Soroptimist Foundation of Canada grants include:
Grants for Women – 4 annual, $7500 each, for post graduate study;
Club Grants – 7 annual, $1000 each, for Soroptimist Club education projects.
Grants for Women
Danielle N. Naumann
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Juris Doctor Candidate 2015, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor
BA (SDS), University of Waterloo.
Amy is a full-time law student entering her third year at the University of Windsor.
As a survivor of abuse, she has become a driven advocate for those who are unable to
advocate for themselves. She has accomplished this all while maintaining a home as a very
active and involved single mother of six boys, ages 16, 14, 13, 11, 9, and 7.
Amy was born and raised on a farm in Manitoba. After high school she completed
her Legal Assistance Diploma and worked as a legal secretary for several years. During
that time she married and started her family. In 2008, after the birth of her last son, she
began to pursue her dream of post-secondary education at the University of Waterloo. In 2012 she graduated on
the dean’s honour list with her degree in Social Development Studies with a general diploma in Social Work
before relocating her family to Windsor and starting law school that fall.
During Amy’s marriage, life became increasingly violent. She and her boys suffered years of physical,
psychological and financial abuse at the hands of her husband and the children’s father. In 2009, after a final
violent and life changing incident, Amy and her boys escaped 11 years of terror. Homeless and in hiding
pending the outcome of criminal charges against her husband, Amy became even more determined to provide a
better future for her family and began picking up the pieces of their broken lives.
Part of Amy’s passion for the law and working with disadvantaged women and children is derived
from her very personal history and lived experience. She is devoted to improving the plight of women and
children so they can reach equality in law and realize their full potential. By demonstrating the work ethic and
desire to achieve her educational goals and contributing to the betterment of society through helping others,
Amy inspires people to pursue their own dreams. She also uses her advocacy skills to speak in the community to
debunk myths and stereotypes about abuse, women, children and poverty, opening the greater community to a
better understanding of these issues, its lasting effect on women and children, and how every decision can have
a lasting impact.
Amy continues to pursue her dreams and improve her skills through volunteering with Pro Bono
Students Canada’s Family Law Project assisting self-represented litigants navigate a complex legal system with
emotionally charged issues. She works at a poverty clinic, Legal Assistance of Windsor, advocating for lowincome
clients in a variety of tribunal related matters. In 2013, Amy founded a Windsor based charity, Cuddles
Clothing for Kids which collects and distributes free children’s clothes and other child-related items, to families
in need. To date, the charity has assisted over 200 local families and continues to grow.
In the midst of Amy’s involvement in her law school, church and community she has remained an
active and involved parent in every aspect of her children’s lives, which with 6 growing boys is a full-time job
for any parent. Her boys are involved in the arts and sports. Amy can always be heard cheering them on from
the audience or sidelines. She is well known at both the high school and grade school as a go-to parent. Amy
has helped organize a high school career fair, fundraising events and a variety of other school and community
Amy is far greater than the sum of the misfortune that life has dealt her. She has chosen not to remain a
victim but has become ignited in passion and inspired in spirit. Her life’s challenges have nurtured particular
skills so that she can rise above and advocate for others less able to advocate for themselves. It is Amy’s hope
that the stone of the negativity of the past, thrown into the pond, will create positive ripples in the lives of those
whom she encounters. It is her dream that those who come behind her will find their lost or forgotten dreams
and bring them back to life.
MA Student, Clinical Psychology, Department of
Psychology, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Manitoba
Kristene recently completed her first year of her Master’s Degree in the
Clinical Psychology Training Program at the University of Manitoba. By
enrolling in this program, she is able to combine her two main passions and
interests; patient care and research. Her main research interests include
family systems, attachment theory, childhood adversity, and developmental
psychopathology. Kristene’s Master’s Thesis combines her interest in family
systems and developmental psychopathology by examining the association
between parental psychopathology in families of children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity
In addition to her thesis work, Kristene is actively involved in multiple research projects and
attributes her strong interest in research to her two main research supervisors, Dr. Jennifer
Theule (Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba) and Dr. Tracie Afifi (Department of
Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba). She has worked with Dr. Theule for the
past two years as a research volunteer, a Student Research Assistant, and now as a Master’s
graduate student. Under the direction of Dr. Theule, she is also the lab coordinator for the Family
and Developmental Psychopathology Lab at the University of Manitoba. Within the lab, Kristene
has acted as a mentor to the undergraduate students and will be supervising a Psychology
undergraduate student’s Honour’s thesis in the upcoming academic year. She also works as a
Student Research Assistant under the direction of Dr. Afifi in the Manitoba Population Mental
Health Research Group. Recently, Kristene co-authored the first nationally representative study
on child abuse in Canada, a project lead by Dr. Afifi.
