Nominated by: West Central Women’s Resource Centre
Lisa grew up as a third culture kid; a Canadian Mennonite having grown up for several years in a traditional Senufo village in Burkina Faso. These influences taught her the importance of community, tradition and language, and laid the foundation for ongoing learning around inclusion, intersectionality and anti-oppression. She is now the white half of a Metis family; her and her husband have two preteen girls that are much smarter than she was at their age. She received a Masters Certificate in Conflict Transformation from the Centre for Justice and Peacebuilding in Virginia USA. She has spent most of her career walking with women in Winnipeg who experience systemic marginalization while exiting the prison system, seeking access to their children in child welfare care, struggling to find housing security or navigating the social welfare system. She is currently the Director of Community Engagement at the West Central Women’s Resource Centre. She chairs the Winnipeg Rental Network and is the founding chair of Braids of Strength Community Network, capacity building for community agencies who support families involved with child welfare. She also sits on multiple committees in Winnipeg’s End Homelessness sector.