Saturday, July 18, 2015

Jennifer McCreath Political Bio & Campaign Highlights

Jennifer McCreath was born in Nova Scotia in 1973. She split her childhood spending time in both Halifax, and the rural town of Black Point. At the age of nine, she moved to Toronto, Ontario, where she lived until 2007, when she moved to Newfoundland (NL). She earned a Business Administration Diploma from Humber College and a Bachelor of "Administration - Management Concentration" from Athabasca University.

In between studies, Jennifer took on a variety of employment opportunities in both public and private sector. After graduating from high school she spent two years in retail hardware and two years in the banking business. After graduating from College, Jennifer spent four years in the Ontario Public Service, undertaking work in four different departments. After returning to school to obtain her Bachelor Degree, she moved to St. John's in 2007 to accept a senior-level policy analyst position in the NL public service.

She has since taken on a diverse portfolio of employment assignments, ranging from conducting Privacy Impact Assessments for information technology projects, to archiving paper records for the Crown Attorneys' office, to answering 911 inquiries and managing a fleet of police dispatch cruisers for the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary police force.

Her work experiences highlights include:

- Jennifer has done policy writing, policy analysis, and policy compliance work for the Ontario & Newfoundland Government's Information Technology departments and Justice departments. She also, oversaw the management and protection of Government information and information assets, both physical and electronic for both departments.

- Jennifer developed and managed a 'portal' of information about Government services for Ontario senior citizens and senior citizen organizations. The portal was unique in a sense that it allowed citizen access to 3 levels of Government services through one main entry point.

- Jennifer conducted an internal business-mapping project for the Ontario Ministry of Consumer & Business Services and undertook change-management exercises. The result of this work was the creation of integrated service delivery mechanisms that cut Government costs, made service delivery more efficient and more e-friendly.

- Jennifer was part of an Ontario Government team that chaired a working group that included the Federal Government and all ten Provincial governments. This working group collaborated on a policy that would ensure congruence in how they shared information with each other, and how they conducted identity authenticating of individuals and businesses who sought government services while out of province on vacation or business.

Jennifer also has a variety of volunteer and non-profit leadership work experiences, having been the founder and original Head of Corporate Management for St. John's Pride Inc., as well as the founder of grassroots movements, the NL Animal Appreciation Society, the East Coast Trans Alliance, and the Trigeminal Neuralgia Patient Association of NL.

Jennifer is also no stranger to civil activism, having delivered passionate speeches at public meetings, including the 2009 Police Violence G20-protest, the 2009 provincial Human Rights Act review consultation meeting, and the 2011 Provincial Privacy Bill-29 protest.

Jennifer is also an educator and motivational speaker, giving countless presentations to audiences ranging from high school and university classrooms, to boardrooms full of politicians and senior-level bureaucrats. She is also a part-time journalist and blogger, and a frequent subject-matter-expert speaker on local political radio and television talk show programs.

Jennifer is also a transgendered person who 'transitioned' from male to female in 2007. She has been a champion, educator, and activist for human rights. She has played a key role in attaining formal human rights recognition and equal protection in the provinces of NL, NS, and PEI. She has also helped improve access to health care for transgendered persons in these provinces.

Jennifer is also an avid athlete, having completed 30 marathon runs, including the famous Boston Marathon twice. She also holds two gold medals and one silver medal from her experiences as a distance runner and distance swimmer at the 2009 World Outgames.

Jennifer's Priorities for Avalon:

Citizen Participatory Democracy

- Encourage citizen engagement through regularly-scheduled town hall meetings in towns all over the riding; hold periodical interactive online meetings to allow citizens to speak directly with their elected representative

Government Service Integration

- Develop better working relationships between the Federal and other levels of Government and create a "Service Centre of Excellence" that will allow citizens to conduct business affairs with multiple levels of Government from a single access point, either on-line or in person

Regional Development

- Enhance regional development by encouraging Federal Government to house departmental offices in towns in the riding and by taking steps to encourage private sector growth and job-creation in the regions

- Work to ensure that local citizens who go to school in St, John's or the mainland can return to the region and expect high quality employment opportunities that will allow them to grow and maximize their potential

Environmental Issues

- Repair the damage Canada has done to their global reputation in terms of their role in environmental issues and become world leaders

Jennifer McCreath
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

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