Linda Bernicki
Director, SHI, Community Development and Indigenous Engagement

Linda has been leading community change and developing coordinated community responses in the areas of homelessness, the housing spectrum, poverty reduction, domestic violence, and Indigenous engagement and reconciliation for over 23 years. Her education in Child, Youth and Family Counselling, Community Development, Economics of Social Change, Anti-Racism, Conflict Resolution and Incident Command System (ICS 300) has allowed her to work front line with the highest risk population to supervising and training staff in case management, trauma-informed care and harm reduction. This has supported her ability to identify approaches and design community engagement for difficult conversations. Linda has found these conversations essential to building a solid foundation for improving quality of life and overall wellness for the most vulnerable. Linda is the lead author and researcher for the RDN Emergency Mat Program Guide.

Linda has been honoured to learn from many Elders and Knowledge Keepers along with the opportunity to participate in the Indigenous Canada Certificate. These leanings have inspired her commitment and ability to lead stakeholder engagement through the understanding and importance of Reconciliation. Linda utilizes system integration that is based on the TRC recommendations, the rights-based approach, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  

In her free time, Linda enjoys kayaking, cooking, and spending time with family.

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