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Founder of SNAP Affiliate site receives Minister’s Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention

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(L-R): Dr. Jennifer Bernier recently joined CDI’s Dr. Leena Augimeri and Sarah Woods at a conference in New Orleans.

On March 9,2017, Jennifer Bernier, PhD., Founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Building Resilience through Anti-Violence Education (BRAVE) in Halifax, received the Minister’s Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention for her work with high-risk children. BRAVE provides a comprehensive set of services and supports for girls, their families and school-based peers using SNAP.

“I’m honoured to receive the Minister’s award, which goes beyond just me to include the entire team at BRAVE who provide valuable services to young girls struggling with behavioural issues, their families and school peers. We could not do this work without the generous support of Public Safety Canada, which invests pilot funding in programs like ours to provide much-needed support that otherwise may not be available. We appreciate that this award will bring increased awareness of BRAVE as we look to expand services for high-risk children.”

Presented each year by the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, the Minister’s Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to crime prevention and enhancing the safety of their communities.

Since launching the SNAP program in March 2015, BRAVE has worked directly with 115 families, and 450 children through the school system, in the Halifax Regional Municipality. BRAVE is currently conducting intake for the spring and fall sessions, with programming offered at no cost to families.

For more information, please visit iambrave.ca