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Crofford, Joanne Sharon (1947–)

Joanne Crofford, January 2001.
Don Healy (Regina Leader-Post)

Joanne Crofford (née Elkin) was born in Regina on October 29, 1947. After graduating from the University of Regina in Communications and Social Studies, she moved to La Ronge, where she did personnel work for the Department of Northern Saskatchewan and was business manager of the Kikinahk Indian and Métis Friendship Centre. She also served on the provincial Environment Impact Assessment Secretariat. After twelve years, Crofford returned to Regina, and worked for Rainbow Youth Centre and as research coordinator for the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Regina. Crofford was elected in 1991 as the NDP MLA for Regina Lake Centre, and re-elected in 1995 and 1999. In 1995, Crofford was appointed Minister for Saskatchewan Property Management Corporation and the Liquor and Gaming Authority. She served as minister of several portfolios: Status of Women; Indian and Métis Affairs; Culture, Youth and Recreation; Provincial Secretary; Post-Secondary Education and Skills Training; Labour; Wascana Centre Authority; and the Information Highway. In 2001, Crofford was one of seven candidates who ran in the NDP leadership race to replace Roy Romanow. She was re-elected in Regina Rosemont in 2003, and was appointed Minister of Community Resources and Employment. Crofford has been active in cultural, human rights, community service, youth, labour, and business organizations. In 2000, the World March of Women honoured Crofford for her commitment and dedication to social justice. She is a recipient of the Canada 125 and Queen’s Golden Jubilee medals.

Jenn Ruddy

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