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Claire Rykelyk-Huizen, MSW, RSW
Knowledge Broker


Claire’s areas of expertise include social determinants of health, risk environments, stigma, gender and poverty.


Claire Rykelyk-Huizen has a passion for social justice and believes that transformative movements can result in lasting and positive social change. Since arriving at CCSA, she has served as a project lead for the Stigma Ends with Me workshops and has assisted in the development of the Brain Builders Lab. 

Claire has a BA in anthropology and an MA in social work, both from Carleton University. She is a registered social worker with a career focus on addictions and mental health. She is particularly interested in how stigma creates barriers to treatment for people who use substances and how changing stigmatizing language and behaviours is a critical first step in being an effective ally. Claire has been a knowledge broker at CCSA since January 2019. Prior to this, she worked as a research assistant at the Canadian Association for Social Work Education. 

A career highlight for Claire is presenting her research on Syrian women refugees at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress 2017.
Claire is an avid cyclist and enjoys reading the London Review of Books. 

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