While her passion for research in psychology and epidemiology has developed through
academia, Kristene’s interest and overall passion for mental health and patient care originated
from her volunteer experience at the Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She
currently volunteers in the recreation-based activity program within the Mental Health Program
and has had the opportunity to work with two amazing Recreation Coordinators over the years,
Vi Stoesz and Clayton Carriere. This program runs a variety of interactive activities, such as
cooking, arts and crafts, bowling, bingo, and gardening in the summer. The hands-on experience
she has obtained in this program has increased her interest and practical knowledge of mental
health, which goes far beyond what is attainable in a classroom setting alone. Volunteering in this
program has also provided her with a greater appreciation and understanding of mental health
and she has since solidified her intention to pursue a career in this field. In addition to
volunteering and assisting with research, she has also worked for the Attachment Network of
Manitoba, the Department of Psychology as a Teaching Assistant, and as a Student Office
Assistant at the Psychological Service Centre at the University of Manitoba.
As a future Clinical Psychologist, Kristene hopes to be involved in the community, as well as
practice in a clinical setting. At the community level, she hopes to promote mental health within
the community, to bring about public awareness of mental health issues, and to be a part of the
movement to reduce the stigma surrounding mental disorders. She also hopes to be able to
continue conducting research pertaining to women and family issues, as well as work with
women and families by providing clinical services through the use of empirically based
psychotherapeutic interventions. After the completion of her Master’s Degree, Kristene intends to
continue in the program as a full-time PhD student. Upon graduation, she plans to spend the
majority of her professional career in Canada.
Kristene would also like to thank Dr. Melanie Glenwright (Department of Psychology, University
of Manitoba) for introducing her to research and Tamara Taillieu (Department of Applied Health
Sciences, University of Manitoba) for her mentorship and support.
Danielle N. Naumann
PhD Candidate, School of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen's
University MSc(OT), School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen's
University B.A. (H) MJM, Psychology, Global Development Studies, Queen's University
Danielle is an Occupational Therapist and PhD Candidate in Rehabilitation Science in the Faculty of
Health Sciences, Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario. Her PhD research is focused on
developing a Knowledge Translation (KT) tool on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) for use
in the primary care environment, using the Actionable Nuggets™ strategy. Her other research
interests include: Continuing Health Education (CHE), curriculum design, adult education, memory,
Aboriginal issues, disability, and occupational therapy. She is a research assistant in the Office of Continuing Professional
Development at Queen’s University, where she is collaborating on several projects pertaining to CHE. She is involved in
academic instruction as a teaching assistant in the MSc Occupational Therapy program at Queen’s and teaches in the
Occupational Therapist Assistant program at KLC College, having designed the Occupational Therapy portion of the
curriculum. Danielle’s clinical specialization is in paediatric Occupational Therapy, with a special interest in the
assessment of Autism, FASD, and sensory processing disorders.
Danielle completed her honours undergraduate degree from 2005-2009 in Psychology and Global Development
Studies, enrolling as a mature part time student while working in developmental services and as an attendant porter at
Hotel Dieu Hospital. Following successful completion of her undergraduate studies, she undertook a professional
master's in Occupational Therapy between 2009-11, and began the Doctorate in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies in
2011. After nearly 9 years of academia as a mature student, Danielle’s story embodies the emerging non-traditional
approaches to leadership at the level expected of Soroptimist Foundation Grant recipients. She is the eldest of 8 children,
and the first of her family to pursue post-secondary education. She currently lives in Kingston, Ontario with her partner,
Dave, and their three young children: Luca (7 years), Stella (3 years), and Lexi (6 months).
