Joanna sees research as a catalyst for social innovation, for public policy improvements, and for promoting knowledge democracy, in which local knowledge is valued in building local solutions. Driven by her passion and dedication, she promotes community-based research as a tool for equity and justice within societies. Joanna has led over 100 community-based research and knowledge mobilization activities over the last 25 years. Joanna led a National Summit on pursuing excellence in collaborative community campus research. She is a the Co-Director of the Centre for Community-Based Research, (CCBR), founding member of Community Based Research Canada (CBRC) and the Community Research Ethics Office (CREO).