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Centre for Philosophy for Children

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Centre for Philosophy for Children

University of the Fraser Valley
Abbotsford campus
Building D, 3rd floor, room D3091
Abbotsford, BC V2S 7M8
Email: p4c@ufv.ca

Centre Coordinator

Anastasia Anderson

Associate Professor


Abbotsford campus, D3119

Phone: 604.504.7441, local 4320

email Anastasia

Faculty Associates

Dr. Anna Cook

Department Head, Associate Professor


Abbotsford campus, D3119

Phone: 604.504.7441, local 4876

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Dr.  Christine Slavik,  BACYC, M.Ed., Ed.D., CCLS

Associate Professor

Abbotsford campus, D3317

email Christine

Vanessa Radzimski

Associate Professor

Mathematics and Statistics

Abbotsford campus, T108

Phone: 604-504-7441 ext. 4485

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Shelley Liebembuk, PhD

Director, School of Creative Arts

Abbotsford campus, C1402a

Phone: 604-504-7441 Ext. 6367

email Shelley

Dr. Madison Pesowski

Assistant Professor


Abbotsford campus, D220b

email Madison


CP4C Advisory Board

Josh Friesen

Josh Friesen received his BA from UFV with a major in Philosophy and minor in History. He completed his teaching degree in self-regulated learning from UBC. He is currently enrolled in the Queen’s teacher continuing education program. He has worked as a counsellor and curriculum developer at the Thinking Playground summer camps. He is currently a teacher in the Abbotsford school district.

Dr. Susan T. Gardner

Dr. Susan T. Gardner is Professor of Philosophy at Capilano University in North Vancouver, Canada. Her specialties include Critical Thinking, Bioethics, Gender Relations, and Philosophy for Children (P4C). She has published extensively in the field of P4C, and her Critical Thinking Text, entitled Thinking Your Way to Freedom, was published by Temple University Press in 2009. Dr. Gardner is also a director of the Vancouver Institute of Philosophy for Children (www.vip4c.ca) and, along with Anastasia Anderson of UFV, a prime mover in bringing Philosophy for Children to Vancouver in the form of summer camps in 2014. She is presently the vice-president of the International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children (ICPIC) and a director of the North American Association of the Community of Inquiry (NAACI).

Dr. Jana Mohr Lone

Dr. Jana Mohr Lone is Director of the Center for Philosophy for Children, an academic research center dedicated to research and practice in philosophy for children and philosophy of childhood, and Affiliate Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Washington. She has been teaching philosophy to students from preschool to graduate school for 25 years. She is the author of the books Seen and Not Heard (2021) and The Philosophical Child (2012); co-author of the textbook Philosophy in Education: Questioning and Dialogue in Schools (2016); co-editor of Philosophy and Education: Introducing Philosophy to Young People (2012); and she has written numerous articles about children’s philosophical thinking. She is the founding president of PLATO (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization) and the founding editor-in-chief of the journal Questions: Philosophy for Young People.

Barbara Salingré

Barbara Salingré is Associate Professor in the UFV Teacher Education Department. She teachers several courses to prospective teachers and also has advising responsibilities. Barbara is passionate about supporting students in developing dispositions for their teaching career, which includes identifying social, emotional, and academic learning needs. Her research interests are student success, admissions, teacher identity, and social emotional learning.

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Elizabeth Wilson

Elizabeth Wilson is a graduate of the UFV Philosophy Major program and the UBC Teacher Education Program. She is Operations Manager for the Thinking Playground summer camps and has worked as a counsellor and curriculum developer at the camps since their inception. She is currently a teacher in the Abbotsford school district.

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