Rina Arseneault, C.M.
Rina is widely recognized as a social worker, researcher, organizer, author and educator. She has a master’s degree in Social Work and she is a Registered Social Worker. For several years, she worked as a professional social worker at the Psychiatry Emergency Services and HIV/AIDS Clinic at the Ottawa Hospital.
Rina has been the Associate Director of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research (MMFC) since November 1993. With MMFC, she has completed and documented extensive research; she has also organized and delivered numerous regional, national and international training sessions and workshops on the subject of violence. She has contributed to the development of the accredited UNB Certificate Program in Family Violence Issues program and has presented courses in the program.
She has extensive regional and national experience working with community organizations, individual researchers, government agencies, the media and survivors of violence.
In 1997, Rina was honoured with the NB Advisory Council on the Status of Women Spiritus Award for her contribution to improving the status of women in New Brunswick.
Rina received the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation Award in 2002 for her work in violence against women and family violence.
Rina was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2014. The Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. She was recognized for her contributions as a researcher, author and educator working to end family violence.
In 2016, Rina received the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) Distinguished Service Award. The CASW Distinguished Service Awards serve to honour the significant contributions made by the social workers for their efforts in building stronger communities and a more equitable Canada.
Rina currently resides in Fredericton with her husband Dan. She loves to spend time with family, especially her three sons and five grandchildren.