Our Board

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Regan Spencer
Director & Officer/ Chairperson

Regan Spencer is the Director of Social Work and Utilization at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, where she works in partnership with senior management of patient care programs, allied health professional and medical directors to ensure the highest quality of health care services.

Previously, as Manager of Social Work, Child and Women’s Health Programs, she was able to establish a collaborative model of partnerships with a number of child and family service agencies, focused on improving health services to patients and families, while maximizing efficiencies in both systems. This included securing a CFS Medical Liaison position, developing protocols to manage high risk patients and their families and initiating integral changes to practice guidelines around birth alerts. Her focus has been on establishing and maintaining formal connections with agencies, resources and communities throughout Manitoba, and, most recently developing a transitional housing project that ensure safe transition and discharge of patients.

Regan’s work within in her previous roles as Health Care Transition Service Coordinator and Clinical Leader of Social Work and the Women’s Health program involved efforts to continually improve on service delivery, and respond to emerging needs with innovative projects and programs. She has also been involved with the Adult Eating Disorder Program and the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic. Regan holds a Master of Social Work from University of Manitoba (2004), a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Ryerson University (2000), A Bachelor of Arts in Criminology (1995) and a Certificate in Health Services Management through the Health Sciences Centre and Red River College (2011).

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Janelle Bird
Director & Officer / Vice-Chairperson

Sergeant Janelle Bird has been a dedicated member of the Manitoba “D” Division of the RCMP for almost 25 years. She has worked in detachment policing, including two remote Northern Manitoba communities; plain clothes units including the Major Crime Unit, Internet Exploitation Unit and Serious Crime Unit; and is currently assigned to the Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit.

Sgt. Bird has extensive training and experience in child abuse investigation, particularly Internet Child Exploitation and Child Forensic Interviewing. She has completed a variety of specialized courses, including those related to sexual offender behavior and interviewing, and has also instructed in a variety of RCMP training situations.

In her current work, Sgt. Bird operates in partnership with other RCMP investigational units and police agencies, and community organizations to ensure that information is shared and that comprehensive investigations are conducted.

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Amber Vialette
Director & Officer / Treasurer

Amber Vialette is currently the provincial Child Abuse Committee Specialist at the Child and Family Services Division. Involved in child welfare in various capacities for over 15 years, she began her career by providing child protection and intake services in the Interlake Region. Amber has practiced with a holistic approach, gaining experience in most areas of Child and Family Services (CFS) delivery including abuse investigations, intake screening and working directly with children in care.

Amber transitioned to the Child Protection Branch (now the CFS Division), Department of Families, during the implementation of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry- Child Welfare Initiative, to assist with the roll out and training users of the CFS computer applications (CFSIS and the Intake Module). She spent much time travelling to communities supporting agencies and staff with adapting their business processes and meeting their training needs. Amber continues to work closely with agency child abuse committees across the province. Amber earned a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Winnipeg, and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Manitoba. Her educational and employment experiences have fostered a strong passion for working with and serving children, youth and families.

Outside of work, Amber enjoys music, travelling, gardening and spending time with her family. She has spent many years involved as a parent and Board member in the competitive swimming community.

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Kelly Wozney
Director & Officer / Secretary

Kelly Wozney is currently employed at the Southern First Nations Network of Care as the Intake Coordinator. In this role she assists Southern First Nations Child and Family Services agencies with case planning for complex cases, high risk youth, and provides assistance, consultation and support to child and family services workers as needed. Kelly works with several committees that assists in developing programming and strengthening programs in the child and family services system.

She provides training on the Structured Decision Making (SDM) tool and child abuse investigations to child and family services workers in southern first nations communities.

Kelly began her career in child and family services in 2006 after graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Social Work Degree. Prior to this she worked in the health care field. Kelly worked at All Nations Coordinated Response Network (ANCR) as an Intake Worker and as a Child Abuse Investigator for 7 years. She then worked as a Permanent Ward Worker working closely with high risk youth to develop permanency planning for them. Kelly then worked at the Child and Family Services Division as an Issues Management Specialist. During her time at the Child and Family Services Division, Kelly liaised and built relationships with the four Child and Family Services Authorities and provided information and reports to the Minister of Families.

In her spare time Kelly enjoys camping, biking, and gardening; however her favorite hobby/interest is traveling. Kelly and her family enjoy exploring new places filled with history and adventure.

