Karen Power, is originally from Winnipeg, MB, where she is presently a student in the Bachelor of Social Work program at the University of Manitoba. In addition to her studies, she is a volunteer at Art City and the Winnipeg Children’s Access Agency. Karen is also an active member of the Social Work Student’s Association where she recently had accepted the position of Programmer following her term serving as Secretary.
Karen is honoured for this opportunity through the University of Manitoba’s Undergraduate Research Award program to gain experience researching in the area of gender-based violence. She firmly believes that everyone deserves to feel safe in this world and so it is very fulfilling to be involved in work that is contributing to the knowledge base on this complex social issue.
Lastly, Karen is very passionate about social justice, inclusion, and building supportive communities where people can thrive. In the future, she hopes to practice social work in the field of community development, continue to be involved in research on important social issues, and eventually earn a Masters degree in Social Work.
RESOLVE MB has a number of Steering Committee members who are retiring from the Committee: Roberta Graham, Faculty of Nursing, Brandon University, Susan Desjardine, Winnipeg Police Service, Pamela Mason, Wolseley Family Place, and Angela Konkin, Marlene Street Community Resource Centre.
We thank these Steering Committee members for their commitment and dedication to RESOLVE Manitoba and the Network over the years.
We would like to welcome our new members to the RESOLVE Manitoba Steering Committee: Shane Wepruk, Detective Sergeant, Domestic Violence Intervention Coordinator, Winnipeg Police Service; Emma Fineblit, Executive Director, Wolseley Family Place; and Nadine Smith, Acting Senior Program and Policy Analyst, Family Violence Prevention Program, Manitoba Status of Women Secretariat.
RESOLVE is working as part of the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations (CDHPIVP). The CDHPIVP is a SSHRC-funded national initiative that examines domestic homicide in Canada with a specific focus on risk assessment, risk management, and safety planning.
This work has involved establishing collaborative partnerships with Indigenous community agencies to develop culturally based and trauma-informed approaches toward interviewing survivors of severe domestic violence and those close to someone killed within the context of domestic violence. RESOLVE has been working closely with Ma Mawi Chi Itata Centre, Wahbung Abinoonjiiag, Circling Buffalo, and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak.
In September 2019, a launch for phase 3 of the CDHPIVP was held at Wahbung Abinoonjiiag. Elder Belinda Vandenbroeck opened the launch and offered prayers. Hilda Anderson-Pyrz (Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak), Angie Hutchinson (Ma Mawi Chi Itata Centre), and Sharon Mason (Circling Buffalo) spoke about the importance of the research and the unique approach toward the research being developed in Manitoba.
The RESOLVE team alongside their Indigenous community partners hosted a phase 3 Opening Ceremony in Thompson, MB on November 25, 2019. Elder Marie Ballantyne performed a pipe ceremony and offered prayers to start phase 3 off in positive way. Afterward, everyone participated in a discussion surrounding the research and a feast. Members of the Thompson community were in attendance including MKO Grand Chief Garrison Settee, Thompson Deputy Mayor Les Ellsworth, and Member of Parliament for Churchill-Keewatinook Aski Niki Ashton.
Future plans include conducting interviews in Thompson, MB to capture the voices of survivors in the north and an art session at Wahbung Abinoonjiiag to create gifts for interview participants.