Helen Kennedy  (she/her) became Egale’s Executive Director in 2007. She joined the organization with 22 years of experience in politics both as an elected city councillor and a political staffer.  She is a founding member of Canadians for Equal Marriage, widely regarded as the most influential public policy lobbying campaign in Canadian history – which ultimately resulted in Canada being one of the first countries in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.  Helen’s work includes the Climate Survey on Homophobia and Transphobia in Canadian Schools, the first national survey of its kind in Canada, and provides critical findings on bullying to schools, educators and governments.  She has delivered training to Immigration Refugee Adjudicators and police services across Canada and the Balkans.  At the invitation of the US Department of Defence, Helen consulted with senior Pentagon officials in Washington on the US military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.  She is Co-Secretary General of ILGA World. Helen is also a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service and activism.

organisation: Egale Canada (Canada)