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Sandra Hoy

Sandra Hoy

Assistant Professor



I relocated to Sudbury with my family in 2017 from Kitchener, Ontario. My teaching and community-based scholarship is grounded in my interests in social justice, community development and advancing the ethical aspirations of social work practice. I am motivated by a belief that public intellectuals should be of service to the communities in which they operate. I enjoy working with community partners and students to develop new ideas to improve community well-being and seeking out resources to make the ideas happen. I have practice experience in program development, resource development (including funding proposals), research and program evaluation and community development in non-profit environments.

Since coming to Sudbury, I have joined the Sudbury Baby Friendly Network Working Group at the Public Health Sudbury and Districts, a group of citizens and professionals that promote and advocate for effective community supports for breastfeeding in Sudbury.


  • Ph.D., Wilfrid Laurier University (Social Work)
  • M.S.W., Wilfrid Laurier University
  • B.A., (Hon. Psychology), University of Waterloo

On The Web

Waterloo County House of Industry and Refuge Virtual Museum Project:

CBC Radio Interview and CBC Online (March, 17, 2017). Virtual museum preserves legacy of Waterloo County poorhouse.

Breastfeeding Buddies Documentary:

Breastfeeding Supports Resource Comic: The Truth about Breastfeeding


My work focuses on community-based scholarship, community development, social determinants of health including mental health, maternal and child health, and social policies. I am particularly interested in how issues related to inequalities of class, gender, race, and ability intersect with health and health care experiences; and exploring the everyday experiences of these realities. I have many years of experience in program development, policy analysis and developing internal and external program evaluations in the non-profit and educational sectors.

I am motivated to engage in research that helps to improve the quality of health and social services from the perspective of service users. In addition, my recent efforts at archival research have ignited an interest in critical social history and understanding how histories of social welfare have shaped our current approaches and systems.

Current projects include: 1) an evaluation of a peer-based breastfeeding support program: Breastfeeding Buddies. This multi-year arts-based project has included the production of a short documentary and a comic; (2) a program evaluation of the expansion of services for survivors of gender-based violence at the Counseling Centre of East Algoma in Elliot Lake; and 3) a historical digitized case study of one of the first poorhouse in Ontario: the Waterloo County House of Industry and Refuge, that has resulted in the creation of a virtual museum: