Welcome to the NWTRPA, Jennifer Rafferty!
The NWTRPA is excited to welcome a new member to our team. Jennifer Rafferty assumes the role of Active Communities Coordinator and will lead the Active Healthy Intergenerational Connections project. This project targets the engagement of older adults in active, healthy intergenerational activities by promoting the benefits of healthy ageing and partnerships, complementing existing activities, and monitoring and encouraging sustainable programs.
Jennifer is a new resident to Yellowknife, but not to the North. After her first visit to the NWT capital in 2005 she knew that it was a place she wanted to call home- eventually. But life went on. Jennifer went to university, lived in Japan, and traveled the world before returning to Toronto to complete her Masters in Adult Education and Community Development (specializing in Indigenous Education).
Jennifer headed to Yellowknife in 2012 and got a job…in Inuvik! For more than five years Jennifer lived in the Arctic – volunteering on the Great Northern Arts Festival board, working for Aurora College and the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, and offering free circuit training workshops. She also tried her hand at dog mushing and pursued her goal of learning how to bead. One of Jennifer’s greatest personal achievements is the fully-beaded dog blanket she sewed by hand to honour the amazing traditions of women’s handwork in the NWT and beyond.
Jennifer is elated to be living in Somb’a K’e and as the NWTRPA’s new Active Communities Coordinator working to develop opportunities for Elders and youth from across the territory to come together. Developing partnerships and connections in communities has been her passion for many years and it will continue to be the most meaningful part of her work in this position. This summer Jennifer will be exploring her new home city – playing baseball, hiking the trails, and splashing around in the lakes with her pup, Rosalie!