Rina Arseneault, C.M., MSW, RSW
Rina Arseneault is the Associate Director of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research at the University of New Brunswick and has held this position since November 1993. From 2001 to 2003, she held the position of Social Worker at the Psychiatry Emergency Services and the HIV/AIDS Clinic at the Ottawa Hospital. Rina received her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the Université de Moncton and is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) in the Province of New Brunswick.
Rina is recognized as an activist and educator on issues related to family violence, intimate partner violence and violence against women and children. She has worked with a large number of community based organizations, individual researchers, government agencies, the media and victims of violence. She contributed in the development of the 8-course credited UNB Certificate Program in Family Violence Issues and she has also taught courses in the program. She has organized and coordinated numerous research efforts, training and educational events and workshops.
Rina has received numerous honours during her career including her appointed in December 2013 to the Order of Canada. The Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. She has been recognized for her contributions as a researcher, activist, author and educator working in the field of family violence.
In 2002, she received the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation Award, for her work in violence against women and family violence.
In 1997, Rina was honoured with the NB Advisory Council on the Status of Women Recognition Award for her contribution to improving the status of women in New Brunswick.
Rina currently resides in Fredericton, NB with her husband Dan. She loves to spend time with family especially her five beautiful grandchildren.