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Master of Education




The experiences of community members who engaged in an advocacy role

following the May 2000 water contamination in Walkerton, Ontario are described. Thirteen non-professional community members who stepped into an advocate role following this community crisis were interviewed about their experiences of advocacy. Results of the interviews were analyzed using a qualitative content analysis procedure. Five themes emerged from the data including: impetus for involvement, response from higher up, implications of advocacy, advocate characteristics and where to go from here. The results can be used to educate mental health professionals, disaster relief teams and researchers alike.



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