Deputy Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth, responsible for Research, Investigations, Quality Assurance, and Youth Engagement
MA PC-IIC, RSW
Ainsley Krone has worked as an advocate for children and youth for the last 18 years, the last 10 of those years with the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth (MACY). Ainsley joined MACY originally 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. In 2011, 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 build awareness of the work of the Advocate. Since spring 2017, she has served as Deputy Manitoba Advocate, helping to organize and oversee ongoing initiatives as well as the significant changes to the Advocate’s mandate.
Prior to returning to Winnipeg 10 years ago, 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 in the public sphere.
When not at work, Ainsley spends her time surrounded by home and family. Ainsley’s partner, Joe, is a talented musician and is an active member of the local music scene. Ainsley notes one of her biggest joys in life is spending time with her eleven year old daughter, who is one of the more hilarious little humans on the planet. The two of them can generally be found designing edible garden spaces to do their part for human and fairy food security.
Deputy Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth, responsible for Advocacy Services
Sherry Gott is member of Sapotewayak Cree Nation Treaty Territory #4 who currently resides in Winnipeg. Sherry holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree and is completing her Masters degree in Social Work based on Indigenous Knowledge. She is married with 3 sons and 2 grandchildren who inspire her to pave the way for them to pursue their passion. Sherry honours her grandparents who have taught her to walk beside people as they find their own purpose in life. She would like to acknowledge all the Elders/Knowledge Keepers that have supported and provided her with cultural teachings and ceremonies. Sherry relies on ceremonies to guide her in the work she does and respects all traditions and customs. Her career has taken her to many paths in areas like mental health, child welfare, health and education. She takes pride in working with families to receive the best service possible that will empower them to make a decision that will support their well being. For Sherry, it is important to make community connections that will support children and families that will enable them to build capacity in their families, communities, and nations. She looks forward to continuing to support the Manitoba Advocate and the Advocate’s office to strengthen connections within Indigenous communities to better support Indigenous children and all children of Manitoba.