Wednesday, October 7, 2009

October 8, 2009 - Jennifer McCreath LGBT Advocacy Resume (updated March 2010)

In addition to having a bachelor degree in Admin Management, a college diploma in Business Administration, and 7 years of government work experience - 4 of which were in policy analysis, i have undertaken a vast variety of advocacy work for an umbrella of LGBT issues. i figure it's a good time to make a list of all my accomplishments and experiences.

In no particular order, here's what i have done since November 2007:

- Co-wrote a special edition of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Respectful Workplace Coordinator's monthly newsletter, which featured Diversity in the workplace. The main article focused on transitioning transsexuals in the work place, and steps that can be taken to ensure that both transpeople and their colleagues can work together in a supportive environment.

- wrote and distributed a biographical letter that served for education, awareness, and sensitivity-training purposes for Government employees who were in the process of gaining a better understanding of a transitioning transsexual in the work place.

- conducted a series of one on one sensitivity training discussions with co-workers to ensure that they had a safe environment to learn about a transitioning transsexual in the work place.

- was a member of a provincial government Duty to Accommodate Committee, that was tasked with creating corporate-wide policies and communication advisories with regards to transitioning transsexuals in the workplace.

- wrote and delivered a public presentation to the Department of Justice as part of their legislative review of the Human Rights Code, where i advocated for the inclusion of the terms "gender identity" and "gender expression" to be added to the code under the Prohibited Grounds section.

- wrote a policy and successfully advocated for it's acceptance for the creation of a 3rd sex category for transitioning athletes who sought participation in an international sporting event, the World Outgames. (went on to unofficially become the first formally sanctioned transsexual in world history to complete a marathon run and a 1500M swim).

- co-lead a pride week sub-committee that planned, developed, and coordinated an LGBT health care forum discussion for St John's pride week; recruited speakers; was responsible for ensuring that the media and political figures were invited; was a featured speaker at the forum where i discussed the gaps and discrimination that currently exist in the Newfoundland public health care system with regards to health care for transsexuals; interviewed by, and featured in, the local newspaper for a story on the forum.

- was a featured speaker at the opening ceremonies for St John's Pride week, where i addressed a crowd that included community leaders, politicians, and other LGBT advocates. my speech focused on advising pride participants to engage in conversation with transpeople as a learning experience.

- have been recruited to be a guest lecturer at Memorial University for a number of courses, including graduate students.

- member of Canadian Blood Services LGBTTQ working group, which is actually a steering committee that is helping CBS conduct research, policy reviews, and policy development with regards to blood and organ donation rules for MSMs (males who have sex with males) and transsexual donors.

- former acting-chair for Pflag Canada's St. John's Chapter's monthly meeting, an organization that holds public meetings where members of the LGBT community and their supporters can discuss their issues and obtain advice in a calm and accepting environment

- soon to be a co-founder of the St. John's edition of Front Runners, an international running organization that caters to LGBT athletes

- will be working in concert with LGBT advocacy groups to create and submit a discussion paper to the Government of Newfoundland's Department of Health, advocating for a legislative review on their Medical Care Plan's trans health policy

- collaborated with Canadian Autoworkers Union (CAW) to coordinate a letter-writing campaign which ultimately lead to the cancellation of the airing on tv of a controversial anti-gay advertisement by a Canadian fast food company and the termination of their contract with the ad agency that created the ad; was interviewed by local radio for the story

- was the star of 4 feature stories on local CTV news portraying transsexuals in a positive light. stories included the myths vs the realities of being trans, transitioning in the workplace, preparing for and undertaking the medical side of transition, gaining societal acceptance in a conservative community, and advocating for acceptance in the international athletic world.

- featured on CBC news' story about Pride week, where i was identified as an example of how more LGBT people are becoming prominent members of society.

- interviewed for local newspaper regarding my participation in the Newfoundland Sexual Health Centre's Run for Respect, to raise awareness against sexual violence and harassment. (went on to win this race)

- interviewed for local newspaper and radio regarding my appearance at St. John's Pride's flag raising ceremony; spoke about the importance of using pride as a time for advocacy and education, as well as celebration.

