Kerry grew up along the Alaska Highway in some of the smallest communities in the Yukon. She graduated and went to college in Whitehorse, where she pursued an education in social work. Kerry’s schooling was put on hold following the birth of her two boys. Over the next 20 years, as her life took several twists and turns, as she learned and grew through a number life experiences. Her struggles with addiction, poverty and homelessness helped mold her into the woman she is today.
Kerry has carried forward personal reflections on her own history, and her spirit of resilience, to her current role as Community Coordinator & Outreach Worker with the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition (YAPC). Within her role, Kerry applies her lived expertise relating to homelessness, poverty, food insecurity, social injustice and social exclusion, to supporting her community’s most vulnerable.
Kerry’s personal and professional expertise have prepared her to recognize and take action on disconnects and inequalities that exist within her community and beyond. She promotes equity and equality, and is committed to supporting individuals, families, and communities to tell their own stories, and to ensure that their voices are heard.
For the last two years, Kerry has had the opportunity, through YAPC and Tamarack Institute, to take her own story across Canada. She looks forward to sharing her professional experience and lived experience on a national level, in the service of advancing social justice and social change.