Rina Arseneault has been the Associate Director of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research since November 1993. She has a Masters in Social Work and is a Registered Social Worker. From 2001 to 2003, she worked in the Psychiatry Emergency Services and at the HIV/AIDS Clinic at the Ottawa Hospital.
She is recognized as an activist and educator on women issues. She has organized numerous training opportunities and workshops. Her experience includes extensive work with community - organizations, individual researchers, government agencies, the media and victims of violence.
In 1997, Rina was honoured with the NB Advisory Council on the Status of Women Recognition Award for her contribution to improving the status of women in New Brunswick.
In 2002, she received the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation Award, for her work in violence against women and family violence.
In 2014, Rina was appointed to the Order of Canada. The Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. She is recognized for her contributions as a researcher, activist, author and educator working to end family violence.
Suzanne McKenzie-Mohr, PhD, MSW, RSW
Suzanne McKenzie-Mohr is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, Canada. Before accepting a faculty position in 2003, Sue had been a practicing social worker for 15 years, working in shelters, hospitals, and community counselling centres. Her scholarly interests include women’s experiences of sexual violence, trauma and youth homelessness, youth experiences in the care system, and women’s use of counter-stories in response to oppressive conditions. Her most recent publication, Women Voicing Resistance: Discursive and narrative explorations, was co-edited with Michelle Lafrance (Routledge Press, 2014).
Violence in the lives of women comes in various forms. The Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research (MMFC), in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Social Workers, the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers, and School of Social Work at St. Thomas University have developed a series of three webinars to provide social workers with an understanding of the dynamics of violence in the lives women, what it is, why it occurs, how to respond and its impact in the lives of individuals and communities.