Meet Julie

Photo: My family on the day I was sworn in.
From left to right, my friend Don Babey, partner Janice McKenna, daughter Tiffany Thrasher and dad Stan Green.

I am proud to call Yellowknife Centre home and to represent constituents in the Legislative Assembly for a second term.  In the 19th Assembly I am a deputy chair of Committee of the Whole, deputy chair of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and a member of the Standing Committee on Social Development. 

I have lived downtown since 2000, and downtown is also the location of McKenna Funeral Home, the family business. I previously lived in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, and has lived in six provinces.

I came to the NWT to work for the CBC and spent nine years reporting on the proposed Mackenzie Gas Project and the development of diamond mines in the territory. I also wrote for the Far North Oil and Gas Review, which later became Up Here Business.

I left CBC in 2009 to focus on advocating and fundraising for services centered on women, families and children in need at the YWCA Yellowknife (now YWCA NWT). Working with representatives from the GNWT, Indigenous governments, municipal government and the business sector, I helped create the anti-poverty strategy and action plan, Building on the Strengths of Northerners.

In 2012, I started my own business as a consultant, providing fundraising and communications services to a variety of non-profit organizations. I also served as a volunteer on the boards of the United Way NWT, NWT Community Services Corporation (Northern United Place), Yellowknife Housing Authority and on the City of Yellowknife Social Issues Committee.

I have a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master of Arts in History from the University of Calgary, and a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario. As well, she has a Certificate in Fundraising Management from Ryerson University.