With a strong interest in the environment and belief that we are all called to be stewards of our common home, Ann has been involved with the Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice (MCEJ) since 2014; first with the Programming Committee and then joining the Board of Directors in 2016. She is excited about the mission and work of MCEJ.
A desire to make a difference in the lives of others led Ann to a career in social work. She earned a Bachelor’s and later a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her 37 year career saw her work in the children’s mental health, health, child welfare and youth justice sectors. Ann’s concern and passion for social justice expressed itself also in volunteer work over the years. This included advocacy for poverty reduction as a Board member with a social planning council in Northern Ontario; addressing social issues through active participation in her professional association, facilitating suicide bereavement support groups and working at the Board and community level in responding to violence against women. She has been the recipient of a community based award in recognition of outstanding contribution to improve the quality of life for those affected by mental illness (in the District of Nipissing, Ontario, 2013).