Lisa Broda, PhD is currently appointed as the Advocate for Children and Youth for the province of Saskatchewan. Dr. Broda holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Saskatchewan and brings over 25 years of experience in senior leadership, community engagement and research.
Prior to her work at the Advocate for Children and Youth Office, Dr. Broda held various senior leadership roles within the provincial government and has many professional highlights throughout her career, including receiving the Premier’s Award for Excellence in 2010.
She has extensively researched and worked in the field of children exposed to violence and suicide, intimate partner, and domestic violence, and has worked with children, men, women, families, and communities who have been affected by violence. More recently, she has worked to advance children’s rights and to advocate for better service outcomes for Saskatchewan’s young people, leading at the executive level in all ministries that serve children and youth.
Dr. Broda has worked collaboratively with ministries, stakeholders, communities, families, First Nations and Métis Governments and agencies, and embraces the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and the principles of reconciliation in her work and the work of the Advocate’s Office.
She is also currently serving as the President of the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates and has led several initiatives within this role including presenting to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child and leading the research in the Council’s most recent report entitled, National Paper on Youth Suicide.
Dr. Broda has been a senior lecturer for the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan for over two decades and is dedicated to community involvement having served in several community leadership roles, most currently as the Chair of the Prairieaction Foundation.
Dr. Broda has spent considerable time in her career working with or on behalf of children and is passionate about ensuring the rights of children are upheld and that young people are at the centre, supported to live to their full potential.