Welcome Jenny Knutsson to the team!
Our team continues to grow! Today, we would like to welcome Jenny Knutsson to the role of Local Immigration Partnership of Fredericton(LIPF) Coordinator.
Born and raised in the United States, Jenny has worked with a wide-range of organizations at varied levels. She has held key roles in administrative operations, management, event planning and client-relations for the public sector, small entrepreneurial and private companies, as well as non-profit agencies.
Jenny will be coordinating the initiatives around immigrant retention and integration under the umbrella of the Local Immigration Partnership Fredericton.
We sat down with Jenny and asked her to introduce herself to the Fredericton community. Here's what she had to say:
What’s your story?
I was born in the United States and spent most of my childhood in Pennsylvania. Early on I had always aspired to be a teacher and attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana studying education. While I love children, I quickly realized that teaching was not my path. After meeting my husband, I moved to Canada in 1998. Currently I am a permanent resident; however, after calling Canada home for more than 20 years now, I am excited to pursue my Canadian citizenship this year.
Being married to a military spouse, I have moved numerous times in the past 20 years - taking me from one side of the country to another. As a result, I have held a variety of professional positions. On a personal note, I have been married for over 20 years and have two teenage boys. In my spare time, you can find me indulging in my favourite TV shows, but most of all I love to stay active by going on outdoor adventures with my family!
What attracted you to our organization?
Relocating to Fredericton and not having lived here all of my life, I was drawn to an organization that would not only allow me to feel connected to my community, but also contribute to that community as well. I have a passion for helping others and like to think I am a team-player that is innovative and creative, bringing enthusiasm and commitment to my role with a strong desire to deliver excellence. Taking all of that into account, Ignite Fredericton seemed like the perfect organization to spread my wings!
What are your goals as the new Local Immigration Partnership of Fredericton?
Overall, my goal is simply to work tirelessly and collaboratively with the partners and stakeholders of Fredericton to continue to move forward the initiative of the Local Immigration Partnership of Fredericton to enhance the newcomers’ integration experience and support the successful integration and settlement of newcomers within the Fredericton community.
What will you bring to your role that is unique?
I think having the opportunity to live in so many different provinces and diverse cities across Canada that include Moose Jaw, Edmonton, Fredericton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Kingston I will be able to bring a unique perspective to this role and contribute new ideas and fresh thinking to an evolving initiative.
Why did you choose to live and work in Fredericton?
This being my husband’s second posting to Gagetown is what brought my family back to the Fredericton area. Having previously lived in the area for four years, I was excited to return to this beautiful city that offers great opportunities along with a well-rounded lifestyle and sense of community.