Daphne Penrose became the Manitoba Advocate after being sworn in officially on April 12, 2017. Daphne has extensive experience that spans nearly three decades working inside the child welfare system. She got her start in 1989, as a juvenile counsellor in the youth justice system, holding positions at Agassiz Youth Centre as well as the Manitoba Youth Centre. In 1994, she added positions in child welfare. Daphne has held nearly every job within the child welfare system: front line worker, abuse worker, unit supervisor, then head of quality assurance for the Child Protection Branch, and other senior executive positions, including most recently as acting Chief Executive Officer at Winnipeg Child and Family Services.
Daphne holds a Master’s degree in social work and is a registered social worker in the province.
Beyond titles, degrees, and designations, Daphne has had a lifelong commitment to working collaboratively with families and communities. She is committed to listening to the voices of families and extended families to design and deliver services to children and youth, which reflect the wisdom and expertise of the natural supports that surround each child.
Daphne also believes that system accountability in child welfare is of vital importance and brings her wealth of experience in quality assurance and accountability to her role as Children’s Advocate.
Away from the office, Daphne loves spending time with her family and friends. Originally from Dauphin, Daphne’s family still owns a cabin at Dauphin Lake, where she enjoys time with family. Her two sons are avid hockey players and Daphne is a dedicated supporter of their teams. She is also a movie lover, and while action, sci-fi, and drama are her genres of choice, she also happily admits to being among the biggest Harry Potter fans around.