Who We Are

Changing the Story

Our “why” at Prairieaction Foundation is rooted in the difficult reality that thousands of Canadians face everyday. We exist for those who have ever experienced fear, uncertainty or harm in their homes or communities. Our work is for those who have believed that no one cared or that nothing is being done, or who feel that there was no way out of an abusive situation. Our very existence is because we believe that together we can take action and break the cycle of abuse and violence for those who experience it, and ultimately change this narrative.

For more than 20 years, the Prairieaction Foundation has been working to change the story of violence and abuse in the Canadian prairies. Through cooperative relationships and collegial partnerships, we’ve engaged in healthy debate and respectful controversy. We have funded research that is responsive to diverse community needs, seeking results in culturally-appropriate solutions, and promoting change. We have embraced open communication with integrity and accountability.

We believe that education and information lead to empowerment, and we will continue working towards finding solutions that build a future that is free of violence and abuse.

Lisa Broda, Ph.D
Board Chair
Prairieaction Foundation

Our Board


Lisa Broda, Ph.D


Deputy Advocate
Advocate for Children and Youth Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK


Rod McKendrick

Vice Chair

Interpersonal Violence Specialist, Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice
Regina, SK


Marlene Bertrand, C.M., O.M.


Domestic Violence Expert
Winnipeg, MB


Greg Preston


Preston Consulting Inc.
Calgary, AB


Heather Salloum BA, BEd, MA

Board Member

Private Secretary and Executive Director, Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan
Regina, SK


Debra George, B.H.J.

Board Member

Policy Analyst (retired), Domestic and Sexual Violence
Regina, SK


Gail Klymchuk

Board Member

Winnipeg, MB


Elizabeth Murray

Board Member

Winnipeg, MB


Cynthia Brick

Board Member

Passed away July 13, 2018

Prairieaction Foundation greatly appreciates the support it receives from the founders and honourary patrons:


  • Margaret Newall, L.L.D., C.M., Chair Emerita
  • Carolynne Boivin
  • The Honourable Senator Sharon Carstairs, P.C.
  • Sheila O’Brien, C. M
  • Ora Zabloski

Honourary Patrons

  • The Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada
  • Her Honour the Honourable Janice C. Filmon, C.M., O.M., Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
  • His Honour the Honourable Russ Mirasty Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan
  • Her Honour the Honourable Lois Mitchell C.M., A.O.E., LL.D., Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

Apply for Funding

Learn more about the application process for funding through our three areas of focus: CARE Grants and research programs, Education & Awareness Grants, and Youth Leadership Awards.

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