Who is your hero?
My cousin, Parker. He was an incredible human being and did so much in his 18 years in our lives. It’s incredible to be that young and leave that kind of a legacy.
Born and raised in Fort McMurray, 35-year-old Jennifer Kennett is the Community Investment Coordinator with United Way Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo, and an avid contributor to the region.
When looking at various segments of our community, it’s hard not to see Jennifer’s impact. She is a Sparks leader with Girls Guides of Canada, a Victim Services advocate, a member of the Board of Directors for Wood Buffalo Regional Library, and member of the Wood Buffalo Equity Coalition, a MACOY mentor, and the Volunteer Manager for the Fort McMurray Food Festival. She is also a member of the Poverty Reduction Network of Wood Buffalo, and part of the Inclusive Business Program Advisory Committee.
Jennifer’s commitment to the community, her advocacy for Fort McMurray, and her focus on giving back truly sets her apart.
“We are diverse and rich with culture,” she says. “We are people who help each other. We have lent cars to people needing to evacuate, rebuilt homes for children with health concerns; we have raised millions of dollars (continuously) to support those who need it. For me, it’s important to be a part of the community here, because it’s something worth being a part of, and it’s a part of me.”
Jennifer’s hope for the future is that Fort McMurray is that we fully embrace the communities in our region, and ensure we are respecting the land of those who were here before us.
“I hope we continue to make safe spaces and work towards equity. I hope that we continue to nurture and empower the youth of our region, as they will be our future leaders. And I hope that we support our seniors and elder population as they are the ones who have paved the way.”