Jan Fox was born in Winnipeg but grew up in Saskatchewan where she attended the University of Saskatchewan and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree Honours with a major in Psychology and English.
Jan has served as the executive director of REACH Edmonton Council for Safe Communities where she has been privileged to lead a team of professionals dedicated to making Edmonton a safer community. REACH is a coordinating council that works closely with social agencies, businesses and citizens to invest in our community to make our city an even safer place to live, work and play. Jan takes pride in being a part of this initiative that works collaboratively with many partners to improve the lives of many vulnerable Edmontonians.
Immediately prior to joining the REACH team, Jan worked as a senior executive with the Correctional Service of Canada. She believes that her work in Corrections served her well when she joined REACH. Jan knows what factors cause people to come into contact with the law and she is now happy to be working towards addressing those factors from a preventative perspective.
She began her 30-year career with Corrections as a parole officer in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. During her tenure, she worked operationally in many different capacities in institutions of all security levels and in policy development at the headquarters level. Although there were many firsts in her three-decade career, Jan had the honour of being the first warden at the Edmonton Institution for Women. This was particularly significant as this new facility was the first of five in Canada to open and replace the antiquated Prison for Women in Kingston, Ontario. The new facility saw a more humane approach to incarceration and better prepared women to return to the community as responsible citizens.
During her time with Corrections Jan was fortunate to work internationally, sharing expertise throughout central Europe. She is particularly proud of her work building relationships with our Aboriginal community and has received significant recognition for this by the Aboriginal community. Jan is proud of her work to improve the lives of women working in corrections and is the founder of the organization Women in Police and Corrections.
Jan was awarded the YWCA Lois E. Hole Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. She was the proud recipient of the first Women of Vision Award in 1999. She has also been honoured to win the Association of Professional Executives Partnership Award and the Institute of Public Administrators Team Work Award. Jan is an active member of the Rotary Club of Edmonton and leads an exciting new initiative called the Rotary Aboriginal Partnership.
Jan is married to John Junker. They have two children, Michael and Sarah.