As a mature woman graduate student, Danielle is acutely aware of the many roles and responsibilities that
women hold – and her research aims to help to alleviate some of the stresses that women face in the healthcare system.
The outcomes of her research will be a knowledge translation tool that will be used in family physicians’ offices in order
to educate doctors about the dangers of alcohol use during pregnancy. Alcohol use during pregnancy results in fetal
alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in affected offspring, a disorder that is currently estimated to affect nearly 5% of the
Canadian school-aged population, but is largely missed or misdiagnosed in primary care. In 2009, 30% of Canadian
women reported drinking during pregnancy – putting their babies at risk for FASD, and this can be attributed to the fact
that 70% of family physicians report needing more knowledge about the effects of alcohol on pregnancy outcomes.
Danielle’s non-traditional background has provided her with opportunities for personal growth and leadership
that few people in graduate research programs have experienced. As a result, she is well-prepared to pursue a field of
research that will contribute to her dedicated service to the healthcare experience of Canadian women of child-bearing
age who socially consume alcohol, and their children. As a scholar, she is committed to thoughtful reflection and the
creation of new knowledge. As an occupational therapist, she is committed to putting that knowledge into action in order
to enable change.
PhD Student, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
MPH, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
B.A. (Honours), Department of Community Health Sciences, Brock University
Kate Salters began her PhD in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in
September 2013. Her PhD project aims to examine the social, physical and environmental barriers to
accessing sexual and reproductive health care among women living with HIV in Canada. Her project
will be in collaboration with the Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort
Study (study acronym: CHIWOS; study website: www.chiwos.ca), a multi-site, longitudinal,
community-based research project enrolling over 1,500 women living with HIV in British Columbia,
Ontario and Québec. Research has demonstrated that women living with HIV face gender barriers to HIV and other
health care services and that many women may benefit from women-centred services that would more fully address their
unique needs in a supportive, inclusive, and accessible manner. Kate will work closely with the CHIWOS team to look at
contraceptive use, access to family planning services and other sexual and reproductive health outcomes among a sample
of women living with HIV. Kate will use quantitative spatial epidemiological methods involving geographic information
systems technology to answer her research questions. Her work is strongly grounded in Critical Feminist theory and
guided by a Social Determinants of Health framework.
Kate completed her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at SFU as a means of building the knowledge and skills
necessary to be an active contributor in the field of women’s sexual and reproductive health. Kate completed her MPH
project in the southern-most point in Madagascar in a town called Fort Dauphin. Her work in Madagascar focused
primarily on evaluating a peer-led HIV education program in collaboration with a local Malagasy non-governmental
organization. Following this, Kate joined the Epidemiology and Population Health program at the British Columbia
Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) working on several qualitative and quantitative HIV research projects. She
continues to work part-time at the BC-CfE during her doctoral studies. Her work has been published in 11 peer-reviewed
journals and presented at multiple national and international conferences. She is a co-investigator of several ongoing
epidemiological studies and works with several ongoing community projects including the Pacific AIDS Network
Community-Based Research group and the Gathering of Spirits: Canadian Women, Trans People and Girls’ HIV Research
Kate intends to pursue a career in Canada specifically in the field of women's health and HIV/AIDS working for and with
women. She hopes to create a program of meaningful research and practice that adequately and appropriately addresses
the most pressing issues facing women in Canada in the field of sexual and reproductive health and HIV. In addition, she
hopes to continue teaching and being an advocate for women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Relevant recent publications include:
- Borwein, Salters, et al., High rates of lifetime and recent violence observed among harder-to-reach women living with HIV.
AIDS Care, 2014. 26(5): p. 587-94.
- Puskas, Forrest, Parashar, Salters, et al., Women and vulnerability to HAART non-adherence: a literature review of
treatment adherence by gender from 2000 to 2011. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep, 2011. 8(4): p. 277-87.
- Wang, Salters, et al., Women's Health Care Utilization among Harder-to-Reach HIV-Infected Women ever on
Antiretroviral Therapy in British Columbia. AIDS Res Treat. 2012: p. 560361.
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