“Throughout her long and distinguished career, Jan Reimer has worked tirelessly to promote safe communities and ensure the well-being of society’s most vulnerable members – seniors, youth and women in abusive relationships. Since 2002, she has served as the Executive Director of the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS), which represents 43 women’s and seniors’ shelters across the province. Ms. Reimer has helped propel the organization into a leadership role on issues of family violence in Alberta and enhanced awareness and support for ACWS through her innovative approaches to advocacy. ACWS hosted the first world conference of women’s shelters in Edmonton in 2008. Prior to ACWS, she worked as a consultant, developing, among other things, the Senior FriendlyTM Program. An alderman for nine years, Ms. Reimer went on to serve as Mayor of the City of Edmonton from 1989 to 1995. During her two terms in office, she undertook a number of strategic initiatives, including: the Mayor’s Task Force on Safer Cities, a Youth Advisory Committee, a diversity initiative, an economic development strategy, the Mayor’s Task Force on Investment in the Arts and equitable hiring practices. Jan is the recipient of the 2006 Governor General’s Award and was named “Edmontonian of the Century”.How would Jan contribute to a collaborative vision of Canada?
“What is exceptional about Jan Reimer is the depth and breadth of her work and passion. Whether contributing to society as Mayor of Edmonton, City councilor, Executive Director of a NGO, consultant, or private citizen, Jan consistently enables social development. In her current work as Executive Director of the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, she has been instrumental in enhancing core funding, salary increases to market levels for shelter workers, and in supporting the realization of a family violence prevention strategy for Alberta. Jan is one of the founding members of the Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses. Jan brings wisdom to any dialogue she is a part of, is a visionary community leader, an informed world citizen, and a dedicated public servant and advocate for social justice and environmental stewardship in Canada.”