Meet Jenn Meilleur
I am an action-oriented advocate for community development, environmental stewardship, and a more caring Comox.
I was born in Invermere, BC, attended high school in Qualicum Beach and completed my university Bachelor of Arts degree in Nanaimo before spending several years on the Lower Mainland. I moved back to the Island to Comox in the spring of 2019 with my husband, two children, and many four-legged friends.
I’m currently working as a Manager of Partnerships and Engagement with the Wildlife, Habitat, and Species Recovery Branch of the Ministry of Water, Lands and Resource Stewardship for the Province of BC. I have more than two decades of experience leading and supporting initiatives and collaborative networks in the fields of sustainability and climate action, community development, organizational development, and systems change.
I bring a rich diversity of experience to my work as a Councillor for Comox including financial management; team leadership and culture building; driving change initiatives in the municipal government sector; and building organizations in the non-profit sector.
I have always been an active volunteer, focusing on community and environmental health and food systems. I was the Board Co-Chair of LUSH Valley Food Action Society from 2020-2022, am a current member of the local Food Policy Council and was previously a member of the Coordinating Circle for the Comox Valley Community Health Network. Previously as a volunteer, I also co-founded a non-profit nature-based elementary school program and was on the board of the Átl'ka7tsem/Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative in the Salish Sea.
I value compassion, kindness, and clear communication and am committed to bringing these qualities to the table in combination with my business sense and strategic focus.
"The community and surrounding region will surely benefit from your brilliance, passion, and expertise - particularly in the areas of healthy communities, sustainable food systems, and addressing climate change.
I know I have marvelled at your remarkable ability to help groups find common ground, create a vision together, and to then embark on a path to collaboratively bring that vision to fruition."
Joanne Bays, Director Emeritus and co-founder Farm to Cafeteria Canada