Bernadette Smith is a fierce advocate for North End families and a dedicated community-builder. She was born and raised in the North End and understands the challenges because she's lived them. She is the former Assistant Director with the WayFinders program in Seven Oaks School Division. Bernadette has spent her career helping young people tackle barriers.
Bernadette is the co-founder of both the Coalition of Families of Missing and Murdered Women in Manitoba (CFMMWM) and the Drag the Red Initiative. She organizes the annual No Stone Unturned Concert for Missing and Murdered Persons in Manitoba. Bernadette's sister, Claudette Osborne, has been missing from Winnipeg since 2008.
Bernadette has been recognized with the Order of Manitoba the Oscar Lathlin Memorial Award and the Aboriginal Circle of Educators Young Leaders Award for her activism. She was a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) and former Co-chairperson of Manitoba Moon Voices. Bernadette successfully passed historic legislation banning poverty as a grounds for the apprehension of children.
She has been a vocal opponent of the Pallister government's cuts to the Rent Assist program, EIA, Social Programming and Manitoba Housing. She is proud to stand up for her Point Douglas community by condemning Pallister's attacks on working and low income families.
Bernadette is the Indigenous mother of Aron, Matthew and Makena, and grandmother to Ellie and Jaelynn.
Address: 579 Selkirk Avenue