In an effort to increase much-needed gender equality on boards, YWCA Edmonton and DirectHer Network have teamed up on a unique 12-month pilot project aimed at blazing more pathways for women and gender minorities wanting to serve at decision-making tables. “This partnership is a made-in-Alberta solution to the real challenge of not seeing enough women on boards, particularly women of colour and Indigenous women. We need to open more doors for everyone,” said YWCA Edmonton
Janice was born in Edmonton and received a bachelor of Arts, Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Alberta. She began her journey in leadership as president of her student’s union, which led to being a student representative at school board meetings.
As a community volunteer, Janice took on varied roles as community league president, area council member and treasurer, and numerous committees including working on the Eastglen Pool renewal. She presented to City public hearings on development issues and helped form the Community Development Institute that supported community groups when facing City Hall.
As a parent, Janice volunteered on many committees leading to her run for School Trustee in 1995. In her 6 years as trustee, she was EPSB representative to the Alberta School Boards Association Board and related provincial initiatives and committees, as well as board representative to Safer Cities Edmonton.
While on Edmonton City Council, Janice was a representative to Northlands Board, the Police Commission, member and then chair of the provincial Inter City Forum on Social Policy, and co-chair of the Edmonton’s Inclusive Cities project and Edmonton Drug strategy. She was the lead councillor on the Alberta Avenue Revitalization strategy and continued volunteering on AOTA after leaving council.
Janice ran her own catering business for 10 years and was involved in Community Conferencing and restorative justice for many years. After her time on council, she was Executive Director of Vibrant Communities Edmonton, part of a national initiative to raise the knowledge and discourse on poverty elimination. She helped create the transition to End Poverty Edmonton as a volunteer for 2 years.
Janice is married with two children.
Sources: Edmonton Journal October 23, 2001; City of Edmonton Web Page