Jennifer and her family have lived in Scarborough East since 2005. Her love of the area formed when she enrolled at U of T Scarborough and volunteered with Rouge Park years ago. Jennifer is a Professional Environmental Geoscientist with a doctorate and experience in infrastructure planning and community engagement.
As a proud member of the local community, Jennifer is committed to grassroots activism. Jennifer was elected President of the Centennial Community & Recreation Association from 2015 to 2017. In this capacity, she worked collaboratively with all Ward 47 community associations to advocate for local residents at City Hall. This included making a successful deputation to Toronto City Council regarding the Highland Creek incinerator. Jennifer was also the inaugural President of the Scarborough Community Renewal Organization (2016-2018). In this capacity she advocated for increased municipal jobs in Scarborough, a local living arts centre and a trades training centre.
After finishing as runner-up in the 2014 campaign, Jennifer dedicated herself to community service. As a Board Member of University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Council (2015-2018), she has worked to create linkages between “town and gown.” Having served as a Board Member of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (2015-2018), Jennifer is prepared to fight for improved waterfront recreation access. Recognizing the importance of strong local health services, Jennifer became an Executive Member of Scarborough Women of Philanthropy (2015-2018), a council in support of the Scarborough & Rouge Hospital Foundation.
In 2017, Scarborough Rotary Clubs recognized Jennifer for her dedicated community work with the Paul Harris Fellow award. She is also a recipient of the Leading Women, Building Communities Recognition Award by the Province of Ontario (2015) and was a University of Toronto Scarborough Canada 150 Neighbour (2017).