Sharnelle Jenkins-Thompson is a mixed-race (Welsh-Jewish immigrant mother and Metis-Cree-Irish father) white-passing woman who is passionate about addressing the impact of poverty in British Columbia, both in terms of small-scale, neighbour-to-neighbour interventions, as well as through addressing poverty on a larger, policy-wide scale. Sharnelle grew up in Nanaimo but moved to Vancouver to attend UBC for a degree in social work. Today, she divides her time between working as the Director of Child and Family programs at Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House and volunteering with the Poverty Reduction Coalition. Sharnelle is also on the Board for Check Your Head and is looking forward to continue to build community and explore purpose in meaningful ways.
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