Snowflake Place operates and is designed on the premise that child abuse is a multifaceted community problem and no single agency, individual, or discipline has the necessary knowledge, skills or resources to effectively respond to the needs of victims and their families.
In common with other children’s advocacy centres, Snowflake Place shares the belief that the combined wisdom of professional knowledge and disciplines will result in more complete understanding of the case and the most effective child and family-focused system response.
Snowflake Place is a child-focused model where police, child and family services, and victim services workers come together in one child-friendly location to work collaboratively.
Karen Chymy is the Director of Operations at Snowflake Place for Children and Youth. Prior to joining the team, Karen was employed for 11 years with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection as the Director of Operations. During her time at the Canadian Centre, Karen oversaw the day-to-day work of the Cybertip.ca program, the communications and design team, and then the Child Safety and Family Advocacy Division. She was involved in program and policy development; ensuring programs and services were functioning effectively and efficiently. Karen played a central role in advancing innovative solutions to better protect children from sexual exploitation and harm, including expanding the Canadian Centre’s support services for survivors. Prior to working with the Canadian Centre, Karen worked for 7 years in the Manitoba child welfare system, including as a Supervisor within the Abuse Investigations program.