For over 20 years Joanne has been working in the non-profit sector, focusing on the needs of the marginalized through community engagement.
Currently, she is encouraging ethno-cultural communities to learn about, discuss, and address racism in Canada through the EMC anti-racism project as well as coordinating a newcomer youth project at the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers. She is regularly involved in peacebuilding and mentorship projects in East and West Africa.
Joanne’s past experiences include employment as a Community and Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity which involved working with the Interfaith Housing Initiative. In addition to serving as Associate Pastor in a multicultural faith community, she spent 10 years working primarily as Atlantic festival Sales Director, with Ten Thousand Villages, which collaborates with the unemployed, underemployed and disabled to start businesses in the developing world.
Joanne earned a BA in Criminology, from the University of New Brunswick and has taken many graduate level courses in the areas of counselling, peacebuilding, and public speaking.
Joanne supports a community development model that works “with” and not “for” the community and is grateful for the opportunity to work with Coalition.