Longtime community organizer Karen Robinson begins new role in Manitouwadge
Karen Robinson holds up an empty used nuclear fuel bundle at the NWMO’s Manitouwadge office.
A new role begins for a familiar face in Manitouwadge as Karen Robinson has been named the Community Liaison Manager for the area. Working closely with Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) Relationship Manager Norman Sandberg, Ms. Robinson will focus on engagement and social research activities.
“I am happy to be joining the NWMO in my new capacity as the Community Liaison Manager, and working with local residents and others in the region. I will still be in the Learn More Office in the plaza. And of course, everyone is welcome to drop by for a coffee and conversation,” said Ms. Robinson, who brings a great deal of knowledge and experience as she was previously project manager with the Township of Manitouwadge Nuclear Waste Community Liaison Committee.
A well-known local event organizer and longtime volunteer, Ms. Robinson moved to Manitouwadge from Hope, B.C., in 1985. She is involved in a number of organizations and committees, including a program called Breakfast Club, where all the elementary school children in the community are offered a free breakfast three times a week.
Ms. Robinson is also on the organizing committee for Manitouwadge’s biggest summer event – the ATV Jamboree – which brings together all-terrain vehicle enthusiasts from all over the region and beyond for two days from July 20 to 21, for which the NWMO is a sponsor.
Outside community activities, Ms. Robinson worked at the Manitouwadge Medical Centre for 17 years as clinic manager, and the Manitouwadge Economic Development Corporation as its office manager.
Ms. Robinson’s experience and knowledge of Manitouwadge and area brings a strong champion for the region to a role where community outreach is a primary objective.
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is a not-for-profit organization tasked with the safe, long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel inside a deep geological repository, in a manner that protects people and the environment for generations to come.
Founded in 2002, the NWMO has been guided for more than 20 years by a dedicated team of world-class scientists, engineers and Indigenous Knowledge Holders that are developing innovative and collaborative solutions for nuclear waste management. Canada’s plan will only proceed in an area with informed and willing hosts, where the municipality, First Nation and Métis communities, and others in the area are working together to implement it. The NWMO plans to select a site in 2024, and two areas remain in our site selection process: the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation-Ignace area in northwestern Ontario and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation-South Bruce area in southern Ontario.