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

Ainsley Krone MA PC-IIC, RSW

Ainsley originally joined MACY in 2009, as a Special Investigator on the child death review unit where she blended research and writing skills to advocate for changes to public systems that could improve service delivery to families and prevent future deaths of children. From there, Ainsley went on to create and develop MACY’s communications and research department, successfully building and amplifying the voice of the office, and running public outreach and education campaigns to increase awareness of the work of the Advocate. This included partnering with the Canadian Mental Health Association in the creation of Thrival Kits™. In spring 2017, Ainsley was appointed Deputy Manitoba Advocate, helping to organize and oversee ongoing initiatives as well as the significant changes to the Advocate’s expanded mandate under new legislation. In January 2021, Ainsley was appointed Acting Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth, where she served until a new Advocate was appointed and Ainsley returned to her home position as Deputy Manitoba Advocate overseeing Child Death Reviews and Investigations, Research, Quality Assurance, and Public Education.

Prior to returning to Winnipeg to join MACY, Ainsley spent ten years on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia as a direct service youth worker and alternative education program developer. She holds an MA in Communication, with a specialization in international and intercultural communications, and is a registered social worker with the Manitoba College of Social Workers. Ainsley’s work focuses on children’s rights education and finding creative ways to amplify the voices of young people.

Kirstin Magnusson

Kirstin joined the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth (MACY) in 2008 and she has worked both as an Advocacy Officer and as a Program Manager in the Advocacy Services Program. Prior to joining the MACY team, Kirstin worked for 13 years in the Manitoba Child and Welfare System where she held a variety of roles serving children, youth and families. Kirstin is a registered Social Worker and holds a BA from the University of Winnipeg and a BSW from the University of Calgary. She is passionate about children’s rights and the power and ability of children and youth to inform and influence change in our world.

In her free time Kirstin loves reading, gardening, music and spending time with family and friends cheering on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Winnipeg Jets.