Congratulations to Sylvia Massinon, last fall’s winner of the Les McAfee Memorial Award at the University of Manitoba !!
Sylvia is a queer settler in U of Manitoba’s Masters of Social Work based in Indigenous Knowledges program. Originally from rural MB, she now lives & works in Winnipeg. Her social work practice ranges from being a crisis worker to working in the school system, & she is currently works at Klinic Community Health as an educator and social worker. Supporting 2SLGBTQ+ people has long been an important value of Sylvia’s, & she is also involved with the Rainbow Resource Centre’s youth programs as a volunteer.
Her masters research explores how 2SLGBTQIA+ youth in Manitobia experience the child welfare system. The main research questions ask these youth about their experiences & how the system could change to better serve these youth. The research centres the voices of 2SLGBTQIA+ people ages 18-30, who have lived experience of being in care. As of April 2019, this masters research is ongoing.
Congrats again, Sylvia !