Janis Irwin was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as the representative for the constituency of Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood on April 16, 2019.
She serves as a member of the Standing Committee on Families and Communities, the Standing Committee on the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund and the Standing Committee on Private Bills and Private Members’ Public Bills.
Janis is currently the Official Opposition Deputy Whip and Critic for Women and LGBTQ issues.
Prior to serving with the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, she worked as the director of stakeholder relations with the Premier’s office.
Previous to this, she devoted over a decade to the field of education, where she worked in rural Alberta as a high school teacher and as a vice-principal. Outside of the classroom she worked for Alberta Education as the senior manager, social studies and as the executive director for high school curriculum.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Alberta and a master’s degree in education from the University of Calgary.
Over the years she has served as a board member for several nonprofit associations, including the Somali Canadian Women and Children Association, the Highlands Historical Society Edmonton, and Arts on the Ave. She has also volunteered with a number of organizations, including the Boyle McCauley News, Homeward Trust and the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers.
Janis is a proud resident of the Parkdale neighbourhood in Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood. She enjoys an active lifestyle and enjoys spending her spare time running and biking.
July 12, 2019