The former acting chief director of the provincial Child Protective Branch has been named Manitoba's new children's advocate.

Daphne Penrose was appointed to the position Wednesday based on recommendations from members of a Manitoba Legislative Assembly committee.

Penrose has worked in a variety of areas in the child welfare system over the past 28 years, in jobs ranging from a family support and abuse worker to several upper management positions with Child and Family Services. 

She has a master's degree in social work and is a registered social worker.

Penrose recently served as acting chief executive officer with Winnipeg Child and Family Services' community service delivery department. She replaces former children's advocate Darlene MacDonald, who held the position for two terms.

"The assembly has been well served by Darlene MacDonald and, on behalf of all members of the Assembly, I thank Darlene for her many accomplishments and her six years of dedicated service as children's advocate," House Speaker Myrna Driedger said in a statement.