Professor Kim Clare, friend and colleague, dies
The following is a message Acting Dean Lyn Ferguson sent to faculty of staff in the Faculty of Social Work.
It is my very sad task to tell the University of Manitoba and the wider community of the passing on Feb. 18 of Professor Kim Clare, currently the Director of the Inner City Social Work Program at the William Norrie Centre.
Kim began her career as a Lecturer in 1983 in the Inner City Program and became Director and Associate Professor in 1993, holding that position for much of her career. She was also an Acting Associate Dean of Social Work (Undergraduate Programs) July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011.
In addition to teaching and advising thousands of undergraduate and graduate students in the Inner-city and MSW programs, Kim was an exceptionally skilled and beloved administrator, researcher and community activist in Winnipeg’s inner city community. She participated in the Academic Enhancement Fund UM Connecting to Kids Project, and most recently was participating with colleagues on a grant exploring the impact of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry Child Welfare Initiative on Child and Family Services in Northern Manitoba. She sat on many university-committees and community boards notably the Chairperson of the Makoonsag Intergenerational Child Care Centre, a founder and board member of the Legal Help Centre, and Member of Advisory/Steering Committee of the Aboriginal Visioning for the North end, Director of Developmental Services (Community Services) for the YWCA, and Chairperson of the Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council from 2000 – 2003.
Reflecting those skills, Kim was awarded the University of Manitoba Outreach Award twice, once in 1988 and again in 2013 as well as winning the Canadian Association of Social Work Distinguished Social Work Award in 2001 and the Eira “Babs” Friesen Award for service to the advancement of women, sponsored by the YM-YWCA in 2010.
The loss for the profession of Social Work, the Faculty of Social Work at U of M, the wider university community, and particularly Winnipeg’s Aboriginal and North end communities is immeasurable. Kim was loved and respected by all who knew her.
We extend our sincere condolences to her partner Kathy Jones, their daughter Gina, Kim’s mother Mary, Richard Hill, Dennis Hill and family, and Kim and Kathy’s many close and dear friends.
A celebration of Kim’s life will be held February 27th at 1:30 p.m. at Meadowood United Church (1111 Dakota St, Winnipeg).