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Sirena A Liladrie

Sirena A Liladrie


Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies


Sirena Liladrie began teaching at Sheridan College in 2009 in the Social Service Worker Program, bringing with her a Master’s Degree in Immigration and Settlement Studies from Ryerson University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Human Geography from Queen’s University. Sirena is also proud to be an alumnus of Sheridan where her educational journey began in the Community Worker: Outreach and Development program. She was an active Peer Mentor, the recipient of the Judith Atkinson Award for Excellence in Community Development and awarded the Silver Medal.

She has worked with various community organizations, including Halton Multicultural Council, World Vision Canada and The Salvation Army. She also has a passion for community based radio and spoken word which started at Queen’s University where she helped build and manage the Spoken Word and News department while hosting a vibrant community focused arts and entertainment show. She has produced and voiced several public service announcements, radio documentaries and most recently did voice work for an independent Canadian film.

In 2010, Sirena published a highly lauded article in the academic journal Race and Class looking at the health and well-being of immigrant women of colour working in precarious employment in the GTA. Based on her findings, Sirena believes that the time has come to shine a light on the risky working conditions of immigrant and migrant workers in Canada, which have negative health and social consequences. Since its publication, the article has become a required reading in courses at the University of Ottawa, Queen’s University and the University of Toronto and continues to inform social policy in this area.

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • Liladrie, S. (2010). ‘Do not disturb/please clean room’: hotel housekeepers in Greater Toronto. Race and Class, Vol. 52 (1), 57– 69. Doi: 10.1177/0306396809354177
  • Liladrie, S. (2010). Policy Matters: Immigrant women’s health in the hotel housekeeping sector.  CERIS – The Ontario Metropolis Centre. 
  • Liladrie, S. (November, 2008). Do not disturb/Please clean room: the invisible work and real pain of hotel housekeepers in the GTA. Paper presented at the RACE: Building Anti-Racist Theory & Practice for our Times Conference. Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.
  • Liladrie, S. (October, 2008). Do not disturb/Please clean room: the invisible work and real pain of hotel housekeepers in the GTA. Paper presented at the Contemplating Migration and Settlement in Global and Local Contexts Conference. Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.
  • Tyyskä, Betsayda,Jamal, Liladrie et al. (May, 2008). Problem-based learning in a graduate course at Ryerson: Student and Instructor Perspectives. Ryerson Faculty Conference: Building Community, Creating Learning Space. Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.

Research Interests

  • Immigrant women & health
  • Precarious employment
  • Group work methods for culturally diverse populations
  • Community development & participatory research methods and the related social policy and social justice aspects of these topics
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