Kim Grimwade

Excellence in Women's Leadership 2011

Sheila O'Brien Award recipient


Kim Grimwade has a BA in Psychology (Honours).  Kim became a volunteer at the Women's Resource Centre in 2008 when she joined the peer support program. In this capacity, Kim became involved with the knitting circle. Kim welcomed many new visitors to the centre while passing along handcrafting skills in knitting crochet and needlepoint. The friendly informal atmosphere created by Kim helped visitors to feel comfortable, return to the centre, and many eventually become volunteers themselves. Kim's friendly and open demeanour, joined with her wiliness to listen non-judgmentally, made her an asset to the centre in assisting those who came in for peer support.  

In 2009 Kim took on a leadership role with the peer support team and worked with a team of over 20 volunteers. In this capacity, Kim encouraged the growth in other volunteers by assisting them with the creation of such projects as lunch and learns, craft Tuesdays, and service of the week posters.  In 2010, Kim remained active with the WRC, this time as a leadership mentor where she was available to support new team leaders and volunteers.  She continued to organize events at the WRC. 

Kim was a dedicated member of our volunteer team, creating a warm atmosphere in the centre and welcoming new and returning visitors. She's passionate in raising awareness and addressing issues of inequality; which was reflected in her psychology honours project Sexual Prejudice affecting Attributions of Blame.  Kim was selected by her WRC volunteer peers to be recognized for her outstanding contributions to the WRC.