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 Who We Are



Kristen Lwin, Executive Director
Kristen is currently working towards her Ph.D. in social work at the University of Toronto, and has previously earned a Master of Social Work Degree, Bachelor of Social Work Degree, Hon. Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology, and diploma from the Assaulted Women and Children Counsellor Advocate Program. Kristen has worked in program evaluation and research at the Child Welfare Institute and as a child welfare practitioner in Intake, Family Services, and Children's Services. Previously, Kristen has worked under the Ministry of the Attorney General at the Victim Witness Assistance Program, directly with victims and witnesses throughout the court process. Kristen is interested in organizational behaviour research and implications for child and family outcomes.

Auriole Fernandes, Program Coordinator
Auriole has a diploma in Business Administration and has her certification in Project Management through Centennial College, Scarborough. Auriole was employed as an Executive Assistant with PART in 2008, a year after its inception, and has since taken on the role of Event and Program Coordinator for the organization. Auriole has had varied experience in the private sector prior to joining PART and has since taken a keen interest in the field of child welfare.


Julia Wedeles, Implementation Specialist
Julia is holds a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto. She has also earned Bachelor of Social Work from York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology & Equity Studies from the University of Toronto. Previously, Julia has held position as a research assistant at the University of Toronto, and worked with low-income children and families as an assistant program coordinator in a non-profit agency. Julia is interested in knowledge translation processes, and connecting research to practice in ways that influence health outcomes for individuals and communities.


Sarah Head, Implementation Specialist
Sarah is a graduate from the University of Guelph where she completed her MSc. Family Relations and Human Development, and has also earned her BSc. Psychology and Biology from Wilfrid Laurier University. Sarah’s research focused on children and youth living in care, and their relationships with nonparental caregivers. Sarah has worked in private and public agencies that serve children and youth with social, emotional, behavioral and developmental difficulties. Sarah is interested in connecting practitioners in child welfare with research, and encouraging the use of evidence informed decision making in everyday practice.