The Manitoba Advocate has two Deputy Advocates who support the Advocate’s work.

Maria Godoy MSc (Acting)

Maria Godoy is Acting Deputy Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth. She was born and raised in Argentina and moved to Canada when she was 14 years old. She began her role at MACY as a Researcher. She has published numerous reports on human rights issues affecting children and youth in Manitoba including, youth homelessness, solitary confinement in custody, infant mortality, and more. Maria has a Masters in Science in Social Policy and Intervention from the University of Oxford. 

Her main interests are her family and dog, cycling, and coffee. Maria is a passionate advocate for children’s rights. 

DENISE WADSWORTH MSW, RSW, Indigenous Deputy Manitoba Advocate

Responsible for Advocacy Services and Youth Engagement

Denise Wadsworth is from the Metis nation near Boggy Creek, Manitoba and is the Acting Indigenous Deputy Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth. She is a registered Social Worker in the Province of Manitoba, with a Bachelor of Social Work degree as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree (Major in Greek & Roman Studies and a minor in Psychology) from the University of Victoria. Denise graduated from the faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba in 2020, in the Master of Social Work program in the Leadership, Management and Policy Cluster. Research interests include empathy and best practices in human services organizations, best practices in compassion and strengths-based leadership, and children’s wellness as they intersect public services.

Denise has been working for more than 10 years at the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth office, having worked in the positions of Children’s Intake Officer, Advocacy Officer, as an Investigator and as a Program Manager in the Investigations and Child Death Reviews Program.