Jane Barry

Jane Barry

Position: Member of Governance Committee

Date of Appointment: September 14, 2016

Education: Attended schools in Bedford and Halifax and graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.

Experience: She has been involved in numerous community groups, served as a School Trustee for four years and later, as Member of the NB Legislative Assembly for 12 years with several cabinet positions, including Minister of Environment and Solicitor General.  Following that, she served as Executive Director of the Greater Saint John Community Foundation from 1999-2011.  She has been honoured by her community and alma mater. 

Behind the Scenes: Jane contributed to a newspaper column, “Community Profile,” on a weekly basis for seven years.  She recently completed a three-year term on the Board of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick. She also wrote a book on her father’s family history.  She enjoys gardening, boating, genealogy, writing, photography, volunteering for community projects and spending time with her five sons, daughters-in-law and 15 grandchildren. She has made Saint John her home, along with her husband David and family, for over 35 years.

Jane on NBCC: One of the most valuable tools available to the Province of New Brunswick is the NBCC system. Its remarkable track record on graduates’ successes is testimony to its importance. At a time when young people not only are seeking a broad education but also want to be job-ready with the latest technology and expertise, NBCC is the answer. They are innovative, caring about their students and responsive to changing times. I think one of their challenges is to become better known to the average NB citizen who no doubt would be impressed by their professionalism, knowledge and expertise.