Founder of Halifax non-profit receives Minister’s Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention
HALIFAX – 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.
“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-based peers. We could not do this work without the generous support of Public Safety Canada, which invests 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 expand SNAP 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.
Dr. Bernier has worked for over 15 years on issues of social justice and health among women and girls, including violence and trauma, addiction and mental health as well as incarceration and community reintegration. As Executive Director at BRAVE, Dr. Bernier provides leadership to achieve the Centre’s goals of reducing bullying, delinquency and future criminalization among high-risk girls aged 6-11 who display social and behavioural concerns.
BRAVE provides a comprehensive set of services and supports for girls, their families and school-based peers using SNAP. With years of research behind it, SNAP is an intervention program for high-risk children under 12. This evidence based program has evolved into an internationally-recognized model for teaching children with disruptive behaviours, and their parents, effective emotion-regulation, self-control and problem-solving skills.
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 taking referrals for the 13-week SNAP groups, with programming offered at no cost to families.
For more information on the Minister’s Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention, visit the NS Department of Justice.