Biography

Jenny Gerbasi graduated from the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Nursing in 1986, receiving the University Gold Medal. She worked as a nurse with the VON for 11 years and taught nursing at the University of Manitoba. Jenny was first elected Councillor for the Fort Rouge — East Fort Garry Ward in October of 1998, and re-elected in 2002, 2006,  2010 and 2014 and is Deputy Mayor. Jenny has been the City of Winnipegs' representative on the board of Federation of Canadian Municipalities since 2007 and was is now serving as 1st Vice President of FCM. She has represented Winnipeg Transit on the Canadian Urban Transit Associations' Board Members Committee since 2005. She was the first woman to chair the Historic Buildings Committee and has done so since 2000. Jenny has championed such causes as Rapid Transit, inner city housing, environmental issues, neighborhood safety and citizen participation in city planning and in civic government. Jenny has also chaired the Access Advisory Committee for 12 years, during which time Winnipeg became the first city in Canada to implement a Universal Design Policy. Jenny is a mother of three and has one grandchild. Community Involvement
  • Block Parent since 1994
  • Folk Festival Volunteer (Daytime stages crew)
  • Avid Scrabble Player
  • Active in the Unitarian Universalist Church
  • Dare to Clog Dancers (clogger for over 20 years)
Awards
  • Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal -  nominated by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for work on the FCM National Board of Directors
  •  Manitoba Professional Planners Association "Friend of Planning" Award 2011
  • Grassroots Women of Manitoba - honoured in March, 2011
  • YMCA-YMWA Woman of Distinction Award Nominee for Leadership & Management 2011
  • Access Adviosry Committee -Certificate of Recognition for Service December 2010
  • MLPD - recognized Jenny in a Human Rights Star pinning ceremony 2007
  • University Gold Medal - Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba, 1986