- featured on the cover, and in the pages, of a local arts and entertainment magazine, which told a positive story about a successful transsexual marathon runner.

- successfully lobbied a Newfoundland psychiatrist to adopt and apply the Harry Benjamin Standards of Care for a transsexual patient

- successfully lobbied a Newfoundland GP to adopt and apply Vancouver Coastal Health's transsexual endocrine therapy protocol for a transsexual patient

- worked with a number of individual university students who were conducting educational projects on variety of transsexualism-related topics

- created and maintain a variety of internet websites with information about transsexualism

(updated Nov 25, 2009)

- delivered keynote address as LBGT MUN's transgender day of remembrance candle light vigil event

- met with the Federal Liberal Government's Health Critic to discuss matter pertaining to health care concerns for transsexuals in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador


March 22, 2010 - spoke at Memorial Univeristy as part of a LGBTQ panel discussion on discrimination and other challenges with the Newfoundland Health Care System

May 17, 2010 - spoke via video and live audio to an entire high school in Nova Scotia regarding homo and trans phobia in sports.

May 22, 2010 - hosted a networking brunch event with approx 20 LGBTQ youth in Nova Scotia where i provided advise and guidance.

June 22, 2010 - interviewed on CBC Radio to discuss concerns about Newfoundland's Government Department of Justice's refusal to include gender identity in their new Human Rights Act

June 23, 2010 - attended a public forum on mental health and criticized the Minister of Health and Minister of Justice for failing to ensure transsexual Newfoundlanders have adequate health care funding and human rights. Challenged both to work with me and the rest of the trans community to resolve both issues.

up next:

July 2010 - coordinated a 4 hour seminar that included over 20 speakers in an LGBTQ context at a PRIDE environment

July 15 2010 - spoke at St. John's PRIDE flag raising - noon at City Hall - gave 10 minute speach that focused on challenges trans people face in society, including discrimination with regards to housing, employment, health care, and human rights recognition by government.

July 15, 2010 - spoke at St. John's PRIDE opening reception at 7 pm, City Hall - gave 10 minute speach that focused on challenges trans people face in society, including discrimination with regards to housing, employment, health care, and human rights recognition by government.

July 15, 2010 - appeared on NTV news as part of their pride coverage, including one on one interview clips.

July 18, 2010 - was one of the keynote speakers at a G20 rally/protest where Canadians demanded a public inquiry into the police violence that occured in Toronto during the G20 meetings. I was featured heavily in the NTV news coverage, both as a parade marcher, and a podium speaker.

July 19, 2010 - Represented PRIDE and co-hosted a pride movie night at and with the St. John's Women's Centre.


July 23, 2010 - will be among the 50 privately-invited guests of honour who will be a part of the St. John's PRIDE 'citizen of the year award'
July 24, 2010 - will host, and speak at the PRIDE conference seminar event
July 25, 2010 - will speak at PRIDE parade, drag racing, and BBQ social events

sept 18, 2010 - co-founded st. john's pride incorporated.


future endeavors:

- hope to secure full time permanent employment as an analyst, adviser, or consultant with an organization that is accepting and embracing of LGBT people

- hope to continue work as an advocate and educator to society about LGBT issues, especially trans issues

- hope to found and run a legal corporate entity whose mandate will be to advocate for transsexual women and to provide services to transwomen in Eastern Canada

- hope to write a book about my journey as a transitioning transsexual

- hope to create a video documentary about my journey

- hope to work with Canadian and international athletic sanctioning bodies to create suitable policies for the inclusion of transsexual and inter-sexed athletes

- hope to create and execute a running training program for LGBT athletes

- hope to work with Government entities to eliminate discriminatory policies against LGBT people

- hope to work with Human Rights entities to help make this world a better and easier place for transsexuals to undertake their transition in a public manner, and to carry on living life in a world of acceptance and equity

- hope to return to school to complete a Masters Degree

- hope to realize continued success as a marathon runner and endurance swimmer

- hope to cement a legacy as a positive transsexual role model and public figure in any community which i live

if you are interested in discussing my suitability for work with your organization, and would like more information about my specific work and educational experiences, please contact me at jennifer.mccreath@yahoo.com

Jennifer

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