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Joan Durrant
Director

Throughout her 25-year career, Dr. Joan Durrant has advocated at all levels for the protection and rights of children. As a Professor of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, she has focused her research and teaching on prevention of violence, particularly with regard to punishment of children. She has co-authored the Joint Statement on Physical Punishment of Children and Youth, endorsed by more than 500 professional organizations across Canada.

Dr. Durrant was a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Study on Violence against Children, and co-edited a book published by UNESCO on Eliminating Corporal Punishment: The Way Forward to Constructive Discipline. In addition to her published work, Dr. Durrant has been very active in public education. Recently, she collaborated with Save the Children to develop a program for parents, Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting, which is being implemented in more than 30 countries around the world.

Dr. Durrant has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal; Health Promotion and Innovation Award of Excellence (Canadian Institute of Child Health); YWCA Woman of Distinction Award; Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year Award (Manitoba Chapter); Ian Logan Memorial Award for Leadership in Child Abuse Prevention (Manitoba Provincial Advisory Committee on Child Abuse); Manitoba Human Rights Commitment Award; Children’s Rights Supporter Award (Canadian Coalition for Children’s Rights); and the Researcher of the Year Award (Child Welfare League of Canada).

Diva Faria
Director

Diva Faria has been a Senior Manager at Winnipeg Child and Family Services (WCFS) since July, 2013, and currently has oversight of five service including the the Family Enhancement and Perinatal Service programs. She has extensive child protection experience as a front line Protection Worker, Supervisor, and Child Abuse Committee Coordinator.

Diva has also worked with various levels or government including the General Child and Family Services Authority (GA), where she worked with private and government CFS agencies, the other three Manitoba CFS Authorities, and multiple community collateral partners. Diva has also been a Leading Practice Specialist (LPS) with Family Services, Community Service Delivery Support, and Rural and Northern Services.

Diva obtained her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Manitoba, with her studies focused on quality assurance in child welfare. She has established a quality assurance framework for the GA, and has used her expertise in the area of social service administration, policy and program development, and program and process evaluation. Diva has been both a trainer and practitioner in the application of Solution-Focused Inquiry and Structured Decision Making in child protection case management.

Diva’s family keeps her active with their various activities and interests. Diva also loves to bake and to travel.

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Sheila Hutton
Director

Sheila Hutton, RN, BN, is the Manager of Patient Care at the Children’s Emergency Department at Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre. Sheila has worked as a registered nurse at the Children’s Hospital for almost 24 years, in many diverse and challenging roles, and is proud to have dedicated her entire career to the area of child health. Her current role in leadership at Children’s Emergency enables her to realize her passion for (and firm belief in) providing the most holistic care possible to the patients and families who seek care and compassion in that setting.

Sheila is extremely proud of her family. She and her husband are the biggest fans of her two teenage children, championing and cheering them on as they participate in their favorite sporting and musical activities.

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Kelly Dennison
Director

Inspector Kelly Dennison began his career with the Winnipeg Police Service in 1988. He has since served in a variety of leadership roles, including Criminal Investigations, Media Liaison, Counter Exploitation, Uniform Operations, Training, and also as In Charge of the Duty Office, overseeing city-wide operations. In his current role, Inspector Dennison is the Divisional Commander of Winnipeg Police Service’s Specialized Investigations Division, where he is responsible for multi-system collaboration involving Sex Crimes, Child Abuse, Vulnerable Persons, Missing Persons, Counter Exploitation and Internet Counter Exploitation investigations units.

Inspector Dennison has worked in partnership with many diverse community groups in Winnipeg and throughout the province of Manitoba. His leadership and expertise have been sought out by Universities, other police agencies and all levels of government. Inspector Dennison has lectured on a variety of Law Enforcement topics for police colleagues, government agencies and to special interest groups across North America.

Inspector Dennison graduated from college in Thunder Bay, Ontario and has obtained Leadership Certificates from the University of Manitoba. He is currently continuing his education at the University of Winnipeg. He has received the Police Exemplary Service Medal, which honours Canadian police officers with 20 year service, and also has a number of commendations for exceptional police work. Inspector Dennison is an avid golfer. He and his wife Michelle are proud parents of two sons and a daughter.

