RESOLVE Community Award
The RESOLVE Community Award is to acknowledge and celebrate a “person who has distinguished themselves for their contribution to creating homes and communities safe from interpersonal violence and abuse.” This year, RESOLVE focused the award on someone whose work in the area of violence has also advanced the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).


2019 Award Recipients

RESOLVE Manitoba Community Award

Hilda Hilda Anderson-Pyrz, Manager, at the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) liaison unit with Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc., and co-chair of the Manitoba MMIWG coalition is the recipient of the 2019 RESOLVE Manitoba Community Award.

RESOLVE Alberta Community Award

Karen Neilsen At RESOLVE’s 2019 Research Day, RESOLVE Alberta’s Community Award was presented to Dr. Karen Neilsen. Dr. Neilsen is a registered clinical social worker and therapist. She received her PhD in Education from the University of Alberta in 2004. Her PhD was entitled: “Leaving an Abusive Relationship: Finding Hope”. Prior to her PhD she attained a Master’s of Education and Bachelor of Social Work. She has nearly 40 years of experience helping children and women who are victims of intra-familial trauma and abuse.

RESOLVE Saskatchewan Community Award

Betty Mckenna Elder Betty McKenna of Regina was the recipient of the 2019 RESOLVE Saskatchewan Community Award. A luncheon was held in Regina in July to present her the award as she was not scheduled to be at the RESOLVE Research Day conference when these awards are announced. At the RESOLVE Alberta Research day in November a speech was given that gave an overview of her numerous contributions that address violence in the communities.

Everyone at RESOLVE SK is grateful for Elder Betty’s care, and the fact that even with so many changes, she has graciously agreed to continue as the Guiding Elder.

Past Award RESOLVE Community Award Recipients

2017Award Recipient
Lori Rudniski (right) presenter - Suhad Bisharat (right)
Executive Director - Bravestone Centre, Winnipeg

2016 Award Recipient
Sharon Mason (left)  presenter - Suhad Bisharat (right)
Shelter Liaison/Advisor, Circling Buffalo Incorporated
Peguis, MB

2015 Award Recipient
Suhad Bisharat (left)  presenter - Jane Ursel (right)
Executive Director, The Laurel Centre
Winnipeg, MB