One Year Into COVID-19 It’s not every day that you start a new job and then immediately have to close down the office indefinitely and send everyone home amidst a once-in-a-century pandemic. But that was my whirlwind experience when I joined YWCA Edmonton as our new CEO one year ago today. I hadn’t even met most of our staff yet before making that difficult decision after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mandated an historic stay-at-home order
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