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Corrine Scott
Director

After a 31 year career, Corrine retired from the Winnipeg Police Service as a Superintendent and member of the Executive Management Team. She is now Director, Compliance, for the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba.

In 1981, Corrine Scott began her career with the Winnipeg Police Service. After graduating from recruit class, she was assigned to work as a general patrol uniform officer in the south end of the city. Throughout her career, Corrine worked in a number of uniformed and plainclothes divisions.

In 2002, Corrine was awarded the Police Exemplary Service Medal by the Governor

General of Canada and in 2007 she received the Manitoba Attorney General Excellence in Law Enforcement Award.

In 2006, she became an ‘Aide-de-Camp’ to the late Honourable John Harvard and she remained in that role until December, 2009.

In 2009, Corrine was invested into the Order of Manitoba. She was one of 12 new members inducted into the Order by Lieutenant Governor John Harvard, chancellor of the

Order, during a special ceremony held at the Manitoba Legislature Building. Established under special legislation, the Order of Manitoba is the province’s highest honour. It recognizes individuals who have demonstrated excellence and achievement in any field of endeavour, benefiting in an outstanding manner the social, cultural or economic wellbeing of Manitoba and its residents.

In 2010, she received the Athabasca University Distinguished Alumni Award (2009).

Corrine has a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) from Athabasca University; a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree from the University of Manitoba; a Graduate Diploma in Management from Athabasca University; a Management Development for Women Certificate from the University of Manitoba and two Police Leadership Certificates from Dalhousie University. Corrine is also a Certified Fraud Examiner, a graduate of the Canadian Police College and a graduate of the Emergency Preparedness College in Ottawa.

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Debra Baker
Director

For more than 30 years, Debra Baker worked within Manitoba’s Justice System.

Her experience ranges from working in the Crown Attorney (Criminal) Branch, advancing through various positions in the Court of Queen’s Bench, and 12 years as the Executive Director of the Winnipeg Courts.

During her professional career, Debra developed expansive applied skills, knowledge base and leadership skills. She is an organizational, change management and human resources specialist.

Debra’s strategic thinking, problem-solving and leadership skills were critical to her success. She participated in or lead a variety of projects including the Child Friendly Courtroom.

During a three-year term as President of the Association of Canadian Court Administrators (ACCA), Debra’s reputation for integrity, professionalism and commitment allowed her to establish and maintain positive, strong working relationships with colleagues and other board members.

Debra has key insights about the courts environment that will help Snowflake Place identify and advance the need to support the physical, emotional and psychological needs of children as they prepare for and move through for the “courthouse experience”.

Since retiring, Debra has been exploring various activities and interests, and most notably, having fun with her four pre-school grandchildren.

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Gord Perrier
Founding Director

In June 2016, Gord was appointed to the rank of Deputy Chief of Operations. In this role he is responsible for both Uniform Operations and Operational Support Branches including General Patrol, Traffic, Community Relations, Specialty Support, Records and Arrest Processing, along with 911 Services.

Deputy Chief Perrier began his career with the Winnipeg Police Service as a Special Constable in 1992 serving in the Forensic Services Unit. In 1994, he transitioned to uniform operations as a Police Constable. He has worked extensively as an investigator in a variety of units within the Criminal Investigations Bureau including Major Crimes, Organized Crime, Integrated Proceeds of Crime, Commercial Crime, Special Projects and Professional Standards.

He is also a founding director of Winnipeg’s Child Advocacy Centre, a non-profit corporation that works with a number of government agencies, including the police, to gather evidence in support of child maltreatment prosecutions.

Deputy Chief Perrier provided leadership for various branches as a Superintendent, including Operational Support, Human Resources and Organizational Support. Previous Inspector postings include the Duty Office and assignments leading the Major Crime Division and Specialized Investigations Division. Deputy Chief Perrier was also the project leader for the review of homicide operations and major case management planning.

Deputy Chief Perrier holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Management from Charles Stuart University in Australia and is a graduate of the Canadian Police College, Executive Development Program. He is a recipient of the Province of Manitoba Law Enforcement Medal of Excellence, the Exemplary Service Medal and is Vice-President of the Manitoba Association of Chiefs of Police. He currently sits on the board of the Winnipeg Police Museum & Historical Society and is a member of both the Canadian and International Association of Chiefs of Police.