Breen, Rebecca Hudson
Rebecca Hudson Breen is an Assistant Professor in the Counselling Psychology program in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. Her research interests are in the area of work, career-life development, and wellbeing, including the intersections of parenting and paid work; addictions recovery and work; and the role of hope in career development for supporting mental health.
Dione is currently the Director of Program Delivery with the Ministry of Community and Social Services. Dione has been with the Government of Alberta for over nineteen years, having worked on key initiatives that address significant social issues in Children’s Services, Human Services, and Alberta Justice.
In her current role, Dione is responsible for leading cross-government efforts to prevent and address family violence through the development of legislation, policy and programs. Some recent career highlights include the introduction of Clare’s Law to Alberta and the development and implementation of the Safer Spaces program, a provision of the Residential Tenancy Act. Dione’s portfolio also includes oversight of the Protection Against Family Violence Act, and supporting Alberta’s Family Violence Death Review Committee to make recommendations to government after careful systemic examinations of family violence-related deaths. Dione is passionate about working with community and government partners to design and deliver effective programs and services, and creating the social conditions whereby all forms of violence are eradicated.
Dr. Kharat has more than thirteen years of experience working with marginalized communities of Canada to address concerns of family violence. Working in various capacities, Dr. Kharat had the opportunity to work with new immigrants and refugees resettling in Canada. In order to better understand the influences of resettling in Canada on incidences of domestic violence among immigrant South Asian community, Dr. Kharat successfully completed her PhD that included the perspectives of perpetrators of domestic violence. The findings of the research were presented at the Joint World Conference of Social Work and Social Development at Seoul, Korea in June 2016. Apart from working with the wellness centre at the University of Calgary as a counsellor (Instructor), Dr. Kharat serves as the co-chair of the Ethno-Culturally Diverse Communities Committee of Calgary. Dr. Kharat will be joining the Steering Committee beginning in January 2017.