Location: Northern Division, Grande Prairie
Interests: Women's realities, northern/rural communities, child welfare, environmental social action.
As a frontline social worker for six years, Gail Zuk served women and children victims of violence in both rural and urban shelters in Alberta. After to moving to Vancouver, British Columbia, to pursue her graduate degree, she continued to provide individual and group counselling while focussing her research on women who were victims of violence and men who were assaultive. Zuk also worked extensively with HIV/AIDS patients to develop a number of training programs and pilot projects for the Vancouver AIDS Council.
In 1995, Zuk moved to Grand Prairie, Alberta, where she spent five years as a clinical social worker. She also worked as a trainer and project consultant with Alberta Child and Family Services.
For the past seven years, Zuk has been an instructor and site leader at the Faculty of Social Work's Grande Prairie site of the BSW Learning Circles program. She has taught a number of undergraduate courses such as ethics, group counselling, field practicum seminars, and portfolio courses as well as co-teaching in social work methods, research, generalist practice, and diversity and oppression.
Her current areas of research interest include social work education and emancipatory pedagogy, feminist research issues, and physical-social environmental impact studies.