Judy Kim-Meneen's Profile
Dr. Judy Kim-Meneen has a background in child development with strong experience in reserve education systems. This gives her the foundation to identify the strengths and weaknesses in existing systems, and her personal drive to improve existing programs means she has unshakable dedication to the cause. She works to give children and their families, women and elders better opportunities and will continue to drive forward on developing the right programs for communities to reach their potential.
She grew up in Treaty 6 territory and went to the University of Alberta for her Bachelor of Education, majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Biology. After graduation, she moved into Treaty 8 territory to teach; arriving a month early in order to build relationships with local youth, and from this trust she was more able to lay the groundwork for successful students. Thus, teaching in 3 different types of schools - on reserve, in a provincial school on reserve, and in a provincial school – allowed her to see the similarities and differences between systems. Her systemic mind allows her to identify the faults and strengths in our education system.
Judy moved forward from her teaching career in to education administration and public health, managing the Maternal Child Health program and supporting k-12 schools of the North Peace Tribal Council. She successfully co-developed Teddy Bear Fairs in reserves, where there were “no pokes and no tears”. She also adapted the Maternal Child Health program from Health Canada to better suit First Nation communities and support First Nation families. She finished her Masters in Education Administration and evaluated the overall Maternal Child Health program for her capstone. She recently finished her PhD in Community Public Health where her thesis focused on the impact of residential schools on second-generation parenting styles.
She strongly believes that learning and growth, development and fun are all in one category. She also believes that holistic and wrap-around services are crucial to break intergenerational trauma. She is honoured to work in a field where she can support children and their families in realizing their full potential. She continuously works to develop and foster learning environments where children and their families will be given every opportunity to express their individuality.
Judy challenges herself to develop educational programs that allow personal growth and opportunities to go forward in life. Additionally, she enjoys connecting people and facilitating collaboration in order to bring forth an environment that promotes acceptance. Thus, she co-led the organization of the historic National Gathering of Elders calling all Indigenous elders of Canada to celebrate culture, language and have a dialogue on key topics that affect Indigenous people today. Understanding that no single approach works for every individual is key, so she is committed to doing what it takes to fulfill systematic needs. Currently, she is a wife, a mother to two beautiful girls, and a consultant on policies, program development/evaluation, staff training, team building, and proposal writer. Judy advocates for those who need to be heard, especially youth, elders, and women.