Meet Julie

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My family: Janice McKenna, Tiffany Thrasher, me, Anne Little and our dog Missy.

I was elected to the 18th Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories representing Yellowknife Centre. This is the first time I have been elected to serve. I live in the riding, and downtown is the location of our family business, McKenna Funeral Home.

I moved to Yellowknife from Labrador in 2000 to work for CBC, the last stop on an 20-year tour of the country which included stops in B.C., Saskatchewan, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and Nunavut. I was born in England and raised in Edmonton, Alberta.

I spent a total of 16 years reporting for CBC on issues such as the proposed Mackenzie Gas Project and the development of diamond mines in the NWT. I also wrote articles for magazine including Far North Oil and Gas Review, which later became Up Here Business.

I  left the CBC in 2009 to focus on advocating and fundraising for services centered on women, families and children in need at the YWCA Yellowknife. I had been a long-term board member at the Y before making this change. Working with representatives from the GNWT, Aboriginal governments, municipal government and the business sector, I helped create the anti-poverty strategy and action plan.

Since 2012, I have been self-employed providing fundraising and communications services to a variety of non-profits. I also served as a volunteer on the boards of the United Way NWT, NWT Community Services Corporation (Northern United Place), Yellowknife Housing Authority and the City of Yellowknife social issues committee.

I have a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master of Arts in History from the University of Calgary, and a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario. As well, I recently completed a Certificate in Fundraising Management from Ryerson University.

I am married to Janice McKenna, and we have one grown-up daughter. My mum, Anne Little, also lives in Yellowknife.