The Honourable Jennifer Howard
Minister of Labour and Immigration
Minister charged with the administration of the Workers Compensation Act;
Minister responsible for the Status of Women and Persons with Disabilities
Appointed Minister of Labour and Immigration, Minister charged with the administration of the Workers Compensation Act; Minister responsible for The Status of Women and Persons with Disabilities on November 3, 2009.
Jennifer Howard is a well-known and credible advocate who has worked in the community and government on issues such as poverty, health care, neighbourhood safety and equality for women.
Jennifer is a life-long Manitoban – born and raised in Brandon where she graduated from Brandon University. She moved to Winnipeg in 1998. Previously she was the Executive Director of the Women’s Health Clinic - a non-profit community health centre dedicated to improving the health and well-being of girls and women. Jennifer has held positions with the Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence and the Manitoba Action Committee on the Status of Women. She was also a policy advisor to Premier Gary Doer on health care issues.
Jennifer has served on the Boards of numerous organizations, including the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (Manitoba), the Rainbow Resource Centre and the University of Winnipeg. Jennifer was named a Woman of Distinction in 1999 by the Brandon YWCA. She has also received a Community Builder Award from LAMBDA, the gay and lesbian business and professional organization.
Jennifer is a keen reader, theatre-goer and singer with a community choir – the Rainbow Harmony Project.