We are thrilled to hear that our own Task Force co-chair, Bishop Jane Alexander, has been nominated in the Advocate category for this year’s YWCA Women of Distinction awards. The Advocate is defined as someone who works tirelessly for positive social, economic, political or environmental change. That sounds like Jane. The awards are announced at the gala on Thursday May 28, and the competition in this – and every category- is stiff, with great community advocates and leaders in each. Congratulations, Jane, on this very deserved nomination. We all win with leaders like you working with us to create change!
Jane was born in England and began her professional life in 1981 as a music teacher in Newcastle upon Tyne. On moving to Canada she earned graduate degrees in education, and then in 2001 took on a new vocation in theology. In a few short years, she rose from priest to Dean and then in 2008 to Bishop of the Edmonton of the Anglican Church! Jane has been a leader in the Edmonton faith communities on the fight to end homelessness in our city. As EndPoverty Edmonton co-chair with Mayor Don Iveson, Jane is fearless, focused on action and brings a deep sense of equity and abundance to all she does. She has spent this year tirelessly speaking to hundreds of Edmontonians from many backgrounds about ending poverty in our city -- and how we all play a part. She tells the story of how, when invited by Mayor Iveson to join him in leading this task force, she said yes as soon as she heard his bold vision was to end poverty, not just reduce or manage it. That’s the kind of leadership challenge Jane thrives on.
The YWCA Women of Distinction Awards honour the work of remarkable women in Edmonton and raise essential funds for YWCA leadership programs for women and girls.
Also, check out a great article and photos that ran in WE, the Magazine of the United Way of Alberta Capital Region, Sept 2014.