Nominated by: Willow Place Inc.
As a student in university, I became passionate about gender equality and the impact of domestic violence on women and families within our society. I attended the University of Manitoba where I obtained a Bachelor of Human Ecology degree (Family Studies). I first became involved with the organization that is now called Willow Place as a volunteer while attending university. My desire to make a difference within our community for women who had been effected by domestic violence has continued to be the driving force of my 23-year career. During my career I have had the opportunity to work as a frontline counsellor, the Volunteer Coordinator and finally as the Community Coordinator. As a result of these roles I have learned the importance of understanding, empathy, and of being trauma-informed. I have been responsible for the establishment and the ongoing maintenance of our presence within the community, as well as the mobilization of community efforts to raise awareness of domestic violence through fund-raising and education, public relations and the active promotion of Willow Place. In my life outside of work, I am a dedicated wife and mother, I have been married for 22 years and have two sons.