Bio (Jacquelyn Wright)
Jacquelyn Wright joined CARE Canada in 2013. She has previously worked for more than 25 years in humanitarian response and international development with the Red Cross in Canada and overseas with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). From 2010 to 2013, she was the Canadian Red Cross country representative in Indonesia, where she was responsible for overseeing humanitarian programming, including disaster risk reduction. Throughout her multi-faceted career she has managed food security and drought relief programs in the Sudan; refugee camps in Uganda (after the 1994 Rwandan Genocide); an orthopedic centre in Tajikistan following the civil war in that country; and post-conflict programs for the Balkans. Ms. Wright also held senior positions in post-conflict Sierra Leone, where she was responsible for capacity building of the local Red Cross society; she was head ICRC operations in war-torn Somalia, and worked at ICRC headquarters in Geneva.
Ms. Wright also worked for the Red Cross in Canada in a variety of positions based in Calgary, Winnipeg and at headquarters in Ottawa. As Canadian Red Cross Western Canada regional director, she led the 1997 Red River flood response.
Ms. Wright has a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC.