Presently the Community Programming Coordinator - Youth for River East Transcona School Division, Karina has recognized the need for empowering youth reaches beyond her scope of River East and Transcona.
With creating Rising Strong, she hopes to continue to give youth the positive influences and tools needed to unleash their full potential, to become future successors in our communities.
In her youth, Karina was heavily involved in extra curricular activities and sports. Her passion for competing came out while playing ringette, and often competed at a national level.
She made the progression from playing to coaching at an early age while still in university, and found it both rewarding and relative to her chosen path of studies in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba.
Graduating with a degree in Recreation Management and Community Development; she has embarked on a career that keeps her close to her love of sport and working with children and youth – providing direction, motivation and encouragement.
“I began my professional career as an intern with Special Olympics Manitoba, working for individuals with an intellectual disability and was instantly hooked on the feeling of making a difference. That, combined with the coaching and girls’ empowerment programs that I put together now, pushes me to be the best role model I can be for these young women. In no time they will be the leaders in our communities.”
Following her internship with Special Olympics Manitoba, Karina was responsible for recreation programming for Southeast Collegiate, a First Nations high school located in Winnipeg, where students live and learn throughout the school year.
Being selected as a Volunteer for the 2016 Rio Olympic Summer Games was a highlight in Karina's professional development journey. Meeting people from all parts of the world and experiencing different cultures opened her eyes to how well respected Canadian's are in the world and how fortunate she is to live in this beautiful country. She hopes to one day make it back to South America to help impact young females who do not live with such privileges as she has had growing up.
Presently the Community Programming Coordinator for Youth in the River East Transcona School Division; Karina manages many programs from Girl’s Empowerment projects, after school programs for “at-risk” youth in Manitoba Housing areas, and summer volunteer projects.