to address problems; takes a proactive approach to community change; creates multilevel, collaborative governance structures; and advances cooperation and understanding locally and globally.

She leads youth internship, research and leadership training programs, and provides research capacity-building workshops for government, community and non-profit organizations. She loves playing music, hiking, and getting her hands dirty in the garden.

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