Nominated by: West Central Women’s Resource Centre
Kirsten received a BA (Honours) in Economics from the University of Manitoba as well as an MA from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa. Her experience in non-profit organizations as well as in federal and provincial governments has contributed to her interest in community economic development theory and practice. Kirsten represents CCEDNet on the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative’s Alternative Federal Budget Steering Committee, Make Poverty History Manitoba’s Steering Committee, and the Right to Housing Coalition’s Provincial Committee. During her time at the Province of Manitoba she worked first as a policy analyst in Housing and Community Development, working on the All Aboard poverty reduction strategy, where she advocated for a gender-based analysis to be included in planning. Following that she worked on the Priorities and Planning Committee of Cabinet, where she did high-level government social policy analysis, development and implementation. She is the current chair of the Right to Housing provincial working group and recently guided the adoption of a CCEDNet policy resolution, calling on the Provincial and Municipal governments to apply a gender-based analysis to all policy, legislation and programming.