Judy Wasylycia-Leis served as Member of Parliament for Winnipeg North from 1997 – 2010. During that time, she held many critic posts including responsibility for Persons with Disabilities where she led numerous initiatives pertaining to supports for family caregivers, employment equity programs, as well as the ratification and implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Judy was first elected to public office in 1986 when she began serving as MLA for St. Johns in Winnipeg and as a Cabinet Minister in the Howard Pawley Government of Manitoba. She was elected for 3 terms provincially and 5 terms federally before resigning as MP to run for the position of Mayor of Winnipeg.
Judy and her husband, Ron, have two sons. Their oldest, Nick, lives with a disability and is supported by EPIC Opportunities in a home he shares with two friends. Judy is involved as a board member with a number of local non-profits including the Society for Manitobans with disabilities and as a capacity-building trainer on international democracy development projects.
Session: The Personal is the Political: Lessons Learned from a Lifetime of Care and Advocacy