Dr. Ready is an academic and the Executive Director of a non-profit organization. Since completing her PhD in 2012, Dr. Ready has taught a variety of FIFSW courses, including Social Policy in the Canadian Context, Social Work Practice in Organizations and Communities, Social Work Practice with Groups and Research for Social Justice. Her research interests include gender issues in the social welfare state, violence against women, women and poverty, the relationship of the non-profit sector to the social welfare state, community engagement and social justice.
Dr. Ready brings a unique approach to teaching through the combination of her academic experience and her understanding of direct social work practice. Her experience includes work in public and non-profit organizations in a variety of roles, including advocacy, community engagement, research, leadership, management, policy development and program planning, implementation and evaluation. The agency Dr. Ready leads offers counselling services, housing help, credit counselling and a community service order program. She has worked with United Ways, Social Planning Councils and municipal and provincial governments in Toronto and other Ontario communities and has consulted with a broad range of community organizations.
Dr. Ready returned to academia to study the impact of neoliberalism on women, people living in poverty, marginalized populations and the non-profit sector. Her publications include a book, Shelter in a Storm: Revitalizing Feminism in Neoliberal Ontario, published by UBC Press in 2016.
Mindfulness and the benefits it can offer to people, including social workers, who experience stress in a neoliberal society are among Dr. Ready’s interests. She is currently engaged in training in Integrative Yoga Therapy to pursue this interest.