Jeannette MacInnis has recently returned to Alberta, were she was born and raised, to join the EndPovertyEdmonton (EPE) Team. Poverty has played a significant role and compounding factor impacting areas of her previous work, particularly regarding violence against women and children. She was inspired by the EPE strategic goals and Roadmap to end to poverty in a generation and knew she wanted to be involved and support the positive future vision of the City for all Edmontonians.
As the former Director of Health and Ending Violence initiatives at the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centre’s she has an extensive background in a multitude of social determinants of health and wellness areas including poverty.
Jeannette has been a strong advocate for the health and well-being of women, with an expansive academic and professional background on the issue, extending as far afield as the plight of women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Jeannette has been highly active in the movement to end violence against women and girls, including human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and domestic and family violence with participation on many provincial and national committees and projects.
She previously sat on the board of directors for the Battered Women Support Services (BWSS) for 4 years, and BCs Community Coordination for Women's Safety provincial working group for 5 years. Nationally, she sat on the Canadian Women's Foundation and a former National Advisory Committee on the prevention of human trafficking and exploitation of Indigenous women and youth.
Jeannette is happy to back in Edmonton and enthusiastic to begin work on the EndPovertyEdmonton Team.