Work to end family violence earns McBride a Tulip Award

Dr. Dawn McBride, a psychologist and professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge, has received a Tulip Award from the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter for her work to end family violence and abuse.

The awards are distributed among six categories and McBride was recognized with a Community Partnership Award, given to those who have joined in the work to end family violence and abuse.

“We are pleased to present Dr. McBride with a Community Partnership Award; she has become a tremendous support for our staff with her expertise and time. She is highly respected and held in the utmost regard,” says Gillian Weaver-Dunlop, director of Client Services. “A Tulip Award is one of the greatest honours the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter can bestow.”

“Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter remains a leader in the very challenging field of reducing family violence because they are committed to promoting an aspirational, ethical practice along with being continually open to learning,” says McBride. “I believe leaders and service providers need to be continually speaking about the need to address, offer and fund family violence prevention programming, even when it is challenging.”

McBride joined the U of L in 2005, following a stint at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. She has taught psychology at various Canadian universities since 1999 and received her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Calgary. A registered psychologist, McBride has worked in the family violence field for more than 20 years. She became a community partner of the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter a couple of years ago and has provided training in ethical practice and self-harm, and consulted with managers and directors to help inform policies in client services.